July 7, 2016
Luke 10: 25-37
for Sunday, July 10
Deuteronomy 30: 9-14
Psalm 25: 1-10
Colossians 1: 1-14
Today we hear Jesus' story of a "Challenging Samaritan." Dr. John J. Pilch, author of many books on Middle Eastern culture and the Bible, reminds us that we benefit from understanding the Mediterranean context before we read the stories of the Bible. Jesus' encounters with so many were meant to prod us into new ways of thinking and doing that bring us closer to God's dream for the world. It is the same in this story of the Good Samaritan. Questions posed by someone in Jesus' day were often meant to expose shame and/or honor. The question of the lawyer in today's gospel was no different. In fact it was clear he was "testing" Jesus about the Law of God. But Jesus ends up "testing" him instead about the deeper implications of the Law. While the lawyer could correctly quote Leviticus 19:18 and its charge to love the neighbor as the self, Jesus reveals a deeper reality that moves beyond "quoting Scripture" to the deeper realities of love upon which the Law was founded. How to become a neighbor to anyone in need goes beyond cultural norms and conventional prejudice. That is the purpose of the Law.
Move me O Christ into your perspective, your grace and your mercy.
Bishop, Northeastern Minnesota Synod, ELCA
Master of Divinity, 1985
25Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he said, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26He said to him, “What is written in the law? What do you read there?” 27He answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” 28And he said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.”
29But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 31Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.’ 36Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
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.
***Pastor Ivy Gauvin will leave early Sunday morning to attend 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. We look forward to Lee Magneson guest preaching this Sunday.
***St. Timothy will once again have their Beef on Weck fundraising booth at the Scandinavian Folk Festival. The dates are July 15, 16, and 17 and workers are still needed! A sign up sheet is in the narthex for 3 hr. shifts. Please consider joining us and helping out on this fun fundraiser! As a volunteer, you will receive free entrance into the festival and free parking on the day you work.
*** 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/."
***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 including those who lost
family and friends in the attack in Turkey.
Helen Cogliano, Chris Ziemba, John Bylund, Julia Jablonski, 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
▪ People serving in the military and their families, those caught up in violence
and 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.