April 15, 2021
for Sunday, April 18
1 John 3:1-7
While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 'Peace be with you.' 37They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. 38He said to them, 'Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.' 40And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, 'Have you anything here to eat?' 42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate in their presence.
• 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 Gene Heil, Pastor Ivy Gauvin, Karen Johnson, Roy Pihl, George and Janet Balcom, Beverly Klang, Trudy Fetzner, Mabel Tranum, Thom Shagla, Matt Isaacson, Alice Swartz, Karen Brown, Dave Bentley, Dan Burns, Beth Gardner, 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 and Jeffrey Clauson, 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.
Did You Know…
- 90% of the people involved with the church service have at least 1 vaccination and will be fully vaccinated by the end of April.
- 100% of the people coming inot worship are fully vaccinated
- We have all committees meeting at the church now (and not on Zoom) incuding Council and Bible Study.
- We had 47 people attend Easter Worship Service!!!
- Kathy shot an 84 for 18 holes in Florida! (Just checking to see who is reading down to here.)
Not really Kathy….LOL
NEW Adult Bible Study
We will start a new Bible Study on Sunday, April 25th in the council library room. This 4 week Bible Study of Hannah in the book of Samuel, will focus on how God uses us in chaos and challenge. It is titled “The Year that Changed the World” by “The Potter House” Please call Sarah if you have any questions - 450-2986.
Spring Work Day
Saturday May 8th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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.
MajBritt Traynor Funeral
Friday, June 25 at 1:00 pm
St. Timothy Lutheran Church
Pr. Dan Rumfelt presiding
Both In Person and Drive In formats
***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: 92
5 Loaves and 2 Fish Backpack Ministry has just accepted a request from Chautauqua Lake BOCES to be included in the program. We’re so pleased at St. Timothy to be able add them to our list to pack for.
***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.
The Rev. Jo Page, Dean, Hudson Mohawk Conference
Really? "They gave him a piece of broiled fish." That's it?
This has got to be one of the most anti-climactic statements in all of scripture. The risen Christ appears yet again to his disciples and, what with all that walking along the Emmaus road and explaining the scriptures beginning with Moses and then moving through the five major and the twelve minor prophets, he's worked up an appetite. So they broil him up a slab of tilapia or what-have-you. And then they don't even have the brains to make a decent sauce? What is up with that? This is the
Lord's supper, after all. Couldn't they have whisked up a little white wine reduction? Or at the very least opened up a jar of Hellman's tartar sauce and thrown in a bag of chips?
Look-the Emmaus road story is one of my most favorite ones in all of scripture. But every time I preach on the second part of it, I just end up thinking that the disciples could have done just a little bit better in the dinner department.
And yet, that ends up drawing my attention away from some of the other odd aspects of this story. Last week we heard that Thomas wanted to put his hands in Jesus' wounds. But Jesus doesn't say a word about his wounds. Instead he says, "Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."
It seems Jesus doesn't necessarily want to be known by his wounds. It seems he wants to be known instead by the feet that walked in witness and proclamation, by the hands that healed and held and served those he met along the way.
Jesus knew his disciples would know him by his hands. And by his feet. And not only because they bore the angry scars from his brutal death, but because they remembered what he had done with his hands and with his feet.
They saw the bread broken in his hands at meal after meal they had shared together. They saw the hands that had made a paste of mud to put the eyes of a blind man. They saw the dead girl whose hand he had reached out to hold in order that she may be made alive again. They saw the healings his hands had brought, the teachings his hands had helped him to articulate. They saw the lepers his hands had touched-with no hesitation, no holding back.
When the disciples saw his feet, they saw more than the cruel nail marks. They saw how many, many miles Jesus had walked in order to teach about God's love for us-the feet that had brought him to the tomb of Lazarus that he might be raised, the feet that walked into the graveyard where the Gerasene demoniac lived so that Jesus could free him from his tormented mind. They saw Mary learning at his feet. They saw the nameless woman weeping on his feet and drying them with her hair.
They saw how his hands had joined him to all other people and how his feet had joined him to earth.
Jesus has left the world in our hands. Jesus has planted our feet on this earth. And when people see us they will not see the body of Christ in our pleasant smiles and pretty faces. They will see it in our hands and in our feet, by what we are willing to do in service to others, how far we are willing to go in service to others.
Jesus must still be made known to this world. And do not doubt that the Holy Spirit has equipped us well for that. Look at your hands, look at your feet. See that they are Christ's own. And with them we make for the world a witness to God's love.