January 11, 2018
for Sunday, January 14
1 Samuel 3:1-10
Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
There are two significant phrases in this story from John’s gospel. One is spoken by Jesus to prospective followers and the other is spoken by disciples who want others to become followers of Jesus. Jesus’ call to disciples of his day and to us is, “Follow me.” I cannot help but think of the hymn “Will You Come and Follow Me?” The very beginning is “Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?” (ELW 798). Ultimately, will we say yes to our Master’s call to follow?
Part of the call to follow is fleshed out in Philip’s words to Nathanael, “Come and see.” At times, these are hard words for us to say to our friends. And yet, if we want to grow in faith and grow God’s church, we must step outside of our comfort zone and issue this invitation to others: Come and see.
Sharing our faith with others is part of God’s call to us. It is a response that we cannot help but have when God has touched our lives. Jesus invites us, “Follow me” and we invite others to “Come and see.”
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, “Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael asked him, “Where did you get to know me?” Jesus answered, “I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Nathanael replied, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered, “Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.”
- 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, 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, Helen Cogliano, Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.
- For 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.
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.
*** Chautauqua Opportunities Alzheimer's Services is offering a presentation on Communication and Dementia tonight, 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 encouraged to attend.
Attention chairs of Nominating Committee, Christian Education, Social Ministry, and Caring & Sharing Ministry: For your committee to be included in the annual report, reports must be dropped off or emailed to the church office no later than 9 am Tuesday, January 16th. Thank you.
***We are collecting mittens, gloves, scarves and hats; place your donations on the white stick tree on the narthex table. Thank you!
*** On Sunday, February 4, Upstate New York Synod Bishop John Macholz will be at St. Timothy for worship. Come to our 9:30 am worship service and meet the bishop!
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets 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 Bemus Point schools get closed due to the weather.