St. Timothy Lutheran Church

                              

                                                                       December 29, 2022


                      

                                                                Matthew 2:1-11

                                          

Scripture readings

for Sunday, Oct. 2

2 Timothy 1:1-14

Psalm 37:1-9

Luke 17:5-10

REFLECTIONS

Pastor Ivy Gauvin


“We three kings of orient are…” are such familiar words to us. They are ingrained into our consciousness, our very being. How many were there? Three! Right? Actually, we don’t know. Scripture just tells us, “wise men.” It doesn’t say how many. Maybe we assume three because they brought three gifts.

 

We don’t know much about the “wise men.” Some translations of the Bible call them magi. From this, we get the word magic by just adding one letter. Rather than wise men, they may have been magicians, astrologers and/or Zoroastrians, followers of Zoroastrianism, an ancient religion of the near east.

 

Another assumption we have is the timing of the wise men’s coming. We think that they arrived shortly after Jesus was born, when he was still wrapped in swaddling clothes. However, it was probably a good two years later when they came, bearing gifts. One indication of this is from Matthew 2:16, where we see Herod’s anger that the men from the east did not return to tell him where Jesus was. Herod issued an order for all the children of Bethlehem aged two and under to be killed.

 

In Luke’s gospel, it is the shepherds who were witnesses to God’s majesty in this child, while in Matthew’s it’s the Zoroastrian priests. What is important is that there were witnesses, someone beside Joseph and Mary.

 

The risen, ascended Christ seeks witnesses today as well to let the world know of the good news of the reign of God. Will you be one?


1In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, "Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage." 3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 They told him, "In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

 

6'And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler

who is to shepherd my people Israel.'"

 

7Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, "Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage." 9When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.


          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 Kay Marker Magneson, Roy Pihl, George Balcom, Trudy Fetzner, Thom Shagla, Barb Slumsky, Norm Wolff, Sarah VanStaalduin Stephen Gilboy, 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.


ANNOUNCEMENTS


COVIDUPDATE

Rates remain medium for our area and flu cases are decining.  No masks required to worship indoor.  As always, use your best judgment.


This week…

January 2 and 4    Healthy Bones 9 am

January 5    Tai Chi    :30 am and 12:00 pm

January 5    Choir  5:pm


  Lessons and Carols:


First Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7

Second Reading: Luke 1:26-25, 38

Third Reading: Luke 2:1-7

 Fourth Reading: Luke 2:8-16

Fifth Reading: Matthew 2: 1-11

Sixth Reading: John 1:1-5, 14


***Committee heads: It’s time to get your year-end reports into St. Timothy office for inclusion in the annual report.  Reports can be hand written and left on the office desk or typed and emailed to sttimothy2015@gmail.com.

Please submit by Jan 10th.


We welcome Pastor Ivy back this Sunday!


Please remember to pick up your envelopes if you have not already.

St. Timothy’s annual congregational meeting will be held after worship on Sunday, January 29. It is important that everyone attend!

The Church Directory will be updated in January. Please let the office know if you have any changes to be made.

CODE BLUE 

Our Code Blue Center is open, and we have already received several overnight guests! However, the reality is we are still very far from being fully up and running! We are currently seeking volunteers who are willing to be on-call for 4-hour shifts (the days/nights of their choice), as well as, frozen and/or shelf stable meals, snacks, bottled water, coffee, blankets(new), pillows (new), warm clothing (coats, hats, gloves), socks, personal hygiene items and etc... If your church is interested in helping us with any of this and if you have potential volunteers, please reach out to our program coordinator, Heidi LeBarron at heidijohnson025@gmail.com or on her cell at 716-489-1697. 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we step out to answer God's call to assist the homeless in our community.

Dodi McIntyre

Joy Fellowship FMC

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Pastor Ivy Gauvin St. Timothy Lutheran Church


5 & 2 Ministry


***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 available in the narthex and online

at this link. Monetary donations welcome! Contact

Gale Svenson-Campbell for details

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.