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Saint Timothy's Weekly Email
Parish Newsletter Edition September 9, 2022
Prayer of the Week
O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Weekly Schedule 


Sunday (9/11) 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
 
Serving This Week
Preacher Rev. Jon Hermes
Acolyte Richard Davenport
Lector Jan Logsdon
Altar Guild Carolyn
Host Miller/Hermes
Organist Sandra Smith
Link to ROTA
We continue our Bible Study in the Book of Acts.
Day: Wednesday
Date: 9/7/2022
Time: 11AM
Location: Saint Christopher's Fellowship Hall
Study: Acts, Chapters 11-13
 Join us after the session at Perkin's for a group lunch and continued fellowship!
Bible Study Zoom Details
Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 844 2796 2422
Passcode: 485470
From the vicar . . .

The fifteenth chapter of Luke is home to the ‘lost and found’ parables. There are three; the parable of the lost sheep, the parable of the lost coin, and the parable of the prodigal son. Given the weight of the multiple interpretive ways the world responds to the parable of the prodigal son, it is separated out into its own liturgical day. I suspect that was not the intention of Luke. For the prevalent theme in all three parables is a heavenly joy in finding that which is lost. We often read these parables missing its point, that is, the joy is not in being found but in the finding.

The first parable describes, in practical human terms, an irresponsible shepherd. In a world of utility and a zero-sum economy, a man would not leave 99% of the sheep to locate a lost 1%. But this parable is about a much different kind of shepherd. This shepherd does seek out and find that one lost sheep and rejoices in the finding. Notice the sheep is not the one rejoicing here; rather it is the shepherd.

The stakes are higher in the second parable. Now the woman has lost 10% of her money. Luke describes her persistence. Notice the text does not say ‘she searches for the coin and finds it.’ Rather it says, ‘she searches for the coin until she finds it. And again, how happy is the coin that it was found? Rather it is the woman who rejoices.

Jesus is reminding the Pharisees and the scribes that they (and we) serve a God who is faithful to his promises and relentless in seeking us out. He is not concerned with our social standings or how the world accepts us. God’s invitation to His Kingdom is for all. As a result, God is constantly pursuing us when we stray and joyous each time God finds us. 


Peace,
Jon+

Staying Connected with our Diocese

Diocesan News & Events
With the approach of another program year and the changing of seasons, Bishop Brian Cole reflects on his favorite time of year, the changing of the calendars. What does it mean to make plans? To show up for church events? Find out in the latest Reconciling Thought.
Who are these people invited to table with Jesus, grumble the Pharisees? How dare he eat with sinners! These are people who have blown it, know it, own it, and choose to go beyond it. These grateful people know the sweetness of forgiveness and its power.
Luke 15:1-10

All the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus. And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, "This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them."
So he told them this parable: "Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.' Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.
"Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, `Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.' Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

Sunday's Psalm
Psalm 51:1-11
(Translation: The Message)

Generous in love—God, give grace!
    Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
Scrub away my guilt,
    soak out my sins in your laundry.
I know how bad I’ve been;
    my sins are staring me down.
You’re the One I’ve violated, and you’ve seen
    it all, seen the full extent of my evil.
You have all the facts before you;
    whatever you decide about me is fair.
I’ve been out of step with you for a long time,
    in the wrong since before I was born.
What you’re after is truth from the inside out.
    Enter me, then; conceive a new, true life.
Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
    scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
    set these once-broken bones to dancing.
Don’t look too close for blemishes,
    give me a clean bill of health.
God, make a fresh start in me,
    shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
Don’t throw me out with the trash,
    or fail to breathe holiness in me.
Bring me back from gray exile,
    put a fresh wind in my sails!
Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
    so the lost can find their way home.
Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
    and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
Unbutton my lips, dear God;
    I’ll let loose with your praise.

Prayer Requests in our Parish

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer
The Church of Bangladash

 
The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
Clergy Families of East Tennessee

For Those Discerning a Call to Ordained Ministry
Eddie Townsend

We Pray for Those Who Are Ill or Recovering
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
Ashley, Clayton, Cindy Roark, The Endres Family

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 an Anniversary
Jerry & Carolyn Allen

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

 
Prayer Request
ETSU Campus Ministry - The ETSU campus ministry, formerly known as 'The Emmaus House,' is discerning their revised mission, presence, and identity. As this process unfolds, the ministry will continue to meet on Thursday nights at 6:30PM. The area parishes will continue to support this ministry in a meal rotation. Saint Timothy's is scheduled to provide their next meal on September 15. If you are interested in participating, please contact Rev. Jon Hermes or Doug Keen.
St Paul’s Bazaar Bargains Sale
September 17th from 8am-12pm
Annex building at 161 East Ravine Road, Kingsport

It is time to let some items go- from past Bazaars, and some things that have been donated- to make room for all the things for St Paul’s Bazaar 2022! Money made from this sale will go towards the 2022 St Paul’s Bazaar. Items are priced to sell!! (Many items under $2.) CASH ONLY.
 
Charities benefitting from this year’s Bazaar
Kingsport Family Resource Center
Kingsport Community Ministry Center
Cap the Gap
Osman Hope

 
Items for sale include: Jewelry, Vintage linens and fabric, Ribbon, Christmas decorations,  Picture frames -many sizes and materials, Framed prints, Home Décor, Wreaths, Christmas trees, Baskets, Planters, Artificial Flowers, Angels, Bottles with lights, Much Much MORE!!
Food Pantry Item of the Week!

100% Juice Boxes
(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 does an escalator say when it stops working?

 
Nothing, it just stairs.
 
Help Support the Mission and Ministry of St. Timothy’s!

The ministry of Saint Timothy's is possible through our time, talents, and contributions.  In the strange times of virtual services and gatherings, our giving practice also may be different.  To continue to support the mission of Saint Timothy's, there are a few of solutions.
 
1) You can mail a check to our receiving treasurer: Doug Keen as follows:
Doug Keen
Attn: Receiving Treasurer
19420 Manchester Drive
Bristol, VA 24202
 2) You can also give online as follows:
Go to: https://www.dioet.org/give-to-a-parish/
And Click 'Donate to a Parish'
There is a tutorial that you can view for instructions.
3) Donate through PayPal using the link below:
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