February 21, 2019
for Sunday, February 27
Genesis 45:3-11, 15
1 Corinthinas 15:25-38, 42-50
It isn’t always easy to love people, especially those closest to us like family. That’s one thing, but here Jesus is calling on his followers to love enemies, to do good to those who hate us and pray for abusers and he is not referring to abusive spouses or partners. What Jesus is saying is just over the top and it’s beyond what any of us is capable of doing!
Jesus doesn’t simply tell us what to do, but he illustrates it with examples in verses 29 and 30. Then he wraps it up with the Golden Rule, giving the basis for such behavior.
Jesus next talks about relating to those who are our friends. That’s an easy thing to do “For even sinners love those who love them” (v. 32). Jesus concludes these ideas with the command to be as merciful as our heavenly Father. What!? Again, that’s just not doable. We aren’t God! This is where we must remind ourselves that God calls us to the impossible because God is the one at work within us and through us to do the things God desires of us. We can’t, so God does!
Let us pray:
Dear Lord, we so often take things upon ourselves that are your responsibility. We chafe at your commands and explain them away as meaning something else entirely. Use us as your instruments of love, good and blessing to all we meet.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
[Jesus said:] 27“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. 30Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 35But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.”
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.
We continuously collect food items for the 5 & 2 Ministry. Bring your donations and place in the black bin in church narthex. Lists detailing items needed are also available in the narthex. Monetary donations welcome!
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 43
Got a Slogan?
Got an Idea?
Our Property Committee is looking down the road to redoing our front sign. As part of that process, they would also like to get our St. Timothy name ‘out there’ and are looking at ideas and/or suggestions for slogans we might put on the sign or next to the sign…Something catchy and easily remembered and quoted like “Come As You Are” (already taken by another church).
We need your input….
· Should we refinish or replace our sign?
· Should we put a slogan or catch phrase directly on it?
o If so, do you have a suggestion for that phrase?
o We could choose one phrase or rotate through 4 or 5 phrases.
Please give your thoughts and ideas to Bob Samuelson at (716) 485-3517 or email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards. 3 ways to give:
- Go directly to our website at www.sttimothybemus.com
- Use our QR code with the QR reader on your smartphone
- Download the app ‘GivePlus Church’. Create an account.
For further information, see Kathy Carlson on Sundays or call her at 485-1316.
The Evangelism Committee food drive for the Bemus Point Food Pantry will be Sunday March 3rd. You are asked to bring in non-perishable food and personal care items (no expired items please), paper products, laundry detergent, etc. Thank you in advance.
In the case of Inclement Weather, be sure to check WGRZ & WIVB cancellations and closings for the service at St. Timothy Lutheran Church.
COINS FOR KATIE
Have you thought about giving up something for Lent? Here’s an idea – try losing all that extra change hanging around in your pocket, on your dresser or wherever it tends to pile up and give it to Coins for Katie. What’s Coins for Katie? Glad you asked. But first a little info.
Full name: Katharina von Bora (1499 – 1522; pictured above); married to: Martin Luther (reformer of the Roman Catholic Church). Katie offered much support to her husband and family, leaving a legacy in small, but significant ways to the Church, especially in Women’s ministries.
So, in 1997, Women of the ELCA, Churchwide, established KATIE’S FUND, a one-million-dollar endowment, providing grants in three ministry areas – leadership development, global connections and living theology. They now hope to increase the endowment to three million dollars by 2020. And that’s what Coins for Katie is all about.
The Southwestern Conference Women of the ELCA asks for your help in this effort. Just put that loose change in a jar during Lent (use the label below, if you like). Then after Easter, contact me for final details: email@example.com or 664-4409.
· 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 victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.
· For: Rev. Don Ray, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, George & Janet Balcom, Beverly Klang, Carolyn Wickerham, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Eileen Widen, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Ilene Chiotti, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ross Gardner, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Scott Stearns, Zachary FrazierFor people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, and their families, those caught up in persecution, violence and war.
· 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.
· For: The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.