January 4, 2018
for Sunday, January 7
I’m sure most of us, at one time or another, have watched Sesame Street—either as children, or with our own children or grandchildren. One of my favorite things on the program is when they show a number of images and ask, “Which one of these is not like the other ones?” Well, I must say that those words occurred to me as I looked over the lessons for this coming Sunday.
I understand how the gospel story of Jesus’ baptism and the story from Acts regarding baptism fit together, but Genesis????? That seemed to be the thing that was not like the other things. Then I thought about it and read about it and a light went on.
There are commonalities in all three readings: the Holy Spirit, water and the result of God’s work. It’s a bit harder to see in Genesis, but these factors are there. First, a wind of God “swept over the face of the waters” (v. 2). The word in Hebrew for wind is the same as spirit. A wind from God, may be understood as the Holy Spirit. We have the water. And then the really marvelous work God does is God brings order out of chaos, light from darkness. God spoke the order into being: “Let there be light” (v. 3).
God brings order out of chaos. God brings light out of darkness. God the creator did all of that in Genesis and God is still creating and recreating in our lives today. If we are struggling in the dark, allow God to bring light and order to our lives, so that God may see, that it is good.
Dear Lord, allow your Spirit to move over the chaos and troubled waters of our life. Bring order out of confusion and light out of darkness.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
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.
*** Chautauqua Opportunities Alzheimer's Services is offering a presentation on Communication and Dementia on Thursday, January 11th from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Bemus Point Library (13 Main St., Bemus Point). As Alzheimer's disease or another related dementia progresses, the communication skills of a person with dementia will gradually decline. Learn what works and what doesn't in communicating with a person who has dementia. For further information, please call 716-661-9430 X 1236.
*** St. Timothy Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, January 21st after worship. A light lunch will be provided. All members and friends are encouraged to attend.
If you are responsible for a report to be included in the annual report book, please get it to the church office by Tuesday, January 9th. Electronic reports emailed to the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org , are welcome!
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class is scheduled to resume Monday, January 8th at 9:00 am. The class meets each 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.
*** On Sunday, February 4, Bishop John Macholz is scheduled to be at St. Timothy.