February 1, 2018
for Sunday, February 4
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
God Heals Persons and Communities
When Jesus heals us, we are empowered to serve others. While at first glance it might seem that Jesus’ healing of Peter’s mother-in-law was self-serving, on further reflection we see the same result in nearly all of his signs and miracles. The object of Jesus’ compassion now has new responsibilities. In the very next chapter a paralytic lowered through the ceiling is raised, only to become the center of a religious controversy (Mark 2:3-12), as was the man who lay by the pool of Beth-zatha for thirty-eight years (John 5:2-15). When Jesus calms the storm (Mark 4:35-41) the disciples have to row the rest of the way! Any meaningful encounter with Jesus will result in our being changed, which in turn alters the way we see our relationship to the needs of others and the world.
Hard economic times, natural disasters, and divisive, party strife can make us feel helpless and hopeless, as if we have been abandoned by God. Even the church—local congregations as well as denominations—may feel fear and panic in the face of declining numbers and revenues, loss of loyalty from members, indifference or hostility from the surrounding culture, and internal sniping among factions. The exiled people of Israel in Babylon experienced all of this and more, so our condition is neither unique nor beyond the reach of our God. Isaiah 40:21-31 in the NRSV begins “Have you not known? Have you not heard?” Eugene Peterson, in The Message, translates this idea as “Have you not been paying attention? Have you not been listening?” There is some irony indeed that God’s church, entrusted with God’s salvation history and the gospel, still panics, still doubts and worries, still feels like it is up to us to save the church. We indeed are “clay jars” (2 Cor. 4:7)—carrying the message but not understanding, preaching salvation but not believing that God cares or will act to save. We live Isaiah 40 every day.
29As soon as [Jesus and the disciples] left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” 38He answered, “Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do.” 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
- 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, Dan Caruso, Alex Daniels, Mike Krott, Maj-Britt Traynor, Howard Knipe, Adam Hull, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Ronald Amaral, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Gregg Davis, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, Todd Reel, 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 persecution, violence and war.
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.
***Bishop John Macholz at St. Timothy and St. Mark
On Sunday, February 4, 2018, Bishop John Stanley Macholz will be the guest preacher at both St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Bemus Point and St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mayville. Bishop Macholz has been the bishop of the Upstate NY Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2014. Previously, he was pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church in Rochester. Bishop Macholz has spent his entire ministry in NY State.
Bishop Macholz is married to Linda. They have a daughter Barbara Grimaldi (Matthew) who lives in Pennsylvania and a son Zachary Macholz (Jasmin) who lives in Germany.
Bishop Macholz has a terrific sense of humor (always asking for new jokes at Synod Assemblies) and is well-versed in social media with a strong presence on Facebook and elsewhere.
***We hope you can join us. St. Timothy’s service is at 9:30 and St. Mark’s is at 11:00
Come one, come all! You are all welcome to a Super Bowl Party on Sunday, February 4th at the parsonage. We will provide pizza and some beverages. Just bring something with you to share. Come any time from 5:00 on; the game begins at 6:30. Pastor Ivy & Ray
*** On Sunday, February 11, Laurie Beckerink, co-founder of 5 & 2 Ministry will be here to do a Temple Talk. She will also be available during Coffee Hour for conversation (see related article below).
*** Healthy Bones Exercise 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. During winter, the class does not meet when schools get closed due to the weather.
***You are invited to the Ash Wednesday Worship Service at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, with communion and imposition of ashes, Wednesday, February 14th, 7:00 pm. Invite a friend to come with you!
***The 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Ministry (referred to as the 5 & 2 Ministry, http://www.5and2minisry.com) was founded by Laurie Beckerink and Jen Heiser because of a need in our community – childhood hunger. For some children, the two meals they receive in school Monday through Friday are the only meals they will eat.
Their goal is to place bags of food in student book bags on Friday afternoons to supplement the food they may or may not receive at home over the weekend. They are currently serving Clymer Central students in grades K-3, Sherman Central students Grades UPK/1 and now Bemus Point Elementary students grades PreK/K.
The 5 & 2 Ministry is a faith-based program where confidentially is a priority. It is an ‘opt out’ program – meaning that all families at the designated grade levels receive a letter inviting them to participate in the backpack program but giving them the ability to opt out if they choose.
St. Timothy is very excited and proud to become a partner in this endeavor by serving as a Donation Site. Specific foods and SIZES are requested to ensure that each bag can be filled to its capacity with foods chosen by the group.
Donations can be brought to the church using the front entrance. Information cards are also available for you to take (or take a photo of on your cell phone). A copy of the card is shown on the next page.
5 & 2 Ministry – Fighting childhood hunger in our community, one child at a time.