St. Timothy Lutheran Church

 

Worship services:


Saturday Worship:

5:30 PM

(Every 5th Saturday is a Healing Worship Service)

 

Sunday Worship: 

8:00 AM & 11:00 AM 

 

Sunday school:

9:30 AM - 10:45 AM

 

Holy Communion

at each worship service, 
except on the 5th Saturday Healing Worship

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday
9 AM - 3 PM

Closed 
Friday - Sunday

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A message from
Pastor Curt~

 

Children of God;

 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts your thoughts.” For as the rain & snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it  bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower & bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Is. 55:9-11

We gather in the days and months ahead to proclaim Christ’s ascension, the birth of the church at Pentecost, and the life and growth of discipleship in the Holy Spirit.

Ascension may be mysterious to us. Yet when we declare that  Jesus ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God, we affirm our conviction  that God accomplishes what God purposes. God completes His plans.

When Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us, he was fully human, in order to fulfill God’s mission in saving the world through His sacrifice on the cross when, “it is accomplished!” Now ascended and seated at the right hand of God He has sent his presence in the Holy Spirit to animate the whole universal church of all time and place and spread His saving grace to more than any one human body could. Jesus has been taken up from us into heaven, and yet He has also been taken up for us  into heaven. The ascension of Jesus is not simply a return to the way things were before. The world has changed, because now Jesus is its enthroned Lord. That means that Caesar is not, nor are any of the powers, pursuits, or promises that vie for control of our lives. The ascension clarifies what the resurrection means. Jesus’ going to the Father means that the Spirit will be poured out on God’s people (see, again, Acts 2:33). Because he ascended, we continue to encounter Jesus through the preaching of the Word and the Sacraments, through the fellowship of the church, and through ministry with the lost, poor & oppressed. And because Jesus has ascended as our risen Lord, none of the other departures we experience (departures of relationships, of health, of earthly possession or position, or of life itself) can harm us or rob us of God’s good promise.For that, we can and should celebrate The Ascension with praise and thanks.

Passover, Pentecost, and the Festival of Tabernacles. They were the three big celebrations of Praise, for Biblical Israel.

Passover recalled the “death of the first born” while enslaved in Egypt, out of which God delivered them in the exodus to life and freedom, in their journey to the land of promise.

Pentecost (Greek for 50th day after Passover) was a harvest festival, combining thanksgiving and tithes (10%) of the first grain. And also because it took 50 days to get to Sinai from Egypt, the gift of the “Law of Moses” was also celebrated.

The Tabernacles festival (autumn) was a reenactment of the shelters used by the people in the wilderness journey to the Promised Land where people built tents of willow and palm branches and gathered to feast and pray around the great story of the journey.

Jesus story transformed all three celebrations for Christians.


With the death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, the “firstborn Son”, he became our Passover (1Cor. 5:7b), our Resurrection life and freedom. Pentecost became the celebration of God’s gifted Holy Spirit. From the foundation of the law and the prophets grew a community that bore the fruit of the Gospel and grace of God revealed through Jesus Christ. The Feast of Tabernacles which celebrated the wilderness journey now became the “long weeks” of the Pentecost season which saw Christianity, too, as a Spirit-led journey to the Promised Land, beyond death. As followers of Jesus, we are not removed from the trials and temptations of the world (the wilderness), but accompanied by the “tabernacle-ing” of Jesus word among us.

The weekly readings of the Pentecost season recall Jesus’ word, teaching, and living story. The Holy Spirit blows through us, to come alive to what Jesus said and did.” Jesus promised, “When the Holy Spirit comes upon you… you will be filled with power, and you will be witnesses for me in Jerusalem, in all Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” For “When the Spirit of Truth comes….He will glorify me… He will take what is mine and declare it to you.” (John16:4)


This created a new form of speech called the “gospel”, tongues which proclaim God’s power and benefits given to us in Jesus. “I will pour out my Spirit on everyone and they will proclaim my message!” God’s Holy Spirit is poured out to us freely, as we continue to faithfully gather together to proclaim the “gospel” of Jesus in our own living, so that it may grow and bear fruit to the glory of God.

 

                                                                                                        Resting on the Spirit  

                                                                                                                          Pastor  Curt