May 11, 2017
for Sunday, May 17
Psalm 31:105, 15-16
1 Peter 2:2-10
John 14: 1-14
This Week's Reflection Comes From
Christopher L. Pulliam
Senior, Syracuse University
Lutheran Campus Ministry, Syracuse
As a senior who is about to take his last two exams of college, the final two verses of this Sunday's Gospel reading are comforting. "I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it." All I have to do is ask God for good grades and I'll be all set to enjoy my final days at SU. Easy, right? Obviously, that's not quite how it works.
To find the inspiration to finish my exams, I instead look to what Jesus says about faith, works, and salvation. He says, "Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father." Here, Jesus tells us that true faith is active, rather than passive. He goes so far to say that those who believe in him will also do works far greater than his own. What an incredible statement. The followers of Christ will do greater works than He did. Now, do I think I can outdo Jesus in the good-works department? Of course not, but I do find great comfort in the fact that Jesus places so much confidence in those with faith. Jesus' statement of confidence implies that his followers have the ability to do anything in living out their faith, including living up to their potential by doing the very best they can on their final exams.
Not only does Jesus have great confidence in the possibilities of active faith, he also speaks about preparing ourselves to enter his Father's house, where there are "many dwelling places." It's incredible to think that God's house still has room for people in 2017. Between the immense amount of faith that Jesus has in me and the fact that there will always be a place for me in God's house gives me great solace in my final days at SU. A lot of stress and unknowns are on the immediate horizon, but this passage reminds me of the unconditional love and confidence that Jesus has in me. I think I'll be able to study hard and do well on my finals because that is Jesus' calling for me now. If I do worse than expected, I know that God's love and confidence will still be there. I'm excited for the next chapter of my life regardless of how the final pages of this chapter play out because I know Jesus is there for me and has the confidence in me to do great things in His name.
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[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”
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 someone to host Coffee Hour this Sunday, May 14th.
***Outdoor Spring Work Day: this Saturday, May 13 at 9:00 am. Come for an hour....come for the morning. See you there!
***PERSONAL CARE KIT CHALLENGE - The challenge has been accepted by our congregation to complete 22 Lutheran World Relief Personal Care Kits by THIS Sunday, May 14th. If you chose an item to purchase, don't forget to bring it this Sunday, May 14th. Let's get these kits to the people who need them!
***Next Wednesday, May 17 from 4:30-5:30, St. Timothy’s will be doing roadside clean up as a participant of NY State’s “Adopt a Highway” program. Contact Dianne Sloan or Kristie Bloomquist if you would like more information.
***On Sunday, May 21st at 3:00 pm, Bishop John Macholz will have a presentation at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 556, E. Second St., Jamestown. All are invited to attend.
***We are looking for 2 congregation members to represent St. Timothy at the annual Upstate NY Synod Assembly June 8-10 in Rochester. St. Timothy pays for your hotel stay and meal package. Representatives are responsible for their own travel. Call the church office at 386-7280 or contact Kristie Bloomquist, 487-2336 or kkbarn2@gmailcom. Registration closes on Friday, May 19. After May 19, we cannot guarantee meals for late registrations. Everyone is welcome to sign up for the Upstate Update and visit www.upstatenysynod.org/ to get all the advance information.
***Stay connected with Pastor Ivy by calling the parsonage 386-1022, cell phone 904-0855 (calling or texting), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or sending a card to her mailing address: P. O. Box 43, Bemus Point, NY 14712. Call in advance and arrange a visit!
***Save can tabs from aluminum cans - add to the collection basket in the narthex so they can be taken to Synod Assembly. Also, knitted and crocheted hats for Seafarer’s International are being collected at Assembly. Hats will be donated to Seafarer’s for distribution to those working on ships stopping at our ports. Here is the link for Instructions for knitting or crocheting the hats.
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets in the fellowship hall at St. Timothy’s on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am. This session runs through June 14.
▪ 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 Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Marilyn See, Gloria Gardner, Bob & Audrey Markwart, 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.
▪ 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.