April 19, 2018
1 John 3:16-24
for Sunday, April 22
1 John 3:16-24
We have so many models of love put before us. There is romantic love which we see plenty of in movies and books. It’s so easy to compare our own relationships with those portrayed on the screen. The love of a friend is yet another kind of love which is so special. In today’s Second Reading, we see Jesus portrayed as the ultimate example of love. Jesus loved us so much that he “sacrificed his life” for us. In other words, Jesus did not live for himself, but for others. Jesus’ life is love exemplified.
It’s one thing to say we love people, but quite another to act on it. Real love is lived out. John writes, “let’s practice real love.” This is the love that feeds the hungry, takes care of the widows and orphans, and works for justice, among other things, so that all people may live the abundant life in Christ that is God’s desire for everyone. This is love in action.
What’s in it for us? We are busy people with our families, work and so many activities that demand our time and energy. Can’t we just write a check? There is something rewarding for us when we live our lives as God’s hands and feet in this world. “We’re bold and free before God!” We experience God’s presence through the Holy Spirit. John also links belief with love. We believe in Jesus and live lives of love. In doing so, we receive the fruit of love.
On this upcoming Good Shepherd Sunday, let us look to our Good Shepherd to lead and guide us into lives of love and service to God and each other.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
16-17 This is how we’ve come to understand and experience love: Christ sacrificed his life for us. This is why we ought to live sacrificially for our fellow believers, and not just be out for ourselves. If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear.
18-20 My dear children, let’s not just talk about love; let’s practice real love. This is the only way we’ll know we’re living truly, living in God’s reality. It’s also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
21-24 And friends, once that’s taken care of and we’re no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we’re bold and free before God! We’re able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for because we’re doing what he said, doing what pleases him. Again, this is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him, and he lives in us. And this is how we experience his deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us.
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.
***The Prayer Ministry has begun again – meeting at 6:45 pm on Thursdays, beginning tonight, April 19th. Everyone is invited to come and pray for the prayer concerns of our church.
***This Sunday, April 22: The Southwest Conference Spring Assembly will be held at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at 3:00 pm. All are invited! Those going to Synod Assembly are encouraged to attend.
***The Worship & Music Committee will meet following worship this Sunday, April 22nd.
***What’s your favorite Bible verse? Bring in your favorite verses and drop into the basket at the back of the sanctuary. Pastor Ivy will randomly read them during worship.
***BEMUS POINT LIBRARY ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION: Dave Spann, District Field Manager, Chautauqua Soil & Water Center, will talk about tree planting and site selection this Thursday, April 26 from 6-7pm at the Bemus Point Library, 13 Main St. THIS IS FREE TO THE PUBLIC. The first 25 people to attend will take home a Balsam Fir transplant.
***Please join us next Sunday, April 29, after church for a “Bag Party”. We will fold, cut & tie the bags used for the Homeless Mats. Please bring a dish to pass and your own scissors. Bring a music CD for our listening enjoyment.
***Following worship on Sunday, May 6, we will have an organizational meeting for a Men’s Group at St. Tomothy. All men encouraged to come!
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues to meet Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall of St. Timothy.
***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards. 3 ways to give:
- Go directly to our website at www.sttimothybemus.com
- Use our QR code with the QR reader on your smartphone
- Download the app ‘GivePlus Church’. Create an account.
For further information, see Kathy Carlson on Sundays or call her at 485-1316.
▪ 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 Karen Brown, Ron Simpson, Kay Marker-Magneson, Ross Gardner, Mike Krott, Maj-Britt Traynor, Bonnie Christoferson, John Scorse, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.
▪ People serving in the military and their families, 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.