May 26, 2016
for Sunday, May 29
1 Kings 8:22-23, 41-43
This Sunday we begin the long green season of the liturgical year, the time after Pentecost. Throughout the summer, we’ll continue to hear the gospel from Luke. The next few weeks will consist of stories of healing and deliverance from evil.
Now that we have had the excitement of Pentecost, it’s time to grow, which is what the green season is for. The white paraments of the Easter season and the red of Pentecost are carefully stowed away and we are left with green. We ought not to rush through the growing time because out of the growing is the going. Whether we’re on vacation or just out and about, we will come across people in need, just as Jesus and his disciples did.
In this gospel story, a slave was near death, yet because he was highly valued, his master, a Gentile, sought help for him. After two different delegations went to Jesus—one of Jewish elders, then one of friends, before Jesus could reach the centurion’s home, the slave was healed.
The centurion recognized the power of Jesus’ word. “But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed” (v. 7). This was the faith of the centurion before the crucifixion, before the resurrection and certainly before Pentecost. What do we allow into our lives that hampers our belief? Let us open our hearts wide to the One who wants us to grow and go.
1After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. 2A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. 3When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. 4When they came to Jesus, they appealed to him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy of having you do this for him, 5for he loves our people, and it is he who built our synagogue for us.” 6And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; 7therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. 8For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.” 9When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.” 10When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
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 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. There will be no class Monday May 30 due to the holiday.
***The Synod Assembly will be held Sunday, June 5 through Tuesday, June 7 in Rochester. Our church representatives attending will be Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Kristie Bloomquist, Kathy Carlson and Sylvia Lipsey.
***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.
***Women of the ELCA Niagara Frontier and Southwestern Conferences invite you to a special event – THE MASTER’S TABLE.
Join us for a spiritual, educational and fun-filled retreat centered on wine, its place in Scripture, the worlds in the time of Jesus and our world today.
Hosted by Peter Green, Regional Wine Guide and creator of “The Master’s Vineyard Wine Tour” and Jessica Dows of Signature Group Events.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Newman Center - SUNY, Fredonia, 222 Temple St., Fredonia, NY 14063
Cost: $20.00 which includes wine samples, lunch, activities and informational material.
(Wine consumption not required, non-alcoholic juice provided.)
Registration deadline is September 1, 2016.
Registration forms are available in St. Timothy’s office.
▪ 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 Zachary Frazier, Todd Reel, MajBritt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Phillip Dove,
Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla, Ralph Prieur, Mary
Anne, 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.