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Saint Timothy's Weekly Email
Parish Newsletter Edition September 16, 2022
Prayer of the Week
Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Weekly Schedule 


Sunday (9/18) 9:30AM Rite II Service
10:30AM Coffee Hour
Tuesday 5:30 Healing Service & Holy Eucharist – Saint Christopher’s
Wednesday 9-11PM Office hours at St. Christopher’s.
11-12PM Bible Study at St. Christopher’s
 
Serving This Week
Preacher Doug Keen
Acolyte Doug Keen
Lector Pam Lacey
Altar Guild Barbara
Host Peters
Organist Sandra Smith
Link to ROTA
We continue our Bible Study in the Book of Acts.
Day: Wednesday
Date: 9/21/2022
Time: 11AM
Location: Saint Christopher's Fellowship Hall
Study: Acts, Chapters 14-16
 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
From the vicar . . .

No parable vexes readers quite like the parable in Sunday’s gospel message; including me. The final verse sums it’s meaning up nicely, ‘you cannot serve God and wealth,’ but getting there is wild ride. What is Jesus trying to teach the disciples and others listening to this teaching? A quick read might imply that Jesus is condoning dishonest behavior, but that doesn’t sound like Jesus at all! Most would agree that Jesus would not teach people they could ‘cheat’ their way into God’s good graces. Therefore, a much deeper reflection is warranted to explore what this parable is trying to convey to the world.

Initial critical text work reveals that the characters in the parable do not appear to be God, Jesus, or another positive role model. The characters all appear to be imperfect humans operating in an imperfect world. It is within that framework of the secular, the steward does that which would save him. That is, he acts shrewdly to get where he needs to go; a trait that impressed the rich man; for he is most likely shrewd himself. For me, Luke appears to compare the setting of the secular (the children of this age,) working towards goals in the worldly kingdoms, to that of the believers (the children of the light,) working towards goals for a heavenly kingdom. So, to say, conduct yourself as wisely and as passionately, as the steward did for his worldly goals, in our works for the heavenly goals of the Kingdom of God.  

The World English Bible translates Luke 16:11 as, “If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?” The word ‘unrighteous’ interpreted as ‘worldly goods that can corrupt us.’ That is, what is our intent for our wealth and all that which has been entrusted to us? It can be used for all sorts of things; but wealth alone (as we have witnessed in other parables,) is not what saves us. The warning being you cannot have it both ways. You cannot be a little ‘faithful’ or a little ‘dishonest’ (translated from unrighteous; or dedicated to the secular,) it is one or the other. 

People continue to struggle with this message. I do too. We have tried to soften it by saying it is interest or commissions that the steward is ‘writing off’ to be a good keeper of Torah. In my interpretation, this does not appear to be the case. Part of the issue lies in the translations of scripture over time, but the crux of the struggle is most likely rooted in our daily tension experienced between the divine and the world. A position where we’d prefer to be ‘middle of the road’ about; but called to serve only one side.


Peace,
Jon+

Staying Connected with our Diocese

Diocesan News & Events
Alvin Blount, Diocesan Archivist and East Tennessee's Becoming Beloved Community Initiatives Coordinator, interviews Mr. John Mayo, parishioner of the historically Black Episcopal parish of St. Luke's, Knoxville for this edition of the Becoming Beloved Community newsletter. 
We simply have to choose. Will we do as God desires us to do, or will we cheat God (and ourselves) by ignoring what God expects of us? Will we give to God what is rightly God’s? What are we doing to work toward serving God more fully?
Luke 16:1-13

Jesus said to the disciples, "There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was squandering his property. So he summoned him and said to him, `What is this that I hear about you? Give me an accounting of your management, because you cannot be my manager any longer.' Then the manager said to himself, `What will I do, now that my master is taking the position away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. I have decided what to do so that, when I am dismissed as manager, people may welcome me into their homes.' So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he asked the first, `How much do you owe my master?' He answered, `A hundred jugs of olive oil.' He said to him, `Take your bill, sit down quickly, and make it fifty.' Then he asked another, `And how much do you owe?' He replied, `A hundred containers of wheat.' He said to him, `Take your bill and make it eighty.' And his master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly; for the children of this age are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than are the children of light. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of dishonest wealth so that when it is gone, they may welcome you into the eternal homes.

"Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."

Sunday's Psalm
Psalm 113
(Translation: The Message)

Hallelujah!
You who serve GOD, praise GOD!
    Just to speak his name is praise!
Just to remember GOD is a blessing—
    now and tomorrow and always.
From east to west, from dawn to dusk,
    keep lifting all your praises to GOD!
GOD is higher than anything and anyone,
    outshining everything you can see in the skies.
Who can compare with GOD, our God,
    so majestically enthroned,
Surveying his magnificent
    heavens and earth?
He picks up the poor from out of the dirt,
    rescues the forgotten who’ve been thrown out with the trash,
Seats them among the honored guests,
    a place of honor among the brightest and best.
He gives childless couples a family,
    gives them joy as the parents of children.
Hallelujah!

Prayer Requests in our Parish

The Anglican Cycle of Prayer
The Anglican Episcopal Church of Brazil

 
The Diocesan Cycle of Prayer
The House of Bishops

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
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 a Birthday
Maria Burgin

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

 
Prayer Request
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!

Ramen Noodles
(Please Note: All items are required to fit into a single grocery bag which is handled by an elementary school student for delivery home.) 
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Saint Timothy's Joke of the Week!

 

Why did Humpty Dumpty love autumn?

 
Because Humpty Dumpty had a great fall!
 
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
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