St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                    August 22, 2019


                                                      Colossians 1:15-20

Scripture readings

for Sunday, August 25

Proverbs 8:22-31

Psalm 104:24-26

Colossians 1:15-20

John 6:41-51

REFLECTION


As I was preparing to write this reflection, I realized that the last words of last week’s text, spoken by the disciples were, “Who then is this, that he commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him?” (Luke 8:25). I can’t help but notice that many years later, the author of Colossians answers this for us. Jesus is:

 

the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation,

18He is the head of the body, the church;

he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead.”

 

This is stated directly. However, there are indirect statements that by their implication tell us even more:

 

Jesus is the creator “all things have been created through him and for him.”

Jesus is the super glue of life “in him all things hold together.”

Jesus is the peacemaker, “through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.”

 

All of this is contained in these six verses.

 

My question for each of us is of all these possibilities, who is Jesus to us and what difference does that make in our lives? Let us mull over this text of scripture, letting God speak to our hearts. Then let’s talk about this together. Email me at pastorivyg@gmail.com, catch me on Sunday or when this is posted to my blog, http://claimedgatheredandsent.blogspot.com/  you can respond in the comment section.


May our Lord enable us to embrace Jesus in all his fullness that our lives may be visibly transformed so that the world may know that the reign of God is among us.

 

Pastor Ivy Gauvini

15He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.





ANNOUNCEMENTS


Special Announcements


n  Coffee hour will return to the fellowship hall on Sunday, 9/8

 

n  Healthy Bones will be returning Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 am beginning September 9th.


 

***The Evangelism Committee is hosting a Food Pantry Drive next Sunday, September 1st.  Please bring non-perishable food (no expired items), personal care products (no expired items), paper products, laundry detergent, etc. for the Bemus Point Food Pantry.

 

 

***We continuously collect food items for the 5 & 2 Ministry.  Bring your donations and place in the black bin in church narthex.  Lists detailing items needed are also available in the narthex.  Monetary donations welcome!

*5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  56


 






***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.









***5 & 2 Ministry Charity Auction and Chicken BBQ, Friday, August 23, held at Chautauqua Produce Auction in North Clymer, 7844 Route 474, Panama, NY.  Chicken BBQ at 5:00 pm, Live Auction at 6:00 pm and a Chinese Auction. If you would like to donate an item for the live auction, contact JoAnn Kopta at (716) 237-0356.



*** 5 & 2 Ministry Wine and Cheese Tasting at See Zurh House.

 

 

 




























Holy Communion Survey

 

“Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.’”

John 6:35

 

 ‘“This is my body that is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.’ 25 In the same way he took the cup also, after supper, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”

1 Corinthians 11:24-26

 

There is debate as to how often we should receive Holy Communion. Some fear if they receive weekly, it won’t be special any more. If we look at Communion as it was originally celebrated, it was part of a meal. Do we eat infrequently because otherwise our meals won’t be special anymore? Of course not. It sounds a bit silly, doesn’t it? Jesus and the Apostle Paul make it plain that we should celebrate Communion as often as possible. In the Book of Acts, we’re told concerning early believers that “Day by day, … they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts” (Acts 2:46).

 

And what was the practice in Luther’s time? During the time of the Reformation, Lutherans continued the universal practice of the church since biblical times of celebrating the Eucharist at least every Sunday and holy day (http://redeemerscottsdale.angelfire.com/pdf/WebberCommunionFrequency.pdf).

 

The current practice of St. Timothy Lutheran Church is to have Communion on the first and third Sundays of the month as well as holy or festival days. In my contact with other Lutheran pastors in the area, I have found that around ¾ of the churches celebrate weekly communion. This has been a trend in the Lutheran church for about the last 30 years. I would like your opinion on weekly communion. You can return this to me at pastorivyg@gmail.com, give it to me in person or to anyone on the Worship and Music Committee. Thanks so much for your participation.

 

Worship and Music Committee

Pastor Ivy Gauvin

Kathy Carlson

Sandy Carlson

Gale Svenson-Campbell

Ann Bentley

Kristie Bloomquist

 

I would like to have Holy Communion every week   Yes ______

                                                                                          No   ______

                                                                                         

 

Comments

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·         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 victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.

·         For:   Marty Hunt, Delores Thompson, 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, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown,  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 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.

·         For:  The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.