January 19 2017
for Sunday, January 21
Psalm 27:1, 4-9
1 Corinthians 1:10-18
23Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.
Jesus is the light in Isaiah’s prophecy. With the birth of his Son, God was creating a shift in salvation history. The One who fulfills all prophecies, the light of the world has not only been born, but was beginning his earthly ministry.
Once again we see Peter and Andrew. When Jesus called, they dropped everything to follow him. Last Sunday, we saw Jesus’ initial encounter with these two men. No wonder they would drop everything. Jesus was not some stranger. James and John also stopped mending nets when Jesus called and started following him. They too were disciples of John the Baptist.
We may feel that only the disciples and other people in the Bible were called. Maybe pastors too are called, since in our denomination, they are not hired, but accept a call. But what about everyone else, are they called as well? Calling entails more who we are as opposed to what we do. God calls us to be his children in baptism. “Maybe being comes before doing. Maybe being even makes doing possible” (David Lose, davidlose.net).
God is calling each of us to be who he says we are. We are beloved children of the heavenly Father. We are saints. We are messengers of God’s kingdom by virtue of our relationship to God. There is a needlepoint picture in my office that quotes St. Francis. It says, “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words when necessary.” May we let our lives lead others to follow Jesus.
Pr. Ivy Gauvin
12Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
15“Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16the people who sat in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
light has dawned.”
17From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”
18As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. 19And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” 20Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. 22Immediately they left the boat and their father, 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: Gloria Gardner, Grace Wakefield, Al Lamb, Eleanor Burgeson Orman, Bob Samuelson, Arden Johnson, Ralph Prieur, Bill Reel, Todd Reel, Helen Cogliano, Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Maj-Britt Traynor, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse and Thom Shagla
[if !supportLists]· [endif]For people serving in the military 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.
***The Evangelism Committee will be packing Valentine Goody Boxes for our college students and military personnel. We need contributions of items to pack or monetary donations. If you have someone that you would like to receive a box, please provide their name and address—contact Marty Hunt or anyone on the Committee (see committee names in recent annual report). All contributions are needed no later than February 12th. Thank you!
***2016 Offering Statements are available to be picked up from box on the table in the narthex.
***Movie and Conversation
The Lutheran congregations of Jamestown invite you to a movie night to view the movie “Selma” on Friday February 3rd, 6:00 pm at First Lutheran Church, 120 Chandler St. Jamestown. There will be refreshments and a light lunch and opportunity for discussion. All are welcome!
***Snow Shoveling: The Property Committee is still seeking volunteers to shovel both church entrances early Sunday mornings. If you are able to help, please put your name on the sign-up sheet in the church narthex. THANK YOU!
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class resumed on Monday, January 9th at 9:00 am and once again meets each Monday and Wednesday from 9:00-10:15 am. Anyone is welcome to join this low-impact, bone-strengthening class, suitable for both men and women.
***Knitters & Crocheters: Bemus Point United Methodist Church invites knitters & crocheters from St. Timothy to join their bi-weekly knit/crochet group. They meet on the 2nd Monday and 4th Wednesday at 7:00 pm at BPUMC. Yarn is available and they will teach you how to make “Peace Pals” as well as hats, scarves and mittens. The completed items are sent to “Knitting 4 Peace”, a great non-profit that has supplied our Honduras Mission Teams with several hundred “Peace Pals”.
*** After next Thursday, January 26th, Fran Ward will be out of the office until Tuesday, February 28th.