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Saint Timothy's Weekly Email
Parish Newsletter September 23, 2022 Edition
 

Weekly Schedule 


Sunday (9/25) 9:30AM Rite II Service
10:30AM Coffee Hour
Wednesday 9-11PM Office hours at St. Christopher’s.
11-12PM Bible Study at St. Christopher’s
Saturday (10/1) Vestry Meeting 2PM
 
Serving This Week
Preacher Rev. Jon Hermes
Acolyte Eddie Townsend
Lector Doug Keen
Altar Guild Jan
Host Gilchrist
Organist Sandra Smith
Link to ROTA
Prayer of the Week
O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From the vicar . . .

Say you come to church on Sunday and I, as the priest and celebrant, was in scrubs. What do you suppose the reaction would be? Some may hope that I am trying to make some sort of theological statement; perhaps around God’s healing. Many might say, ‘well, he has finally lost it!’ At the very least it would be strange. It would be so for wearing scrubs, as clergy vestments, goes against customs and traditions for clergy apparel. When someone does something like this, going ‘against the grain’ of rooted customs and traditions, we often refer to that as radical thought and action. For radical ideas to take root you must challenge social norms, educate, encourage thought that stretches people’s comfort zones, and lead by example. Jesus’ ministry was indeed radical and to teach his ways he often used parables.

Over the past several Sundays we have heard many teachings centered around wealth; highlighting the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots.’ Why did Jesus spend so much time and energy on the subject? Clearly there existed some social norms around God and blessings that warranted such teachings. You see, somewhere along the way, the people began to associate wealth and health as blessings bestowed on God’s favored people. Likewise, the poor, sick, and needy, therefore, became associated as God’s curses toward unfavored people. A scriptural example of this is in John 9, where the disciples asked Jesus who ‘sinned’ that made God curse a man to be born blind. Again, the mentality being that if good things happened to someone, it was by God’s favor and bad things were God’s curses for they must have deserved it. Jesus was teaching to a people who believed that if they had wealth and good fortune, they must be ‘okay’ with God.

Sunday’s parable of ‘the rich man and Lazarus,’ is a teaching tool to break this norm of understanding centered on God’s blessings and curses. The parable can make people who live comfortable lives nervous. For in text, nothing indicates that the rich man was evil; he simply did not notice or assist Lazarus. Likewise, nothing indicates a virtuous character of Lazarus; we only know he was in great need. Jesus sets this scene in Hades, a Jewish concept of Sheol, a place for all departed souls between death and resurrection. In this setting Jesus teaches a clear message; wealth does not indicate God’s favor and being poor clearly does not indicate God’s curses. The repent, the change, Jesus is teaching is seeing the blessing of God’s creation in its abundance and the relationship and responsibility we have in each other. It is a change to radical love and action that, unfortunately after 2000+ years of Jesus being risen from the dead, we continue to struggle with.


Peace,
Jon+
We continue our Bible Study in the Book of Acts.
Day: Wednesday
Date: 9/28/2022
Time: 11AM
Location: Saint Christopher's Fellowship Hall
Study: Acts, Chapters 17-20
 Join us after the session for a group lunch and continued fellowship!
Bible Study Zoom Details
Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 844 2796 2422
Passcode: 485470

Staying Connected with our Diocese

Diocesan News & Events
What do we choose to notice as we race through our daily tasks? Who are the invisible ones in our midst? Who is holding out a hand to us?
Luke 16:19-31

Jesus said, "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and who feasted sumptuously every day. And at his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man's table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores. The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented, he looked up and saw Abraham far away with Lazarus by his side. He called out, `Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am in agony in these flames.' But Abraham said, `Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony. Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.' He said, `Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father's house-- for I have five brothers-- that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.' Abraham replied, `They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.' He said, `No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' He said to him, `If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.'"

Sunday's Psalm
Psalm 146
(Translation: The Message)

Hallelujah! O my soul, praise GOD!
All my life long I’ll praise GOD,
    singing songs to my God as long as I live.
Don’t put your life in the hands of experts
    who know nothing of life, of salvation life.
Mere humans don’t have what it takes;
    when they die, their projects die with them.
Instead, get help from the God of Jacob,
    put your hope in GOD and know real blessing!
GOD made sky and soil,
    sea and all the fish in it.
He always does what he says—
    he defends the wronged,
    he feeds the hungry.
GOD frees prisoners—
    he gives sight to the blind,
    he lifts up the fallen.
GOD loves good people, protects strangers,
    takes the side of orphans and widows,
    but makes short work of the wicked.
GOD’s in charge—always.
    Zion’s God is God for good!
    Hallelujah!

Prayer Requests in our Parish

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer
The Anglican Church of Burundi

 
The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
Saint John's Cathedral, Knoxville

For Those Discerning a Call to Ordained Ministry
Eddie Townsend

We Pray for Those Who Are Ill or Recovering
Katie Lowe, Ely Lowe, Boyd Overstreet, Sandra Smith, Ginger Ortiz
Tom Peters, Cathy Peters, John Logsdon, Carolyn Allen, Rick and Clay Williams

We Pray for Those Who Need the Strength and Guidance of the Holy Spirit
Rob, Sandra, Brett, Jade, Robert, Katelyn, Cindy Roark

We Pray for Those Who are Homebound or in a Nursing Home
Bobbie Morrow, Mattie Lou Dickerson and Maria Burgin

For Those Who Are Celebrating a Birthday
Hope Perkins

We Pray for Those Who are Serving Our Country in Military Service
Jason Overstreet, Kenny Burke Jr. and Jacob Perkins 

 
Prayer Request
Announcements
The next meeting of the Vestry is scheduled for their new time of 2PM on Saturday, October 1 in Snyder Hall. All are welcome to attend.

The Vicar's Vacay - Rev. Jon Hermes will be on vacation from Monday, October 3 through Tuesday, October 11. Sunday Service on October 9th will be Morning Prayer Rite II and the Healing Service scheduled for Tuesday, October 4th is cancelled.
Food Pantry Item of the Week!

Canned Tuna
(Please Note: All items are required to fit into a single grocery bag which is handled by an elementary school student for delivery home.) 
Copyright © 1999-2022 Dave Walker

Saint Timothy's Joke of the Week!

 

What did they call Superman after he totaled his car?

 
Clark Dent!
 
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The ministry of Saint Timothy's is possible through our time, talents, and contributions. To continue to support the mission of Saint Timothy's, there are a few of solutions.
 
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Doug Keen
Attn: Receiving Treasurer
19420 Manchester Drive
Bristol, VA 24202
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