August 8, 2019
for Sunday, August 11
Job 39:1-12, 26-30
Psalm 104:14-23, 31
1 Corinthians 1:10-23
This coming Sunday in the Season of Creation is Animal Sunday, when “we worship with the entire living family on Earth. We celebrate birds, animals, reptiles, and all living creatures” (letallcreationpraise.org). Here we see Jesus using the examples of ravens to teach his disciples the lesson of not being overly anxious about the day to day needs of our lives. I say “overly” because Jesus didn’t mean that we are to sit on our duffs and expect all of our needs to be met while we do absolutely nothing!
After all, what is the example of the ravens? They go after their prey. They don’t expect it to come to them. Jesus teaches that “God feeds them” (v. 24). All the work they do and yet it’s all at the hands of a loving, caring God.
The everyday things of life that help us live are important. We need to take care of ourselves, but that isn’t the end all and be all. We are not to be all-consumed with these tasks and with working endless hours in order to get the biggest, best and brightest of all earthly things. That is not what we are to strive for, but rather for God’s kingdom. That is what is really important in life is our relationship with our loving Lord. “…and these things will be given to you as well” (v. 31).
Let us pray:
Gracious God of abundance, you feed the hungry from your hand and visit us in our storms…May we know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that we may be filled with all the fullness of God. Amen.
Prayer from Re-worship.blogspot.com
22He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 26If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? 27Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 28But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 29And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. 30For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
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 month in worship, we are celebrating the Season of Creation. Rather than follow the Revised Common Lectionary scripture readings, each week we will use Season of Creation Scripture readings to help us reflect on the dimension of God’s character as creator.
***The Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA continues through 8/10. You can follow live what's happening at the assembly by going to this link: https://elca.org/cwa-2019/. Please keep the entire assembly and their decision-making in your prayers.
***5 & 2 Ministry’s 3rd Annual Auction and Chicken BBQ
Still taking New or Antique Donation items
Contact JoAnn Kopta at 716-237-0356 Save the Date -- August 23, 2019
*** 5 & 2 Ministry Wine and Cheese Tasting Party - Thursday, August 29 at 6:00 pm at the See Zurh. $10 tickets. Fun Time!!
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 54
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!
***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.
“Synod Book Group”
“Onlline Synod Wide Book Group Using Zoom Technology”
Pastor Lori Kochanski, Assistant to the Bishop for Faith Formation, will moderate the online conversation about the book. Make note of some of the points iin the book that you find to be interesting or challenging and be prepared to share them with the group.
This study is open to anyone (both lay folks and those who are rostered leaders) willing to read the book and talk about it with others. You can even invite your family and friiends who do not live in New York.
The zoom link will be published in the Upstate Update and the synod Facebook page.
Upcoming book conversations:
August 21 1:00 and 7:00 Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US
By Lenny Duncan
September 25 1:00 and 7:00 Dreaming of Stones: Poems
By Christine Valters Paintner
October 30 1:00 and 7:00 Love Big: The Power of Revolutionary Relationships to Heal the World
By Rozella Haydee White
November 20 1:00 and 7:00 We Will Feast: Rethinking Dinner, Worship, and the Community of God
By Kendall Vanderslice
December 18 1:00 and 7:00 The Universal Christ: How a Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For and Believe
· 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: 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.