St. Timothy Lutheran Church

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May 12, 2022


John 13:31-35


                                                                                         

Scripture readings

for Sunday, May 22

Revelation 2:1-6

Psalm  148

John 13:31-35


          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  Kay Marker Magneson, Rose Johnson-Prieur, Roy Pihl, George Balcom,  Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Sarah VanStaalduinen, Stephen Gilboy, Roger Samuelson, Charlene Hunter,   Dave Bentley, Joe Gauvin, Emerson Allaby, Karen Brown, Tom West, John Alm, Eileen Beichner, John Gingrass, those serving in the military and law enforcement and their families, including Ben Wickerham, 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.

REFLECTION

Pr. Ivy Gauvin

As Lutherans, we find it difficult to publicly share our faith. The key can be found in verse 35, “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

While getting some notes together for this Sunday’s sermon, I came across this creative way to exercise love from an article by Sharron R. Blezard.

To provide a way to understand and practice radical love, consider using the letters of the word “love” to describe how to learn, cultivate, and practice love.

Listen–to love is also to listen. It is important to listen intently to the one or ones we are called to love, to hear what he or she has to say, and to be attentive to the other’s feelings and thoughts. Listening involves silencing one’s own internal voices by avoiding the rush to conjure up a response before the person has even finished speaking. Listening also requires willingness to sit with some space to think about and understand what is spoken. Invite people to contemplate their active listening skills and to sit with silence.

Open–to love is to be open to others and to new possibilities. The minute we close our minds and hearts to the possibility of change and growth we also smother our capacity to love. Because love is not static, because love seeks the good of others, radical love calls us to open our minds, our hearts, and our lives to the new, the strange, and even the uncomfortable. We trust the Spirit’s guidance as we allow ourselves to be vulnerable and open to others, and we pray for help to avoid judgment and prejudice in the process. [What would it mean to be open to the Spirit’s guidance and open to all whom we encounter?]

Visible–to love is to be visible. Love does not hide its light. Love goes out into the world and risks being seen with those who are easy to love and those who push us beyond our comfort zones. Jesus never shrank from being seen and interacting with those on the margins or who were unclean and unacceptable in the eyes of the established religious traditions and institutions of his day. Sure, much of love takes place quietly in unseen and unappreciated ways, but love does not hesitate to enter life’s trenches, roll up her sleeves, and be Christ’s hands, feet, and eyes in the world. [How can we find ways to make radical love visible in the week to come?]

Engage–to love is not to sit idly by and watch life parade go past. To love is to engage life fully, to enter into relationship with others in a spirit of hope and joy and love. Engaging in life and relationship can be messy and dirty, to be sure, but there is no other way to experience life in community and to share the agape love of Jesus. We are called to open our faith communities to all, to open our homes, and to open our hearts. We risk pain, we risk breach of trust, but we also risk wonder and light and peace. If we believe Christ’s words to “love one another as I have loved you” then we must engage one another as Christ engaged saint and sinner alike. We must practice hospitality, mercy, and lovingkindness. [Find one way to engage in active, radical love this week-either through a ministry or on  our own at work or in the community.]

When we confess each week that we have failed to love, that we have sinned against God and neighbor, we receive forgiveness and turn anew to try again. Will we get it right this time? Probably not. Will we make progress and perhaps even make a difference in the name of the One who loves us with a love stronger than death? We very well might. The sure thing is that we will never know unless we try, and we will likely not try unless we remind each other that Jesus commands us to love. This is not an option. This is the life, the way, of those who follow Christ.

Lord, help us to love by listening, by being open, in ways visible and invisible, and by engaging ourselves in the restoration of your beautiful, broken world. Amen.

Sharron R. Blezard, stewardshipoflife.org

 



 

31When [Judas] had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once. 33Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”


ANNOUNCEMENTS



COVID ProtocolsUPDATE


All those who live in a low or moderate risk area need not wear a mask while indoors.  CDC has us listed as moderate risk.  However, 2 other reliable sources put us at high. Home tests are not included in CDC data.  St. Timothy will continue to leave masking up to each individual with the understanding that people should feel free to wear a mask if they so choose.  



CALENDAR

May 19 - Tai Chi 9:30  and 12:00

May 19 – Choir 5:00 pm

May 21, 9:00 am Spring Clean-Up   


Articles for Church Mouse are due:  May 25th.


 

ELCA'S SOCIAL STATEMENT ON ABORTION

We are living in a contentious and confusing time. The hot button issue of abortion is once again on the forefront of social issues. Do you want to know what your church believes about abortion. Here is the ELCA's social statement on abortion. If you'd like to talk about it more or even have a study group on the document, I'd be happy to do so.   Pastor Ivy



LCLC Food Service Staff Urgently Needed 

With summer camp just a month away, LCLC has urgent staff needs.

The following positions still need to be filled:

     •1 Full-time Cook

     •1 Part-time Cook's Aid

     •2 Dishwashers (Residential staff also involved in the summer program)

     •We also need 2 more Volunteer Nurses

 

For more information, please contact Lee Lindeman at 716-386-4125 or lee@lclcenter.org

If you or someone you know is interested, please let us know ASAP.  Thanks!



 Synod Assembly

 

This year we are meeting in person for the Upstate NY Synod Assembly. The meeting is in Rochester, from the afternoon of Sunday, June 5 through Monday, June 6. Each congregation can have two lay voting members. Ray and I will be going, however, we have no voting members. Can you help? See me or call /text me at 716-904-0855. All the costs are covered and besides doing the business of the church, we have great fellowship and worship.    


LCLC

RSVP Requested:  Open House & Reunion

June 11, 2022 1:00-4:00 PM 

RSVP: Please let us know if you'll be joining us. 716-386-4125 or contact@lclcenter.org

 

Summer 2022 will be here before we know it. LCLC's Open House & Reunion is designed to both introduce prospective campers to LCLC and reconnect camper and staff alumni from across the decades. This dual-purpose event includes:

·     Camp tours

·     First-time Camper Q&A with our Staff

·     Camp Games

·     Reconnecting with camper and staff alumni

·     Closing Campfire Devotions

·     Snacks available for purchase

Whether you're new to LCLC or a long-time veteran, this event has something for everyone. 



Basket Raffle & Time Capsule 

Also included in the Open House & Reunion on June 11th will be a Time Capsule burial. The Time Capsule will be filled with mementoes from this historic period in LCLC's and the world's history. Participants can buy "time caplets" to place personal messages inside the Capsule, to be opened again in 2052.

 

Another way to help LCLC is by donating or participating in the Basket Raffle. See you in June!








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 and on our website.  Monetary donations always  welcome! Contact Gale-Svenson-Campbell for details.


5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date: 97



***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.