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Weekly Announcements 9.14.18

TAUGHT BY CHRIST

September 16, 2018

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Isaiah foretold of a Savior Who would teach God’s people the Truth, both comforting the weak and demonstrating the benefits of faithfulness to the wayward. We find that we are both weak and wayward. We would die spiritually were it not for the comfort of the cross. We would be lost eternally if Christ did not show us God’s way of love and forgiveness. In Christ, we receive the blessings of unconditional love and faithfulness, which are now ours to share.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HISPANIC OUTREACH—Our Shepherd has been approached to host weekly Spanish worship services! We are working with Pastor Sam Ruiz to learn how we can Share Life With Our Shepherd with our Spanish speaking neighbors.

LAKEVIEW WOMEN’S RETREAT—Take a break from the pressures of schedules and obligations and join women from all over the District at the annual Women’s Retreat at Camp Lakeview on Sept. 28-30. Registration forms and more information may be found at lakeviewministries.com.

LADIES GUILD—Women of the congregation are invited to attend our meeting on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Luther Room. We will have a devotion, give an overview of our meetings this year as well as work on a mission project of making encouragement cards for Phil’s Friends. The focus of the LWML (Lutheran Women’s Missionary League) is threefold: affirming each woman’s relationship with the Triune God, to be in service to our Lord and others, encouraging and equipping women to use their God given gifts to live out their Christian lives in active mission ministries and support global missions through Mites.

ARK ENCOUNTER TRIP—Sign-up by Sept. 25 to join the SWANS group on Oct. 25.

OSLS—Tickets for the 25th Annual All Saints’ Fest are now on sale! The event will be Nov. 2 at the Grand Hall at Westlake Gardens. This evening of dining, fellowship, silent and live auctions is the largest fundraiser for our Shepherd Lutheran School. Tickets are $40 each, and for every ASF ticket purchased, attendees will be included in a drawing for four Disney tickets; the prize drawing will be at the ASF event. A collection box and donation forms are near the Luther Room. Proceeds this year will be used for a STEAM trail, robotics programs, and tuition assistance.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS- Last Sunday, 40 of our BLAST 5th-8th grade youth and parents raced through Meijer as part of the Shopping Cart Challenge to support Our Shepherd's Food Pantry. Thanks to a generous donation from Meijer and donations from participants, not only did we have a BLAST, we spent over $400 to help our Food Pantry!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Trudy Gierke, Robert Grosskreutz, Libby Heacox, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Lynda Pruett, Vi Riczo, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

IMPD Internet Safety Presentation, Sept. 17, 6 p.m.

Ladies Circle Meeting, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

Ark Encounter, Oct. 25

Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 26, 6-8 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 50:4-10

The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward. I gave my back to those who strike, and my cheeks to those who pull out the beard; I hid not my face from disgrace and spitting.But the Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame.8He who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who is my adversary? Let him come near to me.Behold, the Lord God helps me; who will declare me guilty? Behold, all of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.10 Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.

EPISTLE READING, James 3:1-12

1Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 9:14-29

14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.”20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”26 And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose. 28 And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29 And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” 

Weekly Announcements 9.07.18

WORKING HEARTILY FOR THE LORD

September 9, 2018

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Who you are working for makes all the difference. We have a tendency to live our lives for the recognition and reward of human beings. When we do this, we begin to find our value and even our identity in what we do. All of this changes in light of Christ. Paul reminds us that in everything we do, we are working for the Lord and not for men -- and our Lord has already given us every reward we could imagine.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

God works in mysterious, yet wonderful ways, calling whom He will and forming servants of the Word as He knows best! Our Shepherd has already been greatly blessed by Kyle Borcherding's gifts of leadership, music, and his heart for His Savior. This weekend, we will mark a new milestone as he is installed as Vicar. Join us in thanking God for Kyle and his ministry. May God continue to bless Kyle in his pastoral training in the Specific Ministry Program. May He also continue to bless His Church through the faithful ministry of His called and appointed servants.

NIGHT OF WORSHIP—Join us this evening at 6:30 p.m. for an evening of music, worship, and an introduction to the exciting Bible study, The Story. Small Group participants are encouraged to attend, as there will be time to meet with your group for a brief study. Don’t have a small group? That’s fine, simply come to enjoy a time of worship!

FOOD PANTRY— Our Food Pantry serves over 125 families every month! Without your financial support and food donations, this ministry would not be able to reach the members of our community most in need of our assistance. Financial donations are now needed to provide for fall needs. We will also be collecting clothing during the month of September for distribution in October. Please talk to Judy James for more information.

LORNA MEEKER VISIT— Lorna is returning to the United States to be sworn in as a citizen on Friday, Sept. 14! This is the culmination of a decade-long process for her to become a US citizen. She will worship with us on Saturday, Sept. 15. We thank and praise God for His goodness to her and all of the children she brings to His Kingdom.

ARK ENCOUNTER TRIP—Sign-up by Sept. 25 to join the SWANS group on Oct. 25.

OSLS—Mark your calendars. The 25th Annual All Saints’ Fest will be November 2 at the Grand Hall at Westlake Gardens. This evening of dining, fellowship, silent and live auctions is the largest fundraiser for our Shepherd Lutheran School. Tickets are $40 each, and they go on sale next weekend. As an added incentive, the first 100 people to purchase a ticket will receive a coupon for a free glass of wine at the event. 

GO TEAM -Fourteen volunteers worked with the GO Mission Team in conjunction with the Changing Footprints Avon chapter to sort 340 pairs of shoes for those in need. Collections are on-going as the need for assistance is on-going. Contact Karen Robertson if you feel called to help. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Scott Brown, Trudy Gierke, Robert Grosskreutz, Bill Grueneberg, Libby Heacox, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Judy Lehr, Lynda Pruett, Vi Riczo, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Don Olson. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Installation of Vicar Kyle Borcherding, Sept. 9, 10:45 a.m.

Night of Worship, Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m.

City BBQ Fundraiser, Sept. 11, all day

IMPD Internet Safety Presentation, Sept. 17, 6 p.m.

Ladies Circle Meeting, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept. 25, 7 p.m. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 35:4-7a

Say to those who have an anxious heart, “Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf unstopped; then shall the lame man leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute sing for joy. For waters break forth in the wilderness, and streams in the desert; the burning sand shall become a pool, and the thirsty ground springs of water;

EPISTLE READING, Colossians 3:15-24

15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

 GOSPEL READING, Mark 7:31-37 

31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. 36 And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

 

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