July 14, 2016
Luke 10: 38-42
for Sunday, July 17
How can we find quiet to hear God and to still do all that we need to? We are continually connected to and bombarded by our technology. With tablets and smart phones keeping us busy and working all the time, the gospel reminds us of a struggle: when are we to set aside busy calendars, duties and to do lists and simply rest in God's presence, listening to what God has to say?
Tension mounts in our gospel as Jesus addresses Martha’s busyness, worry, and distraction, juxtaposed with Mary’s contemplation, focus, and desire to sit at the feet of the great teacher. But is “quietly sitting” even possible in our age of distractions? How can we unplug ourselves from electronic devices to make time for God? Do any of you have suggestions for finding a quiet time in your day?
Rather than viewing Martha and Mary simply as characters in the gospel story, some commentators view them as archetypes of two aspects of Christian discipleship. Martha models service, hospitality, and action, and Mary exemplifies study, listening, and reflection. While some individuals may be more inclined to one than the other, both are important in individuals and in a community. We can grow spiritually by exploring the the aspect of service we are less inclined to or are less comfortable with. Those of us with Martha leanings, need to stop and take time to simply listen to God. Those of a more contemplative nature or Mary leanings, need to get up and get to work. No matter which way we lean, there is only one thing that Jesus said is needful, and that Mary had chosen the better part (v. 42).
From Sundays and Seasons and personal reflections
Now as [Jesus and his disciples] went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
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.
***You are invited to a Chautauqua Watershed Conservancy program, “Eco-Friendly Native Plants for Your Yard or Lakeshore”, open to the public and being held at St. Timothy’s tonight, Thursday, July 14th from 7:00-8:30 pm. Join in on a presentation of native plants, featuring ecologist Johnathan Titus from SUNY Fredonia.
***Pastor Ivy Gauvin is attending continuing education classes at the Lutheran Seminary in Gettysburg, PA all week. If you have a pastoral emergency while she is gone, please call Pastor Dan Rumfelt at 665-8121.
***The Scandinavian Folk Festival starts tomorrow, Friday July 15, and runs through Sunday, July 17. Stop by St. Timothy’s Beef on Weck booth to purchase food and help support our fundraising efforts.
***The deadline to submit information for the August Church Mouse is Monday, July 25th.
*** The Hope Fest will be held in downtown Jamestown on Third St. between N. Main and Pine on Saturday, July 30th from 12pm-9pm. This is a free day with family activities, kids games, music, food (suggested donations) and a lot of hope! Their theme verse is Psalm 31:24, “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all who wait for the Lord.” All donations raised will go to benefit the domestic abuse shelter.
***A young Christian artist will present the evening concert at Chautauqua on Friday, July 29:
“Britt Nicole comes to shine on the Emerging Artist Series, and your church is invited! Youth groups and congregations are encouraged to join in this inspirational evening at Chautauqua Institution.
North Carolina native Britt Nicole moved to Nashville at age 19 and landed a record deal that led to her debut album Say It for EMI by the time she was 21. In 2012, Britt received a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for her 2012 release, Gold. Having created an empowerment anthem by the same name, Britt is emerging as a pop phenomenon of uncommon substance and soul, with a focus on music that’s both genuine and empowering. Learn more about her at http://www.brittnicole.com/."
***NEWS FROM THE UPSTATE NY SYNOD
Bishop's Annual Golf Tournament 2016
Monday, July 11th was a gorgeous day for life and for golf! Approximately forty eight golfers gathered along with a dozen or so volunteers at Shadow Lake Golf and Racquet Club in Penfield, NY, just east of Rochester. A Shot Gun start at noon sent folks off to chase a little white ball around acres and acres of grass and trees and woods and ponds. When the golf was over about seventy folks gathered for a delicious dinner, fellowship and raffle to end the day.
Approximately $5000 was raised for the Bishop's Appeal that will go toward creating a funding source to help pay down student debt for those graduating from seminary. The fund will continue to grow in the coming year (and into the future) via gifts given by individuals and congregations and then begin to be distributed as needed. Please support the Bishop's Appeal and make your donation here.
***Healthy Bones exercise class continues at St. Timothy on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am. After this session concludes on July 13th, the class will be on break until Fall.
· 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 Eleanor Bergeson Orman, Helen Cogliano, Chris Ziemba, John Bylund, Joanne Aron, Adam Hull, Pastor John Klatt, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Todd Reel, Maj-Britt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla, Ralph Prieur, Mary Anne, Ryan Samuelson,
· 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.