May 17, 2018
for Sunday, May 20
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
Pentecost is the 50th day of Easter, when we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples, after Jesus returned to the Father. God did so much through these earlier followers of Jesus and those with whom they shared the faith.
In a live version of Michael W. Smith’s “Breathe,” he repeatedly sings, “I’m hungry for you. I’m desperate for you.” Is that the cry of our hearts? Is our relationship with God the single most important and informative thing in our lives? Does it affect every aspect of our lives?
We struggle to be all God calls us to be. That is why Paul writes, “…the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to prayer as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words” (v. 26). We are unable to pray as we ought, so the Holy Spirit does the praying through and for us. Isn’t that amazing? God does through us what he wants us to do.
On this Pentecost, I pray that the Holy Spirit will be poured out afresh on us all. However, we must be open to the sometimes disturbing and uncomfortable work of the Spirit. There is an old chorus that expresses what I hope is the desire of each of our hearts:
Holy Spirit, [you are] welcome in this place.
Holy Spirit, [you are] welcome in this place.
Omnipotent [power] of mercy and grace,
You are welcome in this place.
This “place” is not the geography of our building, but our hearts and minds as we gather together in Jesus’ name.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what is seen? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
26Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. 27And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
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.
***A note to you from Pastor Ivy:
Did you know that I pray for you? When I am in the office on Thursdays, at noon I am in the prayer room praying for your needs. If you are in the area at that time, please join me. The more the merrier! If you have a special need you would like prayer for, call me on my cell phone, 716-904-0855, and I will pray for you.
***All hands on deck! Outdoor Workday at St. Timothy, this Saturday, May 19th, 9:00 am. Everyone is needed to participate – many hands make light work! Bring yard work tools.
***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, this Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 6-7 pm. Come on a mission trip where you can meet children who need your help!
***Favorite Songs for Summer Worship…It is time to fill out a slip choosing your favorite songs to be used during worship this summer. Slips available at the back of the sanctuary on the usher’s stand.
***New address (until July) for Jenna Jablonski & Dan O’Brien: 1011 1st St. S.E., Washington, DC 20003.
***AARP Driver Safety Course
Contact: Jack Twinam 640-3656
Cost: AARP member $20, non-member $25
June 11 & 12, Bethel Lutheran Church, 1-4 pm
July 16 & 17, Bethel Lutheran Church, 5:30-8:30 pm
August 20-21, Bethel Lutheran Church, 5:30-8:30 pm
August 23, Brookdale in Lakewood, 9 am-4 pm
***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
May 20, Pentecost Sunday is Companion Synod Sunday.
The Upstate NY Synod is in a Companion Synod relationship with two international Lutheran bodies: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe (ELCZ) and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia (ELCZa)
Here are some greetings from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe (ELCZ)
There are three Lutheran bishops in Zimbabwe.
The presiding bishop, Bishop Faindi (and Eastern Diocese bishop) sends this greeting:
I greet you in the mighty name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Allow me to express my profound appreciation for a spiritual accompaniment and fellowship that you initiated. That was a wonderful initiative that you came up with.
• Pray for Zimbabwe to remain peaceful as we are going to the poles shortly.
• Pray for the ELC to remain focused to the cause and purpose of the Gospel.
• Pray for the church Assembly that is coming in October. That decisions that will come out, enhance the growth of the Church.
• Pray for the economic improvement of our country.
• Pray that all the evangelism initiatives that our evangelism teams will take, be highly inspired in order to bring change to those who will be ministered to.
Bishop Kenneth Sibanda (Central Diocese) sends this message and a video:
It is quite pleasing to hear of such a wonderful program to dedicate Pentecost Sunday as the companion synod Sunday to remember the companionship you have with the ELCZ. https://youtu.be/hm4NyPRpVAI
Bishop Michael Dube (Western Diocese) sends this message:
Greetings from Zimbabwe. Your mail was well received and we are excited about that move. Thank you so much Bishop Macholz's initiative. We shall engage in prayer and hopefully videos and other relevant systems will be used to share information. Wishing you all God's blessing in all the planned activities
Finally, here is the video that our own Bishop John Macholz sent to Lutherans in Zimbabwe: https://youtu.be/2QffIDAQkaM
▪ 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 including Ben Wickerham 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.