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.
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.
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.
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. 2 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. 3 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. 5 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. 6 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. 8 They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.9 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.