For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus sake. For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness, ” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

    But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealedin our mortal body. So then death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.

2 Corinthians 4:5-12


    Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob!

    Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre.

    Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our Feast; 

    this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.

     He established it as a statute for Joseph when he went out against Egypt, where we heard a language we did not understand.

     He says, “I removed the burden from their shoulders; their hands were set free from the basket.

     In your distress you called and I rescued you, I answered you out of a thundercloud; I tested you at the waters of Meribah.

    “Hear, O my people, and I will warn you — if you would but listen to me, O Israel!

    You shall have no foreign god among you; you shall not bow down to an alien god. 

     I am the Lord your God, who brought you up out of Egypt. Open wide your mouth and I will fill it.

Psalm 81:1-10


     Observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy as the Lord your God has commanded you. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the sebenth day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall  not do any work, neither you, nor your so or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your ox or donkey or any of your animals,nor the alien within your gates, so that your manservant and maidservant may rest as you do. Remember that you were slaves in Egypy and that the Lord your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.

Deuteronomy 5:12-15


Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society St Timothy’s team is planning to be an Olympic Basketball team and are busy developing fundraisers at our site including iced mochas and a basketball hoop game for the event on August 11th. Our fundraiser on May 5th raised $218. Total raised by the team at this time (including our sponsor Weston Buick) is about $1400. We have 4 team members currently and know that many church members have yet to register. Register online at relayforlife.org/portlandor . We have paper registration forms available for those without email. We have several members and their family and friends who are survivors and hope we can honor them as survivors or caregivers at the beginning of the event.

Sherry Willmschen, Team Captain


Camp Lutherwood We are blessed with funds to send our young people and others connected to St Timothy this year. Remember the musical fundraiser on June 30th and look for information on a possible car wash. The quilt raffle has grown to tickets purchased by Living Word Fellowship (Dorian and Becky Willmschen and kids’ church) and people at Becky’s work. I challenge you to reach out to co-workers with sales. Pictures of quilts are available in the office. Attending at this time are Chris Willmschen, Joshua Whitford, Matthew Parker, Lindsay Fasciona, Julia Standley, and possibly one more. They all are excited and looking for adventure and spiritual involvement. They are also working hard on individual fund raising. 

Let’s push hard on this so that we can help them get out there to this camp and help them grow in their Christian education.



EXODUS  19:1-6; 20:1-17

19   In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt — on the very day they came to the Desert of Sinai. After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and caped there in the desert in front of the mountain. Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”

20   And God spoke all these words:

     “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before me.

“You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of any thing in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventhday. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

“You shall not murder

“You shall not commit adultery.

“You shall not steal.

“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. Youshall not vovet your neighbor’s wife, or his mainservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

MATTHEW 22:34-40

Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

“Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord our God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.”


Beginning this Sunday, May 27th, we will take a break from the Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) for our scripture readings. The RCL united congregations across denominations in scripture readings and attempted to organize the readings in such a way that more of the Bible was read in a three year period. In addition, the RCL assigned an Old Testament, Psalm, Epistle, and Gospel reading each Sunday organized around the church season. This Lectionary has served us well for many years. In recent years, professors at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN, have created a new lectionary: the Narrative Lectionary. This was in response to the needs of our changing times and the way the RCL breaks up non-Gospel readings. The Narrative Lectionary focuses on one book of the Bible and allows us to delve more deeply into the stories, especially those in the Old Testament. Because the scripture readings build upon each other as each week continues to tell the story of God’s faithfulness and great love, I encourage you to take the time to read the upcoming scripture readings each week published in this article and weekly bulletins. During the summer, the Narrative Lectionary invites us to focus on the catechism, Old Testament, New Testament.



2.) 1 JOHN

3.) RUTH





“Lutherans pray the rosary? I thought only Catholics did.” That was a comment made to me several years ago during a meeting. How we got on the subject I have no idea but it began a conversation and a promise to introduce prayer beads to St. Timothy.

The use of rocks, stones, and knotted ropes to aid in prayer predates Christ. Traditions like Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism were using aids in their prayers and chants long before Jesus. The earliest monastics who ventured out into the desert used rocks to guide their prayers. Later, monks used prayer beads to guide them as they daily prayed all 150 psalms as they sought to pray without ceasing. The rosary was then created for the mostly illiterate laity to guide them in their daily prayers.

During the Reformation, many traditions and spiritual practices were stripped away. Reformers believed that Jesus desired a personal relationship with us and anything that came between us and a direct relationship with Jesus (no matter how wonderful a practice) was removed. Many of the Reformers forbade followers to pray their rosary but Martin Luther did not. He removed supplications to Mary, mother of Jesus, but allowed people to use the ancient spiritual practice. Still, the use of prayer beads fell away for Lutherans.

In the 1980’s, an Episcopalian congregation was studying contemplative prayer. During the course of this study they grew intrigued with prayer beads and decided to create their own set of prayer beads with a different number and organization than the Catholic rosary. They also decided that there should not be one way to pray using prayer beads and that they could simply be a tool to aid one in praying.

We are encouraged to “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances” (Thessalonians 5:16-18). Beads have served as an aid in expressing joy, praying, and giving thanks to God. Especially for those who find it difficult to sit still and focus, prayer beads offer a physical grounding to help them focus on their prayers. For others, feeling their prayer beads in their pockets have helped them to pray throughout the day. Also, the structure of the prayer beads can be helpful in guiding our prayers so that we give thanks and rejoice in the blessings of God instead of focusing all our attention on our concerns and wants.

This is just a quick history of the use of prayer beads and their potential benefit in one’s spiritual life. If you are curious to know more or would like to try praying with prayer beads, please come talk with me.

By Pastor Jennifer Biel


     Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God wer not with him.”

     In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”

    “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”

     Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

   “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.

    “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who has came from heaven — the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Manmust be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.

     “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

John 3:1-17