November 10, 2016
for Sunday, Nov. 13
2 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Doesn’t this text sound a little scary? In a nutshell, this is what this scripture text is about: “As history moves toward God’s fulfillment there will be frightening signs and events. Before the end, believers will draw strength from their relationship to God and shall be given the words they need to testify and to endure without fear,” (https://members.sundaysandseasons.com/Home/TextsAndResources#texts
There are Christians who understand the warnings of this passage to all point to an apocalyptic, end of the world, cataclysmic future. However, in 70 A. D., the temple and the city of Jerusalem were destroyed by the Romans. Certainly, this gospel text spoke to those people.
What about the scores of God’s people who were martyred for their faith? Do we see hope for those who suffered so brutally for Christ. Does it seem that Jesus would only be speaking concerning a far off future and not to one that would occur much earlier?
Many today, all around the world are suffering each day for the sake of the gospel. It would be very sad if the promises in today’s gospel were not for them, but only some far off time.
No matter what circumstances we may encounter—loss of loved ones, natural disasters, war or any other thing that troubles us, we are the Lord’s. We were ushered into new life in the body of Christ through our baptism. In the service of Holy Baptism we hear these words, “In baptism our gracious heavenly Father frees us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, 227).
What Jesus was guaranteeing for God’s people is that nothing would happen to his people outside of God's range of operation. God knows all about what we're going through and is with us in it.
5When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, 6“As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.” 7They asked him, “Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?” 8And he said, “Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is near!’ Do not go after them. 9“When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.” 10Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; 11there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven. 12“But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 13This will give you an opportunity to testify. 14So make up your minds not to prepare your defense in advance; 15for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. 16You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. 17You will be hated by all because of my name. 18But not a hair of your head will perish. 19By your endurance you will gain your souls.
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.
***Fran Ward will be out of the office beginning November 8th and returning December 6th. Katie Castro will be filling in on Fridays. During that time, Katie will send out the E-Ministry on Friday.
***On Monday, November 14th, Caring & Sharing Ministry will meet at LSS at 6:15 pm to make fleece blankets. All are welcome to join the fun! Call Cheryl at 386-5554 for details.
***Honduras Christmas Cookie baking will be held at St. Timothy on November 11 & 12. If you would like to help, contact Sarah Goebel. If you would like to order cookies, order forms will be in the church bulletin on November 27th. You may also use the order form that was in the November Church Mouse.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues at St. Timothy. Classes for this session are held at 9:00 am on Monday & Wednesday through December 14th.
***Mark your calendar:
Advent Fest/Hanging of the Greens will be Sunday, December 4th. Pot-luck meal with meat provided at 5:30, decorating at 6:30, carols to follow.
Bishop John Macholz will be at Lutheran’s Christ Chapel on Monday, December 5th at 6:00 pm. You are invited to come and meet the Bishop and share light refreshments.
“The Gift of Presence”
Saturday November 19th, 2016
9:00 AM---1:00 PM
We will offer a variety of meditative experiences including prayer and creative expression.
There will be tasty bites and beverages on arrival with lunch provided at 11:30.
Presented by Jann Ball and Gloria Anderson with the women of Bethlehem Lutheran Church
20 North Phetteplace Street in Falconer
Please RSVP to Stephanie Buccola 665-4221 by November 14th
· 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 violence and their families in all places
· For Barb Simpson, Taylor Samuelson, Burgeson Orman, Bob Samuelson, Arden Johnson, Dr. Gerald & Kris Magneson, Don Frank, Jill Scott, Bill Reel, Helen Cogliano, John Bylund, Joanne Aron, Pastor John Klatt, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Todd Reel, Maj-Britt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla, Ralph Prieur, Mary Anne, Ryan Samuelson,
· For people serving in the military and their families, those caught up in 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.