December 14, 2017
for Sunday, Dec. 17
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28
When I first read this passage, all I could think of was the chorus of the1970 song “Signs” by the Five Man Electrical Band:
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign Blockin' out the scenery, breakin' my mind Do this, don't do that, can't you read the sign?
The first four verses are filled with the “Do this, don’t do that[s].” It’s almost like Paul is laying down rules for the Thessalonians and for us, what we Lutherans would refer to as law.
We could get pretty discouraged if that was all there was to this passage of scripture. However, we also have the gospel, the good news. Once again, God is not asking us to do something on our own. We would surely fall flat if he was. The last verse expresses our hope and means of doing all the “dos.” “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.” We can do because God does.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise the words of prophets, 21but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 22abstain from every form of evil.
23May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.
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.
***Reminder that Honduras cookie pickup at St. Timothy is this Saturday, December 16 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm
*** This Sunday, December 17th, St. Timothy Lutheran Church choir will present a Christmas cantata “Celebrate the Child”, to be performed during worship. Also during the service, we will dedicate the new stained glass windows and Christmas trees.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class will be on hiatus for the holidays. The next session is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 8th at 9:00 am.
*** St. Timothy Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, January 21st after worship.
***Committee heads: please turn reports into the church office by Tuesday, January 9th.
***On Sunday, February 4, Bishop John Macholz is scheduled to be at St. Timothy.
***Make plans to attend the Christmas Eve worship service at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Saturday, December 24th at 4:00 pm.
We will light the white Christ candle, the last candle in the Advent Wreath and observe Holy Commummuion.
Bring your family and friends to participate in joyous, candlelit worship, singing familiar carols while observing the birth of our Savior.
· 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 Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Adam Hull, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Ronald Amaral, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Gregg Davis, Al Lamb, 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.