January 3, 2019
for Sunday, January 6
Psalm 72:1-7, 10-14
Why should King Herod and all of Jerusalem be frightened of a baby? This child was no ordinary baby, but one who was born to be “king of the Jews” (v. 2). The power of these men in leadership in Jerusalem was tenuous because they had maintained it by oppression. It had not been given them by God, unlike that of the child who would become king. King Herod and the other Jerusalem leaders were threatened by anyone they perceived as challenging their right to power. But it’s still hard to believe that even as a newborn, the Christ child frightened them.
The babe to be worshipped, who would die on a cross, wants to rule and reign in every area of our lives. Rather than the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, he wants us to open our hearts in love for him and service to our neighbor. Martin Luther wrote, “For on this very day we can still open to Christ our treasures and present them to Him, as the wise men did. And how? Behold, His word is written (Matthew xxv.40): ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’” (Day by Day We Magnify Thee, p. 48).
In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.’ ”
Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.
- 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 obligations
- for victims of violence and their families in all places
· for the family and friends of Dan Caruso who passed away on Dec. 30th, for the family and friends of Lois Isaacson (Matt’s mother) who passed away on Jan. 1st, Eileen Widen, George & Janet Balcom, Beverly Klang, Carolyn Wickerham, Trudy Fetzner, Dan Kelly, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Joe Gauvin, Rod Storck, Bonny Davis, The Kibbe family, 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 and their families, those caught up in war who have no safe home in which to live.
-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.
*** January Packing Night for 5 & 2 Ministry will take place at St. Timothy’s Tuesday, January 15th, at 7:00 pm.
After February, packing nights are scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of the month. The schedule could vary if conflicts arise. If you would like to mark your new calendar, here is the current schedule: Jan. 15, Feb. 12 (due to school break), Mar. 19, Apr. 16, May 21, June off, July off, Aug. off, Sep. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec 10 or 17 (tba).
Remember, we are always collecting food items for the 5 & 2 Ministry. Bring your items and place in the black bin. Lists detailing items needed are available in the church narthex. Monetary donations also welcome!
*** Due to the Chatterbox Restaurant closing, 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!
***JOB OPENING – Part Time Administrative Assistant
St. Timothy is currently looking to fill a part time Administrative Assistant (Secretary) position in our office. Fran Ward is resigning effective January 10, 2019.
It is a 10 hour/week position @ $11.25 / hr. Must be proficient in use of Word and Excel Programs, have excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills. If interested, please email your contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 41
***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 held Sunday, January 20th following worship. It is important that all members and friends attend!