January 25, 2018
for Sunday, January 28
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
I like this short synopsis of the gospel reading from Sundays and Seasons, “The story has barely begun, and already the battle is joined. Jesus sides with humanity against every force that would bring death and disease. These forces recognize Jesus and know what his power means for them. This, however, is only the first fight. The war will go on much longer.” They hit the nail on the head.
Now let’s not get side-tracked with whether or not the man was actually possessed by a demon or whether it was something we would consider a physical or mental malady. The bottom line is that Jesus set the man free from that which was oppressing him.
Does talk of demons make us think of different movies and their themes? Here is a link to an article that speaks to that: Link http://blogs.elca.org/faithlens/january-29-2012/. The evil that oppresses so many is nothing like that which is in films.
Jesus wants to free us from whatever it is that is binding us. Think about verse 3 from Martin Luther’s hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God:”
Though hordes of devils fill the land
all threat'ning to devour us,
we tremble not, unmoved we stand;
they cannot overpow'r us.
Let this world's tyrant rage;
in battle we'll engage!
His might is doomed to fail;
God's judgment must prevail!
One little word subdues him.
Jesus frees us—not just for ourselves, but so that we may share it with the world.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
[Jesus and his disciples] went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, “What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.
- 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 the family and friends of Helen Cogliano, Dan Caruso, Alex Daniels, Mike Krott, 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, Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.
- for the people serving in the military 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.
***St. Timothy has started a new partnership with the Bemus Point Elementary School and 5 & 2 Ministry based in Clymer, NY. The 5 & 2 Ministry is committed to fighting childhood hunger in our community, one child at a time. St. Timothy is now a Donation Site to collect specific foods to be sent home to children on Fridays to supplement what they do or don't get over the weekend. For a list of foods and more information, go to our Home Page and click on the links provided. Join us in this wonderful initiative!
*** Next Sunday, February 4, we look forward to having Bishop John Macholz at St. Timothy preaching and leading worship:
Bishop John Macholz at St. Timothy and St. Mark
On Sunday, February 4, 2018, Bishop John Stanley Macholz will be the guest preacher at both St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Bemus Point and St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mayville. Bishop Macholz has been the bishop of the Upstate NY Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since 2014. Previously, he was pastor of Atonement Lutheran Church in Rochester. Bishop Macholz has spent his entire ministry in NY State.
Bishop Macholz is married to Linda. They have a daughter Barbara Grimaldi (Matthew) who lives in Pennsylvania and a son Zachary Macholz (Jasmin) who lives in Germany.
Bishop Macholz has a terrific sense of humor (always asking for new jokes at Synod Assemblies) and is well-versed in social media with a strong presence on Facebook and elsewhere.
We hope you can join us. St. Timothy’s service is at 9:30 and St. Mark’s is at 11:00.
*** 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!
*** Fran Ward will be out of the office beginning Thursday, February 1 and will return on Tuesday, February 27th.
***You are invited to St. Timothy Lutheran Church for our Ash Wednesday worship service with communion and imposition of ashes, on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm