St. Timothy Lutheran Church


                                                                            April 28, 2022


                                                   John 21:1-19            



Scripture readings

for Sunday, May 1

Revelation 5:11-14

Psalm 30

John 21:1019


Pastor Ivy Gauvin

In verse 15, who/what are the “these?” Is Jesus talking about fish? Since Jesus was no longer with the disciples in person, was Peter cashing in his chips by returning to fishing? Or, was it just a way for him to go to the familiar and clear his head? What do you think?


Are the “these” the other disciples? Here we have Jesus commissioning Peter as leader of the disciples. Did Peter’s love of Jesus need to excel that of the other disciples?


Are the “these” all of the above? Was Simon Peter willing to give up all the familiar to follow Jesus and lead the disciples?


Jesus’ call to each one of us is to love him more than “these;” the “these” of work, family, home, friends. That doesn’t mean we have to live an isolated life like some desert hermits—quite the contrary, since our call is to be Christ’s presence in the world.


Simon Peter, like Jesus, was crucified for the faith. It is said that Peter asked to be crucified upside down because he was unworthy to be crucified in the same way his Lord was. Whatever the “these” are, it seems Simon Peter did love Jesus more than them, enough to lay down his life for the faith.


Let us pray: By your word, eternal God, your creation sprang forth, and we were given the breath of life. By your word, eternal God, death is overcome, Christ is raised from the tomb, and we are given new life in the power of your Spirit. May we boldly proclaim this good news in our words and our deeds, rejoicing always in your powerful presence; through Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. Amen.

(Evangelical Lutheran Worship

1After [he appeared to his followers in Jerusalem,] Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. 2Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5Jesus said to them, “Children, you have no fish, have you?” They answered him, “No.” 6He said to them, “Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. 7That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea. 8But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off. 9When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16A second time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” 19(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, “Follow me.”

  •     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.

          Ginnie Sloan, 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.


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.




The CDC recommendations have changed.  All those who live in a low or moderate risk area need not wear a mask while indoors.  We are in a low risk area, so St. Timothy will adopt that recommendation with the understanding that people should feel free to wear a mask if they so choose.  


We continue to have our offering plate at the back of our church and not pass the plate.  We will also continue to remain at our seats during communion with individual cups. 



Adopt-a-Highway - Friday, May 9

May 14, 9:00 am Spring Clean-Up (Rain date, May 21)

***Pastor Ivy has returned to work her full 3/4 time of 35-38 hours a week!  Great news.  She can be reached at the following numbers for all your pastoral needs.

                     Cell - 716-904-0855    and church office – 716-386-782

                                                     Bible Study

On Sunday, May 1, we will begin a 7 week Bible study called, "Lessons for Today’s Disciples." We will meet after church and fellowship in the council meeting room. If you are unable to attend, but are interested, I can send you a PDF of the study.                                                 

                                                        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. 

              5 Loaves & 2 Fish Backpack Ministry

We continue packing bags on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and would love to have you respond to Gale Svenson-Campbell if you’re able to help.


We are also in need of Slim Jims and packets of cheese or peanutbutter crackers.  (Sam’s Club no longer has a ready supply available to order.)


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

                  5 & 2 Ministry Food Bins Donated to Date:  97!


Many thanks for everyone's generosity in this effort.  Pastor Ivy

Dear Partner in Ministry,

As you proclaim the good news of Jesus this Easter season, I give thanks for the many ways that you and your congregation are sharing the hope of Jesus. As war continues to rage in Ukraine — and the ripple effects are felt around the globe — we all need glimpses of that hope.

Because of your love, Lutheran World Relief has committed $7 million to respond to the crisis in Ukraine, and we expect to increase this amount as we receive additional support. With millions of individuals displaced in Ukraine and tens of thousands continuing to flee Ukraine each day, the needs grow daily.

Our latest situation report details the ways in which we are responding in Ukraine and Poland. Please share these updates — and our gratitude — with your congregation.

Here are a few key highlights:

  In Ukraine, we are supporting health facilities by providing supplies such as surgical and wound care kits, IV kits, defibrillators and stretchers.

   We are also providing ongoing support to six centers in Ukraine that are being used to shelter internally displaced persons. Your love will provide nearly 60,000 nights of shelter for people who need a place to stay.

   In Poland, we are distributing emergency cash and vouchers to more than 1,300 refugee families for the next three months. We’re also integrating a referral system at these sites to protect women and children from sexual exploitation and abuse.

None of this would be possible without your generous care and support. If you haven’t sent your gift in yet, there’s still time. Please see details below and we will rush your congregation’s support to our neighbors. Thank you for all the ways you are caring for God’s people.  

In gratitude,

Rev. Lisa Kipp - Sr. Manager of Congregational Engagement -


You can give online at This link can be used for your congregational gift or by your individual members.     You can also give by mailing a check to Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061. Please write "Ukraine match" in the memo line. 

***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.