July 15, 2018
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
How we treat the most vulnerable among us is a much better barometer of faith and love than how we treat loved ones. Why? Because God demonstrated His love for us by redeeming us in Christ when we had nothing to offer Him. The challenge of immigration today is a true test of the moral fiber of our country and the condition of our heart towards the most vulnerable.
HENDRICKS COUNTY FAIR—Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School will have a booth at the Hendricks County Fair, July 15-20! We want to get the word out and share God's Word to others through the ministries at Our Shepherd. Our best marketing tool is YOU-our members and our parents! Let's tell our community we exist, where we are located, and what we can offer. We need some friendly faces to represent our church and school at the booth in the exposition hall during the fair. The exposition hall is indoors and air-conditioned. Please prayerfully consider signing up for one or more time slot on the sheet at the Welcome Center.
TOWN HALL MEETING—The conversation continues on July 26 at 7 p.m. Join us!
DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION INSTALLATION—Join us for the installation of DCE Joel Marquardt next Sunday, July 22 at the 10:30 a.m. service. If you would like to provide Joel a note of encouragement or a token of your appreciation, you may place it in the basket at the Welcome Center.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE—There will not be any Children’s Sunday School classes on July 22 and July 29; the teachers will be undergoing training those days. New programming will begin on Sunday, August 5. Keep an eye out for the list of new classes being offered.
IN SEARCH OF SMALL GROUP LEADERS—Have you ever considered being a small group leader? Well, now is the time to do so! Small groups kick-off in September, and we have a goal to reach 20 groups, but we need leaders for those groups. All materials are provided so leaders mainly facilitate discussions. If you are interested, there is a sign-up sheet at the Welcome Center or talk to Mark Borcherding, DCE. A leader information meeting will be held on Sunday, July 22 at 9:15 a.m., so please consider joining us.
SAVE THE DATE—The annual Church Picnic, a time of food, fun, and fellowship, will be on Sunday, August 26 at 5:00 p.m.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Carol Carns, Adler, Henry, Don Holman, Tee Lipsey, Joey, JoAnn Orebaugh, Justin, Lynda Pruett, Marian Schafer, Margie Sims, Rick Smith, Annette Stoneking, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Herb Schortemeyer. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
Ladies Circle Workshop, July 19, 10 a.m.
Small Group Leader Meeting, July 22, 9:15 a.m.
DCE Installation, July 22, 10:30 a.m.
Town Hall Meeting, July 26, 7 p.m.
SWANS Event, July 26, Concert on the Canal
Confirmation Orientation, July 29, 5:30-7 p.m.
Teacher Installation and Dedication, Aug. 5
First Day of School, Aug. 7
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Leviticus 19:9-18
9 “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. 10 And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God. 11 “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another. 12 You shall not swear by my name falsely, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord. 13 “You shall not oppress your neighbor or rob him. The wages of a hired worker shall not remain with you all night until the morning. 14 You shall not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall fear your God: I am the Lord 15 “You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor. 16 You shall not go around as a slanderer among your people, and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor: I am the Lord. 17 “You shall not hate your brother in your heart, but you shall reason frankly with your neighbor, lest you incur sin because of him. 18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
SECOND READING, Ephesians 1:3-14
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our Inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.
GOSPEL READING, Mark 6:14-29
14 King Herod heard of it, for Jesus' name had become known. Some said, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead. That is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 15 But others said, “He is Elijah.” And others said, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” 16 But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.” 17 For it was Herod who had sent and seized John and bound him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, because he had married her. 18 For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife.” 19 And Herodias had a grudge against him and wanted to put him to death. But she could not, 20 for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he kept him safe. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed, and yet he heard him gladly. 21 But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his nobles and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22 For when Herodias's daughter came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests. And the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it to you.” 23 And he vowed to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, up to half of my kingdom.” 24 And she went out and said to her mother, “For what should I ask?” And she said, “The head of John the Baptist.” 25 And she came in immediately with haste to the king and asked, saying, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” 26 And the king was exceedingly sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he did not want to break his word to her. 27 And immediately the king sent an executioner with orders to bring John's head. He went and beheaded him in the prison 28 and brought his head on a platter and gave it to the girl, and the girl gave it to her mother. 29 When his disciples heard of it, they came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.