September 15, 2016
for Sunday, Sept. 18
1 Timothy 2:1-7
Earlier this week, I was with 90 other pastors for our Synod Ministerium. Our teacher for the plenary sessions was David Lose, a teacher of preaching and a wonderful preacher himself. Yesterday he preached on this gospel passage. He readily admitted what a difficult, confusing passage this can be. Just look at verse 9, "And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes." What is Jesus saying?
This short comment from sundaysandseasons.com puts it quite succinctly. "Jesus tells the curious story of a dishonest man who cheats his employer and then is commended by him for having acted so shrewdly. Jesus wonders why his own followers are less creative and diligent in their stewardship given that they are managers of a far more valuable household."
The second paragraph gives us a bit more to think about with its emphasis on faithfulness and the bold statement that we cannot serve two masters. There is a song by Bob Dylan that has a chorus that speaks to this issue.
... you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes
Indeed you're gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.
Who will we serve?
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.’ So, summoning his master’s debtors one by one, he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He answered, ‘A hundred jugs of olive oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.’ Then he asked another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He replied, ‘A hundred containers of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill and make it eighty.’ And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.
“Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.”
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.
***Choir rehearsal resumes tonight, September 15th at 7:00 pm.
***Events for this Sunday, September 18th!
Rally Day: Kick off for Youth Sunday School
Blessing of the Backpacks: Students of all ages are encouraged to bring
their backpacks to worship to receive a blessing.
All Committees Meeting: to be held following the service, with Pastor Ivy staying at St. Timothy after worship to try to meet with as many committees as possible. Members of all committees are encouraged to stay for this very important meeting where we will set goals for the upcoming year and complete a member list.
If you've wondered what a particular committee does, this would be the perfect time to visit a committee to ask questions and decide whether you would like to join. We love having new people participate in the life of the congregation!
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class has resumed at St. Timothy. Classes for this session are held at 9:00 am on Monday & Wednesday through December 14th.
***Mark Your Calendars:
SW Conference Fall Assembly – Sunday, October 23, 3 PM at Holy Trinity, Jamestown. Each congregation can have two voting delegates and anyone is welcome to attend. Sharon Hamilton will be sharing her experience as a delegate to the Churchwide Assembly this summer.
Bishop Macholz Visit & Town Meeting – Monday, December 5, 6 PM at Lutheran, Jamestown in Christ Chapel. Lutheran will host “Munchies with Macholz” prepared by Chef Dave. This is a casual event for conversation with the Bishop. Everyone is invited.
CHICAGO (Sept. 9, 2016) – The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of theEvangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has issued a statement in observance of the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
September 11, 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea” Psalm 42
September 11, 2001. Like many of you I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news that the United States had been attacked. I remember the confusion, fear, helplessness and anger of those days immediately following the attack and the deep sadness for the thousands of people who died.
That was fifteen years ago. A lot has happened in our nation and in the world. We have been at war. We have become habituated to terrorist threats and TSA security checks. We have adjusted to a new normal. We feel less secure.
This year “God’s Work. Our Hands Sunday” falls on September 11. We should take time to remember where we were on that terrible day fifteen years ago. But we should also take a look at where we are now. There are voices that clamor for suspicion and division. There are voices that promise that, by our own effort, we can guarantee our own security, by force if necessary. The sense of unity that arose out of the ashes of the Twin Towers has disappeared. This is not a good place to be, nor is it the place to which God has called us as a church.
Stephen Bouman, executive director for the ELCA Domestic Mission unit and former bishop of the Metropolitan New York Synod, tells this story about one of the events of September 11, 2001. A pastor in the synod also served as a chaplain to the fire department. The pastor saw the first plane hit the first tower and ran to the site. When he arrived the firefighters were putting on their gear. The pastor gathered them together, marked the cross on their foreheads with oil and prayed. Then the firefighters ran into the building. The people who survived said they could see the crosses shining on the firefighters’ foreheads. In that great darkness and suffering the light of Christ appeared.
In baptism we have been marked with the cross of Christ. And we are sent into the dark places in the world. That is where we are and must be on September 11, 2016. God has given us God’s work of reconciliation. When we show up for our day of service in our yellow T shirts in our communities we must give witness to the love of Christ that is stronger than hate and the life of Christ that is stronger than death. May we, joined to the death and resurrection of Christ through baptism, be light for the world.
In God’s peace,
Elizabeth A. Eaton
· 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 Arden Johnson, Dr. Gerald & Kris Magneson, Don Frank, Danielle Hull, Jill Scott, Bill Reel, Eleanor Bergeson Orman, Helen Cogliano, Chris Ziemba, 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.