St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                              May 23, 2019


                                                       

                                                       Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5

Scripture readings

for Sunday, May 26

Acts 16:9-15

Psalm  67

revelation 21:10, 22-22:5

John 14:23-29

REFLECTION

 

In Psalm 27, the psalmist cries out, “The ppleTypeServicesppleTypeServicesF2424833 LordppleTypeServices  is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The ppleTypeServicesppleTypeServicesF2424833 LordppleTypeServices  is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1). The psalms are the prayer book of the Bible, the prayer book of the Jewish people and ours as well. These people prayed in hope. Here in Revelation, we see the answer to those prayers. God and the Lamb are the light of the holy city of Jerusalem. Not only is God the light, but God is the temple. God is all in all—everything God’s people need is in God.

 

We cannot live without water and so that is provided as well. “…the water of life,” which hearkens back to Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well in John’s gospel. It is far more than ordinary water, but symbolizes salvation itself, just as the baptismal waters usher us into God’s kingdom, making us his children.

 

And God feeds the residents of the city from the “tree of life.” In Genesis 3, Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat from that tree. Here in the new Jerusalem, it is how people are fed. Not only are people fed, but the tree provides healing for the nations.

 

Oh, how we need such healing today! The needs of so many sometimes overwhelm us. Let us pray in hope, as did the psalmist, that healing will come to all—that we all enter into God’s presence, joining with the whole church in heaven and on earth.

 

Pastor Ivy Gauvin

10And in the spirit [one of the angels] carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.

22I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25Its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26People will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27But nothing unclean will enter it, nor anyone who practices abomination or falsehood, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

22:1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2through the middle of the street of the city. On either side of the river, is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit each month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 3Nothing accursed will be found there anymore. But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him; 4they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS


 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

                         Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Marty Hunt and Sandy Carlson will be attending

                         the Upstate NY Synod

                         (ECLA) Assembly from Thursday May 30th to Saturday June 1st.

                         Please pray for safe travels for

all attending and that their time at the assembly will be blessed. 


***It’s can tab collection time again.  Please bring your can tabs to church by Wednesday May 29th so that Pastor Ivy can take them with her to the Synod Assembly on Thursday May 30th. 


***The Evangelism Committee food drive for the Bemus Point Food Pantry will be Sunday June 2nd.  You are asked to bring in non-perishable food and personal care items (no expired items please), paper products, laundry detergent, etc.  Thank you in advance.


***We Are Invited

Throughout the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Muslim community has community fast breaking meals on Saturday evenings at 8:20 PM.  This traditional community event takes place at the GA Family Services cafeteria, 200 Gustavus Ave., Jamestown. We are invited to join in this festive time. Please let Pastor Ivy know which Saturdays you would like to go so we can go together. The last Saturday is June 1. There is a sign-up sheet in the narthex.

 

God’s peace.


***Commemorations

John Calvin, renewer of the church, died 1564

Monday, May 27, 2019

Gifted both as a systematic theologian and as an interpreter of scriptures, Calvin embraced the Reformation, and as a preacher in Geneva, Switzerland, brought a theocratic government to it. He is regarded as the father of the Reformed churches.


***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.

 






 

***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  54


Dear Church , 

Spring has sprung and the work continues at Love In the Name of Christ to mobilize the local church to transform lives and communities in the name of Christ.

 We were able to serve 15 individuals and families during the month of April, for a total of 27 lives impacted with the love of Christ, through furnishings, toiletries, rides and referrals; mobilizing 49 volunteers from 16 different churches for a total of over 120 hours of service to our neighbors in need.

Each initial serving opportunity brought with it an average of 6 opportunities for prayer, encouraging words, a listening ear and a friend to walk beside of them sharing the love of Christ in word and in-deed. Can you see the potential of the ripple on the neighbors served and to the volunteers? I find myself shouting with a joyous voice, “Yeah God!” We do not necessarily know the impact we are having on each life, but we know we are loving God, and loving our neighbors, as commanded.

The needs still continue to come in with each ring of the phone. Current needs:

Gas stoves: 8 needed

Electric stoves: 2 needed

Refrigerators: 5 needed

Washers & Dryers: 7 needed

Twin beds: 14 needed

Full-size beds: 9 needed

Couches: 3 needed

Dressers: 3 needed

Table & chairs: 2 needed

Vacuum: 1 needed

Please pray for the neighbors we serve and for God’s provision physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually.

If your church, mission team or group would like to learn more about Love INC and how we can help your congregation to be the hands and feet of Jesus, please contact me at 338-9828.

 

In Christ,

Susan L. JusthamExecutive Director


HELP WANTED

 

LCLC is searching for a part-time housekeeper to help cover the increased work load over the summer.  Specifically, we need someone to focus on turning over the Retreat Center each Sunday afternoon throughout the summer.  The hours are around 8-10 hours per week, and somewhat flexible.  The work is physical and includes cleaning bathrooms, making beds, and vacuuming.  On the job training will be provided as needed, so experience isn't necessarily required.

If you could share our need with your congregations, we'd appreciate it.  Interested individuals can call the office and ask for me.  Thanks very much!

In Christ,

Lee

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Lee M. LindemanExecutive DirectorLake Chautauqua Lutheran Center716-386-4125

     ▪     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 Gene Heil,  Barb Macholz Grimaldi, Bob Ivey, Rev. Don Ray, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, Bonnie Davis, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ross Gardner, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier. For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, and their families, those caught up in persecution, violence and war.

     ▪     People serving in the military and their families, including Ben Wickerham, 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.