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Weekly Announcements 01.25.19

NAZARETH REJECTS JESUS

January 27, 2019

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

As Jesus began His ministry, He made a stop at His hometown. When it was time for the Torah to be read at synagogue, He stood and read from the prophet Isaiah. During the reading, Jesus told the people who He is. Sadly, the reaction of the people was anything but joy.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK—During this week we celebrate the history and mission of our Lutheran schools through daily school-wide devotions, themed activities, and penny wars which will benefit Paradise Lutheran PreSchool that was ravaged in the California wildfires.

Today we recognize and celebrate the following teacher milestones: Kim May 20 years, Julia Stafford 10 years, Nicolette Mierow 10 years, Tracie Douglas 10 years, Wendi Lepley 10 years. Thank you for your service, dedication, and faithfulness!

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.

CAMP LAKEVIEW—Where can your children experience Christian growth while riding horses, canoeing, swimming, and zip-lining? At Lakeview Ministries! Online registration for Camp Lakeview and Lakeview Villages will open on Feb. 1 at 9 a.m. Don’t let your children miss the adventure, joy, and wonder of Christian camp. For more information, visit www.lakeviewministries.camp or call (812) 342-4815.

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, and 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.  

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS- 

Did you know that fifty-five percent of the students at OSLS are not church members? Through generous contributions to OSLS, SGOs, and our participation in the Indiana Choice Scholarship program, we are privileged to joyfully share the Gospel of Christ with our community, demonstrate the love of Christ in our daily interactions, and freely communicate God’s love for all of His children. Thank you for your prayers and support!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Nicole Cook, Carlye Gibson, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Steven and Dian Summerlot. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

National Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 28– Feb. 2

Meet-See-Experience, Feb. 1, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

NYG Applebee’s Fundraiser, Feb. 2, 8-10 a.m.

Big Game Party, Feb. 3, 6-10 p.m.

Point of Grace Water Project Meeting, Feb. 10, 12 p.m.

GO Mission Event, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Nehemiah 8:1-3, 5-6, 8-10

1And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was above all the people, and as he opened it all the people stood. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. And they bowed their heads and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground. They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept as they heard the words of the Law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 4:14-30

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.” 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph's son?” 23 And he said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘“Physician, heal yourself.” What we have heard you did at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’” 24 And he said, “Truly, I say to you, no prophet is acceptable in his hometown. 25 But in truth, I tell you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heavens were shut up three years and six months, and a great famine came over all the land, 26 and Elijah was sent to none of them but only to Zarephath, in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of the prophet Elisha, and none of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.” 28 When they heard these things, all in the synagogue were filled with wrath. 29 And they rose up and drove him out of the town and brought him to the brow of the hill on which their town was built, so that they could throw him down the cliff. 30 But passing through their midst, he went away. 

Weekly Announcements 1.18.19

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

 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. 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. You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 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. 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. You know that when you were pagans you were led astray to mute idols, however you were led. 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. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 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. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Now there were six stone water jars there for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to the brim.And he said to them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the feast.” So they took it. 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.

 

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