THE GREAT BANQUET
January 20, 2019
Second Sunday after the Epiphany
The wedding at Cana was a great banquet, not only because it was a wedding, but because of Who was in attendance. Jesus made this a reception no one would forget by revealing His glory there. It is good for us to recognize His presence in our daily lives because He has come to glorify us. His gift of everlasting life, through the forgiveness of sins, brings great joy to our celebrations and life.
NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK & OSLS STAFF RECOGNITION—NLSW provides nearly 2,000 preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in schools of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. As this week approaches, we want to recognize the work of our school staff with a blessing and present them with their blessing bags during the 8 a.m. service on January 27. The blessing bags are in the narthex if you’d like to offer a note of encouragement or token of gratitude.
MARRIAGE RETREAT—Unfortunately the Marriage Retreat will not take place on February 15-16. Look for an interest survey in the coming weeks to help us determine our next steps for this annual marriage event.
NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING FUNDRAISER—On Saturday, February 2 the LTF will host a breakfast at Applebee’s in Avon. Our youth will help seat, serve, provide drink service, and bus tables. Tickets are $10 each and available for presale in the office on Sunday mornings.
BIG GAME PARTY—You are invited to join us for the Big Game Party on Sunday, February 3 from 6-10 p.m. Join us for food, games, a special half-time performance from the youth Praise Team, football. There will be a viewing room set up for serious football fans. This is a family friendly event, so invite your friends to come watch the game at Our Shepherd.
GO MISSION EVENT—The February event will take place at Traditions, a senior community, on Sunday, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m. The team is preparing a Valentine’s party for the residents. This is a great opportunity for families to participate. Sign-up at the Welcome Center.
OSLS MEET-SEE-EXPERIENCE—Visit OSLS on Fri., Feb. 1 anytime 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to experience faith-formation, hands-on learning, and leadership development. Meet teachers and pastors, participate in STEM activities, and see how OSLS is a blessing to our community.
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS-
An exciting new partnership has formed between 4KenyasKids and Fountains of Hope, a local non-profit. Pastor Lepley has been invited to accompany a small team, at no cost to Our Shepherd or Point of Grace Academy, to install a water treatment system capable of chlorinating 10,000 gallons of water in 20 min. with only a car battery and 1/4 cup of table salt! What a wonderful way to share the life and love we have from Our Shepherd!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Nicole Cook, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Trudy Gierke. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty.
OSLCS Offices Closed, Jan. 21
Israel Bible Study, Jan. 23, 7:15 p.m.
OSLS Staff Recognition, Jan. 27, 8 a.m.
Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 28– Feb. 2
NYG Applebee’s Fundraiser, Feb. 2, 8-10 a.m.
Big Game Party, Feb. 3, 6-10 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 62:1-5
1For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch. 2 The nations shall see your righteousness, and all the kings your glory, and you shall be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will give. 3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken, and your land shall no more be termed Desolate, but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her, and your land Married; for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. 5 For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit. 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
GOSPEL READING, John 2:1-11
1On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2 Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7 Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.8 And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 9 When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom 10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” 11 This, the first of his signs, Jesus did at Cana in Galilee, and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in him.