St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                     October 10, 2019

                                             

                                                         2 Timothy 2:8-15

                                                      

                         

Scripture readings

for Sunday, Oct. 13

2 Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c

Psalm 111

2 Tiothy 2:8-15

Luke 17:11-19

Reflection

Pastor Ivy Gauvin

 

How do we keep on when our world is turned upside down? Our marriages may have crumbled, our finances have maybe tanked or our health isn’t what it once was. Maybe our children or other members of our family are living lives contrary to God’s word while we weep and pray for them. Does it even seem worthwhile to keep on keeping on?

 

But look at the example of Paul. He was in prison, in chains. That would certainly be discouraging. After all, he had the care of so many churches, some of which he had founded. He couldn’t continue to do the work God had called him to with the churches. What was he supposed to do?

 

Hmmm, he writes that “the word of God is not chained.” God’s work through his word continues even without this apostle of the faith. Paul continues to “endure everything for the sake of the elect.” Paul continues to suffer for the sake of God’s children. And God’s work goes on.

 

Because God is faithful, we can entrust our cares to him no matter what our situation is because “the word of God is not chained.” No one on this earth can stop God’s powerful word from working through the Holy Spirit.


8Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David—that is my gospel, 9for which I suffer hardship, even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, so that they may also obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. 11The saying is sure:

 If we have died with him, we will also live with him;

12if we endure, we will also reign with him;

 if we deny him, he will also deny us;

13if we are faithless, he remains faithful—

 for he cannot deny himself.


14Remind them of this, and warn them before God that they are to avoid wrangling over words, which does no good but only ruins those who are listening. 15Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.

 

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


*** 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 gales1949@gmail.com.


***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  67

1 more to go for reaching our challenge:

      68 bins of food by Oct. 13




***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.








Upcoming Commemorations

Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, martyr, died around 115

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Ignatius was the second bishop of Antioch in Syria, the city where the name "Christians" originated. Ignatius is known to us from his letters, which encouraged Christians to live in love, yet stand firm in true doctrine.

 

Luke, Evangelist

Friday, October 18, 2019

Identified as the author of both Luke and Acts, Luke was careful to place the events of Jesus' life in their social and religious contexts. His gospel gives us some of the most beloved parables, as well as the songs of Zechariah, Mary, the angels, and Simeon.


·         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: Bruce Johnson, family and friends of Bill Ahl,, Mike Krott, Gretta Kettle, Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Jerry Saar, Marty Hunt, Rev. Don Ray, 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.