July 5, 2018
for Sunday, July 17
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
In sundaysandseasons.com, an online resource of the ELCA, these words are used to describe this reading from Mark’s gospel, “At home and abroad, Jesus and his disciples encounter resistance as they seek to proclaim God’s word and relieve affliction.” I wonder why, don’t you?
After all, they were doing good things that benefited people who were sick, dominated by demons and those that had countless other issues. How could anyone possibly resist such gracious gifts? What was it that put people off?
In the first story, the issue was because the people knew Jesus and his family. Do we sometimes underestimate the abilities and talents of those we have known since they were children, especially if they are from a lower class family?
However, this resistance did not deter Jesus from his mission. Jesus sent the twelve out two by two to do the very work he had been doing. And he acknowledged that they too would experience resistance. Jesus told them how they should deal with that. Then, they too, continued in the work of healing.
Do we allow perceived resistance to prevent us from sharing the life saving, life altering good news of the reign of God? Jesus didn’t. The disciples didn’t. The result is that today we are the church. Let’s remember that the work is God’s, but it is accomplished through us. God’s work. Our hands.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
[Jesus] came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him.On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, “Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?” And they took offense at him. Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.” And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.
Then he went about among the villages teaching. He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts; but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics. He said to them, “Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave the place. If any place will not welcome you and they refuse to hear you, as you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and proclaimed that all should repent. They cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.
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Swedish Folk Dance Worship Service
At this year’s 17th Annual Scandinavian Folk Festival, held July 20 to 22, 2018, at the Jamestown Community College, the English version of the Swedish Folk Dance Worship Service will be celebrated on July 22 at 3:00 PM. After 2:30 p.m. on that Sunday, there will be no gate fee to attend the service, which will be the closing event for the Festival. The service will be held outside in the large entertainment tent. Participants will include The Rev. Alan Anderson officiating, Svenska Spelmän and guests as musicians, the Thule Adult Folk Dance Team, and a choir from the community. This is a Holy Communion service that includes folk dance rhythms and dances such as the schottische, hambo, polka and waltz. The English version of this worship service premiered at Chautauqua Institution. For more information, visit the festival’s website at www.scandinavianjamestown.org or call 716-665-0883.
· 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 Ilene Chiotti, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Debbie Stearns, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ron Simpson, Ross Gardner, Mike Krott, Maj-Britt Traynor, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.
· 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.