September 13, 2018
for Sunday, Sept. 16
In sundaysandseasons.com, there is always a short explanation of the scripture text. The one for this gospel passage nicely sums it up, “This story provides the turning point in Mark’s gospel. Peter is the first human being in the narrative to acknowledge Jesus as the Messiah, but he cannot accept that as the Messiah Jesus will have to suffer. Moreover, Jesus issues a strong challenge to all by connecting discipleship and the cross.” Those are the facts. However, there is more to this exchange between Jesus and Peter than meets the eye.
Sometimes it is helpful to just ask questions of the text; those things that make you wonder and scratch your head. Here are some of my wonderings.
Jesus knew the thoughts and hearts of people. Why did he ask, “Who do people say that I am?” Didn’t he know? And why did he press the disciples as to who they say Jesus is?
Wouldn’t you think that Jesus would have given Peter a pat on the back for getting the right answer concerning his identity? Instead, in Mark’s version, the disciples are told to keep quiet. Hmmm.
Was Peter disappointed in Jesus when Jesus told the disciples about his approaching suffering and death. Why else would Peter rebuke Jesus?
And now Jesus rebukes Peter and calls him Satan. Doesn’t that seem a bit strong? Did he really become Satan?
And now we see in the last paragraph, the call of discipleship, the way of the cross. Is that any way to attract people to the cause?
Think about these and your own questions for Sunday. I’ll deal with some of them. If you have a particular question about this passage that you want answered, text me at 716-904-0855 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. That way I can be sure to address it Sunday.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” And they answered him, “John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” He asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” And he sternly ordered them not to tell anyone about him.
Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”
He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it. For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? Those who are ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
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.
††† Rally Day, This Sunday, September 16! †††
Beginning this Sunday, September 16, we will begin Bible study during fellowship. It will be primarily a discussion-based study, beginning with the book of Acts, using N. T. Wright’s book, Acts for Everyone. You’ll have time to get your coffee and other goodies and then we’ll meet at the back of the fellowship hall.
Youth Sunday School
Youth Sunday school will also begin this Sunday, September 16th following worship. Kids, come and bring your friends!
Worship will be a time that will be more inclusive, with more opportunities for involvement for all ages. We will worship together as a family and then following worship, have educational time for all.
UPDATE TO OUR 5 & 2 MINISTRY CHALLENGE!
This week we are at 31 bins – we just need 5 more to hit our challenge goal of 36 bins by Sunday, September 30th!
Thank you to everyone who has been bringing in donations.
If you need suggestions of what to purchase, pick up a card from the narthex table on Sunday.
***Pastor Ivy Gauvin will be attending Synod Ministerium Monday, September 17 through Wednesday, September 19 in Canandaigua, NY
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 31
***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.
· 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 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 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.