April 26, 2018
for Sunday, April 29
1 John 4:7-21
Connected for Life
A parent stands at the bus stop on the first day of school with a kindergarten student. Another parent lingers in the doorway of a first-year dorm after unloading the final box from the car. These parents are entering new times they will not be present to help their children make some important life choices, and words of advice slip from their lips—eat your sandwich before your dessert, share with others, don’t drink and drive, remember who you are. After years of preparation, their children step toward greater independence.
Jesus lingers with the disciples before his death and prepares them for the time when he will no longer be present day to day to help them make their way in the world. Words slip from his mouth: “Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). These are difficult words as the disciples try to make sense of Jesus’ impending death and the promise of his continued presence.
“Apart from me you can do nothing” may also be a difficult word for a self-reliant, individualistic culture such as our own, focused on personal achievement and success. God is the vine grower, Jesus the vine, and we the branches, who, separated from the life-giving vine, can do nothing.
Yet, these are gracious, gospel words from Jesus. He’s been preparing his disciples for years to take this step. These are words that point not toward individualistic, self-reliant independence but toward dependence on the one whose life defies death and whose perfect love casts out all fear. Connected to the vine, these branches are given a death-defying life free from fear. These are gracious, gospel words from Jesus that point to a community nourished by this life-giving vine and bearing fruit for the sake of the world.
From Sundays & Seasons
[Jesus said:] 1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. 2He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. 3You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. 4Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. 5I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing. 6Whoever does not abide in me is thrown away like a branch and withers; such branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask for whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
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.
***Please join us this 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. Timothy. All men encouraged to come!
***Did you know we have a Prayer Room at St. Timothy? You are welcome to come and pray in it anytime. The church is open business hours Tuesdays and Thursdays; if you want to come at a time the church isn’t open, call Pastor Ivy at 716-904-0855.
***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.
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues to meet Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall of St. Timothy.
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 16
International Women's Day Match Successful
In celebration of International Women's Day (March 8) and Women's History Month (March) this year, two generous ELCA families created a $100,000 matching gift in support of our International Women Leaders initiative. Thanks to the generosity of ELCA members, our matching challenge was met with $110,031 in gifts! Learn more at ELCA Global Links.
▪ 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 Jim Doherty (father of Tammy Haas), Karen Brown, Ron Simpson, 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.