St. Timothy Lutheran Church

Greetings. The summer has been flying by. It's hard to believe that we

are nearly in August. I hope that each of you has been having a peaceful

and relatively relaxing summer. I pray that it has been a time of personal

and spiritual growth as well.

Every time I prepare for a sermon or Bible study, I learn something new.

This is what has come to mind in my preparations of the last few weeks,

especially in light of the awful acts of terror that have occurred in so

many parts of the world. As Lutherans, we sometimes rely so much on

God's grace, we forget about our part in spreading God's love throughout

our world. It's like the ELCA tag line, "God's work. Our hands." It's not a

matter of grace or works, but for God's people it's both.

On a recent Saturday night I had the opportunity to visit with, and

compare notes with a good friend and colleague. We both felt called to

preach the gospel on the Lord's Prayer and we could not get away from

the fact that in that passage, Jesus was calling us to action--not to just

pray all day, as important as prayer is. Our conversation made Ray and

me think of a favorite song called "Do Something" by Matthew West,

which speaks so well to this subject. This is the You Tube link for the

song: My favorite part is

the end of the first verse that is followed by the chorus:

So, I shook my fist at Heaven

Said, “God,  why don’t  You do something?”

He said, “I  did, I created you”

If not us, then who

If not me and you

Right now, it’s  time for us to do something

If not now, then when

Will we see an end

To all this pain

It’s  not enough to do nothing

It’s  time for us to do something.

As I shared on Sunday the 24th , it's not prayer or work- it's both

harmoniously working together. It's like the saying, "Be careful what you

pray for," because we just may be the answer to the prayers we're

praying for someone else.

Speaking of prayer, I hope you have been able to take advantage of the

healing services we have whenever there's a fifth Sunday in the month.

Our most recent was Sunday, July 31. If you have not been able to

attend for some reason, but want prayer, please give me a call or email

me and we will get together. As Jesus taught his disciples, "So I say to

you, Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and

the door will be opened for you. 10For everyone who asks receives, and

everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door

will be opened" (Luke 11:9-10). Let our busyness be that which has

eternal consequences--spreading good news of God's love in our world

in the midst of despair.

God bless each and every one of you!

Pastor Ivy

Pastor's Message

August 2016

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