August 23, 2018
for Sunday, August 26
So many themes run through this part of Isaiah: joy, long life, fruitful vineyards, enjoyable work, blessed offspring and lastly, the wolf and lamb feeding together. This is known as the peaceable kingdom and there are a number of pieces of art devoted to that, such as the one above.
This is a time and place that is spoken of in very ideal terms, what is known as apocalyptic literature. Isaiah is writing of a future time, for those who had lived in exile in Babylon were now back in the land from which their ancestors had come and it was not all sweetness and light. Those who had stayed in Jerusalem saw themselves as more faithful than those who were deported. When the deportees returned, there was a division between them. And the place was a mess! This was no great, wonderful homecoming.
“They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain…” God’s holy mountain is a safe place. It is the place associated with the temple in Jerusalem, God’s house. We can only experience true safety and peace in Christ, for it is in him that all things are being made new.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
17For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18But be glad and rejoice forever in what I am creating; for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy, and its people as a delight. 19I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and delight in my people; no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it, or the cry of distress. 20No more shall there be in it an infant that lives but a few days, or an old person who does not live out a lifetime; for one who dies at a hundred years will be considered a youth, and one who falls short of a hundred will be considered accursed. 21They shall build houses and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat; for like the days of a tree shall the days of my people be, and my chosen shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23They shall not labor in vain, or bear children for calamity; for they shall be offspring blessed by the Lord— and their descendants as well. 24Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear. 25The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like the ox; but the serpent—its food shall be dust! They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, says the Lord.
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.
***Blessing of Backpacks this Sunday, August 26 - Bring your backpacks to church!
During worship, we will have a blessing of children, teachers and backpacks as everyone returns to school.
***This Sunday is the last week celebrating the Season of Creation. We return to using the Revised Common Lectionary Bible readings next Sunday.
***The Evangelism Committee is hosting a Food Pantry Drive next Sunday, September 2nd. 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.
***Church/Community Picnic will be held at St. Timothy, Sunday, September 9 from 1:00-3:00 pm! Meat provided, please bring a dish to pass. Bring lawn games if you have them. A sign up sheet is on the church narthex table. Invite family and friends to come with you!
***COMING TO ST. TIMOTHY SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 – RALLY DAY!
Do you ever feel like you wish you knew more about your faith? Now you have an opportunity. Beginning Sunday, September 16, we will be having Bible study during fellowship. You’ll have time to get your coffee and other goodies and then we’ll meet at the back of the fellowship hall.
We are beginning with the Book of Acts, using N. T. Wright’s
book, Acts for Everyone. It will be primarily a discussion-base
d study. Together we will learn what God is saying to us
through this book.
“All Together Now”
Youth Sunday school will also begin Sunday, September 16th using a new curriculum and at a new time. “All Together Now” is the name of the curriculum and the time will be after church rather than during worship.
Worship will be a time that will be more inclusive, with more opportunities for involvement for all ages. We will worship together as a family and then following worship, have educational time for all.
Rally Day is September 16. We look forward to seeing you then!
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 27
***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, Friday, September 7, 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.
· 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 T. J. Bihler, Dianne Sloan, Mabel Tranum, Richard Starks, Mabel Tranum, Dan Kelly, Dan Caruso, Ilene Chiotti, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Debbie Stearns, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ross Gardner, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, 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.
· 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.