April 5, 2018
for Sunday, April 8
1 John 1:1-2:2
Every year, the Sunday after Easter, we read this story which has become so familiar. In fact, we never think of Thomas without thinking “Doubting Thomas.” However, that makes Thomas the focus of the story. It is much deeper than that.
One of the best things I learned in seminary was that God is always the actor in each story in the Bible. Looking at this gospel text with that thought in mind, let’s look at three questions that will help us better frame this text.
1. What is God doing?
2. How is God speaking to me personally? and
3. What is God saying to our church?
There are many ways each question may be answered, but here are just a few thoughts. For number 1: God is bringing peace to fearful disciples. They had plenty of reasons to be afraid. Their heads could be on the chopping block next. What were they going to do without their Master to lead them etc.
For the second question, God is speaking to me personally of his overwhelming grace. We are often hard on Thomas, yet he did not have the opportunity to be with the disciples when Jesus appeared to them earlier. He did not go to the empty tomb. He did not hear Mary’s witness. Jesus gave Thomas what Thomas thought he needed. Jesus gives us what we need.
God speaks to us today as well. For number 3, I would say that God is saying to St. Timothy that God is real and wants to live in relationship with us. God wants us to share this great, good news with the world. The last two verses beautifully sum this up, “Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.” God gives us life so that we may share that life with others.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
24But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”
26A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.” 28Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”
30Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. 31But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.
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 8, we are in need of coffee hour hosts.
***We reached the goal! Our challenge of 14 bins of food for the 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Ministry (referred to as the 5 & 2 Ministry, http://www.5and2minisry.com has been met and Pay it Forward Easter Sunday was a big success!!! Thank you to everyone who is supporting this ministry and being so faithful in your donations. Stay tuned….
***HOLD THE PLASTIC - We have had such a wonderful response to our Homeless Mat Ministry with everyone bringing in their plastic bags that we need to step back for a while and catch up. Our folders need time to fold, our cutters need time to cut and our crocheters need time crochet. So for the near future, we’re asking that you recycle your plastic bags in other area locations. THANK YOU!
***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, 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.
An Update from Love INC:
Good Afternoon Church Leader,
After a glorious weekend, I am so encouraged on this the following Monday. We were blessed by the offering from One in Christ and our hearts are overwhelmed by the generosity of our faith community. Thank you.
I just wanted to give you an update on our bed situation. This past week 3 twin beds were donated through a connection with Levant Wesleyan. The beds were picked up and delivered the same day with the assistance of the youth pastor at Levant Wesleyan. (If any of you want to get a glimpse of what we do, please come join us for a delivery.) So our list of 19 twin beds has diminished to 16. We still need the 5 full-size beds. And then the phone rang 4 times with 4 new intakes and the potential for more beds needed bringing our count to 22 twin size beds and 8 full-size beds needed.
Other items are also needed:
4 washers and dryers
3 coffee tables
sheets and blankets for full/queen and twin beds
When 2 of the twin beds were delivered by our Furniture Ministry Coordinator, Dan Swenson, he had the opportunity to share the meaning of Easter to a client who had no idea what Easter was all about. He also left the family with a New Testament.
A call came in on Monday with an almost new crib donation and we had the opportunity to deliver a crib with a brand new mattress to an expectant mom (who is due any day).
We also have our 9th Purse Auction coming up on Friday, April 27th from 6-8 pm at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. We are in need of purses, backpacks, book bags, gift certificates for goods and services and gift Baskets to be auctioned off through a silent auction, a Chinese auction, and a live purse auction. We will also host a used purse sale and need used purses in very good condition. We are asking churches to assist with the collection of the needed auction items by establishing a collection area/ person. We greatly appreciate your support.
Churches helping those in need~~~impacting lives one need at a time.
Susan L. Justham
Love In the Name of Christ (of Southern Chautauqua County)
553 West 3rd St.
Jamestown, NY 14701
▪ 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.
▪ Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Ross Gardner, Mike Krott, Maj-Britt Traynor, Dee Gould, 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.
· For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, and their families,
those caught up in persecution, violence and war.
Traynor, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, and Thom Shagla.
▪ 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.