September 8, 2016
for Sunday, Sept. 11
1 Timothy 1:12-17
Most of us are searching for something – lost keys, a good job, a new home, good ideas, success, dreams .... The Gospel reading for today includes two of Jesus’ stories about searching for what is lost – a lost coin and a lost sheep. Like the shepherd and the widow, rescue workers famously on 9/11 and less famously on every other day sought out with urgent determination those who were lost, hurting or in need – often at great peril to themselves.
But perhaps we, too, are searching for answers with equal desperation – answers about why bad things happen in our world, how we might find forgiveness in the wake of tragedy, what new life looks like after the death of a loved one, or when we might find peace between nations. We are searching for answers about God and how to live out our faith. Perhaps in preparation for today we have searched in our communities and around the world for places in need where we might use our hands for God’s work. We likely found more need than a day of service can meet.
In our frantic search for answers, in the dangerous search that first responders sometimes face, and in our search for a way to help in a world of need, we often discover that we are, like the Israelites and Paul, the ones who have been lost. Whether aware of our distress like the missing sheep, or blissfully unaware like the missing coin, we are the ones sought out by God, who does not stop looking until we are found.
We are undoubtedly called to the difficult work of searching out the lost, and in doing so we discover much about God. But it is in in our having been forever found through the promises of baptism that we discover the grace of God, without which we could not do the seeking work to which we have been called. Like Moses and Paul, we can go back to our own histories and point to the moments when God has unquestioningly promised us blessing and hope and salvation, despite our failings. We offer our imperfect hands and our whole selves in service to God and neighbor, seeking justice, peace and hope. But it is God’s work to seek us out and claim us as children of God. When our searching fails to turn up what we seek or when we find deeper pain and need than we can handle, we have a God who through baptism has already found us and all that has been lost.
(from the Day of Service Worship Resources, ELCA)
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.
*** A meeting for all Sunday School teachers will be held following worship this Sunday, September 11th.
***Healthy Bones Exercise Class will resume at St. Timothy Lutheran Church.
Classes Begin: Monday, Sept. 12, meeting each Monday & Wednesday from 9:00 am – 10:15 am, session ending Dec. 14
To enroll: call the instructor, Paula Daneshkhah at 490-2343
*** Pastor Ivy Gauvin will be at Synod Ministerium in Canandaigua from Monday, Sept. 12 through Wednesday, Sept. 14.
***Choir rehearsal will not resume until Thursday, September 15th at 7:00 pm.
***Mark your calendar for Sunday, September 18th…
Rally Day: Kick off for Youth Sunday School!
All Committees Meeting - to be held following the service, with Pastor Ivy staying at St. Timothy after worship to try to meet with as many committees as possible.
Members of all committees are encouraged to stay for this very important meeting where we will set goals for the upcoming year and complete a member list.
If you've wondered what a particular committee does, this would be the perfect time to visit a committee to ask questions and decide whether you would like to join. We love having new people participate in the life of the congregation!
· 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.