March 2, 2017
for Sunday, March 5
Genesis 2: 15-17
The Devil Doesn’t Wear Tights
No one believes in the existence of the devil these days, do they? Do you? Perhaps we can thank Hollywood and Halloween’s marketing blitz for our casual if not incredulous approach to the devil’s existence. Pointy horns, pitch forks, red costumes, and box office ticket sales continue to shape our culture’s collective consciousness of the devil. Though red tights and long tails may be a frightening thought as you consider a costume for a Halloween party, they do nothing to communicate the true terror of an honest-to-God encounter with the devil’s power.
This Lent we are called to expunge the fantastical images of the devil from our minds and think seriously about the real presence of evil in our world. We know firsthand about the sin that caused, causes, and will cause suffering to us, our loved ones, our neighbors, our global communities, and creation itself. Sin is real; suffering is real; evil is real; indeed, the devil is real. This oppressive, tangible reality is as real as the air we breathe—felt but not always seen. Greed, envy, rage, hatred, war, discrimination, and apathy are just some of the ways the devil’s forces wreak havoc upon us. These forces have one goal and one goal only: to turn us away from the will of God.
Matthew’s gospel reorients us to the truth of the devil’s power, and calls us to name Satan’s presence in the world. In the wilderness Jesus encounters an evil as real as its opposite, resurrection. The great tempter seeks to undermine Jesus’ mission before he even begins; testimony that evil has much to fear of our Jesus! Nonetheless, Jesus will not be dissuaded. “Away with you, Satan!” proclaims the redeemer of the cosmos. Thus, the Lenten journey begins—a journey that takes us to the cross, where the devil is named and crushed underfoot.
From Sundays & Seasons
Sundays and Seasons v.20170207.1553 Copyright © 2017 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.
1Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’
5Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ” 7Jesus
Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” 8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; 9and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written,
Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.' "
,11Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
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 Wednesday evening (3/1), Ray reported that P. Ivy had another fever so was returned to intensive care from her regular room. Please continue to keep her in your prayers. She would love for you to stay in touch:
Hospital phone: 716-514-5700
Pastor Ivy’s Cell: 716-904-0855 (She texts too)
Email: email@example.com (has her Ipad)
Mail cards to their home (or bring to church)
PO Box 43
Bemus Point, NY 14712
Or mail to the hospital:
Lockport Memorial Hospital
521 East Avenue
Lockport, NY 14094
*** 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. Each week focuses on a different topic:
Week 1 (March 8) - The Ten Commandments
Week 2 (March 15) - The Creed
Week 3 (March 22) - The Lord's Prayer
Week 4 (March 29) - Baptism
Week 5 (April 5) - Holy Communion
Dinner will be held at 6:30 pm (hosted by different church committees) with the Lenten Series following. Everyone is invited and encouraged to come. Bring a friend!
*** Lenten Devotional booklets are available from the table in the church Narthex. Pick one up Sunday, take it home and use it daily during Lent.
*** 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.
***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.
▪ 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 Ben Wickherham (in military service & deployed), Marilyn See (broken hip), Cheryl Shagla (surgery), Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Gloria Gardner, Grace Wakefield, Al Lamb, Eleanor Burgeson Orman, Arden Johnson, Ralph Prieur, Bill Reel, 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 and their families, those caught up in persecution, violence and war.
* for all children, that the love of Christ may reach them throught all of us who have resources to love, protect, pray and provide for them.