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.
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.
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.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 50:4-10
4 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. 5 The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward. 6 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.7 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.9 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. 2 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. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 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. 5 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! 6 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. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 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.”