St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                         March 21, 2019


                                                         

                                                              Isaiah 55:1-9

Scripture readings

for Sunday, March 24

Isaiah 55:1-9

Psalm 63:1-8

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

Luke 13:1-9

REFLECTION


“To those who have experienced long years in exile, the return to their homeland is a celebration of abundant life. God calls them into an everlasting covenant of love. Those who return to the Lord will enjoy new life and forgiveness, because God’s ways are not our ways” (sundaysandseasons.com). This is a great, general explanation of what this reading is about. The people of God were in a time of great uncertainty and God reaches out to them.

 

God reaches out to us as well—in times of rejoicing, in times of sorrow and in times of indecision and anxiety. One such time for myself was when my first husband and I were divorced and both of the kids were living with me. I was working two jobs; sometimes up to 80 hours per week. All the money that came in went out to pay for bills, groceries and gas. Needless to say, I was tired and anxious.

 

One Sunday morning I was the lector at church in Rochester. This was the first lesson and I felt it was speaking right to me: “you that have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk  without money and without price.” As I read this aloud, I heard that I did not have to worry about the provision for my needs. God had it taken care of. Now, many years later, I can see that was the case.

 

But this is not only about physical needs, but spiritual ones too. God is calling out to us, drawing us into a deeper relationship with God. This time of Lent, with its emphasis on prayer, is a good time to explore various means of prayer and how we can respond to our Lord’s overtures.. 

 

Pastor Ivy Gauvin

1Ho, everyone who thirsts,

  come to the waters;

 and you that have no money,

  come, buy and eat!

 Come, buy wine and milk

  without money and without price.

2Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,

  and your labor for that which does not satisfy?

 Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,

  and delight yourselves in rich food.

3Incline your ear, and come to me;

  listen, so that you may live.

 I will make with you an everlasting covenant,

  my steadfast, sure love for David.

4See, I made him a witness to the peoples,

  a leader and commander for the peoples.

5See, you shall call nations that you do not know,

  and nations that do not know you shall run to you,

 because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,

  for he has glorified you.


6Seek the Lord while he may be found,

  call upon him while he is near;

7let the wicked forsake their way,

  and the unrighteous their thoughts;

 let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,

  and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.

8For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

  nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.

9For as the heavens are higher than the earth,

  so are my ways higher than your ways

  and my thoughts than your thoughts.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


***We continuously collect food items for the 5 & 2 Ministry.  Bring your donations and place in the black bin in church narthex.  Lists detailing items needed are also available in the narthex.  Monetary donations welcome!

The CHALLENGE IS ON:  50 bins by April 7!!   Let's Go....


***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. 

 

#3 March 27 – Speaker is Steven Cobb, Executive Dir of

Mental Health Association

     •     Steven is the Executive Director of the Mental Health

Association in Chautauqua County, a Mental Health First

Aid Trainer and a Recovery Coach Trainer. Through the

Mental Health Association, Steven himself found freedom

from addiction

#4 April 3     -- Speaker is Jeff Rotunda, Program Director

of UCAN

#5 April 10   -- Speaker is Nancy Dundar from Chautauqua

Opportunities


***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.



***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for

    Debit/Credit cards.   3 ways to give:

   - Go directly to our website at www.sttimothybemus.com

   - 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.











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, April 7th, or return it to the church office no later than Wednesday, April 9th.

 

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

 

 




Name(s)____________________________________________________

 

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

Information for acknowledgement in Easter Sunday bulletin:

 

In Memory of:

________________________________________________________

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In Honor of:

________________________________________________________

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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 wildfires, flooding and earthquakes

     ▪     Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Rochester due a fire on February 18th.

     ▪     Rev. Don Ray, George & Janet Balcom, Pat & Maureen Kibbe,  Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, 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.