September 29, 2016
2 Timothy 1:1-14
for Sunday, Oct. 2
Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4
2 Timothy 1:1-14
Reading this passage from 2 Timothy, do you feel like you’re reading someone else’s mail? Well, you are! On the other hand, as followers of Jesus, we can take Paul’s instruction and encouragement for young Timothy and apply it to ourselves. It is such a tender passage. Do you sense Paul instructing you in the Christian life?
Paul knew Timothy quite well. He knew or at least knew of Timothy’s mother and grandmother. This was a faith that was passed down through the generations. I feel as a mother and grandmother the challenge to be such a godly influence in my granddaughter, Grace’s life. We tried to encourage faith in our children. But now, like Timothy’s grandmother Lois, I have another opportunity to share God’s love. We can commit our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews into God’s hands knowing God’s care and faithfulness.
When children grow up, they make their own decisions no matter how diligently we encouraged their young faith. We cannot take the blame for that. God is “able to guard until that day [the end of the ages] what [we] have entrusted to him” (v. 12).
There is a “good treasure” (v. 14) God entrusted to us in our baptism: the Holy Spirit who lives and works in and through us. Don’t be afraid to share the treasure of God’s good news with others.
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, for the sake of the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus,
2To Timothy, my beloved child:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. 6For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; 7for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
8Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, 9who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, 12and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. 13Hold to the standard of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14Guard the good treasure entrusted to you, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us.
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.
*** We are in need of Ushers for this Sunday, October 2nd.
*** The Prayer Ministry changed its meeting date 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 attending a stewardship conference in Denver, CO. We look forward to Katie Castro as our guest preacher this Sunday, October 2nd. Communion will be observed next week.
***If you have a pastoral emergency while Pastor Ivy is gone, please contact Ned Lindstrom at 716-490-3820.
*** Love INC (Love in the Name of Christ) in Jamestown, needs to stock their Partner Pantry. Donations may be brought to St. Timothy’s and placed in their collection tote located in the narthex. Items needed are: Laundry detergent, Dish soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Toilet paper, Deodorant and Diapers sizes newborn, 5 and 6. Thank you!
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class continues at St. Timothy. Classes for this session are held at 9:00 am on Monday & Wednesday through December 14th.
***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 Pastor Ivy while traveling beginning Saturday, family of Ryan Abbey, Arden Johnson, Dr. Gerald & Kris Magneson, Don Frank, Jill Scott, Bill Reel, Helen Cogliano, 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.