May 10, 2018
for Sunday, May 13
Memories are powerful things. Because of this, I grow
sentimental when Ascension Day, this year on Thursday,
5/10, comes around. When my family lived in Bethlehem, we
worshipped at Redeemer Lutheran Church in the Old City of
Jerusalem. On Ascension Day afternoon, when the kids were
out of school, the various congregations of Redeemer (Arab, Danish, German and English) would meet on the Mount of Olives, behind Augusta Victoria Hospital for a picnic and a multi-lingual service. The hymns we sang all had very familiar tunes, but each of us sang them in our own language. It was like an aural symphony. This is a picture of the area all the kids liked to play on. By the way, I was in contact with the current pastor of Redeemer and she said they still have that service at 4:30!
So I have been wondering about memories in general and what would have happened if the only thing the disciples were left with after Jesus’ ascension were memories? What if there was no Holy Spirit poured out on the church for power? What if all that was left about the life of Jesus and the disciples was oral tradition and no one wrote the gospels or letters? I think the results would be bleak indeed. We would probably simply be pagans who worshipped who knows what.
Thankfully, that is not the case. Just look at this portion of Luke’s gospel written after Jesus’ resurrection as he was getting ready to ascend to his Father. “I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” 50Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven” (vv. 49-51).
“What [the] Father promised” and the “power from on high,” refer to the promised Holy Spirit. God is faithful and kept this promise. Through the Holy Spirit the disciples remembered and not only remembered, but understood all Jesus had taught them (see v. 45). From there the Word of God was preached with power and people became followers of Jesus. Where would we be without that happening?
Memories can be good as long as we allow the Holy Spirit to inspire us through them to the kind of action taken by Jesus’ first followers. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in sharing your story and God’s story.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
44[Jesus said to the eleven and those with them,] “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” 50Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53and they were continually in the temple blessing God.4
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.
***Monday, May 14 at 10:30 am is Adopt-a-Highway clean-up… we need volunteers, including YOU! Rain date is Monday, May 21, 10:30 am.
***All hands on deck! Outdoor Workday at St. Timothy, Saturday, May 19th beginning at 9:00 am. Everyone is needed to participate – many hands make light work!
***Due to the instructor’s health issues, the AARP driving course scheduled May 24th at St. Timothy is cancelled. If you would like to join another class, please call Jack Twinam at 716-640-3656. Available dates;
***2018 Honduras Mission Trip is scheduled for August 4-11th. If you are interested in finding out more, plan to attend the informative meeting at St. Timothy, on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 6-7 pm. Come on a mission trip where you can meet children who need your help!
***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, see Kathy Carlson on Sundays or call her at 485-1316.
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues to meet Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am in the fellowship hall of St. Timothy.
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 18
Critical Job Openings
at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center
Summer Camp Registrar
Summer Camp Cook
LCLC has a critical need for a Summer Camp Registrar, Maintenance Worker, and Summer Camp Cook. The registrar and maintenance positions need to be filled as soon as possible.
The registrar position hours are flexible and range from 20-40 hours per week depending on the volume of registrations. Computer skills and people skills are a must.
The cook's position begins June 15th.
Positions are paid and the hours worked are flexible. Previous experience related to each position is ideal but not mandatory.
For information about the requirements for these positions, call Lee Lindeman at 716-386-4125. www.lclcenter.org
▪ 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 Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Debbie Stearns, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ron Simpson, Ross Gardner, Mike Krott, Maj-Britt Traynor, Bonnie Christoferson, John Scorse, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Zachary Stewart, Al Lamb, Arden Johnson, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.
▪ People serving in the military and their families, those caught up in violence
and war who have no safe home in which to live.
▪ 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.