November 16, 2017
for Sunday, Nov. 21
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
There are so many interpretations of this passage of scripture that it’s enough to make your and my head spin—and it has. They range from this introduction to the scripture in Sundays and Seasons, “Jesus tells a parable about his second coming, indicating that it is not sufficient merely to maintain things as they are. Those who await his return should make good use of the gifts that God has provided them.” In this scenario, the bad guy is the one who buries his one talent. The master is God and the other two slaves are the church doing the work of God. However, if the slave owner is God; he’s really mean to the slave with the one talent.
Others view this not as a parable at all. It is certainly not considered to be a parable of the kingdom, like others. In this case, we wonder who is who and who is the bad guy. Is it the master of the slaves and is the man with the one talent rightfully fighting injustice he sees in the slave owner? I’m not so sure.
After a lot of prayer and study, it seems to me that the overriding issue in this passage is relationship. For one thing, I do not believe this is a parable and you cannot compare the slave master to God. So, what stands out for me is the reason that the man with the one talent was reprimanded. What was his problem? The other two men were grateful for the master’s generosity and took full advantage of it. However, the single man with one talent struggled.
He was afraid of the master and did not have a trusting relationship with him. The man with one talent considered the master to be harsh and let fear rule his decision. He had a broken relationship with the master.
Think about this passage for Sunday. We’ll talk more about it then. Until then, I’d love to hear any insights you may have.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
[Jesus said to the disciples:] 14“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 22And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ 24Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ”
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 church office November 14 - December 5.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class will be on hiatus for the holidays. The next session is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 8th at 9:00 am.
*** In conjunction with Our Lady of Lourdes in Bemus Point, a community Thanksgiving service will be held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church on Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm.
***We will order poinsettias from Brigiotta’s to decorate the sanctuary for Christmas. The price is $7.00 for red or white poinsettia, 6” pot wrapped in foil. You may also make a donation to St. Susan’s Kitchen in addition to, or in lieu of, purchasing a poinsettia. See order form below.
*** St. Timothy’s will again participate in the Angel Tree project with G. A. Family Services. Pick an ornament from the tree in the church narthex, shop for your child and return your UNWRAPPED gifts by Sunday, Dec. 3.
The staff at G. A. sends their thanks to St. Tim’s for our dedication to this community outreach over the years. The gifts are handed out by Santa at the annual family Christmas party and a fun time is had by all!
***It’s time to order Christmas Cookies to benefit the Honduras Promise Children! For a $12.00 suggested donation, you will receive two dozen delicious cookies handmade with love. See order form below.
*** On Sunday, December 3rd we will celebrate Advent Fest/Hanging of the Greens. Potluck dinner at 5:30 (meat provided), decorating at 6:30 with carol singing to follow. Look for a sign-up sheet for the potluck on the narthex table in the church. Everyone is encouraged to come and enjoy this special evening!
***Generosity Project: Our Table is Ready-This is the title of our stewardship campaign for this year. The purpose of it is to broaden our understanding of stewardship, changing our overall culture of sharing and giving in our congregation and households. We want to grow a spirit of generosity that overflows with joy from our households to our congregation to our neighborhoods and into all the world. As Christians, our lives, identity and daily decisions are shaped by God’s story in Jesus. Each week, we will be getting papers with the focus of the action we should take during that week. Have fun with this and let God bless you.
***The Generosity Project Week One-Count the number of “I may need it someday” items in your storage, and tithe 10% of the total to charity
· 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 Adam Hull, Trudi Fetzner, Pastor Tara Eastman, Ronald Amaral, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Deacon Gregg Davis, Roy Pihl, Faye Stebbins, Gloria Gardner, Bob & Audrey Markwart, Al Lamb, Eleanor Burgeson Orman, Arden Johnson, Todd Reel, Helen Cogliano, Joanne Aron, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Matt Isaacson and Thom Shagla.
· 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.