April 6, 2017
for Sunday, April 9
This Week's Reflection Comes From
Junior, Ithaca College
Lutheran Campus Ministry in Ithaca
This week's readings invite us to think about humility and how we allow God to guide our footsteps. Matthew 27:11-54 details the moments leading up to and including Jesus' death and crucifixion. We see Jesus' authority questioned, we see him mocked, we see him stripped of his garments, and we see him abused. Jesus endures this torture leading to his ultimate sacrifice for us; he gives himself so that we may have a deeper relationship with God.
It is so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day schedule, assignments, tests, and events of life. Students, faculty, and staff are constantly in the spotlight and are constantly pushed to learn and to adapt to others. This begs the question, are we overexposed to humility in the college setting? Should we instead be developing our individual strength when faced with adversity? Being humble is difficult regardless of profession; however, being a humble Christian does not mean leaving ourselves defenseless. As humble Christians, we must place our full trust in God, for that is where our strength is. In the Gospel reading, Jesus gives up all of his divinity on his way to the cross, yet at the same time his spiritual connection to God is at its most powerful. In the second chapter of Philippians, Paul writes, "he [Jesus] humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him..." further supporting this connection between humility and our relationship with God.
When I am struggling with anything, I like to sit down, take a deep breath and refocus myself on God's plan for me. A simple practice is to turn off and put away all distractions (cell phones, computer, television), sit in a dark and quite place, close your eyes, take several deep breaths focusing just on your breathing rhythm, and finally focusing your attention on prayer. This exercise can be as long or short as you need for it to be, the only rule is you must be fully committed. In this moment, everything falls away, my failures and shortcomings, my expectations for myself, the expectations of others; everything falls away so that I can be alone with Him.
Isaiah 50:4-9a attests to the strength God gives us: "Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me". Through prayer and meditation, this conversation with God helps me center myself and begin to build my life up again with His help. God's directions are much easier to see when we have put space in our lives for him. He is present in the company of a friend, the extra office hours with a professor, the new job we are thinking of applying to, and the phone call to a loved one.
The season of Lent is a perfect time for reflection and meditation on God's word. How do we honor Christ's ultimate sacrifice for our sins and establish a better relationship with God? How can we let go of all of the "stuff" in our lives to see God's plan for us?
My name is Kelton Burnside; I grew up in Camillus, New York. I am a junior at Ithaca College studying Music Education. At St. Luke Lutheran Church in Ithaca, I share my God-given gifts and talents as a member of the church choir, an assistant minister, a member of church council, and a guest performer.
Now Jesus stood before the governor; and the governor asked him, "Are you the King of the Jews?" Jesus said, "You say so." But when he was accused by the chief priests and elders, he did not answer. Then Pilate said to him, "Do you not hear how many accusations they make against you?" But he gave him no answer, not even to a single charge, so that the governor was greatly amazed. Now at the festival the governor was accustomed to release a prisoner for the crowd, anyone whom they wanted. At that time they had a notorious prisoner, called Jesus Barabbas. So after they had gathered, Pilate said to them, "Whom do you want me to release for you, Jesus Barabbas or Jesus who is called the Messiah?" For he realized that it was out of jealousy that they had handed him over.
While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, "Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for today I have suffered a great deal because of a dream about him."Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas and to have Jesus killed. The governor again said to them, "Which of the two do you want me to release for you?" And they said, "Barabbas." Pilate said to them, "Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?" All of them said, "Let him be crucified!" Then he asked, "Why, what evil has he done?" But they shouted all the more, "Let him be crucified!" So when Pilate saw that he could do nothing, but rather that a riot was beginning, he took some water and washed his hands before the crowd, saying, "I am innocent of this man's blood; see to it yourselves." Then the people as a whole answered, "His blood be on us and on our children!"
26So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole cohort around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and after twisting some thorns into a crown, they put it on his head. They put a reed in his right hand and knelt before him and mocked him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" They spat on him, and took the reed and struck him on the head. After mocking him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. As they went out, they came upon a man from Cyrene named Simon; they compelled this man to carry his cross.
And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews."Then two bandits were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. Those who passed by derided him, shaking their heads and saying, "You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross."In the same way the chief priests also, along with the scribes and elders, were mocking him, saying, "He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down from the cross now, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he wants to; for he said, 'I am God's Son.'" The bandits who were crucified with him also taunted him in the same way.
