May 5,, 2016
for Sunday, May 8
It's like a holy game of tag in which Jesus tags followers, saying, "You're it. Now, you're me in the world." These are words we gather in worship to wait for, and we don't have long to wait. As we dip fingers in the font, we touch promises. We're a part of Christ's family. As we meet at the table, we taste promises. We become Christ's body. And next Sunday is Pentecost—Holy Spirit, come—this is the one who comes as promised, to call, bring together, inspire, and make holy.
These promises connected to Jesus' ascension result in the biblical stories about followers who worship, bless God, gain hopeful attitudes and a sense of mission. The two men in white robes urged those gazing up toward heaven to get going! We also need a similar prompt: This living Jesus comes the same way as you saw him go. So watch for the presence of Christ, powerfully making the church his body. Watch for the presence of Christ, whenever the church pours itself out in love for others. As we come to know him and the hope to which he has called us, may we have open minds, enlightened hearts, and be clothed with power from on high.
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.
***Maj-Britt Traynor is recuperating at Heritage Green in Room 613 following hip surgery. Please feel free to visit or send a card to her c/o Heritage Green Health Care Center, Room 613, 3023 Route 430, Greenhurst, NY 14742.
***While Maj-Britt recuperates from surgery, the weekly Friday Bible Study will be held at St. Timothy’s on Fridays at 10:30 am. As always, everyone is invited and welcome to attend!
*** St. Timothy may send two voting representatives to this year’s Synod Assembly, being held June 5-7 in Rochester. If you are able to attend, please contact Pastor Ivy. Registration for the assembly closes May 15th.
***The 25th Annual Eppehimer Open Golf Tournament is being held Saturday, June 18th at Maplehurst Country Club on Big Tree Road in Lakewood. Sponsored by Jamestown Christian Missionary Alliance Church, this is a fundraiser for youth ministries of the church. For more information, see the posting on the bulletin board in the church narthex
***Healthy Bones exercise class continues at St. Timothy on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am. The bone strengthening exercises are low impact and meant for any level of fitness. Men and women are both invited to participate. You can still sign up; contact RSVP coordinator Debbie Basile at 665-8039 or firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Timothy Lutheran Church has received a commendation:
Thank you to the Members of St. Timothy Lutheran Church
from the Upstate New York Synod
of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
In grateful appreciaton for giving
Five Thousand Three Hundred Dollars
for Mission Support beyond the congregation for synodical and churchwide ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Elizabeth A. Eaton
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
John S. Macholz
Synod Bishop Eveangelical Lutheran Church in America
▪ 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: Maj-Britt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Phillip Dove, Matt Isaacson, Scott
Stearns, JoLynn Stearns, Helen Cogliano, Esther, Zacharary Frazier, Debra
Kohl, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla, Ralph Prieur, Mary Anne, Kay
Magneson, 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.