October 27, 2016
for Sunday, Oct. 27
It was through reading Romans 3:21-28 that Martin Luther’s spiritual eyes were opened. He tried so hard to be worthy of God’s gift of salvation, all to no avail. He felt that no matter what he did, he could never please God. “Paul’s words stand at the heart of the preaching of Martin Luther and the other Reformation leaders. No human beings make themselves right with God through works of the law. We are brought into a right relationship with God through the divine activity centered in Christ’s death. This act is a gift of grace that liberates us from sin and empowers our faith in Jesus Christ” (sundaysandseasons.com).
That short explanation of this passage says it all. There are some church words in this passage that I think most of us use when speaking of faith, but do we know what they mean. Here are just a couple. Law—does this mean the ten commandments or the 600 plus other laws added to it? Then what did Jesus mean when he said he came to fulfill the law, (Matt 5:17) or does it mean not exceeding the speed limit?
In last week’s sermon, we talked about justification and its meaning. The only one who can justify us is God. There is nothing whatsoever that we can do to help that process along because it is pure gift that does not depend upon us.
Take a good look at this passage and let me know if there are other things in here that you’d like to talk about or you’d like me to emphasize in Sunday’s sermon. After all, we are celebrating the beginning of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The yearlong celebration will conclude on Reformation, 2017. If you have time tonight, you can tune in to a live webcast of Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and others as they discuss:
-What was the Reformation, and what does it mean for Lutherans and ecumenical partners?
-What is “Declaration on the Way,” and why is it significant for Lutheran-Catholic relations?
• How might we understand our ecumenical and inter-religious relationships as part of our participation in the ongoing Reformation?
The link for the webcast is ELCA.org/webcast, where a link to the recorded video will be made available after the broadcast. You can also follow along through Facebook Live by visiting Facebook.com/Lutherans.
19Now we know that whatever the law says, it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20For “no human being will be justified in his sight” by deeds prescribed by the law, for through the law comes the knowledge of sin.
21But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction, 23since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.
27Then what becomes of boasting? It is excluded. By what law? By that of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28For we hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by the law.
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.
***A Special Congregational Meeting will be held Sunday, October 30th immediately following the service for the sole purpose of discussing the update of the church fire safety system.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues at St. Timothy. Classes for this session are held at 9:00 am on Monday & Wednesday through December 14th.
***Also this Sunday, we are in need of Ushers and Coffee Hour Hosts.
*** All Saints Sunday is November 6th. Please provide the church office with names of those who have passed away since last November that you would like remembered during the service.
Honduras Auction – November 6th
One of the major fundraisers for the Honduras Mission Project has been our Honduras Auction and Chinese Auction, this year being held on Sunday, November 6th at 6:00 pm. Preceding the auction is a light dinner, starting at 5:00 pm for $6.00. (Choice of chili or pulled pork sandwich, salad, beverage and dessert.)
Here are some ways you can 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 donations of themed baskets also.
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.
If you need more information, contact Sarah Goebel, Tammy Haas, or Gale Svenson-Campbell.
Thank your for you consideration!
“The Gift of Presence”
Saturday November 19th, 2016
9:00 AM---1:00 PM
We will offer a variety of meditative experiences including prayer and creative expression.
There will be tasty bites and beverages on arrival with lunch provided at 11:30.
Presented by Jann Ball and Gloria Anderson with the women of Bethlehem Lutheran Church
20 North Phetteplace Street in Falconer
Please RSVP to Stephanie Buccola 665-4221 by November 14th
· 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 Pr. Dan & Lois Rumfelt on the passing of Lois’ sister, Linda Arntsen, Esther Gallos (4 yr old daughter of our Honduras Promise missionaries, Danny Faulkner (brother of P. Ivy friend), Elenor Burgeson Orman, Bob Samuelson, Arden Johnson, Dr. Gerald & Kris Magneson, Don Frank, Jill Scott, Bill Reel, Helen Cogliano, John Bylund, Joanne Aron, Pastor John Klatt, JoLynn Stearns, Scott Stearns, Zachary Frazier, Todd Reel, Maj-Britt Traynor, Gerald Ayers, Matt Isaacson, Sandra Kelderhouse, Thom Shagla, Ralph Prieur, Mary Anne, Ryan Samuelson,
· 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.