May 24, 2018
for Sunday, May 27
This Sunday we celebrate the Holy Trinity, the only feast concerning a doctrine of the church. I must admit that at first glance, I didn’t exactly see the connection between the Trinity and this passage from Romans. However, there’s a little intro from sundaysandseasons.com that nicely summarizes it.
“In describing the new life of faith, Paul refers to all three persons of the Trinity: the Spirit leads us to recognize that we are children of God the Father and sisters and brothers with Christ the Son.” Look again at this passage and see if you can find these connections. At first, all I saw was more about the Holy Spirit.
What I am repeatedly brought back to as I look at this passage is our inability on our own to do anything to please God. Martin Luther wrote in The Small Catechism, “I believe that I cannot by my own reason or strength believe in Jesus Christ, my Lord, or come to Him; but the Holy [Spirit] has called me by the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, sanctified and kept me in the true faith.”
Be encouraged that it is God who works in and through you. God has made you his own. You can call him, “Daddy,” which is what “Abba” means. Not only that, but we are God’s family together for the sake of the world.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
12Brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—13for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ—if, in fact, we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him.
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 having a Kitchen Shower! After cleaning the storage room, a list of needs was developed….This Sunday, on the narthex table, you will find a hat with a tag stating a need. Please pick a hat (and a treat!) and bring in the item noted on the tag. Thank you!
***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.
***Next Sunday, June 3rd during worship, we look forward to Confirmation of three of our youth at St. Timothy’s and one youth to be confirmed at St. Mark in Mayville. Please make sure to come to worship to show your love to these youth who have worked many months toward this day. We thank Sarah Goebel for her hard work in teaching and mentoring the class.
***Also on Sunday, June 3, the Evangelism Committee is hosting a Food Drive supporting the Bemus Point Food Pantry. Please bring non-perishable food, personal care items (no expired items for either), paper products, laundry detergent etc. Monetary donations also accepted, see Marty Hunt.
***A note to you from Pastor Ivy:
Did you know I pray for you? On Thursdays, when I’m in the office, at noon I will be in the prayer room. Let me know via email, text or my cell phone if there is something special you’d like prayer for. My cell is 716-904-0855.
***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
▪ 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 Bryan Brown, 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 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.