St. Timothy Lutheran Church


                                                                    October 22, 2020


                                                            John 8:31-36



Scripture readings

for Sunday, Oct. 25

Jeremiah 31:31-34

Psalm 46

Romans 3:19-28

John 8:31-36


Pastor Ivy Gauvin


Jesus is speaking of spiritual realities and the Jewish audience understands his statement in physical terms. Jesus speaks of truth and freedom. The listeners latch on to the part about freedom declaring they have never been slaves to anyone.


That sounds good, but the Jewish audience has forgotten its history. They were enslaved to the Egyptians, the Babylonians, and now, the Romans. They have “never been slaves to anyone”? Really?


Maybe our response to Jesus would be much the same. We’ve been baptized. We love Jesus. We regularly go to church. But are there things we have allowed to enslave us, to stunt our spiritual growth? Ask God to show you the things that may be distracting you in your relationship with him. Then give them to Jesus so he can give you his freedom. He alone reveals the truth that sets us free.


In meeting with my spiritual director, the other day, we talked about the various things that I am finding to be distractions right now. I have quite a list of things to do before surgery on 11/17. She suggested making a list of them and then giving them to God; maybe even make them a burnt offering, by setting the page on fire. I didn’t do that.


Are there things making you anxious, running continually through your mind? Maybe you too, need to list those things so that you can address them and get rid of them.


The song, This is My Father’s World, speaks to the peace we can receive from God’s unseen presence all around us. Hear these words as a prayer.

This is my Father's world, And to my listening ears

All nature sings, and round me rings

The music of the spheres

This is my Father's world; I rest me in the thought.

Of rocks and trees of skies and seas,

His hand the wonders wrought.

2 This is my Father's world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily w

The morning light, the lily white, Declare their Maker's praise.

This is my Father's world; He shines in all that's fair

In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,

He speaks to me everywhere

this is myFather's world; Why should my heart be sad?

The Lord is King; let the heavens righ

God reigns; let earth be glad


31Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” 33They answered him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. What do you mean by saying, ‘You will be made free’?”
  34Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. 35The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. 36So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”


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.



November 1 is ALL SAINTS SUNDAY.  Names of those who died during the past year will be remembered on that day.  If there is anyone that you would like included in prayers, please email  or see Pastor Ivy before Oct 31st. 

***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  86

We continuously collect food items for the 5 & 2 Ministry.  Bring your donations and place in the black bin in church narthex.  Lists detailing items needed are also available in the narthex.  Monetary donations welcome! Contact Gale-Svenson-Campbell for details

***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards.   3 ways to give:

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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 people affected by coronavirus, essential workers, doctors, nurses, aides, those working in nursing homes, etc.

          For victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.

          For the Family and friends of  Carol Anderson, Sandy Carlson, , Ron Simpson, Karen Johnson, Roy Pihl, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Mabel Tranum, Emerson Allaby, Kay Mattern, Sandy Whitford, Gloria Fitzpatrick, Sarah Van Staalduinen, John Gingrass, and Dick Starks,  those serving in the military and law enforcement and their families, including Ben Wickerham, Jeffrey Clauson, David Bentley and Kris Peterson,  those caught up in violence and 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.

          For The ELCZ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zimbabwe and ELCZa Evangelical Lutheran Church in Zambia.