St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                       January 16, 2020


                                                       

                                                               John 1:29-42a

Scripture readings

for Sunday, January 19

Isaiah 49:1-7

Psalm 40:1-11

1 Corinthians 1:1-9

John 1:29-42

REFLECTION

Pastor Ivy


We continue in this season of Epiphany with further manifestation of Christ. I have bolded all the examples of testimony in this passage, including Jesus’ invitation to “Come and see.” As you can see, this theme runs throughout the passage.

John the Baptist continues his witness. Jesus invites two of John’s disciples who began following him to “Come and see.” Finally, we have Andrew, Peter’s brother, witnessing to Peter that they had found the Messiah.

How different would our faith be if these people had been afraid to share God’s revelation? Can you imagine scripture without those marvelous stories of the impetuous Peter?

God could certainly work without us, but God chose to be one of us in Jesus. God chooses to share with us and use us in his plans. Don’t be afraid to share your faith with others. You never know. It may be a future Peter or Andrew or Lydia or Mary that hears your words. Through us God chooses to share his love and change lives.

“Great God, your love has called us” (ELW 358). May we respond with open hearts, open hands and open mouths to share this great love. Amen. 

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” 31I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ 32And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” 34And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’

35 The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, 36and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ 37The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ 39He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. 40One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed). 42He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter).

·         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.

·         ForFamily and friends of Craig Jackson (Rose Prieur’s brother-in-law),  Dan Kelly, Inara Ledder,  Ned Lindstrom, Dick Starks, Tim O’Brien, Gretta Kettle,  George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Bryan Brown, , Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, and Bonnie Christoferson

·         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.

·         For:  The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


*** St. Timothy Congregational Meeting will be postponed to Sunday, January 26th after worship.  All members and friends are encouraged to attend.  A light lunch will be provided by Church Council. 


***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: 73

 

***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.







Love INC Prayer Requests 01/06/20

A single woman with MS who needs help moving some furniture in her house.  She also needs help to organize or thin out all her stuff.  Pray for a volunteer to step forward to help her out.

Praise - A Single mom of 4, who has been waiting since August for an electric stove.  We received one last week and we were able to install it for her.  Praising His provision

Love INC needs a volunteer accountant/bookkeeper. Our current bookkeeper will be retiring in May and we are looking for a replacement.

 

 

Continued Prayer and Updates

Single older woman who is need of a ramp for her home.  She has MS and has a lot of difficulties getting in and out of the house.  Pray for her health and the funds would be available to build the ramp.

A single mom of 2 young children found shelter at the Anew center after a violent domestic incident at her parents’ home.  DSS is assisting her with funds to move into her own apartment.  She will need all the household furnishings including beds.  Pray for this family, that they will be able to mend their differences and live peacefully.

A single man who was staying at UCAN mission after he was released from prison.  DSS is assisting him with rent, but in need of a bed and some furniture.  Pray for his son who is currently in foster care and a job. Praise-He had a job interview last Wednesday and attending a job fair later in the week. He will be also be receiving a bed and couch soon.

Pray for family having some unexpected financial difficulties.  The mother had some medical issues and the father had to take off work to care for all.  Pray that they would be open to attend financial money management classes.   They need diapers and toiletries.

A single mom struggling with addiction, became homeless and then lost custody of her daughter. Currently clean and was able to get help for an apartment.  She now has a 4-month-old to care for and would like to regain custody of her older daughter.  She needs almost everything for her apartment, a job to support herself and her children.

A family of 6 who were infested with bedbugs.  The home has been treated and the beds replaced.  They are seeking help to purchase the bedbug covers for the mattresses and box springs, to avoid this occurring again.  Pray for comfort and protection for them and the needed funds would become available.  They were assisted with living room furniture and bed frames, but still need of mattress covers.**

Single lady with some medical issues residing in the Allen Park area needs help with some yard work and snow removal.  Please pray for her health and a volunteer to meet her need.**

A mother of 5 kids was homeless when her apartment was condemned; lost everything. They were assisted with some living room furniture, table with chairs and 1 full-size bed but she is **still in need of 4 twin beds. 

An older couple who are both handicapped need help shoveling their walk; as she needs medical transport for dialysis 3 times a week.  **Still seeking snow removal assistance Spring Street area Jamestown


Upcoming Commemorations

 

Henry, Bishop of Uppsala, martyr, died 1156

Sunday, January 19, 2020

When Erik, King of Sweden, determined to invade Finland for the purpose of converting the people there to Christianity, Henry went with him. Henry is recognized as the patron saint of Finland.

 

Agnes, martyr, died around 304

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Agnes was a girl of about thirteen living in Rome. The details of her martyrdom are not clear, but she gave witness to her faith and was put to death as a result, most likely by the sword. The church has honored her as one of the chief martyrs of her time.

 

Conversion of Paul

Saturday, January 25, 2020

The week of prayer begun by the remembrance of Peter's confession now comes to an end as we recall the pivotal moment in the life of the other pillar of the early church, the apostle Paul. His encounter with the risen Christ turned him from persecutor of the followers of Christ to one of their leaders.