June 1, 2017
for Sunday, June 4
1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
This Week's Reflection Comes From
Rev. Mary L. Johnson
Assistant to the Bishop
Where is the fire? The rush of wind? The crowd of people from countries that are hard to pronounce, speaking languages that foreigners are suddenly able to understand? And Peter - where is Peter's speech, claiming that he and his friends are not drunk - since it is only morning, but it is the very Spirit of God poured out on all people and filling them to overflowing with spiritual gifts?
This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the day we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church. In the reading from the second chapter of Acts, we will hear of that first Pentecost day, when the Holy Spirit appeared in dramatic ways, like "divided tongues, as of fire." Whatever those were, we know that from then on, Christians came to expect that the Spirit would be at work in and among us, as the Spirit had been in Jesus, in creation, and from eternity, in unexpected, unpredictable ways, working out God's purpose of love and grace in the world.
The verses above though, from John's Gospel for this Sunday, are also a Pentecost story. They tell how the Spirit was given to the disciples in a different way. Sometimes in loud, flashy, public ways and sometimes in quiet, peace-filled, intimate ways; however it comes, the Spirit will be poured out on all God's people.
In some congregations, this Sunday will be Confirmation Sunday, when many of our youth will affirm their baptisms. We who witness this will pray that the Holy Spirit that was poured out on them in their baptism will be stirred up to empower them as disciples throughout their lives. The Spirit that was poured out through water and God's word is poured out again and again through the prayers of a congregation, the family life of faithful parents, the witness of Christian relatives and friends, and the faithful nurture of Sunday School and confirmation teachers and youth leaders. Likewise, the Spirit is poured out upon us when the youth minister to us through their witness or service or lives as disciples.
Indeed, the Spirit that brought each of us to faith, even as small children, is the same Spirit that was at work in the Creation of the cosmos, in the ministry of the Old Testament prophets, in the reign of the kings of Israel, in the ministry of Jesus, in the empowerment of the early Church. Whenever the Spirit is poured out, God's purpose is the same. As Luther wrote in the Small Catechism, "the Holy Spirit calls, gathers, enlightens and makes holy Christian church on earth and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one, common, true faith." Thanks be to God! Come Holy Spirit!
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19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
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.
***Evangelism Ministry Food Pantry Drive, is this Sunday, June 4th . You are asked to bring in non-perishable food and personal care items (no expired items please), paper products, laundry detergent, etc. to be donated to the Bemus Point Food Pantry.
***The Social Ministry is hosting its annual Kitchen Shower, Sunday, June 11th. Items needed are new potholders, dish towels and paper cups (no styrofoam cups or plastic silverware). Monetary donations also welcome.
***An updated St. Timothy church directory will be printed later this month. If you have new information that you have NOT previously given to the church office, please do so by Sunday, June 18th. Also let the office know if you have not had an email or cell phone number in the directory and would like it included.
***The Upstate NY Synod Assembly begins next Thursday, June 8 and runs through Saturday, June 10. Please pray for safe travel and for the Spirit’s guidance for those attending.
***The last choir rehearsal for summer will be next Thursday, June 8th.
***Stay connected with Pastor Ivy by calling the parsonage 386-1022, cell phone 904-0855 (calling or texting), email email@example.com, or sending a card to her mailing address: P. O. Box 43, Bemus Point, NY 14712. Call in advance and arrange a visit!
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets in the fellowship hall at St. Timothy’s on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am. This session runs through June 14 and will then be on hiatus for the summer.
▪ 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 Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Deacon Gregg Davis, Rita Evans, Roy Pihl, Faye Stebbins, Marilyn See, Gloria Gardner, Bob & Audrey Markwart, Al Lamb, Eleanor Burgeson Orman, Arden Johnson, Ralph Prieur, Todd Reel, Helen Cogliano, Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse and Thom Shagla.
▪ People serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, and their families, 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.
All those affected by the flooding in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas.