September 27, 2018
for Sunday, Oct. 1
This passage from James rings out with how the Christian community is to function. We have the range of emotions and conditions: suffering, cheerfulness, sickness and we have the responses of prayer, singing, having the elders pray for the sick. We are to confess our sins to one another. This is not an individualistic version of faith, but one that involves the entire body of Christ in a particular location. Basically, we are to look after each other.
I like the way the resource Sundays and Seasons summed up this passage. “Marks of the Christian community include praying for those who are sick and in need, celebrating with those in good health, restoring those who have strayed, confessing sins to one another, and offering forgiveness to each other.”
This morning I found out from a member that one of our other members was in the hospital and to add her to the prayer list. THAT is an example of what we need to do—care for one other!
On Sunday we will be having a brief healing service as part of morning worship. Is there some way in which you need healing? It may be emotional, spiritual or physical. God longs to meet our needs as we cry out in prayer.
It seems to me that the entire book of James is about how to live together as the people of God, whether regarding speech, treatment of guests or the issues raised in this passage. We are the body of Christ together, bearing these marks as witness to our world.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.
My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
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.
This week we are at 32 bins – we need just 4 more to hit our challenge goal of 36 bins by this Sunday, September 30th!
Thank you to everyone who has been bringing in donations.
Blessing of the Animals
On Saturday, October 6th at 10:00 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.)
*** This Sunday, September 30, our worship service will contain prayer for healing. If you are in need of healing, come and we will pray for you.
*** Love INC has a current need of 5 beds and 4 gas stoves in good, clean working order less than 10 years old. If you can help, please call them at 716-338-9828.
*** Quilting Supplies Sale…Saturday, October 13, 10:00 am-2:00 pm at Anderson Hall, Holy Trinity Site, Tree of Life Lutheran Church, 825 Forest Ave., Jamestown. Quilting rulers, mats, templates, patterns, complete small kits, curved pins, fleece, zippers, needles, straight pins, decorative buttons, pillow forms, odds and ends. Nothing is priced over $10.00-prices start at 50 cents and we even have a few free things. One of our faithful members donated her collection of quilting supplies to Labor of Love. Funds raised will be used to purchase things for our quilting group.
***MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The annual Honduras Auction will be held Sunday, November 4th - Dinner at 5:00 pm, Auction at 6:00 pm. Donations are being accepted; please drop off at St. Timothy Lutheran Church with notation “Honduras Auction”. Stay tuned for details!
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 32
***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.
Dear Women of the ELCA Conference,
A reminder (or for those of you who may be reading this for the first time), our Conference Women of the ELCA Planning Meeting is scheduled for th at Warner Place on the Lutheran Campus, 715 Falconer Street, Jamestown, beginning at 10:00 AM. We should be done by 11:30 AM or 12:00 PM at the latest.
· 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 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.