May 12, 2016
for Sunday, May 15
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
Romans 8: 14-17
John 14: 8-17
12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” (v. 12) Have you ever found yourself in the situation where all you can say is, “What does this mean?” Many times we wonder this when we are in a difficult situation and we want to know where God is at in all of this. Other times we may ask this when all is well—almost too well. It’s hard not to wonder when the other shoe is going to drop.
In Acts, Luke is writing about something that these disciples had never experienced before—the massive infilling of the Holy Spirit. The Jewish people had read in the Hebrew Scriptures about various prophets and kings having the Holy Spirit fall upon them, but never in this magnitude.
What does this mean for us today? It’s unlikely we have ever experienced anything quite like what happened on Pentecost, but we may have seen glimpses of God’s great gift. We do not have to wait for the Holy Spirit’s arrival because we have already received him in baptism. But all of us need a new awareness of God’s presence and power from time to time.
All the disciples had to do was wait and be together in one place. As hard as it is for us as 21st century Christians, can we set aside some time to wait for God to bless us? God delights in doing things for his children. Let us allow God to be God in our lives, then others will be asking, “What does this mean?
1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
19And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ ”
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.
***Reminder of outdoor Spring Clean-up at St. Timothy this Saturday, May 14th, beginning at 9:00 am. Bring your work gloves and garden tools. (Rain date is Saturday, May 21st)
***A “Kitchen Shower” is being held this Sunday, May 15th. Please bring in paper products for the church. Monetary donations are also welcome.
***The weekly Bible Study is currently being held at St. Timothy’s on Fridays at 10:30 am. Come, and bring a friend!
*** St. Timothy may send two voting representatives to this year’s Synod Assembly, being held June 5-7 in Rochester. If you are able to attend, please contact Pastor Ivy. Registration for the assembly closes May 15th.
***“A Night at the Tonys”
“A Night at the Tonys” is a musical revue with music from Broadway shows performed by many local Little Theater talents, including our very own Amie Adams! You can catch the show at the Lucille Ball Little Theater in Jamestown this weekend:
Friday, May 13 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 15 at 2:00 pm
***Healthy Bones exercise class continues at St. Timothy on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am. The bone strengthening exercises are low impact and meant for any level of fitness. Men and women are both invited to participate. You can still sign up; contact RSVP coordinator Debbie Basile at 665-8039 or firstname.lastname@example.org
***Dear Southwestern Conference Friends,
Just a reminder that our Women of the ELCA Conference Planning Meeting is this Saturday, May 14th , 10:00 AM at Warner Place on the Lutheran Campus, Aldren Avenue, Jamestown. Please attend and help us as we share ideas and plan for future events. Contact me if you have questions.
Thanks and see you on Saturday,
Lois Rumfelt, Secretary
Upstate New York Synod Women of the ELCA
▪ 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: Maj-Britt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Phillip Dove, Matt Isaacson, Scott
Stearns, JoLynn Stearns, Helen Cogliano, Esther, Zacharary Frazier, Debra
Kohl, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla, Ralph Prieur, Mary Anne, Kay
Magneson, Ryan Samuelson
▪ 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.