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Weekly Announcements 08.25.17

CONFESSING CHRIST

August 27, 2017

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Peter is the first person in the New Testament to confess the fundamental truth that “Jesus of Nazareth”, is also, “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It is impossible for anyone to make this confession unless God has created faith in the heart. We are eternally grateful that the same Holy Spirit who gave saving faith to Peter, has given us saving faith in Jesus.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHURCH PICNIC ~ Join us for our annual  church-wide fellowship TODAY at 12:15 p.m. Fried chicken, beverages, dinnerware, and a bounce house will be provided by the church. Be sure to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and games.

Sunday school ~ Our dedicated Sunday School hour begins at 9:30 a.m. on September 10th. See the bulletin insert for our exciting new class schedule. Be sure to sign-up for the class of your choice at the Welcome Center. Pastor Lepley will be teaching Reading Romans with Luther in the sanctuary during Sunday School hour. Please be sure to sign-up in advance for this class so that we may order a book for you. The cost of the book is $15.00.

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL ~ There will not be any Children’s Sunday School classes on Labor Day weekend, September 3rd. If you participate in an adult class, be sure to check with your instructor to determine if your class will meet

ALL SAINTS’ FEST ~ Mark your calendars. November 3rd is the date for the 24th Annual All Saints’ Fest, the largest annual fundraiser for Our Shepherd Lutheran School. It is an evening for adults with fine food and fellowship, as well as silent and oral auctions. The event will be held at the Grand Hall at Westlake Gardens this year. Tickets go on sale in the church office Sept. 16th after the worship service. Please consider donating items to the auction (a list of suggested items is posted by the donation bin). Our gift gathering will take place on Sept 16th and 17th between church services. Proceeds this year will be used for tuition assistance and a playground shade shelter for the students. 

OSLS ~ Extended Care is looking for adult (18 years or older) caregivers to assist before and/or after school. Please contact Deb Zielke for more information at or 317.409.6565 (talk or text).  Thank you!

SGO forms are available at the Welcome Center or online at lutheransgo.org. Be sure to submit your donation before the state tax credits run out!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Marian Schafer, and Nancy Schuch. For all of our homebound members including Barb Perry. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Church Picnic, Aug. 27th, 12:15 p.m.

New Worship Schedule and Sunday School, Sept. 10th

REFORMATION 500th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

Contemporary Night of Worship and Concert, Oct. 1st, 6 p.m.

Central Region Worship Service, @ Cornerstone, Oct. 29th, 3 p.m.

Traditional Reformation Concert, Oct. 29th, 6:30 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 51:1-6

1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him. For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and the voice of song. “Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples. My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for me, and for my arm they wait. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 11:33-12:8

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in  generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

 GOSPEL READING, Matthew 16:13-20

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

SALVATION THROUGH CHRIST AT POINT OF GRACE ACADEMY

Humpfrey Omondi was one of the students at Point of Grace Academy when the mission team shared the gospel with the students. He attended our VBS. He helped clear the site for the gardens. He played with team members. He helped plant the greenhouses.

Humpfrey went home to Nairobi during the August break. We learned this week that he tragically died trying to cross the street. His mother watched helplessly as her son died at the scene of the accident.

If anyone asks why we do what we do at Our Shepherd, this is why. Jesus didn't come into a world that is perfect. He came because the world is broken. He came because we are broken.

Although Humpfrey's body was broken by an automobile, Christ's promise of everlasting life can't be broken. The hope we have is eternal. The love, unconditional. Were it not for his presence at Point of Grace Academy, he may not have known the love of Jesus and the gift of eternal life through His sacrifice.

Thank-you for sharing the hope that you have. We don't know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future! What joy, what hope, what peace and what love we share when we SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD.

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