St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                         March 22, 2018


                                                       

                                                            Philippians 2:5-11

Scripture readings

for Sunday, March 25

Isaiah 50:4-9a

Psalm 231:9-16

Philippians 2:5-11

Mark 14: 1-15:47

REFLECTION


How do you think of yourself? Do you think too highly of yourself? Or do you belittle yourself? Neither is right.

 

Paul writes that we’re to look at ourselves the way Christ did. Jesus laid aside all of the advantages as God in heaven. Coming to earth, as a man was a big step down. He was truly God and yet he became truly human. If anyone could have asked for special privilege, it could have been him, but he didn’t. He was more concerned about others, about us. Jesus did not pull rank to get out of being beaten or crucified.

 

Jesus set an example of how we’re to live. It’s something we cannot do on our own. However, we have God residing in us by the Holy Spirit.  We can let God do this work in us. For walking with God, in the path of our Lord, we too will be lifted up. Ultimately, all of creation will bow in worship to the “glorious honor of God the Father” (v. 11). We’ll do so anyway, so we might as well do this voluntarily.

 

Pastor Ivy Gauvin

Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion.

 

Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all, to the glorious honor of God the Father.

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.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS


***PAY IT FORWARD EASTER SUNDAY

What better way to celebrate the gift of our risen Lord than to pay it forward with a gift to our area children! On Easter Sunday morning, bring ONE (1) item to help the 5 & 2 Ministry fill the backpacks of area elementary students.  A large bin will be placed in the back of the sanctuary for your donations.  Please see the list below for items the ministry needs:


***Sunday, March 25

Ø  Palm Sunday – we will open worship with the

    Procession of Palms.

 

Ø  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.


***Maundy Thursday, March 29 at St. Timothy

Ø  St. Timothy will host the combined worship/luncheon

    with Bemus Point United Methodist Church in St.

    Timothy’s Fellowship Hall at 12:00 pm.  A sign-up

    sheet is on the table in the narthex; sign your name

    this Sunday so we may have a count for lunch. 

    However, all are welcome even if not signed up.

Ø  Maundy Thursday worship service with communion

    at 7:00 pm in our sanctuary.


***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.











***TEN bins of food have been collected for the 5 Loaves and 2 Fish Ministry (referred to as the 5 & 2 Ministry, http://www.5and2minisry.com).  Thank you to everyone who is supporting this ministry!  We are only 4 bins away from the goal of reaching 14 bins by April 8th.  The donation process is not limited to the church but open to everyone in the community.  Keep up the good work!  

 

***Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues to meet Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall of St. Timothy.  This is a bone-strengthening, low impact class for men and women.   All are welcome!


Request from Love INC in Jamestown:

 

“Scripture tells us that joy will come in the morning. Today the sun is shining and joy has come in the morning, yet my heart is very troubled, as each of us awoke this morning and climbed out of our beds.  Our beds with the matching sheets, a blanket and comforter or quilt on top with a pillow or two and yet many of our clients are without beds and sleeping on the floor. 

 

We currently have a waiting list for 19 twin beds and 5 full-size beds. I am looking for donations of gently used complete beds in excellent condition. I am looking for ideas and conversations regarding this matter and how we can work together to change it. Please contact me with your thoughts, ideas or suggestions.”


In Christ,

Susan L. Justham

Executive Director

Love In the Name of Christ of SCC

716-338-9828

 

     ▪     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.

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

     ▪     for 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.