St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                              November 23, 2017

                                             

                                                   Epheisans 1:15-23

                                                    

                         

Scripture readings

for Sunday, Nov. 26

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

Psalm 95:1-7a

Ephesians 1:15-23

Matthew 25:31-46

REFLECTION


I find the language of this passage of Ephesians to be very powerful. Unlike much of Paul’s writing, it’s a bit easier to understand, since it does not go in circles as much.


Paul tells us why he prayers constantly for the Ephesian church. It’s because their reputation has preceded them! Paul had heard of their faith in the Lord Jesus and their love for the saints. Faith and love go hand in hand. Living faith will be manifested in one’s life by love. 


Something else that really stands out to me is how frequently the word power is used. We have, “the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power” (v. 10). This is in relationship to Paul’s prayer for open spiritual eyes. 


We also see God’s power demonstrated in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus and finally in relationship to Christ being seated in heavenly places far above all powers. 


Everything good that Paul prays for is accomplished by God’s power, not that of the Ephesians. As we pray for each other, it is the power of God at work in us that accomplishes things in our lives. 


There is so much in this passage from Ephesians and we’ll talk about it more on Sunday.



Have a blessed Thanksgiving. 



Pastor Ivy Gauvin

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.


PRAYER REQUESTS

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.





ANNOUNCEMENTS


*** Fran Ward will be out of the church office November 14 - December 5.




***The Evangelism Ministry is hosting their final 2017 Food Pantry drive Sunday, December 3. Please bring personal care items, non-perishable food (no expired items), paper products, laundry detergent, etc. to be donated to the Bemus Point Food Pantry.




***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. Deadline to order is Sunday, December 3rd.  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!




*** 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!




***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.




*** 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.



***The Generosity Project's Week 2 Challenge-Count the number of clothes in your closet and tithe 10% to your favorite organization. 

·       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.