August 24, 2017
for Sunday, August 27
This Week's Reflection Comes from Sundays & Seasons
Confessing Christ, Formed in Faith
In late August, students are preparing to go back to school, and many churches gear up for a new year of Christian education. It is a good time to be reminded of the heart of Christian formation: conformation and transformation (Rom. 12:2).
Disciples are formed over time—shaped by learning, worship, and all aspects of Christian life in community. As it was for Peter, part of our formation is learning to confess Jesus as the Messiah, not only with the right words but also through an experience of the Living God in Christ. And along with Peter, through such formation we also discover who we are in relation to God: After Peter “confesses” Jesus’ identity of Messiah, Jesus “confesses” Peter’s identity by calling out his name and vocation.
Traditionally, Lutheran worship contains two confessions which keep forming us: a confession of sin and a confession of faith. In the first, we acknowledge who we are as sinner and saint, and in the second, we acknowledge who God is in the mystery of the Trinity. Like Peter’s, our own identity is revealed in those truths. And, we might say, we are continually formed by and through them.
Peter’s confession is not a precondition for following Jesus; it comes in the middle of his journey of discipleship. Our formation too is a long process—lifelong, in fact—which begins at baptism (or even before!) and is guided by those who travel before and with us. At this time of year, as we explore our own formation, identity, and vocation as disciples of Jesus, Isaiah entreats us, “Look to the rock from which you were hewn.” Envisioning Peter “the rock,” we might also consider how our shape is a “chip off the old block” of our forebears in faith.
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13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.
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 week, Mardell Hanson fell and broke her femur. She is inpatient at UPMC Chautauqua WCA room 467. Reports are that she is in good spirits, just very annoyed that she fell!
*** The Evangelism Ministry is hosting this year’s third Food Pantry drive on Sunday, September 3. Please bring personal care items, non-perishable food, paper products, laundry detergent, etc. to be donated to the Bemus Point Food Pantry. Please check for expiration dates, the Food Pantry cannot accept anything past the date.
*** The All-Committees Meeting is Sunday, September 10, following worship, for all working committees to meet and plan for the fall and winter. Everyone is invited! It's the perfect time to check out various committees to find one that's a good fit for you!
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class will resume at St. Timothy’s on Monday, September 11 at 9:00 am. New members always welcome! Fee is $25.00 for 10 week session. Class meets each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am.
*** Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center announces their Adult Fall Retreat, September 22-24, 2017:
“Please join us for this special program designed for older adults. The Adult Fall Retreat provides singles and couples the opportunity to spend time together in Christian fellowship in the beauty of autumn at LCLC. Delicious meals and hotel-style lodging will be provided in our comfortable, remodeled Retreat Center. For more information or to register, please go to lclcenter.org”
Back-to-School Supplies Donation Drive
Attention Lutheran Family!
G.A. Learning Center Youth Need Our Help!
Many families do not have the resources to provide these items for the comfort,
dignity, and success of our students.
• New or Gently Used and Clean Jeans, Khakis, Shorts, and Sneakers in Various Sizes
• Boys (most needed) and Girls Underwear in All Sizes
• Socks in All Sizes
• New or Gently Used and Clean Navy Blue Polo Shirts in Various Sizes
• Personal Care Products: Hygiene Wipes, Body Wash,Shampoo & Conditioner, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Deodorant, Hairbrushes, Hair Ties, and Combs
Items may be dropped off at these locations:
• LHRC Front Desk
• Senior Housing – Diana’s Office
• Marketing – Edwin’s Office
• Learning Center – Linda’s Office
GA Family Services Learning Center
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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 the family and friends of Barry Cederquist who passed away the 15th (Ron & Barb Simpson’s son-in-law), Mardell Hanson (broken femur after falling), Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Adam Hull, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Deacon Gregg Davis, Rita Evans, Roy Pihl, Faye Stebbins, Gloria Gardner, Bob & Audrey Markwart, Al Lamb, Eleanor Burgeson Orman, Arden Johnson, Todd Reel, Helen Cogliano, Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.
· For people serving in the military and their families, those caught up in war who have no safe home in which to live.
· 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.