Worship Time 
9:30 am Through May 28th
9:00 am June 4th Through Sept. 3rd
9:30am From Sept 10th
1 Church Street
East Harwich, MA 02645
Tel: 508-432-3734
harwichumc@gmail.com

What Do You See From The Mountaintop?

This morning we have a very out-of-the-ordinary story on our hands…the account of what happened when Jesus took three close disciples hiking up a mountain. I’ve stood on a few mountaintops in my time. I still feel the thrill of standing on the summit of Mount Katahdin when I was a teenager…gazing in wonder in all directions as far away I could see.

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A Day in the Life

One of the dangers to a healthy democracy is entrenched polarization, division that becomes an obstacle to the exercise of appropriate political compromise and any bi-partisan agreement. It’s even more of a problem when ordinary citizens can’t abide to talk with one another. Congress has been stuck in inaction now for at least five years.

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Christian Freedom and the Burden of Love

One of the dangers to a healthy democracy is entrenched polarization, division that becomes an obstacle to the exercise of appropriate political compromise and any bi-partisan agreement. It’s even more of a problem when ordinary citizens can’t abide to talk with one another. Congress has been stuck in inaction now for at least five years.

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Getting Caught

I like how one commentator begins his reflection: “the Gospel lesson for today is just seven verses long, but it dreams of many sermons.” He goes on: “Mark’s style is both simple and super-concentrated. Whole sermons might grow out of short phrases, even single words.

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A Special Presentation of Martin Luther King Jr.

“Hold Fast to the Dream” was first written for a Sunday morning service of worship, perhaps taking the place of the Sermon. Later it was expanded to make it adaptable for a longer presentation of the type that might be used as an afternoon or evening event in which the music and readings comprised the entire program.

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Magi Came and Worshipped

In November 1919, John Erskine’s poem Kings and Stars was published in a magazine called The Nation. Erskine was a professor of English at Columbia University at the time. This short poem speaks volumes, at least to me.

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Simeon’s Moment

Take a look at the bulletin cover. The image is a quite wonderful piece of art Cindy found on the internet. It’s titled “Simeon’s Moment” by Ron DiCianni. Here’s old Simeon tenderly clutching the infant Jesus to his breast, a tear running down his cheek, his mouth opened in unabashed praise and wonder. Simeon is exuberant and his own cry of joy probably awakened the baby Jesus….but he couldn’t help himself. He was, as another preacher says, “an old man carrying a vast hope.”

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The Divine M.O.

Often in reading Scripture a particular line will stand out and grab my attention. If you’ve ever practiced Lectio Divina you know what I mean. It’s a central conviction of Christian faith that the Living God can speak through the Bible, which we call the Word of God. So it was, earlier this week, as I read the passage we’ve just heard from John chapter 1. Verse 26 murmured mystery and truth: “Among you stands one whom you do not know.” (NRSV)

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Worship Time

9:30 AM through May 29th
9:00 June 5th through Sept. 3rd
9:30 AM beginning Sept. 10th

Harwich UMC

1 Church Street East Harwich, MA 02645 Tel: 508-432-3734

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