THE FATHER'S WILL
August 12, 2018
Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
Many restless nights are spent wondering, "What is God's will for my life?" God's will for you is simply that you receive God's love from Christ. He died so that you may live freely from worry and fear and enjoy the life He's blessed you with.
SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION—As an important milestone in the faith-life our children, we will present all 2nd grade students with a Bible of their own. Join us the weekend of August 18-19 to share this presentation with the church and school families of our 2nd graders.
WD-40—Our team of volunteers makes Sunday School possible by setting up and tearing down the Contemporary worship space on Saturday and Sunday afternoons once per month. Want to help? Email to fill an open spot.
CHURCH PICNIC—Our annual fellowship event will be held on Sunday, August 26 STARTING AT 5:00 p.m. Fried chicken, beverages, and dinnerware will be provided by the church and each family is asked to bring a dish to share. The playground will be available for the children to use and feel free to bring outdoor games, fishing poles, decks of cards etc. to enjoy during this fellowship time with our church family. Please take a moment to sign-up online or at the Welcome Center indicating how many from your family will be attending and what you will be bringing.
ROSEBROUGH 100th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION—Elmer and Anna Rosebrough have been faithful charter members of Our Shepherd and we thank God for His many blessings in their long and rich lives. The congregation is invited to celebrate Elmer Rosebrough’s 100th birthday at a reception in the church narthex between services on August 19.
OSLS ROBOTICS TEAM—We are excited to begin two new robotics teams at the school; an elementary team for 2-5th graders and a middle school team for 6-8th graders. Thanks to a grant from TechPoint Foundation for Youth, the registration fees have been secured. We are looking for corporate sponsors to assist with the costs of a field, team equipment, and competition fees. Please contact Wendi Lepley for more information.
KENYA MISSION TRIP - Would YOU like to serve Christ by serving His children in Kenya? Applications are now available at the Welcome Center for all who would like to apply for our mission trip to Point of Grace Academy in June 2019 and/or June 2020. Application deadline is September 9th. Questions may be directed to Karen Robertson or the church office. We look forward to discovering who God inspires to serve in this way!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Henry Felix, Trudy Gierke, Robert Grosskreutz, Don Holman, Joey Morris, Dan Pence, Lynda Pruett, and Herb Schortemeyer. For all of our homebound members including Ann Thomas. For the family and friends of Bob McKinley. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
Chipotle Fundraiser, Aug. 14, 4-8 p.m.
Ladies Circle Workshop, Aug. 16, 10 a.m.
Second Grade Bible Presentation, Aug. 18-19, all services
WD-40 Thank-you Event, Aug. 19, 5 p.m.
Church Picnic, Aug. 26, *note the time* 5:00 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, 1 Kings 19:1-8
1 Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So may the gods do to me and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by this time tomorrow.” 3 Then he was afraid, and he arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. 4 But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.” 5 And he lay down and slept under a broom tree. And behold, an angel touched him and said to him, “Arise and eat.” 6 And he looked, and behold, there was at his head a cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. And he ate and drank and lay down again. 7 And the angel of the Lord came again a second time and touched him and said, “Arise and eat, for the journey is too great for you.” 8 And he arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God.
EPISTLE READING, Ephesians 4:17-5:2
17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires,23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. 1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
GOSPEL READING, John 6:35-51
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do my own will but the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I should lose nothing of all that he has given me, but raise it up on the last day. 40 For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” 41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.” 42 They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— 46 not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”