July 16, 2020
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
for Sunday, July 19
Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
I am not a gardener. I do a good job of killing plants, which is why I am grateful for those who are so skilled. In fact, there are a number of pretty weeds that I can't tell apart from the flowers. This is part of the problem in Jesus' parable; the inability of being able to tell the weeds from the wheat and so they wait until the time of harvest when it's easier to tell them apart.
What stands out to me is whose responsibility it is to tell the weeds from the wheat, the evil from the good, God's children from the enemy's children. They can look so much alike and one may be easily taken in by someone that seems like such a good Christian person.
Is it our job, at least according to this parable, to be the ones who judge between one person's faith life and another's? No, it's not. That is up to the Son of Man, the Lord Jesus Christ, which begs the question, "What is our job?" We can encourage and build up each other when we aren't concerned with judging. That frees us--frees us to be who God called us to be.
One other interesting thing, the Son of Man sows the good seed in the beginning and then is the judge of all in the end. Jesus is with us in the beginning of our lives, throughout them, and is with us in the end.
Beloved children of God, may God bless and keep you always in his love.
24[Jesus] put before [the crowds] another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;25but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away. 26So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well. 27And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’ 28He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them. 30Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ”
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Honduras Promise Children Mission Update
Our Missionaries have been reporting to us for the past few months that things are very bad there. They have been on "lockdown" since April, and thousands have died, many more are ill. We saw pictures of people sitting in the crowded hallways of the hospitals next to wrapped corpses. They are completely overwhelmed. No one can work. They are allowed out 2/week to shop for food. For most of our families, no work means no food.
In response, our mission team has been authorizing a double portion of food monthly for the past three months, and plan to continue this. One of our teachers has become ill, possibly with Covid19, and seems to be recovering. He is our computer instructor and music teacher (Benjamin).
They are very, very grateful for our love and support.
If you are willing to make a donation to our mission, please send a check to St. Timothy Lutheran Church, PO Box 9190, Bemus Point, NY 14712, with a notation: Honduras Mission food support. The Honduras Mission Team, our families and staff all thank you and ask God to bless you.
For more information, please contact Sarah Goebel (, 716-450-2986) or Tammy Haas at 716-410-4135.
***We have concluded our study of 30 Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer. We are taking off for the rest of the summer and will regroup in September, with the devotional, 30 Day Journey with Jane Austen. Keep your eyes and ears open all of you fans of "Sense and Sensibility" and "Pride and Prejudice."
VIRTUAL COFFEE HOUR
I have offered to take over the Zoom Virtual Coffee Hour (VCH) until we are able to begin fellowship in person again at St. Timothy.
I have a Zoom Pro account, so it will not shut down automatically at 45 minutes. This will allow us to have a little more time, and accommodate more people to join us.
I will be sending out an email VCH invitation to everyone we have an email for.
However, all you have to do is join my meeting at 11:00 am on Sunday by going to the ZOOM app, and putting in the following ID and Password numbers:
If you are not yet using ZOOM, feel free to call me and I can walk you through downloading the free app. It's pretty easy, even for me!
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• For:: Family and friends of Hans Steen, Roy Pihl, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Mabel Tranum, Mark Patterson, Gloria Fitzpatrick, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Family and friends of Alberta Prall.For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham and Jeffrey Clauson, and their families, those caught up in persecution, violence and war.
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