March 16, 2017
for Sunday, March 20
This Week's Reflection Comes From
Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry at RIT (a.k.a "The Table")
At this point in my life, I really appreciate the passage from Romans 5 that tells us that we do not have to earn God's grace, but that it's been given to us, as a gift through our Lord Jesus Christ. My sufferings may not compare to what the first century Christians had to endure, but I've felt times of being stressed out, tired, over-whelmed, over-worked and under loved. When I read this passage, there's a sense of hope that's given, that can never be taken away. It's what I need as a 20 year old woman, trying to navigate college life.
This also relates to the story in John 4 and the Samaritan woman at the well asking Jesus for a drink. Jesus tells her about the living water that will quench her thirst completely and forever. There's no need to come back to the well (have a second Baptism?). The living water Jesus offers not only quenches the woman's thirst, it also make her (and us) a channel and source of the living water of God's grace to others. It's somewhat like the movie, "Pay It Forward." We have been blessed by God and we can be God's blessing to others.
Another thing I think about when I read this passage from John 4 is that Jesus uses water, the most basic, common liquid, to illustrate his point. I sometimes want to add to this message and see God's grace not just as life-sustaining water, but also as something sweet, like lemonade, when I need something that will take the bitterness out of life. And I see God's grace as something with a little 'kick' to it, like coffee - something that will jolt me into action when I'm feeling worn down and tired.
I see God's grace, not as something stagnant, but as something that evolves and changes with us as we grow in our lives of faith. God's grace comes to us in whatever form we need at the time. Just like our relationship with our parents evolve and deepen, our relationship with God continues to grow and deepen. That relationship may ebb and flow, but God's grace is always there offering us what we need, when we need it.
In a similar way, the "puppy love" we may have felt for that 'someone special' in Middle School hopefully will grow into a more mature, lasting relationship of love and commitment with the person with whom we decide to spend the rest of our life.
Jesus meets us where we are at (be it a well, classroom, office, home or church). Jesus offers us what we need to serve God and serve others. There have been times in my life when I've lacked motivation and confidence, but knowing God's grace is there for me in difficult times has helped me on my journey. God answers our prayers, sometimes in ways we don't expect. God's grace is the assurance that, even if we're not positive of what God's plan is for us, we will ALWAYS be recipients of God's love.
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1Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. 6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. 9Much more surely then, now that we have been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from the wrath of God. 10For if while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more surely, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. 11But more than that, we even boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
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.
***Pastor Ivy Gauvin contact information:
Floor B1 - Room 162
Direct line into her room: 720-9428
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
715 Falconer Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Pastor Ivy is requesting visitors to please call her first at 720-9428 and she can let you know the best time to visit after 1:00. She doesn’t want to miss anyone because of her rehab schedule or sleep through your visit.
*** On Wednesdays during Lent, please join your church family for a weekly Dinner & Lenten worship series entitled, "With Awe and Love: A Midweek Lenten Series Based on Luther's Small Catechism” led by Pastor Heather Allport-Cohoon and Pastor Lee Magneson. The next week is:
Week 3 (March 22) - Apostle’s Creed
Dinner is at 6:30 pm with the Lenten Series following at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come. Bring a friend!
***Honduras Mission Trip in April
The team heading to Honduras, including Tammy Haas, leaves on Thursday night, April 6th to stay over in Buffalo for a 6 am departure. Return is on Monday, April 17th. Please pray for this team in travel and as they minister in Honduras.
If you are a Honduras Promise Child Sponsor:
Sponsors are asked to send a card/letter only to their child as we have stopped giving individual gifts. You are also encouraged to send a picture of your family. Please get your letter and picture to St. Timothy’s church office by Sunday, April 2nd so they may be included in the packing that will take place at the church that afternoon.
How everyone can help:
St. Timothy’s Sunday School is collecting school supplies for the children. Below is the list of items needed. Please bring your donations to the church by Sunday, April 2nd as the group will be packing items that afternoon.
pencils and erasers
scissors, both small and large
staplers and staples
(No paper, please)
*** A workshop will be held Saturday, March 25th at First Lutheran Church, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, to work on Feminine Hygiene Kits for girls living in Haiti. Join in for the day or any portion of it. Contact Janet Wahlberg, 567-4064 or 499-2155, for more information or to schedule a workshop for your congregation and/or Women’s Group.
***The Caring & Sharing Ministry is again gathering items for Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits. All of the items for kits are needed at this time. Monetary donations are also requested for buying in bulk and shipping. When we package, each kit needs to contain the following:
• One light-weight bath towel, dark colors (20”x40” to 27”x52”).
• Two bath-size bars (4-5 oz.) of soap, in original wrapping.
• One adult-size toothbrush in original packaging.
• One sturdy comb (no picks or fine-toothed combs), remove packaging.
One metal nail clippers (attached file is optional), remove packaging.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class is currently on break. On Monday, March 27th at 9:00 am, they will have an informational meeting for new members in St. Timothy’s fellowship hall. The next session of classes at St. Timothy’s will be held April 3 through June 14 on Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:00 am.
***Adopt –A-Project Day at LCLC, Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Adopt-A-Project Day is a day for accomplishing prearranged work projects. By knowing in advance who's coming and for which projects, we're better able to successfully accomplish things. 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 trade 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
▪ 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, Marilyn See, Gloria Gardner, Grace Wakefield, Al Lamb, Eleanor Burgeson Orman, Arden Johnson, Ralph Prieur, Todd Reel, Helen Cogliano, Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Maj-Britt Traynor, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse 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.