October 4, 2018
for Sunday, Oct. 7
Hebrews 1:1-4, 2:5-12
By Pastor Ivy Gauvin
Rules, rules, rules. Has Jesus just laid down another rule for us? I’m not a fan of divorce, but it certainly isn’t the worst thing in the world and there are times when it can be good thing. But is that the real issue? Remember that the Pharisees were testing Jesus, trying to trick him and trip him up. Jesus’ response was to this one specific question and as usual, he turned everything upside down.
In that day, in Jewish culture, a woman could not divorce her husband, whereas, the husband could divorce his wife for no good reason at all. When Jesus is alone with his disciples, he speaks of a woman divorcing her husband. He has changed the paradigm!
Then when it comes to children, remember that in that time, they were not valued. What Jesus does is again overturn the paradigm of the time stating that the kingdom of God belongs to the undervalued and those on the margins of society. These are the ones Jesus blessed.
So, is this passage really about divorce and children, maybe somewhat, but I think that Jesus is drawing us to the bigger picture, that women and children are accepted and valued, not dismissed as inferior to adult men. Let’s think about how we shall value those that others look down upon.
Some Pharisees came, and to test [Jesus] they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.” But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you. But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”
Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”
People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
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.
*** Honduras Cookie Baking is scheduled for this Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th beginning at 9:00 am. If you would like to help, contact Sarah Goebel for details.
*** Southwest Conference Fall Assembly will be held Sunday, October 22nd at 3:00 pm at Bethel Lutheran Church, 904 West 3rd St., Jamestown. Everyone is invited to attend.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class meets each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am at St. Timothy. New members always welcome!
Blessing of the Animals
This Saturday, October 6th at 10:30 am, Pastor Ivy
Gauvin will have a “Blessing of the Animals” to be
held in the front yard of St. Timothy Lutheran Church.
All pets and working animals welcome! (Please use
leash for your animals.)
*** Mark your calendar! 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. Contact Gale Svenson-Campbell at 715-753-6319 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 33
***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.
· 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 those affected by Hurricane Florence.
· For 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.