September 6, 2018
for Sunday, Sept. 9
James 2:1-10, 14-17
Don’t you love it that when you fly anywhere that due to the various hubs, you have to go north to go south, east to go west etc.? Well Jesus’ travels look much the same. He did not take the most direct routes to get places, but rather went the way the Father led, which often took him on circuitous routes through areas that most Jews wouldn’t dare enter. Such is the case with this Sunday’s gospel.
Jesus started out in Galilee in the previous part of this chapter. From there he went northwest to Tyre (a Gentile area), then to go back toward Galilee, he went northeast, then southeast to the Decapolis, which really isn’t even that close to Galilee and is also Gentile. Check the route out on this map.
So what situations does Jesus encounter while on his unusual itinerary? Let’s concentrate on the first encounter. A gentile woman wants her daughter delivered from a demon.
Now we have all kinds of problems in this exchange. First of all, she’s a woman. In that time, men and women didn’t converse with each other. Second, she’s a Gentile and Jesus is a Jew, which makes matters worse.
Now the woman was not demanding, but humble. She bowed to Jesus. She begged Jesus to do this miracle.
We expect Jesus to respond like he usually does—having compassion, healing and all that good stuff. But…Jesus seems to go off the rails! He calls her a dog. Now in that time and even today, that’s an incredible insult. People try to tame this by saying he said puppy and that it was an affectionate term, but it wasn’t.
And the woman’s response? She gives it right back to Jesus. She is feisty and determined that her daughter would be healed. Wouldn’t you be as a parent? How does this end? Think about this unusual interchange and we’ll talk more about it Sunday.
Pastor Ivy Gauvin
[Jesus] set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice,but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, “He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.”
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.
CHURCH/COMMUNITY PICNIC – THIS SUNDAY!
This Sunday, September 9th, is our church/community picnic from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Meat will be provided, bring a dish to pass, lawn games & chairs. Invite your family, friends and neighbors!
School is back in session so we have a new 5 & 2 Challenge…to go from 30 bins to 36 bins by Sunday, September 30! That’s just 2 bins each Sunday! If you need suggestions of what to purchase, pick up a card from the narthex table on Sunday.
Another way to assist the 5 & 2 Ministry:
5 & 2 Ministry Charity Auction, tomorrow, Friday, September 7th at Chautauqua Produce Auction in North Clymer, 7844 Route 474, Panama, NY. Chicken BBQ at 5:00 pm, Live Auction at 6:00 pm and they will have a Chinese Auction.
††† Rally Day, Sunday, September 16! †††
Beginning Sunday, September 16, we will have Bible study during fellowship. You’ll have time to get your coffee and other goodies and then we’ll meet at the back of the fellowship hall. It will be primarily a discussion-based study, using N. T. Wright’s book, Acts for Everyone.
Study Books are here…
See Pastor Ivy this Sunday, Sept. 9th if you would like to pick up a book to review and bring back with you next week.
Youth Sunday School
Youth Sunday school will also begin Sunday, September 16th using a new curriculum and at a new time. “All Together Now” is the name of the curriculum and the time will be after church rather than during worship.
Worship will be a time that will be more inclusive, with more opportunities for involvement for all ages. We will worship together as a family and then following worship, have educational time for all.
***Love INC has a need for two gas stoves for clients. Stoves need to be clean, in good working condition and less than 10 years old. Please contact Love INC at 338-9705, if you are able to help.
***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 30
***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.
· 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 Tom Calzone, T. J. Bihler, Dianne Sloan, Dan Kelly, Dan Caruso, Arden Johnson, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, 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 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.