WAR AGAINST EVIL
February 3, 2019
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
In one day, Jesus cast out a demon, healed Peter’s mother-in-law, and then healed all the sick of Capernaum. After such a busy day, He rested. This account gives us great comfort. We have the assurance of God’s love when we are oppressed and find ourselves worn-out because of sin and suffering.
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, and a special half-time performance from the Praise Team. 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.
MEN’S RETREAT—Online registration is now open for the 2019 Men’s Retreat. Be in fellowship with over 100 Christian men. Get away and enjoy God’s great creation, join in the Medieval Challenge, Archery Tag, Fishing Tournament, Hog Roast, and much more. The event takes place April 5-7 at Lakeview Villages. Visit mensgathering.us for more information.
POINT OF GRACE WATER PROJECT—Interested in learning more about the new partnership between Fountains of Hope and Point of Grace Academy in Kenya? To see how you can be a part of this opportunity, join Pastor Lepley for a presentation on Sunday, February 10 at 12 p.m.
NURSERY ATTENDANT NEEDED—We are in search of an additional Nursery Attendant! If you feel called to care for children during worship on Sunday mornings, please see the job description in the church office. Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 8.
GO MISSION EVENT—The February event will take place at Traditions, a senior community, on Sunday, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m. The team is preparing a Valentine’s party for the residents. This is a great opportunity for families to participate. Find details and sign-up at the Welcome Center.
OSLS—Have you noticed all the flags and the large banner in the sanctuary? Each flag represents a unique country and has been colored by a student of Our Shepherd Lutheran School. The theme of National Lutheran School's Week is Real.Present.God. The school children learned that the love our God has for each person of the world is real and powerful. The banners and flags remind us that God's love is for all people!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Nadine Brandt, Nicole Cook, Carlye Gibson, Kenneth & Judy Lehr, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer, Faith Stoflet, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Lois Soehnlin. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty.
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.
Israel Bible Study, Feb. 13, 7:15 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Jeremiah 1:4-10
4 Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” 6 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” 9 Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth. 10 See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.”
EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 12:31b-13:13
31b And I will show you a still more excellent way. 1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 4:31-44
31 And he went down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee. And he was teaching them on the Sabbath, 32 and they were astonished at his teaching, for his word possessed authority. 33 And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, 34 “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 35 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown him down in their midst, he came out of him, having done him no harm. 36 And they were all amazed and said to one another, “What is this word? For with authority and power he commands the unclean spirits, and they come out!” 37 And reports about him went out into every place in the surrounding region. 38 And he arose and left the synagogue and entered Simon's house. Now Simon's mother-in-law was ill with a high fever, and they appealed to him on her behalf. 39 And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them. 40 Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 And demons also came out of many, crying, “You are the Son of God!” But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that he was the Christ. 42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desolate place. And the people sought him and came to him, and would have kept him from leaving them, 43 but he said to them, “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” 44 And he was preaching in the synagogues of Judea.