January 17, 2019
for Sunday, January 20
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
People know how to party in the Middle East. A typical wedding feast lasted as long as seven days. Even today, Palestinian feasts go on for several days. When we lived in Bethlehem, every year we had a Christmas Feast for Muslims, which lasted three days. That was truly the minimum number of time for any feast.
The water wasn’t necessarily healthy to drink in Jesus’ day, so like many places, people drank wine. Can you imagine the horror of running out of something to drink if you had a party, especially a wedding reception? What struck me as I was thinking about this text is the ordinariness of water. It’s something most everyone has access to. There was nothing special about the water in today’s gospel reading. Yet it is common, ordinary water that Jesus uses for his first sign. Out of this ordinary water, Jesus produced something extraordinary—some very good wine.
The disciples were ordinary people. Through them, God’s church grew exponentially. We too are pretty ordinary people. Through us, God desires to do extraordinary things. We have seen some of this with the 5 and 2 Ministry as well as other ministries. That’s just a glimpse of what God can and wants to do through us.
There is a Christian song from the ‘70s, “Ordinary People,” that kept repeating in my heart as I have been studying this text. Here are some of the words:
Just ordinary people
God uses ordinary people
He chooses people just like me and you
Who are willing to do as He commands
God uses people that will give Him all
No matter how small your all may seem to you
Because little becomes much
As you place it in the Master’s hand
Here is a link to the song on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tdea9FIdzC0.
God loves to use the ordinary to do the extraordinary.
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
· 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: 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 Frazier.
· 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.
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.
*** St. Timothy Congregational Meeting will be postponed to Sunday, January 27th after worship due to a winter storm warning. 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!
*** The Southwestern Conference Women of the ELCA Planning Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 19th, 10:00 AM in the Conference Room at Lutheran, Jamestown. The Conference Room is located down the hall to the left of Christ Chapel (next to the Occupational Therapy Room). Use Lutheran’s main entrance. We need representatives from all our Conference congregations to help plan for future gatherings and share ideas. Please join us. Thanks so much for all your continued support.
Lois Rumfelt, Secretary
***The monthly Ladies’ Lunch will be held the 3rd MONDAY of the month at the Bemus Inn at 12:00 pm. January date is Monday the 21st. All ladies welcome!
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 43
***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.
St. Timothy’s annual congregational meeting (with lunch) will be postponed until Sunday, January 27th following worship. It is important that all members and friends attend!
An Update from Love INC:
We celebrate the birth of our King every December as we study Luke 2. We were given a gift that first Christmas that was to last our whole life through. Like New Year's Resolutions, we often fall off the wagon of remembering our King and what he did for us by being born an earthly man. We have so much to be grateful for and we at Love INC are so grateful. We were blessed with many gifts big and small, but each is so precious.
A recap of our blessings in December:
• A request for wrapping paper on our Facebook page provided enough wrapping paper for next year too.
• The need for stoves was lessened with a financial gift that was multiplied thanks to ACME Appliance.
• A Toy Giveaway with REALiFE Church and Greater Chautauqua Credit Union became a pop-up toy shop that not only provided Christmas gifts and volunteer hours, but it provided a warm and welcoming place to be loved on and encouraged for the neighbors we serve.
• Many generous financial gifts assisted to lessen the financial burden of maintaining the Love INC Clearinghouse Call Center which assisted in serving the many, many neighbors in Southern Chautauqua County in 2018.
As we celebrate the many blessings, the neighbors we serve continue to have unmet physical needs. Our bed list is once again growing. If you or someone you know has an unused bed in good condition with no rips, tears or stains, please contact our call center 338-9705. Many landlords are no longer providing appliances with apartment rentals so we have a list of neighbors needing stoves, refrigerators, washers and dryers. We ask that all appliances are less than 10 years old, clean and in good working condition.
Thank you for your support and your prayers as we work together to mobilize the local church to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ.
Susan L. Justham | Executive Director
Love In the Name of Christ of SCC
Helping Churches to Help People
Agnes, martyr, died around 304
Monday, January 21, 2019
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
Friday, January 25, 2019
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.
Timothy, Titus, and Silas, missionaries
Saturday, January 26, 2019
These three early Christian men were missionary companions of the apostle Paul. Timothy became bishop of Ephesus, Titus bishop of Crete, and Silas was imprisoned with Paul at Philippi until they were delivered by an earthquake.
On these days we remember pioneers of the faith who helped to build the foundation of our faith today.