September 22, 2016
1 Timothy 6:6-19
for Sunday, Sept. 25
Amos 6:1a, 4-7
1 Timothy 6:6-19
The middle section of this reading is very familiar and special to me and many pastors. These words are part of the charges we are given at ordination to the ministry of Word and Sacrament. I still hear the voices of colleagues and friends who read the various biblical charges. And these words are not just for men, although this translation uses man. The Greek simply means human. There is an entirely different word for man.
So, how do we look at this passage to figure out what it’s about? There are a number of ways, but I would like to suggest one that is quite simple and that can be incorporated into your devotions. In fact, when the Synod Stewardship Table meets, it is the way we begin our time together.
There are three questions we ask of the text and of ourselves. The text is read three times—once before each of the questions. After the first reading, we ask:
1. What is God doing in this passage? In this case, it is not spelled out as easily as in the gospels, but one answer could be that Paul is teaching about the proper handling of wealth (God is speaking through him). Or we could say, Paul is teaching about real life. There are any number of possible answers.
2. After the second time of reading the text, we ask, “What is God saying to me personally?” This is what God is saying to you, which may be very different than what God will say to someone else. This is an especially interesting approach to scripture when you have several people doing this together. You hear very different answers.
3. After the third reading, the question is, “What is God saying to our church?” Sometimes the response is obvious and at other times, not so much.
So, this is what I have in response to these questions.
1. God is teaching us about stewardship—of money, of time and of our very lives.
2. God is speaking to me personally about “tak[ing] hold of the life that really is life” This of course leads me into a quest about what is the life Paul is writing about? But that last phrase really struck me, like it summarized all that came before it.
3. After the third reading we ask, “What is God saying to St. Timothy? We are to be content with God’s provision for us. Some are financially richer than others. We are to share with those in need. Above all, we are to set our sights on God.
What strikes you in this passage?
Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.
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.
*** Beginning next week, the Prayer Ministry is changing its meeting date from Tuesdays to Thursdays at 6:00 pm. If you would like information about participating in this ministry, please see Ann McKillip.
*** From October 1-6, Pastor Ivy will be away to attend a stewardship conference in Denver, CO. We look forward to Katie Castro as our guest preacher on Sunday, October 2nd. Communion will be observed the following week.
*** 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.
*** An invitation is extended to area boys to join Bemus Point Scout Troop 137. They meet Monday nights from 7:00-8:30 at Bemus Point United Methodist Church. The troop is active in many outdoor activities including camping and fishing. Contact Ted Toy 640-5972, Chuck Begert 386-7337 or Marty Liliestesdt 386-4785 for more information.
***Local Bemus Point Family in Need
Contributed by Julie Bihler
Ryan T. Abbey, a young man in our local community of Bemus Point, was killed in an automobile accident in September. Ryan’s sister, Kayla, has started a “Go Fund Me” page to help raise money to assist the family. Ryan’s mother has breast cancer, the family cannot pay for his funeral expenses and they are hoping to move the remains of his deceased sibling next to Ryan. If you would like to financially help this family, below is the post made by his sister and the link to their page:
On Saturday afternoon, a fatal crash happened down the road from our house. We didn't know it was my brother, nobody knew he was there. My mother has breast cancer and she's currently undergoing treatment. My family has no money so I'm asking for your help. We need money for the funeral, and we are going to try to move my other deceased sibling so they can both be together again. Any little bit would help us. His Go Fund Me Link is: https://www.gofundme.com/2wwegfqk
***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.
· 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 friends and family of Ryan Abbey (who recently died in a car accident and whose mother has breast cancer), Arden Johnson, Dr. Gerald & Kris Magneson, Don Frank, Danielle Hull, Jill Scott, Bill Reel, Eleanor Bergeson Orman, Helen Cogliano, Chris Ziemba (cancer free, Praise God!), 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.