June 22, 2016
for Sunday, June 25
Psalm 69:7-10, 16-18
Romans 6: 1b-11
This Week's Reflection Comes From
Patsy Glista, Deacon
Assistant to the Bishop
In recent weeks I have watched, with fascination, a pair of robins build a nest in our patio eaves. The mother patiently sits for days on the eggs and then both parents busily feed the three young every 20 minutes from sun up to sun down. Until suddenly we saw one baby in the rafters, out of the nest, curious yet frightened, its parents calling from the trees to fly. Soon, we realized that all three babies had flown from their cozy home. Now, for close to 2 weeks, the parents ward off predators and feed these babes on the ground, as they struggle to master the art of flying and find their own food. In a few more days, they will be able to fly well enough to survive on their own. God provided the twigs, dried grass and other nest makings but the parents struggled for several days to gather it all and weave it into a safe nest of just the right size. For the past month, they have been on guard against grackles, and other predators, flying too close to the nest seeking baby robins to take home to their nest to feed their grackle babies. The parent robins work hard to teach their children how to survive in the woods, dig for worms and grubs, and hopefully they will live to complete the long flight south for the winter. Life is a struggle even for the birds.
All of creation is precious to our heavenly Father, yet all also struggle and experience hardship. Parents must say 'No' and practice tough love teaching their children so that they learn that life does not always bring us what we want or only good times. We too must learn from Jesus' example, the ways of discipleship. He calls us to walk in paths of righteousness and through the valleys of the shadows of death; and says 'Do not fear.' Jesus calls us to 'fly from our nest,' those places where we feel safe, to go out into the world, to tell our faith stories in the light of the world, to our friends and neighbors, to our children, and to strangers. We are called into a world that today seems frightening, harsh, often intolerant and unforgiving. It is a world of hurtled threats, unnecessary deaths, closed doors, even impatient drivers. Yet, it is also a world where prior to my daughter's surgery, a friend brings a week's worth of prepared meals over. It is a world where doctors give up their vacations and spend time in third world countries giving medical care to those who would otherwise have none. It is a world where the nearly 400 people gathered at our synod assembly raised $50,000 for refugees. It is a world where Campus Ministry students spend time out of their busy schedules to help refugees learn English and exchange understanding of different cultures. It is a world in which people volunteer to care for unwanted animals in shelters and others lovingly nurture foster children.
Jesus sends his disciples out into the world to spread the gospel. He has mentored them for three years, reminds them there will be trials. It will take courage and commitment. They will be challenged, face hatred, experience pain, yet Jesus tells them they need not fear. Seemingly against all odds, twelve committed followers, having experienced the unfailing love of Jesus and trusting in the lessons learned from their Master, made it their mission to tell their faith stories near and far. They are our mentors. We have been fed and nurtured, now is the time to fly - to step out in faith and love, to answer our call to mission into our communities and beyond.
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"A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! "So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows. "Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven. "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one's foes will be members of one's own household. Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.
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.
***The Property Committee will put up our garden canopy on Saturday, June 24 at 9:00 am. They need young, strong backs and many people to help. Please contact Bob Samuelson or Mike Krott to volunteer your service or just come on Saturday.
***On Sunday, July 9, YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED to attend the 9:30 am worship service, and brunch to follow, celebrating the 5th anniversary of Pr. Ivy’s ordination…at St. Timothy’s. The St. Mark congregation will be joining us for the service and brunch. Also, Pr. Dan Rumfelt will be preaching! Mark your calendars now for a joyful celebration Sunday, July 9.
***If you are interersted in obtaining an updated St. Timothy church directory, copies are available in the church narthex.
***The deadline to submit articles for the July Church Mouse is Wednesday, June 28th.
Report of the 2017 Synod Assembly
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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▪ 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 involved in
the tragedy in Orlando.
· For Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Zachary Stewart, 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, and Thom Shagla.
▪ People serving in the military and their families, includig Ben Wickerham, 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.