December 12, 2019
for Sunday, Dec. 22
“The prophet describes the return from the Babylonian captivity as a joyous procession to Zion. God’s coming reign will bring a renewal of creation in which health and wholeness will be restored. There is no need for fear, for God is coming to save” (). What good news the prophet brings, but it does not mean that all went smoothly for the returnees. Their ancestors may have been in Jerusalem, but surely not these folks. They were like refugees in the land of their heritage. But God tells them it will be alright.
Today, we have prophets as well. Prophets are not fortune tellers but are proclaimers of God’s message. In this passage, it’s a message of love, renewal and hope for a beleaguered people.
On Sunday, we’ll have Jayson Mena with us, one of our grown-up Promise Children. God has worked in his life in remarkable ways and he will be with us to tell his story. He proclaims hope to the children of Honduras. We are fortunate he can be with us. Let us welcome him with Christ’s love.
1The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,
the desert shall rejoice and blossom;
like the crocus 2it shall blossom abundantly,
and rejoice with joy and singing.
The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it,
the majesty of Carmel and Sharon.
They shall see the glory of the Lord,
the majesty of our God.
3Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
4Say to those who are of a fearful heart,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Here is your God.
He will come with vengeance,
with terrible recompense.
He will come and save you.”
5Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened,
and the ears of the deaf unstopped;
6then the lame shall leap like a deer,
and the tongue of the speechless sing for joy.
For waters shall break forth in the wilderness,
and streams in the desert;
7the burning sand shall become a pool,
and the thirsty ground springs of water;
the haunt of jackals shall become a swamp,
the grass shall become reeds and rushes.
8A highway shall be there,
and it shall be called the Holy Way;
the unclean shall not travel on it,
but it shall be for God’s people;
no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray.
9No lion shall be there,
nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it;
they shall not be found there,
but the redeemed shall walk there.
10And the ransomed of the Lord shall return,
and come to Zion with singing;
everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;
they shall obtain joy and gladness,
and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
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.
Jayson Mena was one of our Promise Children in Honduras. Now an adult, God has given him a vision of how to help the children of Honduras. He will be our guest preacher this Sunday, Dec. 15. We are grateful for all God has done in his life. We look forward to hearing his story. You will have an opportunity to share in his vision after worship.
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 71
***Special request from Pastor Dan Rumfelt:
We’ve got about 20 kids that could use a suitcase for their transition to a new facility. Anyone have some? Local congregations maybe could ask of their folks this next couple Sundays. Drop them off at GA office or to me. Thanks. Pastor Dan Rumfelt
Pastor Ivy will be on vacation from Wed., 12/25-Tues., 12/31. She will be back in the office on Thurs., Feb. 2. In case of an emergency, you can call Pastor Timothy Hoyer at 716-487-7521.
***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards. 3 ways to give:
- Go directly to our website at
- 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.
Committee heads – all reports are due into St. Timothy office no later than Friday, December 27th for inclusion in the Annual Report. Reports can be hand written and left on the office desk or emailed to the office at
· 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: Rob Fenlason, Dan Bruinsma, Rev Alan Anderson, Dick Starks, Tim O’Brien Nichelle Carlberg, Mike Krott, Gretta Kettle, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, 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.