April 4, 2019
for Sunday, April 7
I find verse 12 to be very meaningful: “Not that I have…already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” Because of what Christ has done, we can do.
And what has Jesus done for Paul and for us? First of all, what Christ has done, because of who he is and the “surpassing value of knowing” him (v. 8), everything else in life—all the achievements and accolades were like dung in comparison.
Christ has made us righteous through faith. In the Greek, rather than our faith in Christ, it is the faith “of Christ,” in other words, Christ’s faith, not our own. God does all the work of making us his own.
Because Christ has made Paul and us his own, we can focus on what lies ahead, “…the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus” (v. 14). Paul is using the example of a race. In a race you can’t look backwards, but you keep looking forward toward the finish line. It’s a matter of keeping your eye on the prize.
God’s grace is overwhelming. Because of it, we have the ability to do for others because of what Christ has done for us
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
[Paul writes:] 4bIf anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.
7Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. 8More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, 11if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
12Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
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.
***This Sunday, April 7, you will notice a few things that are different about our traditional worship service. We will be learning a kyrie for one. Kyrie is a shortened form of Kyrie eleison, which is Greek for "Lord, have mercy." It is normally a sung prayer and we will be learning it Sunday.
You'll hear more organ sounds from the keyboard and we will be singing more hymns. Several of you have talked with me about wanting a more traditional service. This is what you will experience this Sunday. May God give us wisdom and guidance as we continue to explore variations in worship to God's glory.
***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
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For further information, contact Kathy Carlson at 485-1316.
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues to meet Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall of St. Timothy.
***On the five Wednesdays of Lent, please join your St. Timothy’s church family at 6:00 pm for weekly “Dinner Church” along with speakers from area agencies. What is dinner church? "Dinner Church” is just what it sounds like. Church around the dinner table: cuisine, conversation, and Christ. The best part? It’s how church started" (dinnerchurches.com). Dinner Church is not a liturgy or a service or simply a meal. It's a little bit of everything together.
#5 April 10 -- Speaker is Nancy Dundar from Chautauqua Opportunities
Nancy will address these issues: Having memory loss is scary and confusing. Are you a caregiver dealing with Alzheimer’s disease? Are you dealing with challenging behaviors? Using logic and reasoning just doesn’t work and may cause agitation and anger.
WE DID IT !!!! YEAH
We met the5 & 2 Challenge this year!!!!
We collected 51 bins of food to date for this
wonderful cause. Nice going everyone!!
There is a signup sheet on the table in the narthex for the Maundy Thursday Luncheon on April 18th at 12:00 pm at the Bemus Point Methodist Church. Deadline to sign up is Monday April 15th.
The Generational Outlook
An often unobserved cultural difference between biblical and modern times pertains to how and how often people think in terms of genera-tions—past, present, and fu-ture. In the contemporary culture of the United States, it is common to focus largely upon the immediate concerns of the present generation. By contrast, the outlook that per-vades the Bible is one that continually orients itself to both past and future generations. Consider prominent ways this becomes manifest in the Bible whether it is through genealogies, historical perspec-tives, views on the future, understandings of sin, or interpretations of jus-tice.
Genealogy Matters While researching the family tree is a hobby for some today, genealogies were of enormous significance in biblical times. In the Hebrew Scriptures, there are two dozen genealogical lists. In the New Testament, Matthew and Luke present the genealogies of Jesus. Genealogies established one’s identity. In the universe of faith, if you wanted to say who you were, you named those from whom you descended.
History Matters It should go without saying that the Jewish and Christian faiths are all about knowing your history, but the origins of our rootedness in history have a distinct generational dimension. Consider how the book of Exodus stresses the importance of children learning about the liberation of the Hebrew people from Egypt. It was so important that this lesson was to be emblazoned on one’s hand and forehead.
The Future Matters When it comes to blessings in the Bible, it is often future generations that are the focus. God grants land not solely with the present in mind but with one’s future offspring in mind. To Abraham, God says, “For all the land that you see, I will give to you and to your offspring forever” (Gen. 13:15). Moreover, the covenant itself is established with reference to future generations.
Reflect: What are some of the spiritual benefits of reflecting on ancestors, history and future gener-ations? The Lord created every living being in this world to flourish-to be fruitful and multiply. For millennia, humanity has benefitted from the beauty of this world, the produce from our fields and the abundance of our seas. As we face the reality of our world today, we must consider what kind of world we want to leave to those who come after us: What are we passing on to children who are just now be-ing born and growing up? Children with their energy, their creative spirit and their love for all of God’s world, are showing us the way toward a future of hope.
▪ 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 Bob Ivey, Rev. Don Ray, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ross Gardner, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier. For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, and their families, those caught up in persecution, violence and war.
· for people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, and their families,
those caught up in persecution, violence and war.
▪ 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.