March 23, 2017
for Sunday, March 26
1 Samuel 16:1-13
This Week's Reflection comes from
Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry at RIT (a.k.a "The Table")
In the three lessons for the 4th Sunday in Lent, I see two 'examples' and one 'call to action' all revolving around our human perceptions of the world compared to God's vision for the world. In 1 Samuel 16, the priest, Samuel is sent to find the next king from among the sons of Jesse. Jesse parades his sons before Samuel, starting with the oldest, Eliab. Jesse is sure that the oldest, strongest, largest of his sons will be the best choice. But when he is passed over, Jesse continues down the line to the youngest. David is not even present - he's out tending the sheep. Did Jesse fail to invite him to the gathering because he was sure that David would not even be considered because of his age and size? But God had a different way of looking at the world.
In the same way, in John 9, the disciples' view of the blind man was that he was being punished by God, either because of some sin he committed, or one his parents committed. After Jesus restores his sight, the Pharisees refuse to see the glory and the power of God at work in him. But God has a different way of looking at the world.
In Ephesians 5, we have our invitation to join in seeing the world as God sees the world. We are called to walk as 'children of the light', not just walking IN the light, but also sharing in the spreading of that light. When we think that being young, or being small, or being weak, or being handicapped in any way, somehow makes us less in the sight of God, it is then we are walking in darkness. Instead, we are called to walk in what is good, right, and true. These fruits of the light are pleasing to God.
In order to truly walk in the light, we need to admit and expose our own failings. We need to acknowledge that there are times when our own ways of reasoning about the world are unfruitful works of the darkness. We don't always get it right. And occasionally, we get it completely wrong.
I use Lent as a time to sit back and examine my own thoughts through what Jesus says. I've been taught many things about God and these teaching have come from many different people. Lent is a time for me to scrutinize these teachings against scripture. Lent is a time for me to search for that which builds up, brings goodness into the world, and serves justice to all of God's people.
1The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” 4Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice. 6When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” 7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” 12He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.
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.
***We are in need of Ushers for this Sunday, March 26th.
***Pastor Ivy Gauvin contact information at Lutheran:
Floor B1 - Room 162
Direct line into her room: 720-9428
(Please call before visiting to ensure she is available)
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
715 Falconer Street
Jamestown, NY 14701
Also available by text on her cell phone, 716-904-0855, or email at email@example.com
***Join your church family for the Wednesday night 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.
This Wednesday, March 29 – The Lord’s Prayer
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)
***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.
*** On Monday, March 27th at 9:00 am in St. Timothy’s fellowship hall, Healthy Bones will have an informational meeting for new members who want to join the exercise class. The next session of classes at St. Timothy’s will be held April 3 through June 14 on Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:00 am.
▪ 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 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.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, and their families, those caught up in persecution, violence and war.
[if !supportLists]· [endif]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.