From noon on, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And about three o'clock Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?" that is, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"When some of the bystanders heard it, they said, "This man is calling for Elijah." At once one of them ran and got a sponge, filled it with sour wine, put it on a stick, and gave it to him to drink. But the others said, "Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him."
Then Jesus cried again with a loud voice and breathed his last. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, "Truly this man was God's Son!"
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.
*** We are happy to report that Pastor Ivy has returned home! She will continue to receive home care/physical therapy for 8 weeks, so if you would like to visit, please call the parsonage first (386-1022) so as not to have a conflict. Thank you all for your prayers and keep them coming for her continued recovery.
***The Caring & Sharing Ministry is still gathering items for Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits. All of the items for kits are needed at this time. Monetary donations are also requested for buying in bulk and shipping. When we package, each kit needs to contain the following:
• One light-weight bath towel, dark colors (20”x40” to 27”x52”).
• Two bath-size bars (4-5 oz.) of soap, in original wrapping.
• One adult-size toothbrush in original packaging.
• One sturdy comb (no picks or fine-toothed combs), remove packaging.
One metal nail clippers (attached file is optional), remove packaging.
***Women of the ELCA Southwestern Conference 2017 Spring Assembly will be held Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00-12:00, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 20 N. Phetteplace St., Falconer. Registration ($3), Breakfast, Business Meeting, Program. All women are invited, RSVP with Stephanie Buccola at 665-4221.
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets in the fellowship hall at St. Timothy’s on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am. This session runs through June 14.
***The Southwestern Conference Spring Assembly is scheduled for Sunday, April 30, 3:00pm at First Lutheran, Jamestown. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Palm Sunday – April 9th
9:30 am - Procession of Palms and Worship at St. Timothy’s. (No youth Sunday School)
Maundy Thursday – April 13th
11:30 am - Community worship and luncheon at Bemus Point United Methodist Church, everyone is invited to come, even if not signed up.
5:30 pm - Worship service at St. Mark Lutheran Church in Mayville with Pastor Lee Magneson.
7:00 pm - Worship service at St. Timothy Lutheran Church with Pastor Heather Allport-Cohoon.
Good Friday – April 14th
12:00 pm – Ecumenical worship service hosted by the Mayville Ministerium at Mayville United Methodist Church, S. Erie St. Speaking will be Jon Bogue, a 37 year addict who came to Christ and changed his life dramatically. He presently works with Impact Christian Fellowship in Jamestown (with high school kids) and is a very dynamic speaker.
Easter Sunday – April 16th
9:30 am – Celebration of the Resurrection of Our Lord at St. Timothy’s. (No youth Sunday School)
Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center
Adopt-A-Project Day at LCLC; Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:00-4:00
Adopt-A-Project Day is a day for accomplishing prearranged work projects. By knowing in advance who's coming and for which projects, we're better able to successfully accomplish things. Previous skill or experience in the project adopted is preferred.
Projects available for adoption include:
Painting the exterior of camper cabins ; Re-roofing camper cabins
Wood cutting and splitting; Spring gardening and raking
Trail clearing; Pressure washing
Other... have a special trade not listed above - let us know
A complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served for all volunteers. Please contact the office to adopt a project and RSVP today.
Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center
5013 Rt. 430, Bemus Point, NY 14712
Summer Camp Cooks Needed
LCLC is looking for people in the Chautauqua area to serve as cooks for our summer camping season. Dates of employment are from June 15th through August 5th with the potential of continued hours into the late summer and fall.
Cooks work under the direction of an experienced Food Service Director
Rewarding, energetic work environment
On the job training provided
Previous food service experience preferred
Full-time or half-time schedule options available
Positions are paid by the hour
For more information please call Lee Lindeman at 716-386-4125.
▪ 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 those affected by recent fires in Falconer & Jamestown, Pastor Ivy
Gauvin, Marilyn See, Gloria Gardner, Grace Wakefield, Al Lamb, Eleanor
Burgeson Orman, Arden Johnson, Ralph Prieur, Todd Reel, Helen Cogliano,
Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Maj-Britt
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.