St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                  November 9, 2017

                                             

                                                       Matthew 25:1-13

                                                    

                         

Scripture readings

for Sunday, Nov. 12

Amos 5:18-24

Psalm 70

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Matthew 25:1-13

REFLECTION

Pastor Ivy Gauvin


Sometimes it’s hard to be prepared. Some of us are procrastinators, while others of us miscalculate the amount of time a task will actually take.

 

On top of that, there is the issue of waiting for God to work, much as the bridesmaids need to wait for the bridegroom’s arrival. So, it seems like we wait and wait and where is God?

 

Martin Luther referred to this seeming absence of God’s presence as deus absconditus, the hidden God. As ELCA pastor, William E. Flippin, Jr. explains”

 

Toward the end of the Heidelberg Disputation, Martin Luther offers interesting points in explaining Deus Absconditus in the description of a theologian. In theses 20-22, Luther describes a theologian as one who comprehends the visible and manifest things of God seen through suffering and the cross; a theologian of glory calls evil good and good evil. A theologian of the cross call[s] the thing what it actually is. That wisdom, Luther concludes is seen in the invisible things of God in works as perceived by humanity as completely puffed up, blinded and hardened.

(https://www.huffingtonpost.com/reverend-william-e-flippin-jr/deus-absconditus-why-does-god-hide-himself_b_1666117.html).


God is at work and we cannot see him. We let down our guard because he is hiding. But whether we are like the foolish or the wise bridesmaids, we still must wait.

 

Especially in our violent days, when it seems like week after week there is a new tragedy, we wonder why God waits so long to show up on the scene—and yet, God already has, in the cross of Christ. In the midst of the questions, suffering and pain of our lives, God is there with us.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. 11Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

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

 

*** Last day for Thanksgiving basket collection – this Sunday, November 12th:  Partnering with Bemus Point United Methodist Church, the Evangelism Committee is collecting items for Thanksgiving baskets for friends in our community needing help. Through your generous donations, St. Timothy is providing: instant mashed potatoes, stuffing mix, cranberry sauce, turkey gravy, canned sweet corn or sweet potatoes. Monetary donations welcome, please give to Ginnie Sloan.

 

*** Fran Ward will be out of the church office beginning Nov. 14, returning

Dec. 5.

 

*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am at St. Timothy.  This session runs through November 15th

 

*** In conjunction with Our Lady of Lourdes in Bemus Point, a community-wide Thanksgiving service will be held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church on Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm.  All invited – bring a friend!

 

*** St. Timothy’s is participating 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!



Family Advent Weekend (NEW!)

December 1-3, 2017

 

What better way to combine all you love about LCLC with the excitement of this special time of the year.  Join us for this great way to get your Advent and Christmas seasons off to an appropriate start. 

 

The LCLC Family Advent Weekend will include:

*Advent Worship & Bible Study            

*Reconnecting with your family and camp friends 

*Campfires

*Advent Crafts

*Cookie decorating 

*Christmas carols

*Camp Games, activities, hikes, and more 

 

WHEN: 7:00 PM Friday through 11:00 AM Sunday

 

WHERE: The Retreat Center at LCLC

 

COST: (Includes meals, lodging, and program)

1 Adult:  $95.00

2 Adults:  $180.00

Youth ages 8-17:  $48.00

Youth 7 & younger:  Free

Maximum fee per family:  $255.00

$10.00 of each registration fee is a non-refundable deposit

 

                 The registration deadline is 11/24/17.

 

Click here  for a registration form or call 716-386-4125 for more information.



·       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.