May 9, 2019
for Sunday, May 12
A lot of people are scared to read the book of Revelation. The images can be frightening. We are influenced by the popular, but not necessarily good theology of movies and books about the end of the world. Even Martin Luther struggled with this book, writing, “My spirit cannot accommodate itself to this book. For me this is reason enough not to think highly of it: Christ is neither taught nor known in it” (“Preface to the Revelation of St. John” Luther’s Works, vol. 35). I hate to disagree with such a noted theologian, but I must. Christ, the Lamb is worshipped and glorified in this passage of Revelation. He is lifted up as the shepherd on this Sunday that is called Good Shepherd Sunday.
Basically, what we have laid out before us in this passage is a mega-worship service involving so many that they were innumerable. Have you ever been to a service in a church filled to the brim with worshippers and you are carried away by the beauty and awesomeness of the singing and prayers?
Come, let us together worship the Lamb, our shepherd, at the center of the throne of heaven. May we allow him to refresh us with the water of life and to wipe away our tears. Let us always be open to the ways this shepherd will lead us, like those who “follow the Lamb wherever he goes” (Revelation 14:4). Amen.
9After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. 10They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
“Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!”
11And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12singing,
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honor
and power and might
be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you are the one that knows.” Then he said to me, “These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them.
16They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
17for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
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.
***Adopt A Highway roadside cleanup was May 4th @ 9:00 am.
Many thanks to L/R Pat Helfrich, Dianne Sloan, Kristie
Bloomquist, Marcy Saar, Kathy Carlson and Bob Terreberry
(missing from photo). They gathered 6 bags of roadside
clutter on the 2 mile stretch in front of the church.
Caring and Sharing for May 13th is CANCELLED
Sunday, May 19 is ONE VOICE, ONE COUNTY, ONE HOPE Sunday. It has been designated as a Sunday to speak and to pray with one voice regarding the Church’s response to the destructive addictions that beset people. It is being sponsored by the Addiction Response Ministry with the hope that we can speak as one to this issue.
***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.
***We continuously collect food items for the 5 & 2 Ministry. Bring your donations and place in the black bin in church narthex. Lists detailing items needed are also available in the narthex. Monetary donations welcome!
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 52
Spring Work Day at St. Timothy Lutheran Church
Saturday, May 11th Rain Date May 18th
LOTS OF VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Bring your sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters, husbands and wives.
Great way to support your community and church!!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
▪ 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 wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.
· For Gene Heil, Barb Macholz Grimaldi, Sue Caruso, Bob Ivey, Rev. Don Ray, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, 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.
▪ People serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham 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.