December 8, 2016
Matthew 11: 2-11
for Sunday, Dec. 11
Isaiah 35: 1-10
James 5: 7-10
Matthew 11: 2-11
We have expectations for much of life: our children will grow up, go to college, get a good job and one day settle down get married and have children of their own. After all, as wonderful as granddogs and grandcats are, they can’t compare to a grandchild.
Many in Jesus’ time had expectations about what the messiah would be like. He would deliver the Jewish people from the Romans and they’d have their own land back. Once John the Baptist was in prison, he wasn’t so sure anymore, which is why he sent his own disciples to ask Jesus if he was the messiah.
Again, Jesus does not answer the disciples’ question verbally. Jesus gives a laundry list of the works he had been doing. These were the kinds of works that were attributed to the messiah. It’s almost like Jesus is telling them, “Duh.”
Where do we see God at work today? It may be something dramatic or something quite ordinary. Look for God in unexpected places. We are used to experiencing him at church, but what about when we are gathered with friends, when we are helping someone with a need. I know that I see Christ in each of you, working in and through your lives. Thanks be to God.
2When John heard in prison what the Messiah was doing, he sent word by his disciples 3and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?” 4Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. 6And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.”
7As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? 8What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces. 9What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. 10This is the one about whom it is written,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’
11Truly I tell you, among those born of women no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
Names will remain of the Prayer List for a month - at which
time it will be taken off unless, or course, there is still a continued need
for our prayers and we’re asked to keep the name on.
***Pastor Ivy Gauvin is on vacation this week. She will return to the office Wednesday, December 14th. We welcome Rob Allport-Cohoon as our guest preacher this Sunday, December 11th. If you have a pastoral emergency during this time, please contact Pastor Dan Rumfelt at 716-665-8121.
***Honduras Christmas Cookies – the deadline to order is Monday, December 12th. Order forms are available in the “Church Mouse” or from the table in the narthex. Cookie pick-up is Saturday, December 17th from 9 am – 12 pm. Please include a suggested donation of $12 (for two dozen cookies) with your order form.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues at St. Timothy. Classes for this session are held at 9:00 am on Monday & Wednesday through December 14th.
***Snow Shoveling: The Property Committee is seeking volunteers to shovel both church entrances on Sundays during the winter. It involves being at church before 8:00 a.m. Please see Bob Samuelson to sign up. THANK YOU!
***St. Timothy’s will be collecting mittens, gloves, scarves and hats for those in need. Place your donations on the white stick tree on the table in the narthex. The recipients will be announced in worship.
***The Choir will be singing at Lutheran’s Chapel on Thursday, December 22nd from 6:00-7:00 pm. All are welcome to come and join in.
***The Christmas Eve worship service at St. Timothy will be held at 4:00 pm. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, we will have our regular worship at 9:30 am
***Mark your calendar: The annual Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, January 8, 2017 immediately following worship. A light lunch will be provided. All members of the congregation are encouraged to attend.
Committee heads are asked to turn in their annual reports to the office by Dec. 24th. (Electronic reports emailed to the church office, firstname.lastname@example.org are appreciated.)
Blue Christmas Service of Comfort
In our experience of sadness find comfort together in Christ Jesus
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 w 6 PM
715 Falconer Street, Jamestown, NY
In the midst of Christmas celebration, for many it can be a season of heartache, too. A Blue Christmas Worship Service is a time when we can, in company with each other, acknowledge the sadness we feel at Christmas time and find comfort in Christ Jesus who walks with us through every heartache and fear.
Please join Pastor Daniel Rumfelt, Chaplain at Lutheran, and Father Joseph Janaczek, Our Lady of Loreto, Falconer and St. Patrick, Randolph for a Service of Blue Christmas, Wednesday, December 14th, 6 PM at Christ Chapel on the Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center campus.
· For our community of faith as we seek to do God’s work in the world.
· For those in our congregation and community who suffer silently with illness, financial burdens, and family obligation.
· For victims of violence and their families in all places
· For Al Lamb, Elenor Burgeson Orman, Bob Samuelson, Arden Johnson, Ralph Prieur, Jill Scott, Bill Reel, Helen Cogliano, John Bylund, Joanne Aron, Pastor John Klatt, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Todd Reel, Maj-Britt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla,
· For people serving in the military and their families, those caught up in war who have no safe home in which to live.
· For all children, that the love of Christ may reach them through all of us who have resources to love, protect, pray and provide for them.