September 14, 2017
for Sunday, Sept. 17
This Week's Reflection comes from
Sundays & Seasons
Being a disciple requires an expansive perspective on forgiveness. Today our perspective is broadened by the good news that God’s forgiveness is not based on our idea of fairness, but rather on abundant, unimaginable grace. God “does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities” (Ps. 103:10). The king forgives our entire debt, no matter how enormous it is (Matt. 18:23-27). We also are challenged to stretch our perspective and forgive each other. With Peter, we learn to stop keeping score (Matt. 18:21-22).
It’s not an easy thing to do. Again and again we fall back on limited human understandings of what is “fair.” Looking at the story of Joseph and his brothers, it’s easy for us to say that his brothers really didn’t deserve forgiveness. Even their plea for forgiveness is dishonest and manipulative—have they really repented (Gen. 50:15-17)? Joseph takes the wider view and realizes that it isn’t his brothers’ intentions that matter, but God’s. God’s forgiveness is much greater than what is fair, what we deserve.
So what does this new, broadened perspective look like in the lives of Christians and congregations? Paul provides a pragmatic glimpse: “Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them” (Rom. 14:3). If all are truly welcomed by God, we are called to share the good news of that welcome in all we say and do.
Sundays and Seasons v.20170913.0953
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21Peter came and said to [Jesus], “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
23“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; 25and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
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.
***Pastor Ivy Gauvin has an appointment with her doctor tomorrow, September 15th. We anticipate, with her doctor’s permission, that she will be back at work this Sunday, September 17th. We look forward to her return!
*** A memorial service for John Bylund will be held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Saturday, September 23 at 11:00 am. All are invited to attend the service and luncheon which follows in fellowship hall.
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class has resumed at St. Timothy. New members always welcome! Fee is $25.00 for 10 week session. Class meets each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am.
*** Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center announces Adult Fall Retreat, September 22-24, 2017: “Please join us for this special program designed for older adults. The Adult Fall Retreat provides singles and couples the opportunity to spend time together in Christian fellowship in the beauty of autumn at LCLC. Delicious meals and hotel-style lodging will be provided in our comfortable, remodeled Retreat Center. For more information or to register, please go to lclcenter.org”.
St. Timothy Sunday School and Youth
Rally Day 2107!
Sunday, September 17th – 9:30 AM
“Rockin’ Out” with Crafts and Snacks!
Come Join Us and Feel Free to Bring a Friend!
· 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 Ronald Amaral (brother-in-law of a close friend of Ray Gauvin from Long Island who has a brain tumor), those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Mardell Hanson, Adam Hull, Bryan Brown, Zachary Stewart, Deacon Gregg Davis, Rita Evans, 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.
One Month Away - October 14, 2017
LCLC Quilt, Art, & Pie Auction
Mark your calendars now for an exciting afternoon of fun and fellowship to benefit LCLC.
This Fun Event includes:
*Live Auction for quilts, hand crafted art, pies, and lots of gift certificates to exciting places
*Silent Auction for theme baskets
*Congregational Chili Cook-Off Competition
*Snacks and beverages
*Opportunity to connect with LCLC friends and alumni
*Closing Camp-Style Worship
*Special Auction Item: Dinner with, prepared, served, and brought to your house by Bishop John Macholz of the Upstate NY Synod!
WHEN: October 14, 2017 from 1:30 - 4:30
WHERE: St. John's Lutheran Church, 6540 Main Street, Williamsville, NY
COST: FREE! This is a fundraiser though, so come prepared to bid high and often!