St. Timothy Lutheran Church

Pastor's Message

January 2017

Happy New Year everyone! It is hard to believe that the New Year is just

around the corner. Personally, I am so grateful for the nearly two years

we have worked together in ministry. February 8 will be my second

anniversary here. Where has the time gone? The nature of time brings

change, whether we embrace or resist it, there will be change.


At such times we may wonder why are we going through such difficulties.

Our emotions are heightened during the holidays. We think; I pray, I love

God, I go to church— why did this happen to me? It says in Ecclesiastes,

“ Again, I observed this on the earth: the race is not always won by the

swiftest, the battle is not always won by the strongest; prosperity does

not always belong to those who are the wisest, wealth does not always

belong to those who are the most discerning, nor does success always

come to those with the most knowledge—  for time and chance may

overcome them all”( Ecclesiastes 9:11 , New English Translation). There

are some things outside of our control and that’s when we especially

need to hold on the tightest to God, trusting that he is with us through

everything.


Something that I have found helpful is a practice I picked up at the Cross

Generational conference I attended a while ago. It is called Faith5 and

consists of:

     1. Sharing our highs and lows from the day or week.

     2. Reading a Bible verse.

     3. Talking about how the Bible reading might relate to our highs and lows.

     4. Praying for one another’s highs and lows.

     5. The final step is blessing one another.This has enabled better

         communication between Ray and me. I’ve been able to more fully realize

         that I do not have to go through difficult times by myself. It has helped

         me to be more sensitive toward Ray’s needs. More information about this

         can be seen at www.faith5.org  and www.faithink.com .


For me, being your pastor is a delight. I feel very blessed to be here with

you. That’s my high. Then there is my biggest low: it was a year ago

Christmas Eve when I fell and hurt my back. I thought we would have

received permission for the surgery long ago. It seems like things are in

good shape and we will finally be able to get my back fixed, then BAM—

another hurdle is erected that we have to jump over. That’s my current

status at this point. But with your prayers and encouragement, we will

carry on. Thank you for who you are and what you do.


This month we will be entering the time of Epiphany, which means

“manifestation.” Epiphany primarily is about the revelation of Christ to the

Gentiles. God desires to open all of our eyes to the wonder and glory of

our Lord Jesus. Perhaps your resolution for 2017 may involve your faith

life. Take the time to nurture the intimate relationship God desires to

have with you. After all, If you need something to help you along in your

faith journey, just let me know. I have a number of great resources I can

loan you or recommend for you.


I hope you will join us for our annual meeting at St. Timothy on Sunday,

January 8, following worship. Lunch is included.


The Lord bless and keep you as we enter this New Year together in

God’s love. This prayer from the ELW  says it all:


O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot

see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give

us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go, but only

that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus

Christ our Lord. Amen.


Pastor Ivy


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