February 4, 2021
for Sunday, February 7
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
1 Corinthinas 9:16-23
The Rev. Lee Miller II, Dean of the Niagara Frontier Conference
Every time we read through the cycle of the Gospel-writers I'm struck by something new. A new detail. A pattern I hadn't realized before. Or maybe I'm just forgetting what I once already learned. How about you? What are you hearing new in Mark this year?
For me, I've been impacted by these early occasions for healing.
We know that Mark does not include a birth narrative, that "the beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God," begins with a baptizer and some water. In Mark's reluctance to offer fine detail, the whole 40 days in the wilderness only requires 2 verses (12-13) and before we are halfway through Mark's first chapter the first disciples have been called.
On the next sabbath day Jesus taught in a local synagogue, but unlike Luke, the words of the scroll he read are not recorded, only that he taught with authority. And then...
Mark spends a little more time as he shows us that, just then, Jesus made whole one with an unclean spirit. The spirit recognized the authority of the Christ, was silenced, and left the man.
And as soon as they left the synagogue, with Jesus' fame beginning to spread, he accompanied Simon to the home of his mother-in-law, and here again is another story of healing. Jesus took her by the hand, accompanied her, and lifted her up. It is then that the fever leaves her. The Greek word used here for "lifted her up," kratesas, may be translated "to hold." So it is as Jesus takes her hand, and holds onto her, that the fever departs.
God's word incarnate, let loose in the world, seeks us out, comes into our very homes, takes our hand and takes hold of us, reducing and drawing out the fever of this world.
Beloved, this is good news.
I am struck in Mark by these early stories of healing. For me, this year, I am clinging to these stories of healing. God's word has an impact on this world, and it is for our benevolence, for our welfare and wholeness.
God is at work healing us, driving down the fever pitch of anger and hatred, and restoring us to relationship with God's own self, and each other.
Thanks be to God!
Where do you see God's healing at work today?
How are you a part of God's healing work in community this day?
29As soon as [Jesus and the disciples] left the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. 30Now Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they told him about her at once. 31He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up. Then the fever left her, and she began to serve them.
32That evening, at sunset, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. 33And the whole city was gathered around the door. 34And he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him.
35In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed. 36And Simon and his companions hunted for him. 37When they found him, they said to him, "Everyone is searching for you." 38He answered, "Let us go on to the neighboring towns, so that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came out to do." 39And he went throughout Galilee, proclaiming the message in their synagogues and casting out demons.
• 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 wth illness, financial burdens, and family obligation.
• For people affected by coronavirus, their families, essential workers, doctors, nurses, aides, those working in nursing homes, etc.
• For victims of wildfires, flooding and earthquakes.
• For Dave Bentley, Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Ron Simpson, Karen Johnson, Roy Pihl, George and Janet Balcom, Maj-Britt Traynor, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Mabel Tranum, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Alice Swartz, Rick Duzick, Barb Mattern, Robert Gauvin, Emerson Allaby, Sarah Van Staalduinen, and Dick Starks
• For 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.
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.
**Mark your calendars**
Katie Castro will be our guest preacher
on the 1st Sunday of the Month until Pastor Ivy’s return.
Communion Sundays will be on the 2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month.
Adult Bible Study
Have you experienced loss and grief? Please join Sarah Goebel for a 5 week Bible Study on Loss and Grieving, after church, at 10:45 am. We’ll explore ways to heal and support one another through God’s word. Call Sarah if you have any questions - 450-2986.
With the onset of colder weather, we will be changing how we get communion cups to you. Instead of asking the usher to stand out in the cold, rainy or snowy weather for 20 minutes, we will bring the cups out to you when everyone has arrived, gotten their bulletins and parked.
Also for colder weather, we have a portable charger available in the church JUST IN CASE….J
Stay warm, and stay healthy!!!
*** January Packing Night for 5 & 2 Ministry will take place at St. Timothy’s Tuesday, January 21st, at 7:00 pm.
Remember, we are always collecting food items
for the 5 & 2 Ministry. Bring your items and
place in the black bin. Lists detailing items
needed are available in the church narthex.
Monetary donations also welcome!
Food bins Donated to date: 90
***ONLINE GIVING now available at St. Timothy for Debit/Credit cards. 3 ways to give:
- Go directly to our website at
- 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.
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Cabin Rentals in 2021
What people have to say about Cabin Camping at LCLC:
“Our children were able to make such fun and precious memories spending time with family and friends, safely, during such a strange time. We felt so fortunate to feel so comfortable and happy after months of unknowns/stress.”
“The chance to safely connect with a dear friend and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Everyone we dealt with at the camp was so helpful. Very peaceful, and it was meaningful that it was a Christian camp; the whole experience was very spiritual.”
“Loved the fire pits and stargazing! Although our girls could not attend regular LCLC summer camps [in 2020], this at least allowed them to experience the “feel” of it and the relaxing, recharging qualities of nature and LCLC. We Loved it!”
“Thank you for the wonderful memories made and past experiences remembered! My boys look forward to summer camp next year!”
Returning in spring 2021, LCLC will be renting its rustic camper cabins to individuals and families. While operating safely within the NY Forward guidelines, Cabin Camping at LCLC offers you a safe and peaceful way to enjoy LCLC. LCLC’s camper cabins offer the “car camping” enthusiast a solid shelter along with self-contained toilet and shower facilities. As noted above, it's a great way to make wonderful memories!
for more information or call 716-386-4125 or email . See you this spring, summer, and fall!
Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center
While Pastor Ivy is out recuperating, you can contact
Pastor Heather Allport-Cohoon if there is a need for pastoral care.
She can be reached at 716-708-6466.