St. Timothy Lutheran Church


                                                                                 March 15, 2018


                                                                    John 12:20-33

Scripture readings

for Sunday, March 18

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm 51:1-12

Hebrews 5:5-10

John 12:20-33


We have come to the turning point in John’s gospel. Jesus’ ministry to the public has ended. He is inching closer and closer to his crucifixion on the cross. Jesus confesses that life comes from death in verses 23-24.


In John’s gospel, we do not have the kind of scene in the Garden of Gethsemane that the other gospels portray. However, we have the same interchange between the Son and his Father. Jesus admits he is troubled. I appreciate Jesus’ candor. He pulls no punches and doesn’t try to act all brave and holy in prayer to his Father. He knew what lay ahead. He would rather not go through with the suffering of the cross, but ultimately, Jesus wants his Father to be glorified


Martin Luther defines sin as being turned in ourselves. Our Lord Jesus’ concern was not for himself alone—but for his Father’s glory and for us—that we might be delivered from “sin, death and the power of the devil” (Luther’s Small Catechism).


The definition of loving our lives (v. 25) is to live life so that it’s all about us. Serving Jesus means following him (v. 26) to the cross and ultimately, to be honored by our Heavenly Father.


Pastor Ivy Gauvin

Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.


  “Now my soul is troubled. And what should I say—‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it is for this reason that I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” The crowd standing there heard it and said that it was thunder. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not for mine. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” He said this to indicate the kind of death he was to die.



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.


***It is time to order Easter lilies – see information at bottom of E-Ministry. Order forms will also be in bulletins this Sunday.  Last day to order is Wednesday, March 21.


*** The last Lenten Dinner Church gathering will be held on Wednesday, March 21st at 6:30 p.m.  The topic is “To strive for justice and peace in all the earth”.  This dinner will be pot-luck, please bring a dish to pass.



***On Sunday, March 25 at 3:00 pm, you are invited to our Conference’s Chrism Mass, led by Bishop John Macholz, at St. Timothy Lutheran Church. Refreshments will be served following the service.


***On Maundy Thursday, March 29, our church will host the combined worship and luncheon with Bemus Point United Methodist Church.  It will be held at St. Timothy’s at 12:00 pm.  A sign-up sheet in on the table in the church narthex; if you anticipate coming please sign your name so we may have a count for lunch.


****St. Timothy’s will also have a Maundy Thursday worship service with communion at 7:00 pm in our sanctuary, also on Thursday, March 29th.


***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards.   3 ways to give:

   - Go directly to our website at

   - Use our QR code with the QR reader on your smartphone

   - Download the app ‘GivePlus Church’. Create an account.   


For further information, contact Kathy Carlson at 485-1316.


***EIGHT bins of food have been collected for the 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Ministry (referred to as the 5 & 2 Ministry,  Thank you to everyone who is supporting this ministry.  The donation process is not limited to the church but open to everyone in the community.  Information cards about the ministry are available in the church narthex to make it easy to share this project with your friends and co-workers – talk it up!  


Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center

April 21, 2018   8:00-4:00



Adopt-A-Project Day is a time for accomplishing prearranged work projects.  By knowing in advance who's coming and for which projects, we're better able to get things done.  Previous skill or experience in the project adopted is preferred.


Projects available for adoption include:

     •     Painting the exterior of camper cabins  

     •     Re-roofing camper cabins

     •     Wood cutting and splitting

     •     Spring gardening and raking

     •     Trail clearing

     •     Pressure washing

     •     Other... have a special skill not listed above? - let us know

A complementary breakfast and lunch will be served for all volunteers.  Please contact the office to adopt a project and RSVP today.


Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center

5013 Rt. 430

Bemus Point, NY 14712







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.


Price is $8.00 per plant.  Please include payment with your order.  If paying by check, make payable to “St. Timothy Lutheran Church”.





# of plants __________ x $8.00 ea    Amount enclosed $____________

Information for acknowledgement in Easter Sunday bulletin:


In Memory of:






In Honor of:







Donation to St. Susan’s Kitchen in lieu of/or in addition to flowers:               


Amount $_______________



     ▪     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 family & friends of Gloria Gardner who passed on Sunday, Karen Johnson, Ross Gardner, Dan Caruso, Alex Daniels, Mike Krott, Maj-Britt Traynor, Dee Gould, Bonnie Christoferson, John Scorse, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and  Thom Shagla.

   *   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.