St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                       January 9, 2020

                                                                                       

                                                    Matthew 3:13-17

                                                       

                                                       


Scripture readings

for Sunday, January 12

Isaiah 42:1-9

Psalm 29

Acts 10:34-43

Matthew 3:13-17

REFLECTION

Pr. Ivy Gauvin


Three basic things happen in this short telling of Jesus’ baptism: he is baptized by John, touched by the Spirit and publicly identified as God’s Son. Why was Jesus baptized after all? He certainly did not need to have his sins washed away as others did because he had no sin. All of this is preparation for his public ministry of teaching and healing. 

 

At his baptism the Holy Spirit came upon Jesus. It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that Jesus was able to do all that he did. Then we have the voice declaring that Jesus is God’s Beloved and that God is pleased with him. How dramatic that was! In Matthew’s gospel, these words of Jesus’ beloved-ness are not as much for his benefit as they are for the benefit of the spectators. God made it clear that Jesus had his Father’s stamp of approval.

 

In Holy Baptism, we too are washed by the Word, anointed by the Spirit and called God’s beloved. This prepares us for our mission—to proclaim the good news to all the oppressed, those needing healing—to all the world.

 

Dear Lord, we struggle so much when it comes to verbally sharing your love with others. May your Spirit give us boldness and strength as we represent you in our world today. Amen.


13Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

·         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 victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.

·         For: Dan Kelly, Inara Ledder, Ned Lindstrom, Dick Starks, Tim O’Brien, Gretta Kettle,  George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, and Bonnie Christoferson

·         For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, 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.

·         For:  The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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:  71

 

***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 26th following worship.  It is important that all members and friends attend!



Upcoming Commemorations

 

Martin Luther King Jr., renewer of society, martyr, died 1968

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

An American prophet of justice among races and nations, King was an eloquent preacher, a leader of the nonviolent resistance to race-segregated society, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Born on this date, he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

 

Antony of Egypt, renewer of the church, died around 356

Thursday, January 17, 2019

One of the earliest of the Egyptian desert fathers, Antony gave away his sizeable inheritance and became a hermit. Later he became leader of a group of monks who devoted themselves to prayer, worship, and labor.

 

Pachomius, renewer of the church, died 346

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Born in Egypt, Pachomius became a Christian while a soldier. He became a hermit (a solitary monk) and organized others into a religious community. His rule for monasteries influenced later ones in both the Eastern and Western churches.

 

Confession of Peter

Friday, January 18, 2019

Today the church remembers the apostle Peter's great acknowledgement of Jesus as "the Christ, the Son of the living God." This festival serves as a fitting beginning to the week in which we particularly pray that all Christians might be united in faith and witness.