August 18, 2016
for Sunday, August 21
What does it mean to keep the sabbath? As a child, I remember on Sundays a number of places were closed because of the “blue laws,” which were “designed to restrict or ban some or all Sunday activities for religious reasons, particularly to promote the observance of a day of worship or rest” (Wikipedia). In those days, it was easier to take time with family and friends and worship. Time was made for that.
Today we work and play at a frenetic pace. I am not suggesting that the “good old days” were better and that life would be better if we were only back in the ‘50s. However, we need to be more diligent when it comes to creating times of rest for ourselves. We may have to decline attendance at certain activities. We need to creatively carve out time for rest. Of course, the sense of sabbath, rest and peace that I experienced last week at Chautauqua is fresh in my mind. Just having the time away was like going on a retreat.
Jesus did not take the narrow, legalistic approach of Sabbath keeping. His default position was mercy and grace. Healing a woman who had suffered for so many years did not break the spirit of the sabbath. The comparison Jesus makes at the end of this reading is ironic. People would tend to their oxen and donkeys, but in their mind, Jesus should not have healed “a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years” (v. 16). Jesus shamed his opponents and the crowd rejoiced.
I am as guilty as anyone else when it comes to being intentional with time with God and rest. I may have stayed up too late watching the Olympics and suffer the consequences the next day. What could I do differently? I could DVR the Olympics and watch them at a later time.
What ways have you found to be helpful in keeping sabbath for your body, mind and spirit? When we are not running around, keeping such a frenetic pace of life, we are better able to hear God and each other. Let’s open our eyes and ears to our Lord so we can do what God wants us to do.
Now [Jesus] was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath. And just then there appeared a woman with a spirit that had crippled her for eighteen years. She was bent over and was quite unable to stand up straight. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said, “Woman, you are set free from your ailment.” When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had cured on the sabbath, kept saying to the crowd, “There are six days on which work ought to be done; come on those days and be cured, and not on the sabbath day.” But the Lord answered him and said, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger, and lead it away to give it water? And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen long years, be set free from this bondage on the sabbath day?” When he said this, all his opponents were put to shame; and the entire crowd was rejoicing at all the wonderful things that he was doing.
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.
***If you can help, ushers & coffee hour hosts are needed for this Sunday, August 21st.
***The September Church Mouse deadline is Tuesday, August 24th, by 9:00 am.
***Blessing of the Backpacks will be held during worship on Sunday, August 28th. Students of any age are invited to bring their backpack to church to receive a blessing.
***A new church directory will be printed soon. If you have changes to your address/email/phone and have not previously notified the church office, please leave a note on the office desk or send an email to the church, firstname.lastname@example.org. If anyone wants to add their cell phone to the directory, please inform the office as above.
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class will resume at St. Timothy Lutheran Church.
Informational Meeting: Wednesday, Sept. 7 – 9:00 am
Classes Begin: Monday, Sept. 12, meeting each Monday & Wednesday from 9:00 am – 10:15 am, session ending Dec. 14.
To enroll call Paula Daneshkhah at 490-2343.
***Love INC is accepting resumes for a Call Center Coordinator. Candidate must possess compassion toward those in need and discernment to be able to make objective decisions. Some administrative skills required. Part time position with 15 hours a week. Pay commensurate with skill set. All interested applicants please send your resume to: Love INC, 31 Water St., Jamestown, NY 14701.
Also, Love INC is in need of some sponsors for children with back to school assistance. The sponsor would purchase 2 outfits (tops and bottoms), shoes, underwear, and socks per child. We are receiving a record number of requests since Salvation Army is not assisting this way this year. We do the same intake on these requests as we do with any other, therefore the ones we have are proven to be legitimate. We will accept gift cards to purchase these items as well. Any help you can offer is appreciated.
Love In the Name of Christ
***Gulf Coast Flooding
"Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by." – Psalm 57:1
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Historic floodwaters have required tens of thousands of people to be rescued and even more have been evacuated as rain sweeps across southern Louisiana. Floodwaters have affected communication, overwhelmed streets and highways, and damaged or destroyed more than 40,000 homes. This flood comes on the heels of several other floods that have hit the Gulf Coast region, starting earlier this spring. Entire neighborhoods and communities still remain under water, and the full extent of the damage has yet to be realized. We know that it will be a long road to recovery, and
Lutheran Disaster Response will be there to assist through every phase of this disaster recovery process.
Your gifts are needed to help respond to the Gulf Coast flooding. Your gifts through Lutheran Disaster Response will bring God’s hope, healing and refuge to those who are affected by these devastating floods. Lutheran Disaster Response coordinators are actively present, collaborating with local community leaders and officials to begin planning the proper responses, particularly the long-term recovery efforts. We will respond and walk with survivors in the days, weeks, months and years ahead, for as long as we are needed. Gifts designated for “Gulf Coast Flooding” will be used (100 percent) until the response is complete to help disaster survivors recover and rebuild their lives. Your generous offerings of prayer and financial support will help address the many needs, especially the long-term recovery efforts of those affected.
Ways to Give
Checks or money orders should be sent to:
Lutheran Disaster Response
P.O. Box 1809
Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
Write "Gulf Coast Flooding" on your check memo line. -----------------------
Give by phone at 800-638-3522 or online.
The Rev. Daniel Rift Director, ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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