St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                               November 28, 2019

                                             

                                                    Matthew 24:36-44

                                                    

                         

Scripture readings

for Sunday, Dec. 1

Isaiah 2:1-5

Psalm 122

Romans 13:11-14

Matthew 24:36-44

REFLECTION

Pr. Ivy Gauvin


Can we live with not knowing? Can we live in mystery? Jesus said that no one knows when his return will be, except the Father. Look how many times not knowing is used in this passage. The angels of heaven and the Son do not know when these things will happenIn Noah’s day, the people knew nothing until the flood came. Jesus’ audience did not know when the Lord is coming. The owner of the house, did not know when the thief would come. This is a lot of not knowing.

 

The people of Noah’s time were just living their lives like we are: eating, drinking, getting married, and working—there is nothing inherently wrong with any of these things. These are normal everyday activities. It’s not the actions per se, but the place of importance they take in our lives. Is there room for God? In Noah’s day, the people were too preoccupied with these things to hear the warning God issued through Noah. They knew nothing until the cataclysmic flood came. Then they understood that their lives would never be the same.

 

God isn’t asking us to suspend our daily lives to sit and wait for Jesus to return. We are still supposed to work, eat, and live. The Lutheran Study Bible says that watching and being ready have “surprisingly simple” meanings. “Faithfully carry out the tasks set before you [as the verses following today’s gospel reading demonstrate] and use the gifts God gives you wisely and faithfully.” 

 

Dear Lord, help us to embrace waiting while still living our lives. May we not be swept up into the consumerism that causes the hurry and stress that can come in this season, but instead watch and wait for Christ. Amen.




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


***We will celebrate Advent Fest/Hanging of the Greens this Sunday, December 1.  Potluck dinner at 5:30 (meat provided), decorating at 6:30 with carol singing to follow. The potluck sign-up sheet is on the narthex table. Everyone is encouraged to come and enjoy this special evening – bring your family and friends!

***The G. A. Family Services Angel Tree is in St. Timothy narthex; if there are still names, please select a name/ornament from the tree, purchase the gift and return unwrapped gift in a bag.  You may include wrapping in the bag if you desire.  Last day to bring in a gift will be this Sunday, December 1st.

***Christmas Poinsettias will be ordered from Brigotta’s again this year, $7.00/plant.  As in the past, donations for St. Susan’s kitchen are also being accepted on the poinsettia forms, in addition to or in lieu of poinsettias.  Forms are available on the church’s narthex table, payment should accompany order. Last day to order is Sunday, December 8.

  

Advent is just around the corner, beginning this Sunday, Dec.1.

 Advent calendars are available in the narthex on the round table.

 

***We continuously collect food items for the 5 & 2 Ministry.  Bring your donations and place in the black bin in church narthex.  Lists detailing items needed are also available in the narthex.  Monetary donations welcome!

***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  71


***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards.   3 ways to give:

   - Go directly to our website at www.sttimothybemus.com

   - Use our QR code with the QR reader on your smartphone

   - Download the app ‘GivePlus Church’. Create an account.  

For further information, see Kathy Carlson on Sundays or call her at 485-1316.








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Let’s Talk About Sunday’s Reading

 

I have started a new Facebook group called Let’s Talk About Sunday’s Reading to help foster conversation about the upcoming Sunday’s scripture that I will be preaching on. If you’re not on Facebook or don’t wish to comment on Facebook you can always email me or comment on my blog, where I also post my e-ministry reflection. Let’s learn together.


                    HAVE YOU ORDERED YOUR COOKIES YET?

 

****Order your cookies by Monday December 9, 2019****

Order forms are on the table in the Narthax







·         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 victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.

·         For:  Rob Fenlason, Dan Bruinsma, Rev Alan Anderson, Dick Starks, Tim O’Brien Nichelle Carlberg, Mike Krott, Gretta Kettle,  George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Pat & Maureen Kibbe, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Sarah Van Staalduinen, Mabel Tranum, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier

·         For people serving in the military, including Ben Wickerham, and their families, those caught up in persecution, violence and war.

·         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.

·         For:  The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.

[Jesus said to the disciples,] 36“About that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”