April 14, 2016
John 10: 22-30
for Sunday, April 17
This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday. We will celebrate it together with other area Lutheran churches at First Lutheran in Jamestown. It is so apropos that it is on such a day we have the opportunity to hear our synodical bishop, John Macholz, a shepherd of the shepherds, share God's word with us.
The gist of this passage is, “Jesus responds to questions about his identity with the remarkable claim that he and the Father are one. Those who understand this are his sheep; they hear his voice, follow, and will never be snatched from his hand” (sundaysandseasons.com). Two small phrases in this Sunday's gospel stand out to me and are especially meaningful. Jesus said, “No one will snatch them out of my hand” (v. 28) and concerning what the Father has given Jesus, “…no one can snatch it out of the Father's hand” (v. 29). We are safe and secure in God's hand, in Jesus' hand, no matter what is going on all around us.
A couple of years ago, I was going through a particularly difficult time. It was at this time that the song, “Whom Shall I Fear,” by Chris Tomlin, was being played on the local Christian radio station. These words stuck with me:
I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side.
We belong to Christ, the good shepherd, who cares for us and fights for us. He is not only beside us, but holds us in the palm of His hand.
At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father's hand. The Father and I are one.”
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.
***A combined worship service will be held Sunday, April 17th, at First Lutheran Church, 120 Chandler St., Jamestown, at 10:00 am with our Bishop, John Macholz, preaching. In lieu of worship at our respective churches, St. Timothy and our covenant church St. Mark, will be attending worship at First Lutheran - no service or Sunday school will be held at either of our churches that morning. Offerings should be put into the regular church offering envelopes and will be given to each church following the service. Loose offerings will be given to a charity to be determined.
Sylvia Lipsey is coordinating car-pooling to the worship service at First Lutheran. If you are interested, please see her after church this Sunday or contact her at 720-5450 or firstname.lastname@example.org
***Also on Sunday, April 17th, at 3:00 pm, please plan to attend the Southwestern Conference Spring Assembly at Zion Lutheran, 45 Falconer St., Frewsburg. Upstate NY Synod Bishop John Macholz will be our guest for the assembly. All are invited!
***The annual Purse Auction Fundraiser by Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ of Southern Chautauqua County) will be held Friday, April 29th from 6:00-9:00 pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 35 W. Fairmont Ave., Lakewood. $5.00 admission at the door. Men’s, Women’s and Children’s bags for all occasions filled with valuables will be auctioned.
***Spring 2016 Diakonia – presented by the Conference education team for all interested people:
Saturday, April 30 – 9:00-3:00 (sign in starts at 8:30 a.m.) $20/person at Trinity Lutheran Church, 8760 Transit Rd., East Amherst, NY 14051 (688-9245)
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Worship and Spiritual Formation – Pr. Dan Hoffman; includes church year, worship, private devotions and spiritual formation. This is a core course for the Upstate NY Synod Deacon training.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Color Your Faith – half day AM – Mary Wolf; put some color in the words of Scripture that mean the most to you.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]Theological Interpretation of Scripture – half day PM – Pr. Werner Weinreich
To register, call 835-0407 or email email@example.com by April 25.
***Join us for Bible Study, Fridays at 10:30 am at the home of MajBritt Traynor, 7 Sunnyside, Bemus Point. Everyone is invited!
***Healthy Bones exercise class is being held at St. Timothy on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am. The current session runs through April 27.
Saturday, April 23, 2016
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, 6301 NY-298, East Syracuse, NY
JumpStart! Registration ends on Monday, April 11
A one day workshop to help your church "jump start" your ministry with new approaches to using your buildings.
If maintaining your church buildings is causing anxiety and stress for your parish leaders, you'll want to be part of JumpStart! CNY/Upstate, an inspirational day with the Episcopal Church Building Fund.
You'll learn how to transform your buildings into an asset that will help you build ecumenical partnerships, generate income for ministry, and increase your relevance to your neighborhood.
The Diocese of Central New York and the Lutheran Upstate New York Synod are proud to partner with the Episcopal Church Building Fund to bring the JumpStart! conference to Central New York.
Clergy, wardens, parish administrators, and members of vestries and building committees are especially encouraged to attend.
- 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.
- Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Rochester due a fire on February 18th.
- for family and friends of Vernon Allport upon his death, Gerald Ayers, Phillip Dove, Matt Isaacson, Scott Stearns, JoLynn Stearns, Helen Cogliano, Esther, Zacharary Frazier, Debra Kohl, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla, Ralph Prieur, Mary Anne, Kay Magneson, Ryan Samuelson
- those serving in the military and those caught up in violence and 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.