St. Timothy Lutheran Church

Greetings, Friends in Christ,

It’s so hard to believe that Lent is just around the corner. Doesn’t it

seem that it was just Christmas? We have not yet celebrated

Christmas with our Rochester family—between weather and

sickness and all other manner of things. Because of that, we still

have our Christmas tree up! At least, it’s still Epiphany as I write


How are you relating to time? In an advertisement by Viking

Cruises, their CEO discusses time. It’s a visually beautiful ad. One

can be easily drawn into his perspective that we just don’t have

enough time. His answer to that? Travel! Of course, on Viking


Is he right, that we don’t have enough time? It may often seem so.

God gives us enough time to do what God wants us to do. It is

only modern and postmodern humanity that is so consumed with

the clock. If you have ever had the opportunity to spend time with

people of other cultures, you quickly realize that our preoccupation

with time is a very western concept. Not to romanticize those of

other cultures, but the Arab culture, for instance, is more focused

on relationships. While living in Bethlehem, whenever we visited

people in remote villages, they had all the time in the world for a

visit. Whenever we would say it was time for us to leave, the

immediate response would be, “Badri,” which means “early” in

Arabic. Sometimes they were just being polite, but more often

than not, they were being sincere.

There are two kinds of time in New Testament Greek. One is

“chronos,” from which we get words like chronological. That is the

linear time with which we most often identify. The other word is

“kairos,” God’s time. It is the right or opportune moment. This kind

of time is qualitative rather than quantitative. It is a moment of

indeterminate time in which a significant event occurs.

You’ve likely experienced “kairos” moments, but didn’t know that

is what they were. Some people I know refer to them as “Godincidents”

rather than coincidences. They leave you responding,


A perfect example of “kairos” time is in the Book of Galatians. “But

when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a

woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were

under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children”

(Galatians 4:4-5). It’s the right time, in the right place, in the right


We cannot escape from our world of “chronos” time, however, we

cannot let it control our lives to be so fully controlled by it. I’m not

suggesting we ignore this time, but don’t let it enslave us.

As the first part of Psalm 34 says:

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;

his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

let the humble hear and be glad.

3 O magnify the Lord with me,

and let us exalt his name together.


Pastor Ivy

Pastor's Message

February 2023

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