October 26, 2017
for Sunday, Oct. 29
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
In Sundays and Seasons, there is a fabulous introduction to this Reformation Sunday’s worship:
On this day we celebrate the heart of our faith: the gospel of Christ—the good news—that makes us free! We pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to unite the church today in its proclamation and witness to the world. In the waters of baptism we are made one body; we pray for the day that all Christians will also be one at the Lord’s table.
Reformation Sunday is not a kind of “Lutheran Pride Day.” Instead, we focus on God’s grace, which through faith makes us God’s children. It is this grace that opened Martin Luther’s eyes. He desperately tried to please God by his own efforts and only felt God’s judgment.
Luther worked hard to communicate the revelation of God’s grace. His hymns often used tunes people were familiar with. When he wrote the Small Catechism, he used language his small son could understand. Worship was in the language of the people instead of Latin. Luther translated the scriptures into German.
“The message of Reformation Sunday is God’s love for us. It is a love that frees us and redefines us as people of God and as members of the whole body of Christ. In God’s eyes, we are beautiful” (sundaysandseasons.com).
We see such freedom reflected in today’s gospel reading. The Jews declared they had never been slaves and yet they were enslaved to the Romans in Jesus’ day. In their earlier history, they were slaves of the Babylonians and others. Clearly they were having memory issues!
We find true freedom in our Lord Jesus Christ. “36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” Now THAT’S something to celebrate.
31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?” 34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”
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.
*** Adopt-a-Highway final 2017 clean-up is this Saturday, October 28 at 9:00. Rain Date is November 4. All help is greatly appreciated!
*** The combined 500th Anniversary of the Reformation worship service by churches of the Southwestern Conference of the Upstate NY Synod will be this Sunday, October 29 at First Lutheran Church in Jamestown. A special 20-minute instrumental prelude will begin at 10:10 am with worship following at 10:30 am. Following our abbreviated 9:30 am service at St. Timothy, all are encouraged to attend the Reformation service.
*** 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. Collection deadline is Sunday, Nov. 12th.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am at St. Timothy. This session runs through November 15th.
Honduras Live Auction and Chinese Auction, Sunday, November 5th at 6 p.m.
Plan to come for dinner, starting at 5 p.m. for $6 donation your choice of pulled chicken sandwich or chili, salad, dessert and beverage.
Here are some of the ways you could help the Auction and the Mission:
We need items, large and small for the auction. We have both a live Auction and a Chinese Auction, so we can use any new or gently used items. We often make baskets from the items you bring in. We appreciate themed baskets also. Other ideas include a talent, baked goods, hand made items, “manly gifts”, teaching others a skill, etc.
We invite you to attend the Auction and bring friends. In order to be successful, we need to have many baskets, and items at the Auction, and we need to have people to bid on those items.
We always need sponsors for the children in the Promise Children Project. Sponsorships are $30 per month/$360 per year. Contact Gale Svenson-Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 753-6319.
Thanks for your consideration!!
· 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.