May 30, 2019
for Sunday, June 2
Sundaysandseasons.com says, “Jesus leaves his disciples with a commission, a blessing and a promise of the Holy Spirit.” This is true, but there’s one more crucial piece that Jesus did before this. “…he opened their minds to understand the scriptures” (v. 45). Without this opening and understanding, there’s no way they could accept the commission.
Once the disciples’ minds were opened, they could listen and hear Jesus’ teaching on the scriptures concerning who he is in a new way. And if they didn’t listen, they’d miss out on the infilling of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost because Jesus told them to stay in Jerusalem until then.
We have a hard time being still. We are usually in a hurry. It is hard to catch people at home when you call them. Often people talk on the phone while they’re doing other things: working, driving (hands-free, of course!) or any other host of activities. What do people often say when you ask them how they’re doing, what’s new? “I’m so busy,” is the common reply.
Can we be still for a few minutes a day just to listen to what God might say to us? Perhaps just before we fall asleep is a good time. Or maybe, you’re a morning person and would prefer getting up before the rest of the family and the critters to have that time with Jesus. Start out with just 2-3 minutes of silence to listen and see what happens. It will probably be a struggle, but keep at it. Before you know it, you may be able to increase your time.
If we give ourselves to God and scripture in such a way, we too, can experience the power of the Holy Spirit and be witnesses to the good things God has done in our lives. In the Book of Acts we see the results in the disciples’ lives with phenomenal growth of the church. It all comes down to listening to what the Spirit is saying to us today as God’s church.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
44[Jesus said to the eleven and those with them,] “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
50Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53and they were continually in the temple blessing 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.
***Also on Sunday, June 2, 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.
***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.
***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.
***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.
Susan L. Justham | Executive Director
Love In the Name of Christ of SCC
Helping Churches to Help People
▪ 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.
▪ 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.
· For the ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.