St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                       February 11, 2021

                                                                                       

                                                       Mark 9:2-9

                                                       

                                                       


Scripture readings

for Sunday, February 14

I2 Kings 2:1-12

Psalm 50:1-6

2 Corinthians 4:3-6

Mark 9:2-9

REFLECTION

The Rev. Lee Miller II, Dean of the Niagara Frontier Conference


Ms. Maxine Gold, a retired school teacher from Long Island, was so excited to receive her first of two vaccine shots that she hosted a Zoom meeting, a digital gathering of friends and family, to celebrate the appointment which represented the next step towards a new day for Maxine and her family.

With all of her excitement, with all of her hopeful expectation in anticipation of what was to come, Ms. Gold dressed in her finest dress, her favorite dazzling black, sequined dress.

 

Dazzling.

 

Ready for that which would lead to transformation, healing, and wholeness.

 

Dazzling.

 

Dazzling is how Mark describes Jesus' clothes, Jesus' appearance before the disciples. Dazzling, "stilbonta" in Greek, was a description in ancient Greek culture for shining drops of dew. Stilbonta was the word used to describe the way light glimmers and shines off of water (think of the times you've been on a lake or the ocean and the reflected light off the waves is so bright you have to look away).  Dazzling, stilbonta, describes the brightness of metal, like the shine of fine bronze and gold.

 

Dazzling.

 

Ms. Gold wore her dazzling black, sequined dress, signifying a new day on the other side of the veil of grief which has covered us in a time of pandemic.

 

Jesus wore his clothes dazzling like dew, or gold, or like the ocean spray; signifying a new day, for the veil which separated God and God's people, in Christ, has been lifted.

 

It was so bright, so light, that Peter had to squint, block the rays with his hands as amazed he said, "This is great! Let's stay here, build some tents, we can sell tickets! Shine the light and they will come!"

 

But a voice from the clouds overshadowed Peter's words and proceeds to proclaim publicly what had been a private encouragement at Jesus baptism (Mark 1:11). "This is my son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased."

 

This shining moment, this gilded encounter was to be for the disciples-in-formation an affirmation of Jesus' vocation as son and savior.

 

I imagine the disciples would remember this remarkable moment on the days when things weren't going so well. That they would hold onto the image and recall its vision and power in times that were trying. I imagine, although Jesus told them to tell "no one until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead" that they did tell this story in those days between the cross and empty tomb, holding on to hope.

 

And here's the good news. The light of Christ, the brightness of God's love for us, is like glitter; once poured out, it goes everywhere, and gets on everything! This bright light of God is given to us in baptism, for all the world to see. This light casts out fear, speaks truth and drives away evil, proclaims release, relief, and liberation, and shines for all to see. This same light is given to you and me.

 

So, put on your best dazzling dress (or whatever that means for you), and proclaim God's love, healing, wholeness, and transformation for a whole world in need. 



2Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. 4And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. 5Then Peter said to Jesus, "Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 6He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, "This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!" 8Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them anymore, but only Jesus.

 

     9As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.

   •     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, 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, 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, Joseph 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.

PRAYER REQUESTS

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Communion Sundays will be on the

2nd and 3rd Sundays of the month


Lent and Easter Season

 

Following the Worship and Music Meeting on January 12,

the following decisions were made for St. Timothy:


Lenten Dinners and services:

There will be NO Lenten church services or dinners.

           * However, we have special ordered Lenten devotionals

      for everyone attending church Feb. 14 and 21.  The

      devotionals are called 40 Days with Jesus…Celebrating

      His Presence by Sarah Young.  This is a day by day

      booklet written as if Jesus is speaking to you personally.

      We will also have a few available in the entryway to

      pick up if we have any left over.

     * Zion at Frewsburg is having a prayer type service on

           Wednesdays evenings during Lent at 7:00 pm.

 

Ash Wednesday Service

We will NOT have an Ash Wednesday service. (as much as we would like to)

á        However, Zion Lutheran in  Frewsburg is having a 7:00 pm service with communion and ashes.

·        If we hear of any other Lutheran churches having an Ash Wednesday service, we’ll let you know in following eMinistries.

 

Holy Week Services

We will not have any services during holy week.

 

Palm Sunday and Easter Services

ABSOLUTELY, we’ll have both of these services!  We’ll continue with the 2 forms of worshipping - inside and drive in.  Both 30-minute services with communion on Easter.

 


Adult Bible Study

Have you experienced loss and grief?  Please join Sarah Goebel for the next 3 weeks for a 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.



***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.


***Drive-In Message

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   i

Stay warm, and stay healthy!!!


***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!

 

 

***5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  91


 

***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.