September 7, 2017
for Sunday, Sept. 10
Rev. Steve Biegner
St. Paul's, Eggertsville
Lutheran Campus Ministries of Niagara Frontier
Rev. Biegner continues reflecting on some of our "15 minute" moments that happen in life...some profound times and some mundane seemingly throw away moments. These are the thin spaces where life and faith connect and God's presence becomes more easily visible. Take a few minutes after reading to reflect on those 15 Minute Moments in your life with the questions that follow each story.
Living it out:
"Instead, put on Jesus Christ..." Paul to the church in Rome...and Upstate NY
I'm sure this will come as a huge surprise to most of you reading this...except for those who have actually met me... and those who've heard me spell something...and those who've asked me a question concerning history, important names of any classic literature...but...here's the breaking news...I was never a huge fan of studying.
Now, for those of you who are in an academic setting or journey right now...studying is good...Steve was/is just bad at it.
I call myself an "experiential learner" (read: would rather go golfing with someone who already did the assignment and have them tell me the oral report of the book). I found over my academic career (read: purgatory) that the library and I just didn't click. It was a bit too quiet and dark. Very helpful for naps, not so much for learning.
I was known as "well rounded" by my dad...not great at anything but could survive everything.
I was never a supporter of "tests" but loved the concept of "independent study."
Long story short...I was never a big fan of studying. At least, not in the "classic" sense of the word.
For those of you who are church frequent flyers, you're going to hear Jesus speak about forgiving others AGAIN this weekend. Like one week wasn't enough for us to totally learn it?? Probably not. Because this week, instead of counting how many times we are to forgive, Jesus invites us into practical applications of forgiving: being experiential forgivers. No more studying. Yea!! Now it's time to do it. Gulp!!
Paul told the Roman church one way to live into it: Put on Jesus Christ. Not from a book or a quote or a mantra, but instead the whole Jesus for the whole person in the whole world.
It's not the language of cramming for a test! That's the language of immersing one's self into God's active presence through the Holy Spirit.
It's living with God...not learning about God.
It's Jesus sent into our lives for real life stuff...not passing high above with a magic wand.
It's the Holy Spirit poured out over you in baptism, working through you in the world...not a holy ghost blowing by in the wind.
Can you experientially study that and then live it out? Can you experience the God that has been, is and will forever be in your story in a very real, present, non-quiet-dark-library sort of way?
A guy walked into my office early this morning and we ended up talking about this same text because of a situation going on in his family. It became his 15 Minute Moment of the day. He decided to try out Paul's advice and "put on" his faith and Jesus-like forgiveness toward the family members that hurt him.
It's not cramming for a test. It's not memorizing verses. It's practical application and lifestyle change and risk and challenge for our lives and for the life of the world.
Lord, help me study and experience your presence in my life. Amen.
15 Minutes of reflection:
• What does "putting on Jesus" look like practically for me this week?
• What are the other things I "put on" instead of Jesus?
· Who is one person that I can encourage this week in their journey toward forgiveness?
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1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to [Jesus.] 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, “This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3So he told them this parable: 4“Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? 5When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
8“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
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.
*** The All-Committees Meeting is this Sunday, September 10, following worship. Members of each committee are encouraged to stay for this very important meeting to plan for the coming year. Everyone is invited! It’s the perfect time to check out various committees to find one that’s a good fit for you!
*** Healthy Bones Exercise Class resumes at St. Timothy’s on Monday, September 11 at 9:00 am. New members always welcome! Fee is $25.00 for 10 week session. Class meets each Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 am.
***PBS to air 'Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World' On Tuesday,
Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. EDT, PBS gives the Reformation television exposure when it airs “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World.” This one-time, nationwide showing is a great reason for congregations and communities to gather together and explore Luther’s lasting impact on Christianity. The film is also available for private showings for those unable to watch that evening. Check your local PBS listings for specific air times. Learn more about the film at NewLutherMovie.com/ELCA.
*** Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center announces Adult Fall Retreat, September 22-24, 2017: “Please join us for this special program designed for older adults. The Adult Fall Retreat provides singles and couples the opportunity to spend time together in Christian fellowship in the beauty of autumn at LCLC. Delicious meals and hotel-style lodging will be provided in our comfortable, remodeled Retreat Center. For more information or to register, please go to lclcenter.org”.
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· 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.
St. Timothy Sunday School and Youth
Rally Day 2107!
Sunday September 17th – 9:30 AM
“Rockin’ Out” with Crafts and Snacks!
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