February 2, 2017
for Sunday, February 5
Although this may not be the exact theological point Jesus is trying to communicate, it is true that the only way we can manage coping with the foolishness in our society and world, is to add salt to it! That salt doesn't come from some faraway place, but through the Holy Spirit who lives in us. We are able to make life more palatable when it seems that all is lost.
Jesus said, "let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven" 17b. Is that kind of familiar? Now where have we heard that? Oh yeah, when someone is baptized, we give the child or sponsor a lighted candle to hold and the assistant liturgist says those very words.
Not to take this too literally, but it is hard to make our way around in the dark. That's the time we stub our toes and try to stifle our cry of pain so we don't wake anyone up. I have finally conceded to the need for light in the darkness. I always turn on the lamp on my nightstand.
In other parts of scripture, Jesus says he is the light of the world, but here we are given this responsibility to be light in the dark places of our world. How can it be said of Jesus and of us? Jesus works through us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Come Holy Spirit and renew our lives. Use us to spread your love, light and salt throughout the land. Amen.
[Jesus said:] 13“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
14“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
- 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 Gloria Gardner, Grace Wakefield, Al Lamb, Eleanor Burgeson Orman, Bob Samuelson, Arden Johnson, Ralph Prieur, Bill Reel, Todd Reel, Helen Cogliano, Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Maj-Britt Traynor, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, Dan Bylund 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.
***The Evangelism Committee will be packing Valentine Goody Boxes for our college students and military personnel. We need contributions of items to pack or monetary donations. If you have someone that you would like to receive a box, please provide their name and address—contact Marty Hunt or anyone on the Committee (see list in recent annual report). All contributions are needed no later than February 12th. Thank you!
***If you haven’t yet picked up your 2016 Offering Statement, please look for it in the box on the narthex table. A few folks still need to pick up their 2017 offering envelope boxes. They are also on the narthex table.
***The “Church Mouse”, for those who receive a printed version, will be available for pick up this on Sunday from the table in the narthex. Electronic copies of the “Church Mouse” will not be going out until February 11 and 12; we apologize for the inconvenience.
***Snow Shoveling: The Property Committee is still seeking volunteers to sign up for shoveling both church entrances early Sunday mornings. If you are able to help, please put your name on the sign-up sheet in the church narthex. THANK YOU!
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets at St. Timothy’s each Monday and Wednesday from 9:00-10:15 am. Anyone is welcome to join this low-impact, bone-strengthening class, suitable for both men and women.
***Fran Ward will be out of the office until Tuesday, February 28th.
I’m sure you know how long I have been waiting for the approval to have back surgery. Believe it or not, that approval came yesterday, 1/24. This was followed today, 1/25 by a phone call from the surgeon’s office telling me they were calling to schedule my surgery. The surgery will be on Tues., 2/14—Valentine’s Day.
Since the surgery is in Feb., I will not be doing Ashes to Go, which I wrote about in the Feb. newsletter. I was looking forward to that, but getting my back fixed is something that needs to be done sooner rather than later.
Since we won’t know exactly how bad my back is until the surgery, the amount of time I’m off from work is up in the air. At this point, I’m planning coverage for services from Sun., 2/19-Sun., 3/26. It may need to be more time or less time.
Many thanks to each and every one of you for your prayers, concern and support. I am truly blessed to be your pastor.
God bless you abundantly.