PERFECTION OR LOVE: WHICH IS GREATER?
October 13-14, 2018
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost
In our Gospel reading, we read about a man who claimed to have followed the Torah perfectly. He believed that his perfection gained him entrance into God’s Kingdom. However, Jesus still claims that he lacks something! One is left with a very crucial question. What gets you into the Kingdom of God if not perfection?
LWML SUNDAY—We celebrate the work of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML-the official women’s auxiliary of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) this weekend. Our services include the LWML pledge, a dedicated closing hymn, and collection of mite boxes. LWML also has an information table in the narthex showing their work both home and abroad. Please join us in praying for the missions and ministries of these faithful women.
PASTOR AND CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION—Help us show appreciation for the dedicated service of our pastors and church workers this month by providing notes of encouragement, cards, or tokens in blessing bags in the narthex. These gifts will be presented to our church workers on October 28 at the 8:00 a.m. service. Check out their info cards on the bulletin board which include two truths and a tall tale. See if you can figure out which is which.
TRUNK-OR-TREAT—We need YOU! Trunk-or-Treat brings hundreds of children to Our Shepherd each year and we need you to help make this event successful again this year as we witness Christ's love to our community. We are in need of trunk hosts, event volunteers, and candy. Sign-up online or in the Narthex to reserve a trunk and/or volunteer. Your candy donation may be deposited in the bright orange candy collection bin by the Luther Room.
INPEC CONFERENCE—Our Shepherd is hosting worship at 4:30 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 29 at the Indianapolis Convention Center-Sycamore Rooms 1-4, 100 S. Capital Ave., Indianapolis. During worship Dr. Kevin Brockberg will be installed as our new District Executive for Education. Following worship, the Indiana District is holding a recognition and reception for Dr. Jon Meilke, who, after twelve years of service, is retiring at the end of the year. If you are interested in sending a card or letter to either Dr. Meilke or Dr. Brockberg, please address them to Amy Mews, Indiana District LCMS, 1145 Barr Street, Fort Wayne, IN 46802, by October 15.
OSLS—Time is running out! Be sure to purchase your All Saints’ Fest tickets, special edition ornaments, and calendars between services in the church office.
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS-- Rebecca's Garden of Hope is a tutoring programming run by Our Savior Lutheran Church in Downtown Indy. They are in need of anyone 16 and older to help tutor and mentor students in K-5th grades. Tutoring takes place Tue. and Thur. evenings, from 5-7:30 and includes dinner for students and volunteers. Interested in helping? Talk with DCE Joel Marquardt.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Al and Marian Schafer. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m.
All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 2, 5:30 p.m.
Indiana District Youth Gathering, Nov. 9-11
Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 11, 12 p.m.
Thanksgiving Eve Service, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Thanksgiving Pie Fellowship, Nov. 21, 7:15 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Amos 5:6-7, 10-15
6 Seek the Lord and live, lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and it devour, with none to quench it for Bethel, 7 O you who turn justice to wormwood and cast down righteousness to the earth!
10 They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks the truth. 11 Therefore because you trample on the poor and you exact taxes of grain from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. 12 For I know how many are your transgressions and how great are your sins—you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate. 13 Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time. 14 Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. 15 Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
EPISTLE READING, Hebrews 3:12-19
12 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God. 13 But exhort one another every day, as long as it is called “today,” that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end. 15 As it is said, “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.” 16 For who were those who heard and yet rebelled? Was it not all those who left Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was he provoked for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did he swear that they would not enter his rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 So we see that they were unable to enter because of unbelief.
GOSPEL READING, Mark 10:17-22
17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.