October 11, 2018
for Sunday, Oct. 14
Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
As I read this passage, a few short words leaped off the page: “Jesus, looking at him, loved him” (v. 21). Nowhere else in the gospels is this said regarding an individual who approached Jesus. Jesus is exhibiting risky behavior. The young man has called him “good teacher,” but what are his motives? Yet, Jesus loves him.
I cannot help but think of a very old song by Dianna Krall, “The Look of Love” with these words:
The look of love
Is in your eyes
A look your smile can't
The look of love
Is saying so much more than
Just words could every say
And what my heart has heard
Well it takes my breath away
The rich young man walked away from Jesus, in spite of Jesus’ love.
Jesus’ call to us is the same as it was to his followers in the first century: “Follow me.” Jesus loves us and calls us to follow him. That love motivates us and changes us as we become followers of Jesus. Part of that change is to invite others to experience new life in Christ by becoming followers.
17As [Jesus] was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’ ” 20He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” 22When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. 23Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 25It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 26They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” 27Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.” 28Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 29Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, 30who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. 31But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”
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.
*** Quilting Supplies Sale…Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am-2:00 pm at Anderson Hall, Holy Trinity Site, Tree of Life Lutheran Church, 825 Forest Ave., Jamestown. Quilting rulers, mats, templates, patterns, complete small kits, curved pins, fleece, zippers, needles, straight pins, decorative buttons, pillow forms, odds and ends. Nothing is priced over $10.00-prices start at 50 cents and we even have a few free things. One of our faithful members donated her collection of quilting supplies to Labor of Love. Funds raised will be used to purchase things for our quilting group.
*** Rite Aid is having a flu clinic at St. Timothy
Lutheran Church on Sunday, October 21st from
10:30 am-12:30 pm. It will be held in the fellowship hall.
*** The Honduras Mission Project Live Auction and Chinese Auction at St. Timothy Lutheran Church is Sunday, November 4. Dinner at 5:00 pm-choice of pulled chicken sandwich or chili, and salad, beverage and dessert for $6.00 donation. You may also come at that time to view the auction items. The live auction begins at 6:00 pm. We welcome donations of gift certificates and new or gently used items and pre-filled baskets. For more information, contact Gale Svenson-Campbell at 715-753-6319 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
*** All Saints Sunday is November 4th. Please provide the church office with names of those who have passed away since last November that you would like remembered during the service.
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 34
***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
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For further information, see Kathy Carlson on Sundays or call her at 485-1316.
***ELCA Strategy on HIV and AIDS survey When the ELCA Strategy on HIV and AIDS was approved in 2009, it recognized
the ELCA’s call to faithfully and effectively participate in the larger global and domestic response. Knowing that many throughout the ELCA are engaged in different capacities around HIV and AIDS, this survey will gather more information about the ways your ministries have in the past, are currently or will be engaging. Please consider taking a few minutes to share your feedback. Participate in the survey.
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· 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.
· Those affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia.
· For those in the path of Hurricane Michael
· For Sarah Van Staalduinen (P. Ivy’s daughter), Bob Samuelson, Carolyn Wickerham, Trudy Fetzner, T. J. Bihler, Dianne Sloan, Dan Kelly, Dan Caruso, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Pastor Tom Calzone, Richard Starks, Sylvia Lipsey, Mabel Tranum, Ilene Chiotti, Bryan Brown, Craig Jackson, Marty Maxwell, Debbie Stearns, Jim Doherty, Karen Brown, Ross Gardner, Bonnie Christoferson, Zachary Stewart, Al Lamb, Scott Stearns and 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.