March 10, 2019
First Sunday in Lent
When we put our wants over God’s will, we succumb to temptation. Our enemy prowls like a lion, enticing and luring us away from God. Jesus, on the other hand, redeemed us by putting us first. We follow God, resisting temptation, by putting His will before our own.
LENTEN SERVICES—Join us Wednesdays in Lent, for services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. There will be a meal served each week in the gym between the services at 5:30. A free-will offering will be collected by the group that is hosting the meal. Weekly Bible study will immediately follow the 6:30 service.
ALTAR FLOWERS—Floral arrangements are a beautiful way to praise God in a visible manner and mark special events and memories in your life. There are still weekends available in 2019 to donate altar flowers in the traditional and contemporary worship spaces. Check out the bulletin board across from the coatracks to choose a date that is important to you.
TOWN HALL MEETING—In the interest of discerning God’s will and finding the candidate for Vice President that He has already chosen, the Nominating Committee has vetted over a dozen nominees from the congregation. A candidate for Vice President has not yet been approved by the Church Governance Board. Since the candidate has yet to be selected and approved, we will not have a Voters’ Meeting on March 24. Instead, we will conduct a Town Hall Meeting on March 31 at 12 p.m. to discuss the election process, the budget, and provide and open forum.
NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING FUNDRAISER—OS is sending 33 youth and 7 adults to the LCMS National Youth Gathering in Minneapolis this July for a weekend of incredible spiritual growth experiences. You may help support the group by making a donation through our envelope fundraiser. Choose an envelope from the display at the entrance to the school hallway and follow the instructions inside. The youth truly appreciate your generous support and are excited for the 2019 NYG!
OSLS—Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School will have a table to promote our ministries at the Here We Grow Again Children's Resale event at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds on March 12-16. We need volunteers from church and school to show Christ's love and answer questions about our ministries. Standing is not required - just smiles! Sign up online: http://bit.ly/OSLSCHWGA, or call the office.
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS- In addition to the 30 Hour Famine last weekend, youth from Our Shepherd, Messiah, and Holy Cross collected laundry supplies, children's toys, and books to assist homeless families. They also donated sandwiches and funds to pay for more than 100 loads of laundry through Laundry and More, an organization on the east side of Indianapolis.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Vicki Ade, Joseph Brockway, Laura Czerwionka, Jason Douglas, Mary Lou Garretson, Pastor Al Hellert, Daniel Lepley (Pastor’s grandfather), Arlen Levenhagen, Judy Lehr, Ron Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Karen Tyler, Connie Vance, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Katie Koontz. For all who are imprisoned. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Rick Smith. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty.
Kenya Water Project Sending Service, Mar. 10, 10:45 a.m.
Lenten Services, Mar. 13, 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10
4:30 & 6:30 p.m.
Ladies Circle Meeting, Mar. 21, 10 a.m.
Town Hall Meeting, Mar. 31, 12 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Deuteronomy 26:1-11
1 “When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance and have taken possession of it and live in it, 2 you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from your land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket, and you shall go to the place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name to dwell there. 3 And you shall go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him, ‘I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our fathers to give us.’ 4 Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down before the altar of the Lord your God. 5 “And you shall make response before the Lord your God, ‘A wandering Aramean was my father. And he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in number, and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. 6 And the Egyptians treated us harshly and humiliated us and laid on us hard labor. 7 Then we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. 8 And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and wonders. 9 And he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10 And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, O Lord, have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the Lord your God and worship before the Lord your God. 11 And you shall rejoice in all the good that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and the sojourner who is among you.
EPISTLE READING, Romans 10:8b-13
8 “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
GOSPEL READING, Luke 4:1-21
1And Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness 2 for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” 4 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” 5 And the devil took him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time,6 and said to him, “To you I will give all this authority and their glory, for it has been delivered to me, and I give it to whom I will. 7 If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” 9 And he took him to Jerusalem and set him on the pinnacle of the temple and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, 10 for it is written, “‘He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you,’ 11 and “‘On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.’” 12 And Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 And when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from him until an opportune time. 14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all. 16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.” 20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”