THE NEXT 500 YEARS
October 29, 2017
Today we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation! We benefit from Luther’s legacy of churches, schools, and a better world. Most importantly, he left a legacy of faith in Christ for the forgiveness of sins. If you could leave the world with one thing, what would it be?
REFORMATION CONCERT ~ TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. the music ensembles of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will present a special concert to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It will include congregational hymns and music performed by the Adult Choir, School Choir, Junior Choir, Youth Chorale, Men's Ensemble, Adult Handbell Choir, and Brass Ensemble, focusing especially on hymns of Martin Luther. Childcare will be available in the nursery for children 5 and under from 5:45-7:45 p.m. Come celebrate this milestone with us!
CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION ~ We’d like to acknowledge and thank Pastor Hellert for 55 years in ministry, Joyce Zimmerman for 20 years in ministry at Our Shepherd (43 years in ministry), and Pastor Lepley for 10 years in ministry!
VOTERS’ MEETING ~ November 5th at 12:00 p.m. we will be meeting to vote on the candidates for church and school offices for 2018, and to discuss our Vision Statement and plans for our future.
THANKSGIVING SERVICE AND PIE FELLOWSHIP ~ Bring a friend and join us for worship on Thanksgiving Eve, November 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and then stay for our annual Pie Fellowship. Please be sure to sign-up at the Welcome Center to let us know if you will be attending and if you would like to share one of your special pies with those who attend.
ONLINE PICTORIAL DIRECTORY ~ We are excited to announce our new online pictorial directory through Servant Keeper. By maintaining an online database, we are able to offer the most accurate information available from our members, to our members. Information sharing is customizable to the preferences of individual families, and all profile photos must be submitted to the office to be included in the directory. An info sheet is located at the Welcome Center, and printed directories will be available upon request.
OSLS ~ Don’t bother making dinner on Wed., Nov. 1st, go out to City BBQ to support OSLS! Just present a flyer or show one on your smartphone when you place your order. OSLS PTL will receive 25% of the sales for the day.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Warner Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Richard Olack, and Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Orpha Harris. For those who mourn including the family and friends of Sharon Rigdon. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 3rd, 5:30 p.m.
Voters' Meeting, Nov. 5th, 12:00 p.m.
Ladies Guild Meeting, Nov. 14th, 7 p.m.
Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, Nov. 18-19th
Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fellowship, Nov. 22nd, 6:30 p.m.
REFORMATION 500th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
Central Region Worship Service, @ Cornerstone, TODAY, 3 p.m.
Reformation Concert, TODAY, 6:30 p.m.
Divine Reformation Service, @ St. Peter’s, Oct. 31st, 7 p.m.
FIRST READING, Revelation 14:6-7
6Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. 7And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.
EPISTLE READING, Romans 3:19-28
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
GOSPEL READING, John 8:31-36
31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.