May 19, 2016
John 16: 12-15
for Sunday, May 22
Proverbs 8: 1-4, 22-31
Romans 5: 1-5
John 16: 12-15
This coming Sunday’s gospel text made me scratch my head. We will be celebrating the Holy Trinity, but this passage emphasizes the Holy Spirit. It sounds more like Pentecost, which we celebrated last Sunday!
After digging a bit deeper, my light bulb came on. Jesus taught his disciples about the role of the Holy Spirit in RELATIONSHIP to the Father and to himself. Just as the Christian life is all about relationship to God, relationship to each other and relationship to our community, so the Holy Trinity lives and works in relationship and community.
One of my seminary professors explained it like this. The interaction of each member of the trinity with each other, is like a divine love relationship. They are distinct, not the same, but in their love relationship, they form the trinity.
[Jesus said,] 12“I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
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.
***The outdoor Spring Clean-up at St. Timothy will be held this Saturday, May 21st , beginning at 9:00 am. Bring your work gloves and garden tools.
***The weekly Bible Study is currently being held at St. Timothy’s on Fridays at 10:30 am. Come, and bring a friend!
***Healthy Bones exercise class continues at St. Timothy on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am.
***Don’t forget to save your aluminum can tabs to be taken to Synod Assembly the first weekend of June. Place them in the container on the table in the narthex.
***The deadline to submit information for the June edition of the Church Mouse is Monday, May 23rd.
***Dear Southwestern Conference Friends,
Lutheran Disaster Response
The last few months have been a somber season. We have seen one of the highest concentrations of significant disasters in decades. As a church, we are called to respond.
Through Lutheran Disaster Response, your gifts will provide help and hope in the face of devastation. Thanks to a generous donor, your gift now will be matched - dollar for dollar - until we reach $100,000.
For the first time in decades, we face the potential for extreme child malnutrition, even starvation. More people are displaced now than ever before. In the U.S., communities face weeks if not months waiting for floodwaters to recede and repairs to begin.
Our church is known for our capacity to respond effectively to disasters. In many of the areas hardest hit, Lutheran Disaster Response is already there. Through dedicated colleagues, trusted partners, our network of affiliates and companion churches, we have presence and knowledge of the needs at the local level.
The need is great, but your gift will help. Your gift is urgently needed for rapid and flexible response. We cannot do this important work without you. It is by faith and grace that this time of despair can be turned into a season of hope.
With gratitude for your partnership in this ministry,
The Rev. Daniel Rift, Director
ELCA World Hunger and Disaster Appeal
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
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▪ for those in our congregation and community who suffer silently with illness,
financial burdens, and family obligation.
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Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla, Ralph Prieur, Mary Anne, Kay
Magneson, Ryan Samuelson
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and war who have no safe home in which to live.
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