December 21, 2016
for Sunday, Dec. 24
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26
Luke 1: 26-38
This is the closing of Paul’s letter to the Romans. “All of Advent, all of the entire Christian year, is summed up in Paul’s concluding doxology” (Sundaysandseasons.com). It is also a summary of all that God has done in sending his Son, born of Mary.
Paul is thankful that God’s plan of salvation for us all is revealed in the gospel of Christ. We too can be thankful. As flowery as Paul’s language may seem, there is also the means of how we can live the life of faith today.
For one thing, it’s not by our own strength, but God’s strength in us that we can live for Christ. God has revealed himself in a way that he had not prior to Jesus’ incarnation. And this is not a salvation for only one ethnicity, but for the Gentiles, for us, as well. We can live an obedient life of faith because of God’s work in us. We can have hope in difficult times because of what God has done. “27to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.”
25Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—27to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.
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.
*** St. Timothy’s Christmas Eve Service will be held Sunday, December 24th at 4:00 pm. Allow yourself the luxury of 50 minutes of calm, beauty and fellowship to celebrate the birth of our Lord. We also will have regular worship at 9:30 that day.
*** St. Timothy Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, January 21st after worship. Committee heads - please turn year-end reports into the church office by Tuesday, January 9th. Electronic reports emailed to the church are welcome.
*** Next Sunday, December 31, the 9:30 am worship on at St. Timothy will be a service of lessons and carols. We will welcome Kelsey Kresse from Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) who will speak during the service.
*** St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 401 North Main St., Jamestown, is hosting a “Community Messiah Sing” on Friday, December 29th at 8:00 pm. You are invited to sing or just come and enjoy the music. See posting on narthex bulletin board for details.
*** 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.
*** On Sunday, February 4, Bishop John Macholz is scheduled to be at St. Timothy.
· 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.