June 29, 2017
for Sunday, July 2
Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18
This Week's Reflection Comes from Sundays & Seasons (Augsburg Fortress)
Life in Christ Includes Praise and Lament
Though we may prefer to think of God giving us lives of joy and ease, a full life in Christ also includes sorrow and grief. To the extent we are willing to acknowledge God’s presence in every circumstance, our faith becomes integrated and sustainable through a lifetime.
The texts for today offer a survey of faith-full moments for the people of God. Does our worship have a blind spot? Do we avoid faithful lament?
Marked by transformation as clear and life and death (Romans 6), the disciple naturally embodies the gospel of Jesus Christ. Like it or not, this includes moments of sadness, grief, and betrayal that were very much a part of Jesus’ faithful journey. If our lives are identified with Christ, disciples can name both joys and sorrows as dimensions of Christ’s story and purpose.
The greatest challenge of faith for most Christians is the moment of suffering, so this day invites us to practice faithful lament. In an age of denial when difficult things are swept under the rug, we may resist the idea that God wants anything to do with suffering. Our scriptures, however, ensure we do not avoid earth-bound realities.
Worship calls us to faithfully lament as well as praise. Let today be a service of full-hearted proclamation of the depths of life in Christ.
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12Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
15What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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.
*** NEXT SUNDAY, July 9, is the celebration of Pastor Ivy Gauvin’s 5th anniversary of her ordination. Pastor Dan Rumfelt will lead our 9:30am service, which will be combined with St. Mark Lutheran Church. Following worship, please plan to stay for brunch in Fellowship Hall, hosted by St. Timothy’s Social Ministry committee and St. Mark’s.
*** Stay connected with Pastor Ivy… parsonage: 386-1022; cell phone: 904-0855 (call or text); email: email@example.com ; mail: P. O. Box 43, Bemus Point, NY 14712.
***St. Timothy will have a Beef on Weck booth at the Scandanavian Folk Festival again this year. The dates are July 21, 22 and 23. 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 on the day you work and free parking.
***A Message of Thanks From Seafarer's International
Just a short note of appreciation for the opportunity to present our mission to seafarers and asylum seekers through a display and a workshop. Periodically, I took knitted hats and scarves out to my car, lest the display table disappear under the wool. These knitted items filled all but the front seat of my SUV to the window level - 161 scarves, 373 hats, 533 pieces. When I got home, my wife and I and another couple from our church (Good Shepherd Lutheran, Florham Park NJ) counted and repacked the matching and color complimentary hats and scarves in bags (apparently I overlooked the significance of color matching).
300 pieces went to our port chaplains in the Port of New York/New Jersey last Thursday, and the balance are being mailed to our port chaplains in New England, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
It was a remarkable outreach by your synod folk, and these hats and scarves will be well received by the seafarers we visit throughout the rest of this year. I have a few photos, and we'll certainly record the Upstate New York Synod's generosity in our next newsletter.
Thank you, Bishop, Patsy, Beth and Carol Bonnewell. Have a refreshing summer.
Christopher V. Roehrer, Director
Development and Communication
Seafarers & International
Rev. Dr. Dan Hoffman Teaching in Zimbabwe
(Trinity, East Amherst)
Pr. Shakemore Shocko and Pr. Dan Hoffman met at Wittenburg College a couple of times and and Pr. Gracious Moyo was hosted by Trinity, E. Amherst a couple of times; friendships were forged and an invitation to visit Zimbabwe and teach came. Pastor Dan began his mission on June 8, 2017.
He arrived in Zimbabwe on June 10th, spending 1 1/2 hours in customs while they determined the duty charge for his laptop and projector. Finally he
arrived at the Shocko family home, greeted by Pr. Shoko's wife and three sons at the church parsonage in Bulowayo. The parsonage includes a safe home with electricity and running water, chickens in the coop who lay plenty of eggs, a
ready fire to prepare hot water for bathing, the safety of a Juhro (fully walled/fenced yard) and the embrace of a loving family. During his visit, Pastor Dan prepared a meal and explained how it is served. It was greatly enjoyed by the family who requested that he prepare the same meal again before leaving Zimbabwe.
Pastor Hoffman conducted morning devotions at the ELCZ head office teaching the staff about newsletters and communications, presenting them with Publisher and some templates. He did Bible
Study at a rural congregation under the Mwanezi Parish known as Zverenje. There was an open lecture at United Theological College with students and lecturers regarding inculturation. The stark poverty of the capital city can be measured by the stalls that are everywhere selling everything. This was en route to the open lecture which was well received by the students and faculty.
On the return trip they were shaken down not once but twice by police; a
common practice there with the economy as it is. As Pr. Shakemore was being taken
to pay his fine at the police station Pastor Dan took a photo....Big mistake, leave
it to say that the Rev Dr Daniel Hoffman and Pr Shakemore Shokko now have
adjoined police records in Gweru Zimbabwe. It was an hour and a half in police custody with lots of stern threats, fingerprints, magistrate, fines etc.......When
Pastor Shakemore interceded things calmed down and moved forward.
Pastor Dan did worship at the Emganwini Congregation Stand. The campus includes a shed for children, chicken coop now a A Sunday School Room, foundation for future chapel, parsonage and temporary shed for worship. A Holy people full of God's spirit. Worship was amazing.
Pastor Dan moves forward with his mission in Zimbabwe and will return to the synod territory on July 5th. There are so many pictures and comments on facebook that we couldn't possibly include them all here, so visit Facebook
▪ 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 family and friends of John Bylund who passed away 6/23/17, 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 especially Ben Wickerham, 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.