January 18 2018
for Sunday, January 21
Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1: 14-20
This is an action packed reading full of verbs. Jesus came, proclaiming, saying, passed, saw, said and called. The future disciples left (what they were doing) and followed Jesus.
Jesus proclaimed the good news of God (v. 14) that the kingdom has come near (v. 15). It’s not just any old kingdom, like that of Rome or the ancient kings of Israel. Rather, it is “a realm in which life belongs to and reflects God” (sundaysandseasons.com). We are called to repent, believe and follow Jesus, just as his first disciples were. That is the message – that there is a new ruler in town, Christ the Lord, whose kingdom has no end. This is no physical kingdom, but an omnipresent one. Where the king (Jesus) is, there is the kingdom.
Throughout Mark’s gospel, we see the word “immediately.” It’s like the hurry-up offence in football. Everything happens “immediately.” When Jesus calls us to believe in the good news and follow him, our lives are “immediately changed by the proclamation of the word” (sundaysandseasons.com). Think about how we stand for the gospel reading at church. We are on our feet, ready to follow Jesus wherever he leads us.
Share this great, good news.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
14Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.”
16As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20Immediately he called them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men, and followed 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 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 the children and families of Honduras and other Central American countries that they might be restored to safety.
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 held this Sunday, January 21st after worship. All members and friends are encouraged to attend. A light lunch will be provided by church council.
*** 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 schools get closed due to the weather.
***We are collecting mittens, gloves, scarves and hats; place your donations on the white stick tree on the narthex table. Thank you!
*** Love INC
Dear Partner Churches,
The New Year has come and the first month of the New Year is almost over, but the needs are ongoing. Over the month of December, we were so blessed to be able to assist the parents of 37 children with Christmas gifts. We were given a donation of toys from the Greater Chautauqua Credit Union and had gift sponsors for 3 teenagers and a child with specific needs.
With Christmas, the month was very busy as we also assisted those in need with a refrigerator, a washer and 2 dryers, lamps, a high chair, a living room chair, a table, a stove, 2 car repairs and 2 clients were assisted with moves. Our Gap Ministries at Jamestown Free Methodist Church and Bethel Baptist Church were called on 5 times this month as well to provide toiletries, cleaning products and diapers. We touched the lives of 88 people this month. I am exhausted just thinking of it all but giving God all the glory for what he has done through you His church.
January tends to be a slower month from what I understand. I think it is God's way of allowing us a brief rest after the busyness of December. Therefore our need list is a bit shorter than usual.
We are in need of... 6 washers & 3 dryers
a gas stove
1 full-size bed & 4 twin beds
Thus far this month we have had a roof patched, had a driveway plowed, provided 5 beds, sheets, towels, a lamp, a toaster, chairs, a tv stand, a dryer and a dresser. and a birthday gift for a grandson living with his grandma for the last month.
We praise God for what He has done. The needs are great, but He is the provider through His people the church. We also ask for your prayers for the current needs.
Susan L. Justham
Love In the Name of Christ of SCC