St. Timothy Lutheran Church

Dear friends,

We are now past the time of the Christmas and New Year hustle and bustle,

though it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago. In February, we can relax in

the time after Epiphany, the green season without any special festivals.

We don’t see much green around us now as we look outside. As I write this

today, everything is snow-covered. Green makes us think of growth, but I

dare say that even under the snow, some growth continues whether it is

hibernating bear cubs or baby birds.

How shall we grow? We know our bodies need nutritious food. Is there

anything we can do to make ourselves grow spiritually? Ultimately, it is all

God’s work and yet we can be closer to and grow by virtue of time with God,

reading scripture, praying and being in fellowship with our sisters and

brothers in Christ. That’s our spiritual food. Paul teaches that “only

God…gives the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:7). However, Paul prayed for his

beloved churches, asking that they “be filled with the knowledge of God’s

will…as [they] grow in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9-10).

One aid in growth is Bible study. We can get a better handle on God’s will

as we study God’s Word, especially with others. Join us at 11 on Sundays in

my office. We’re currently studying the Book of Acts. It is also a time that

fosters prayer and fellowship. You’ll have time to get a snack and some

coffee, visit a bit and then join us.

Growth is good, but to what end? Is it just for ourselves? It is for the whole

body of Christ so that we can serve each other, but not only each other.

Paul also wrote, 15 But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every

way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body,

joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each

part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in

love” (Ephesians 4:15-17). The love from God is nurtured among us and will

overflow, touching those around us. We would explode if we tried to contain

it all ourselves.

To help prevent exploding, let’s share with each other what God has been

up to in our lives. Periodically during worship, I will ask a question about

where we see God at work or where did we find joy during the week or

something else along that line. The first time we shared together like this,

we got a great response. Be ready! You never know when you may get the

nudge to share what God’s been up to in your own life.

Pastor Ivy

Pastor's Message

February 2019

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