St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                              May 3, 2018


                                                       

                                                                John 15:9-17

Scripture readings

for Sunday, May 6

Acts 10:44-48

Psalm 98

1 John 5:1-6

John 15:9-17

REFLECTION


Jesus’ relationship with his disciples has changed. Earlier in John’s gospel (chapter 13), when he washed their feet, he related to them as their Lord and Teacher and they were as servants. Here, their interaction is at a whole new level—that of friends. “I do not call you servants any longer…but I have called you friends” (v. 15).

 

The heart of the friendship between Jesus and his followers flows from him laying down his life at the cross for them. It’s a sacrificial friendship. Out of this love comes joy (v. 11).

 

So…we are joyfully, head over heels in love with Jesus and it feels so good. We are chosen! However, we are chosen for a purpose—to bear fruit. That fruit is lives of service to God and our neighbor. Others are fed with the fruit of our lives and they too come to know Jesus as their friend and they share that good news with others; and so, the church grows.

 

Of course, with a passage like this talking about friendship with Jesus, I cannot help but think of the song, “I Am a Friend of God.”

 

Who am I that you are mindful of me

That you hear me, when I call
Is it true that you are thinking of me
How you love me, it's amazing (Who am I Lord)

CHORUS:
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
He calls me friend                     

     










(Israel Houghton)

 

Pastor Ivy Gauvin

 

[Jesus said:] “As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

  “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.”

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


***COFFEE HOUR HOSTS & USHERS NEEDED THIS SUNDAY, MAY 6TH

 

***Following worship this Sunday, May 6, we will have an organizational meeting for a Men’s Group at St. Timothy.  All men encouraged to come!

 

***Mark Your Calendar for Saturday, May 19:

Adopt a Highway Clean-up Day 9:00 am and Outdoor Workday at 9:00 am

 

***Did you know we have a Prayer Room at St. Timothy?  You are welcome to come and pray in it anytime.  The church is open business hours Tuesdays and Thursdays; if you want to come at a time the church isn’t open, call Pastor Ivy at 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:  16

     ▪     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.

     ▪     Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Rochester due a fire.

     ▪     for Craig Jackson (brother-in-law of Rose Prieur), 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, including Ben Wickerham, 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.