August 30, 2018
for Sunday, Sept. 2
Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-9
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
The Letter of James is unlike other works of the New Testament. It is a form of Wisdom literature, which we see in the Old Testament’s Proverbs and Ecclesiastes. You could practically put James side-by-side with these two other books and the similarities would be greater than the differences.
I find the reminder in the first two verses, focusing on all good things coming from God, helpful. The reference to “birth by the world of truth,” makes us think of Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, “You must be born from above” (John 3:7). It is on the basis of this, of who we are in Christ, that James can give the instructions to the church that he does.
James’ words are timely. We live in a time where civil discourse is anything but civil. Those from the right, left and middle vilify each other in such an ugly way. James wrote, “You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.” Can you imagine what life would be like if we all listened more, spoke more carefully and controlled our emotions?
This passage looks like an overwhelming laundry-list of dos and don’ts. We cannot live this kind of life apart from the work of Christ within us. God gave us “birth by the word of truth, so that we would come a kind of first fruits of his creatures.” Our lives are to be fruit bearing, demonstrating the Christian life to all around us.
Let us pray:
Holy God, makes us more like you each day. May your light shine brightly through us. May our actions display your love to all.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfillment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.
But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.
If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
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.
***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: 29
***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 victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.
· For: Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwa and Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia, Sylvia Lipsey, 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.