Lenten Devotion: The Truth he is

Good Friday, April 19, 2019

Pilate asked him, ‘So you are a king?’ Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.’ Pilate asked him, ‘What is truth?’ (John 18:37-38)

The Truth he is

Pilate’s question is exactly the right one to ask. What is truth?

This is not a question about facts and details but about the meaning of life, the meaning of the universe itself, if it has any meaning at all.

For the Pilates of every age, the meaning of life is power, to have and hold it, to wield it for one’s advantage. He is not an inordinately evil man. He is a personification and an exaggeration of common wisdom.

We use what small or great power we manage to accumulate to protect ourselves and our interests. There is a certain amount of Pilate in every human being.

But is this the truth of the universe? Is this … what it is all about? Is life a matter of getting what you want, protecting it and satisfying the demands of ego to be as comfortable as you can?

Or is there something more that calls us beyond ourselves into a greater enterprise? Does the universe actually have an overriding meaning that implores us to align our hearts and actions to its call?

It has always been telling to me that Jesus doesn’t answer Pilate’s question, what is truth?He just stands there … because he is the answer, his life, everything he is and does is the truth.

He is totally given and totally filled with an Extraordinary Love, which is the best name we have for God.

Extraordinary Love seeks to gather all that is in an eternal embrace, a great and holy oneness in which everything is imbued and filled with the Love who pours from Jesus as he simply stands there, refusing hatred and retaliation, loving in the face of evil’s rampart power, loving right to the end.

This is truth. We praise, reverence and serve this One … that our hearts may know the truth he is.

Pr. David L. Miller

Lenten Devotion: Watch his hands

Thursday, April 19, 2019

Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into the heart of Judas son of Simon Iscariot to betray him. And during supper Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God,4got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him. (John 13:1b-5)

Watch his hands

Jesus takes off his outer robe, picks up a towel, ties it around his waist, lifts a pitcher and pours water in a basin and motions for his friends to sit by him.

Watch his hands. He touches and washes their feet, placing a heel in his palm and pouring water over each foot. He washes one, then another and another, until he has washed all of them, even Peter, even Judas, even those who will run away. He humbly does what only slaves could be required to do.

The moment is intense, intimate; words fall away. The only sound is the drip of water into a bowl. Jesus gives himself to his friends, lest they forget the love that pours from the Father through him and onto them.

Jesus’ hands tell us what he is doing as he allows himself to be taken and crucified. He is bathing us in a great love that makes our hearts new.

He is washing away the weight of shame and guilt, regret and sorrow, loneliness and despair. He is seeking every lost corner of our hearts where we imagine we are abandoned or of little worth.

He immerses us in an ocean of Love that we may feel the freedom of being saved and experience the radiant Spirit of Life and Love filling us.

He tells us to break bread together and wash each feet not so that we might remember him, but so we can experience him here and now, a present reality, touching us, entering our bodies, caressing and consoling our hearts with the warmth of infinite love.

In the intimate, tender acts of touching and breaking bread we share the union, the oneness, the closeness, Jesus shares with the heavenly Father that our hearts my know, truly know, the healing Presence for which we long.

Pr. David L. Miller

 

Learning is Fun (LIF): Summer Enrichment Camps

Learning is Fun (LIF) preschool is now accepting enrollment for the following summer camps:

• June 4 – 6: YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
• June 11 – 13: FIVE GREEN AND SPECKLED FROGS
• June 18 – 20: OOEY, GOOEY SCIENCE
• July 9 – 11: BUBBLES, BUBBLES, EVERYWHERE
• July 16 – 18: OCEAN COMMOTION
• July 23 – 25: P IS FOR PIZZA

The Summer Enrichment Camps are designed for children who would love a fun environment with mind stretching learning experiences. Camps will also keep your child’s academic skills challenged as we incorporate reading and math skills into each day.

Each unique camp will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning from 9:00 to 11:00 am. All children ages 3 – 6 years old are welcome! One camp registration is $60 per child. A $25 nonrefundable prepayment, which is applied to the cost of the camp, must be sent to the school to confirm your child’s camp enrollment. For more information or to register, call 630-357-4836!

Lenten Devotion: A Prayer for Notre Dame

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

A Prayer for Notre Dame

Loving God, in every age you have moved your people to acts of great reverence and devotion, stirring the hearts of the faithful to create music, art and symbols of beauty that have stirred the longings and prayers of countless millions. 

Look with mercy on the burnt embers of Notre Dame Cathedral where countless souls have been moved to prayer, praise and to seek you whom no human walls can contain. Console the people of France and Paris for whom the cathedral’s beauty and noble spire have been a symbol of faith, pride and national identity. 

Send the Spirit of your love to all who mourn the immensity of this loss, and unite the hearts of all the faithful on this holiest of weeks that knowing your love we may trust ever-more greatly in you, who bring life from death and hope from the flames of destruction, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

Pr David L. Miller

Vacation Bible School – Register Now

Join us June 24 – 28th for Vacation Bible School as we go on an African adventure that engages the whole herd! Life is sometimes wild, but God is always good!

Each day at ROAR VBS, kids will travel through rotations that reinforce relevant Bible Points and immerse kids in new adventures!

Registration and payment are due on or before Friday, June 9th, 2019.

Registration before May 19th is $30 per child!

Visit https://sttimothylutheran.com/youth/vacation-bible-school/vbs-register/ to sign up! 

Wellness Survey

Want to help the St. Timothy congregation become healthier? If you are 19 years old or older, you can help by taking a survey about your health and lifestyle habits. You can also take part in an optional physical measurement health screening to find out your height/weight and waist circumference.

All of your information will be ANONYMOUS!

All survey takers are entered into a drawing for a $50 Visa gift card and will receive a Benedictine University giveaway. Those who participate in the optional physical measurement screening will be entered into a raffle for a $10 gift cards.

Dates/Times to Participate:
• Wednesday, April 24, 2019: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
• Saturday, April 27, 2019: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
• Sunday, April 28, 2019: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
• Wednesday, May 1, 2019: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
• Saturday, May 4, 2019: 4:30 – 6:30 pm
• Sunday, May 5, 2019: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm