March 16-17, 2019
Second Sunday in Lent
“I do not need anyone but me and myself!” This line of thought is very dangerous for God’s people to have. We rely on our own self to please God when we seek other things instead of God’s Word to guide us. We are lost. When we trust in our own ways, in essence, we are telling God that He can come near our hearts but not enter them!
STATEMENTS OF FAITH—We celebrate with our 8th grade confirmands who will confess their faith publicly in May. For the next two weeks, we are blessed and encouraged to hear from each confirmand their personal Statement of Faith. Each of these will focus on their chosen Confirmation verse, how God has influenced his or her own faith development and what they have learned through their Confirmation experience.
TOWN HALL MEETING—In the interest of discerning God’s will and finding the candidate for Vice President that He has already chosen, the Nominating Committee has vetted over a dozen nominees from the congregation. A candidate for Vice President has not yet been approved by the Church Governance Board (CGB). Since the candidate has yet to be selected and approved, we will not have a Voters’ Meeting on March 24. Instead, we will conduct a Town Hall Meeting on March 31 at 12 p.m. to discuss the election process, the budget, and provide an open forum.
ENGAGING YOUNG ADULTS FORUM—Join us today immediately following late worship or tomorrow, March 18th at 6 p.m. for an Open Forum about how we can better engage young adults in their faith here at Our Shepherd. This discussion is open to anyone and everyone! Bring a friend for the conversation and light refreshments.
NATIONAL YOUTH GATHERING FUNDRAISER—This is the final weekend for the NYG envelope fundraiser. Check out the new opportunities to give. New envelopes with lower donation options are now available. Thank you for supporting our high school youth!
OSLS—Do you have Thrivent Choice Dollars to designate? Consider sending them to the Lutheran SGO of Indiana for student scholarships at Our Shepherd Lutheran School. Don’t let your Dollars expire! Be sure to designate by March 31.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Vicki Ade, Joseph Brockway, Laura Czerwionka, Mary Lou Garretson, Daniel Lepley (Pastor’s grandfather), Arlen Levenhagen, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Karen Tyler, Bob Wagner, Connie Vance, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Orpha Harris. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Rev. Robert Miskimen, Judy Lehr, and Stuart Zurcher. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty.
Lenten Services, Mar. 20, 27, Apr. 3, 10, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting, Mar. 31, 12 p.m.
Men’s Retreat @ Camp Lakeview, Apr. 5-7
Restaurant Fundraiser @ Portillo’s, Apr. 8, 5-8 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Jeremiah 26:8-15
8 And when Jeremiah had finished speaking all that the Lord had commanded him to speak to all the people, then the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold of him, saying, “You shall die!9 Why have you prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without inhabitant’?” And all the people gathered around Jeremiah in the house of the Lord. 10 When the officials of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king's house to the house of the Lord and took their seat in the entry of the New Gate of the house of the Lord. 11 Then the priests and the prophets said to the officials and to all the people, “This man deserves the sentence of death, because he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.” 12 Then Jeremiah spoke to all the officials and all the people, saying, “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the words you have heard. 13 Now therefore mend your ways and your deeds, and obey the voice of the Lord your God, and the Lord will relent of the disaster that he has pronounced against you. 14 But as for me, behold, I am in your hands. Do with me as seems good and right to you.15 Only know for certain that if you put me to death, you will bring innocent blood upon yourselves and upon this city and its inhabitants, for in truth the Lord sent me to you to speak all these words in your ears.”
EPISTLE READING, Philippians 3:17-4:1
17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
1Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 13:31-35
31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”