December 28, 2017
for Sunday, Dec. 31
Multiple Readings as part
of Lessons and Carols
This Sunday we are having a service of Lessons and Carols. There a number of different scripture texts that will be read with a musical response to each by a carol that we sing together, a choral response by the choir, or a song by our special vocalist, Amy Adams.
We will also have the opportunity to hear from Kelsey Kresse, who is currently a seminarian at the Lutheran seminary in Chicago. She hails from Erie, PA. Kelsey served in Madagascar in 2013/14 as a YAGM, Young Adult in Global Mission and is now at seminary at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago.
Personally, I have a special fondness for Luke 2:8-20, which will be one of our lessons. It’s about the shepherds, who were so despised at the time. And yet, it is to the lowly and despised that God reveals the wonder of the birth of the Christ child. It wasn’t to the rich and powerful, but to the poor and lowly. Then there is that brief statement that we cannot ignore, “But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” May we have the humility of the shepherds and the heart of Mary, as we continue our Christmas celebration.
8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see — I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger." 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." 16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
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 Sunday, December 31, the 9:30 am worship 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.
*** Chautauqua Opportunities Alzheimer's Services is offering a presentation on Communication and Dementia on Thursday, January 11th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bemus Point LIbrary (13 Main St., Bemus Point). As Alzheimer's disease or another related dementia progresses, the communication skills of a person with dementia will gradually decline. Learn what works and what doesn't in communicating with a person who has dementia. For further information, please call 716-661-9430 X 1236.
*** St. Timothy Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, January 21st after worship. A light lunch will be provided. All members and friends are encourage to attend.
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*** St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 401 North Main St., Jamestown, is hosting a “Community Messiah Sing” tomorrow, Friday, December 29th at 8:00 pm. You are invited to sing or just come and enjoy the music.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class is scheduled to resume Monday, January 8th at 9:00 am. The class meets each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall of St. Timothy. This is a bone-strengthening, low impact class for men and women.
*** On Sunday, February 4, Bishop John Macholz is scheduled to be at St. Timothy.
*** Fast-moving wildfires fueled by intense winds have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes in Southern California just weeks after fires destroyed more than 8,000 structures and led to more than 40 deaths in the state. Lutheran Disaster Response and its affiliates and partners will be responding to the overwhelming needs of those affected by wildfires. Your gifts will help deliver a robust response on the long road to recovery. Gifts to Lutheran Disaster Response designated for "U.S. wildfires" will be used to help those affected by wildfires until the response is complete.
Greetings to you and yours. I’m sending you this note because I want to be sure you received the email below from the Rev. Daniel Rift about ELCA World Hunger, our church’s
ministry to end hunger and poverty. Thanks to generous friends of our church,
right now we have an opportunity to make our gifts go even further.
If you have already made a gift toward the matching challenge, thank you. Through your generosity, you stand shoulder-to-shoulder with so many others who are working to end hunger and poverty around the world. If you have not yet made a gift, please prayerfully consider supporting this important ministry today. Thank you. Peace and blessings, The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
· 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.