OUR TRUE FATHER
June 16, 2019
The Holy Trinity is visible as early as the first three verses of the Bible. So when the Son of God says, “before Abraham was, I AM,” He speaks truth. We can’t wrap our minds around the triune God, but we know Him as Father, are saved by the Son and given faith by the Holy Spirit. Today we thank God for who He is. And for those of us blessed by godly earthly fatherly figures, we thank God for the men in our lives who show us godly love and faithfulness.
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all men of our congregation who father, mentor, teach, and care for us each and every day of the year. We are so blessed by you, and hope you will accept a token of our gratitude for all you do to reflect the love of our Lord and to be shining examples of the Father to all of us.
VBS THANK YOU—Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make Vacation Bible School a ROARing success this week! Thanks to everyone who donated food supplies as well. Your donations allowed us to feed over 100 participants and volunteers each night. Over 100 children joined us for a week of fun, music, and learning about how “God is Good” in all circumstances. Check out the sanctuary windows to see the precious responses from the children to their Bible lessons this week.
LWML NATIONAL CONVENTION—"In Praise to the Lord" is the theme of the LWML National Convention June 20-23 in Mobile, Alabama. There will be mission speakers, voting on new Mission Grants, a new president and other board members, the Mite Walk, fellowship with our sisters and brothers in Christ, a meet and greet with present and past missionaries, and a closing service on Sunday. Please keep the convention in your prayers as we move forward in "Serving the Lord with Gladness" and supporting those in the mission field through our Mites and prayers.
LADIES CIRCLE LUNCH—The Ladies Circle invites all women of the congregation to join them at a luncheon at Dawson’s in Speedway on June 20. Please sign-up outside the Luther Room if you would like to attend.
LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL— LUHI is seeking a Band Teacher and a Math Resource Tutor. Both of these positions are for one period per day. Please contact Michael Brandt, Head of School, , interested in either of these positions.
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -
Earlier this year, food prices in East Africa increased four hundred percent due to shifting weather patterns. This has created famine for many in the region. Point of Grace Academy is maintaining their food supply thanks to the greenhouses that OSLC provided and installed two years ago. They are successfully growing tomatoes, kale, and sukuma wiki to feed over 800 children and staff at POGA. Our initial financial investment has more than paid for itself an will continue to provide long into the future.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Marie Olson, Al Schafer, Laurie Tucker, and Bob Wagner. For all of our homebound members including Dian and Steven Summerlot. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries including, Pastor Daniel Coffey and persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military including Rex Rafferty and Brandon Richey.
LWML National Convention, June 20-23
National Youth Gathering, July 11-15
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31
1Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? 2 On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; 3 beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: 4 “To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man.
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. 23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. 24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, 26 before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. 27 When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, 28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, 29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, 30then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, 31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.
SECOND READING, Acts 2:14a, 22-36
14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them:
22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. 27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ 29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, 35 until I make your enemies your footstool.”’ 36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
GOSPEL READING, John 8:48-59
48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge.51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ 55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.