St. Timothy is the home for Learning Is Fun Preschool and we are looking to fill the position of Preschool Director.
The Learning is Fun Board of Directors is looking to fill this position in May to foster a smooth transition as the current Director retires at the end of this school year.
Qualified candidates are asked to submit their resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have further questions about the position you may call the Learning is Fun Preschool Office at 630.357.4836
For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
A wooden triptych sits on my desk at home. Four or five inches tall, it was carved from a single piece of wood. Human figures rise in relief from the walnut background.
On the left, a robed figure stands erect, hands together in prayer. A soldier holds a sword directly in front of him, point down, on the right. The middle panel is Jesus, arms wide on the cross.
Each time I return to my desk, I pick up the tryptic, kiss the relief of Jesus and pray, “We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you. By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”
This sounds like nonsense, of course. How does a crucified man, suffering excruciating pain and degradation redeem anything? It is the very opposite of success, power, status, wealth or any of the other things we are told we should want.
It makes no sense, until you see … really see … a mother holding and caressing her infant, or a teacher going that extra mile for a troubled child or any of a thousand other instances where love goes out of its way expecting no reward … other than the sheer grace of loving.
Then it becomes clear that if anything is going to save this world it is the willingness to give yourself away, loving beyond any and every expectation.
Jesus dies on the cross, rejected, tortured, humiliated by purveyors of merciless power, eager to demonstrate that they owned him and could do what they like.
But they didn’t own him. He refuses to surrender to the hate that kills him, breaking history’s ugly cycle of paying back insult with injury, hate with more hate. He lives the Love who lives in him right to the end, blessing those who curse him, showing mercy to the merciless, grace in the face of evil.
There’s nothing about the cross that suggests power, yet only this has the power to save us from ourselves.
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you.
By your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Pr. David L. Miller
March 29, 2021
Every day Jesus was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people kept looking for a way to kill him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were spellbound by what they heard. (Luke 19:47-48)
Last Friday, we finished our fourteenth and final station of the cross. And starting today we have entered Holy Week. We know the beats well. Jesus enters Jerusalem on Sunday to the tune of “Hosanna’s!” Palms are waved about, and cloaks are dropped at his feet.
And soon we will gather for the Great Three Days, the Triduum, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and the celebration of Easter at the Vigil and Easter morn. It begs the question though, what happened on Monday through Wednesday? And perhaps the answer will shed some light not only on the days that we are not in church, but also the work and action Jesus privileged above all else, even as his end was coming near.
Luke 19 gives us the answer. “Every day Jesus was teaching in the temple.” Although Jesus foretold his coming arrest and crucifixion, the work of his ministry went on. Jesus kept on teaching. His critiques tried to find a way to get to him. Jesus kept on teaching. Jesus caused a stir when he entered the temple and found money changers. Jesus kept on teaching. Jesus saw that Judas, one of his twelve, was making up his mind to betray him. Jesus kept on teaching.
And what did Jesus teach? Jesus taught about what he always taught. God’s kingdom of grace, standing up for the oppressed, chastising the powerful. This is what Mary his mother sang about as he came into this world, and this is the song Jesus would sing as he left.
Peace in Christ,
Pr. Dan Joyner Miller
Join us as we celebrate Easter!
In person services require registration; select the links below to register for each service you would like to attend. All services are also available online. Details can also be found on our Events page at https://www.sttimothylutheran.com/events/
Maundy Thursday, April 1 – Join us online, available all day. The service’s focus is on Christ’s love as expressed through the act of foot-washing.
Good Friday, April 2 – in person at 7:00pm and available online. We will be using the Stations of the Cross to tell the Good Friday story.
Holy Saturday, April 3 – Online only available all day. This will be a service of waiting and hope in the darkness. We will lay our fears to rest and point to the resurrection.
Easter Sunday, April 4 – in person at 9:00 & 10:30am and online Easter service available all day. We will celebrate the resurrection of our Lord!
May you be blessed with all the joys of Easter.