St. Timothy Lutheran Church

As I write this, tomorrow is the first day of fall. How can this be? How was

your summer? Or, did it just whisk by before you even knew it? Seems

like that at our end. We didn’t even make it to the Chautauqua Institution

this year for some concerts we were excited about.

Looking at my October calendar, it’s already pretty full. There are a

couple of events I would like to highlight. First, one of our now-grown Promise Children from Honduras, Jayson Mena is here in the States sharing the vision God has given him for some children that live in a remote mountain village. One of the major improvements to their situation since Jayson began his work is they now have running water indoors. There are many other wonderful things that have been done as well, but you’ll have to wait to hear about those until Sunday, October 23, when Jayson will be with us.

Something struck me as I looked at the reading for the last Sunday in September. It’s from 1 Timothy 6:6-19. Paul is telling his protégé, Timothy, what to teach to the rich. It is all summed up in these words, “If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly

life” (1 Timothy 6:19). What especially captures my attention are these few words, “life that is truly life.” That is God’s desire for us, real life–life beyond the humdrum of daily life, life that is found as we allow God to meet with us, to form a stronger relationship with us. In John’s gospel, we’re told, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Jesus wants us to experience the “life that is truly life.”

Such life was promised to us in baptism, when the pastor said, “…child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit and marked with the cross of Christ forever” (ELW, Baptism). We are children of God. God has breathed life into us in baptism. Let us together follow Christ to live the “life that is truly life.”

Pastor Ivy

Pastor's Message

October 2022

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