March 14, 2019
for Sunday, March 17
Genesis 15:1-12, 17-18
Is it hard to imagine the Pharisees trying to help Jesus out? Here, they are letting Jesus know the latest as far as what Herod was up to. Herod was out for blood—Jesus’. That was a threat to be taken seriously. After all, this is the same man who ordered the death of John the Baptist.
But Jesus is not fazed by this. Nothing will prevent him from completing his mission—not friends, in this case the Pharisees, and not enemies, Herod. Jesus still had work to do, “casting out demons and performing cures” (v. 32).
The shifting of gears and subjects in this story seems sudden—suddenly Jesus is crying for, lamenting the state and fate of Jerusalem. Jesus longed to reach out to its inhabitants, but they refused.
The image of a mother hen and her chicks is a powerful one. In instances where there have been fires in barnyards, a mother hen may be found burned to death. When the hen is moved, unharmed chicks are found under her wings. She has given her life for them. Jesus has laid down his life for us all.
Jesus has pretty much washed his hands of the people of Jerusalem. His next time there will be for his crucifixion.
God longs to draw us close and protect us, but he will not force us. Let us find our security and assurance in God.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to [Jesus,] “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32He said to them, “Go and tell that fox for me, ‘Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. 33Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside of Jerusalem.’ 34Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the 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.
***On the five Wednesdays of Lent, please join your St. Timothy’s church family at 6:00 pm for weekly “Dinner Church” along with speakers from area agencies. What is dinner church? "Dinner Church” is just what it sounds like. Church around the dinner table: cuisine, conversation, and Christ. The best part? It’s how church started" (dinnerchurches.com). Dinner Church is not a liturgy or a service or simply a meal. It's a little bit of everything together.
Come and see and experience what this will look like at St. Timothy.
#2 March 20 – Speaker is Susan Justham, Director of Love INC
· Susan Justham, MS is the Executive Director of Love Inc. On July 24, 2018 she was Family Life’s Hometown Hero. Learn more about her at http://www.fln.org/news/features/detail/hometown-heroes-susan-justham/
#3 March 27 – Speaker is Steven Cobb, Executive Dir of Mental Health Association
#4 April 3 -- Speaker is Jeff Rotunda, Program Director of UCAN
#5 April 10 -- Speaker is Nancy Dundar from Chautauqua Opportunities
*** 5 & 2 Challenge - The days are running short to meet our 50 bin challenge by April 7. We currently havd 46 bins with 3 weeks to go. WE CAN DO IT!
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***Palm/Passion Sunday is April 14. The gospel reading is divided up into parts as in other years. It is The Passion of Our Lord According to Luke. We need some help presenting this as there are 9 narrative parts. We are looking for volunteers to read the parts which are as follows: Jesus, Peter, Centurion, Servant, Witness, Pilate, First Criminal, Second Criminal and narrator. No acting experience necessary. Please let Pastor Ivy know if you are able to help with this.
If you would like to order an Easter Lily for our Sanctuary in honor or in memory of a loved one, please complete this form and place it in the offering plate by Sunday, March 18th, or return it to the church office no later than Wednesday, March 21st.
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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.
▪ for Rev. Don Ray, George & Janet Balcom, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Ilene Chiotti, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ross Gardner, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier. For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, and their families, those caught up in persecution, violence and war.
* 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.