St. Timothy Lutheran Church

We do not like the unknown, whether it is when something will happen, what will happen, or how this will affect our lives. With these months of COVID, it seems like we have many questions and just a few answers.


We are worshiping indoors, but worship looks and feels so very different than in the

past, BC (before Coronavirus). When will it look more like what we were used to in the past? Who knows? In the meantime we can worship indoors or outdoors.


I was all set to have back surgery in March; and then Coronvirus hit and there was

simply a big question mark where the date of the surgery would be. Even the insurance company wanted to know when I was going to have the surgery they had already approved earlier in the year. All we could say was that we didn’t know.


Finally, things have come together and I have a date! There are two surgeries involved in this and the second is the more serious of the two. The first surgery is 11/17 and two weeks later is the second one on 12/1. Although I’m experiencing some anxiety, I know a lot more than I did a couple of weeks ago.


We all have things in our lives about which we are concerned. Sometimes they keep us awake at night. Reformation Sunday was the last Sunday in October. The theme of freedom because of our relationship with God through Christ was my emphasis. By living in Christ and God’s word we are free.


Many years ago, in the 1970s, there was the Jesus Movement. One of the singers from that time was Danny Taylor. A couple of lines from one of his songs keeps going through my mind. “Freedom is only in the truth. The truth will set you free. Beauty is only in the eyes of those who plainly see.” That is what life in relationship to Christ and our family of faith and our community means. We have freedom with renewed minds and hearts. We can see our world and the people in it through the lenses of God’s love, mercy, and justice.


God is calling us as God’s beloved children to come and be made free. Jesus said, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32). Let us romp and play and live in the freedom of the children of God!



Pastor Ivy

Pastor's Message

November 2020

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