January 22, 2019
for Sunday, January 27
Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10
1 Corinthians 12:12-31a
I just love it when I read a portion of scripture filled with verbs. Such is the case with this passage from Luke. We have two-fold action—the work of the Holy Spirit and Jesus’ response to that.
This is what Luke writes about the Holy Spirit: the Spirit fills the Messiah with power, is upon the Messiah, has anointed him and sent him. That’s all well and good, but why?
Jesus’ response to the Holy Spirit’s power was to preach in the synagogues in Galilee. And the response was favorable. Then we hear more of the Spirit’s work through Isaiah. Jesus declares the purpose is to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to captives and so on. Finally, Jesus was “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (v. 19).
Everything Jesus did was because of the work of the Holy Spirit enabling him to do the will of his Father. There is a direct correspondence between the Spirit’s work and the Son’s work.
“Today” the Holy Spirit is in us and empowers us to be all that God has called us to be. We are to proclaim God’s love for all, to set free those whom Christ has already redeemed. Chains are broken and we call people to leave those chains behind.
Have you experienced that little nudge telling you to do something? Allow the Spirit to work through you as he did through Jesus and the early church and God’s faithful people throughout the centuries.
Let us pray.
“O Holy Spirit enter in, and in our hearts your work begin, and make our hearts your dwelling” (ELW 786).
14Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.
16When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:
18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
- 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 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 the people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham and their families, and 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.
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: 43
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St. Timothy’s annual congregational meeting (with lunch) will be held this Sunday, January 27th following worship. It is important that all members and friends attend!
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.
Lydia, Dorcas, and Phoebe, witnesses to the faith
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Women as well as men were important Christian leaders from the beginning, as demonstrated by these coworkers of the apostle Paul. Lydia, a seller of purple goods, lent her home for a church; Dorcas was known for charitable works; and Phoebe was a deacon in the church at Cenchrae.