St. Timothy Lutheran Church

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September 8, 2022


Luke 15:1-10


                                                                                         

Scripture readings

for Sunday, Sept. 11

1 Timothy 1:12-17

Psalm 51:1-10

Luke 15:1-10


          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 Karen Johnson, Mary Peterson, Kay Marker Magneson, Roy Pihl, George Balcom, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Norm Wolff, Sarah VanStaalduin Stephen Gilboy, Roger Samuelson, Charlene Hunter, Joe Gauvin, Emerson Allaby, Karen Brown, Tom West, 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

Here are some thoughts about this Sunday’s gospel. The people don’t appear out of nowhere in Jesus’ teaching. Those that wanted to listen had been following him. They were among the crowd that he challenged at the end of chapter 14 to leave everything to follow him. And the religious leadership was always there to confront Jesus.

 

Jesus loved hanging out with the wrong people; at least wrong in the eyes of the religious leaders, the Pharisees and scribes. It angered them so much that Jesus told a parable. The Message puts it, “Their grumbling triggered this story.”

 

In parables, we can’t find a direct correlation between the characters in the parable and God or ourselves or anyone else. They mess with our minds and are meant to do that. One thing you can count on is a shocking, surprising ending, at least to the people of that day.

 

First, some questions for the text. What is wrong with this shepherd? Does he leave the 99 sheep unattended, or does he have someone with him who can watch them? See what I mean? Parables cannot be taken at face value. We don’t know the answer, because after all, it’s a parable. The point is the shepherd’s concern for the lost sheep, but it is not necessarily at the expense of the 99. There is something quite poignant about the shepherd even noticing that just one sheep is missing.

 

The part about the woman and the coin makes more sense. If these were coins that were part of her dowry, then one was worth a lot. To lose one was significant. There are some elderly Palestinian village women today who wear their dowry coins in their hair, which is then covered by a scarf. The coins are so precious they want to keep them close.

 

We find the words “lost” and “found” repeatedly throughout the parable. Upon finding the lost item, the person looking rejoices and throws a party. We then have the comparison to God’s rejoicing and party giving. Jesus’ point is that the tax collectors and sinners may be insignificant to the religious leaders, like only one sheep or coin among many, but God cares for them.

 

Jesus again turns the wisdom of the day upside down. He makes outsiders into insiders and those who think they are insiders, who seem like they should be insiders, become the outsiders.

 

Can we rejoice with God when those who seem unsavory to us are God’s children? Can we love and accept those so radically different from ourselves? God invites us to his party. Want to come?


1Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to [Jesus.] 2 And 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? 5 When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. 6 And 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? 9 When 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.”


ANNOUNCEMENTS



COVID ProtocolsUPDATE


Rates remains at medium for our area.  No masks required to worship indoor.



CALENDAR

Sept. 12 & 14  Healthy Bones   9 am

Sept. 15  Tai Chi 9:30 am and 12:00 pm

Sept. 15   Choir  5 pm



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: 101 !!



 

Fighting childhood hunger in our community one child at a time.

Helping combat food scarcity in our community.


Can you help pack on

Tuesday nights from 7-8?

Contact Gale Svenson-

Campbell at:

gales1949@gmail.com



 

 





***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.
















BIBLE STUDY WILL BEGIN ON SEPTEMBER 11.

 

The new Bible study is called All Anew. It's a 3 week study. Week 1 is Say 

Goodbye to Nice. Week 2 is Stand with the Least of These. Week 3 is Upend the Tables. There's a lot of material in each lesson, so depending on what the group wants to do, it could go longer than 3 weeks. Here is a link to the material if people want to follow along at home. https://www.gathermagazine.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/AllAnewAllSessions.pdf  





Good News!

Please put on your calendar that we will have the Honduras Auction, after a 2 year hiatus, on Sunday, November 6th, viewing at 5:30 p.m., auction at 6 p.m.

 

Take a look around your homes to see if you have any new (or like new) items that you could donate to the auction. If you feel like buying something new, and donating it, that would be great.

As in the past, we will also ask local businesses to donate to the auction, and we will have baskets, baked goods, and so many more items to bid on.


We hope you will attend, and bring your friends!