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FEAST ON THE WORD

August 19, 2018

Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost

In our Gospel reading, we see Jesus using very visual and graphic language about His flesh and blood, which caused people to have a hard time accepting His teaching. Jesus gets straight to the point; the true bread that gives eternal life is His flesh and His blood! Jesus does not water down the fact that His coming sacrifice on the cross would save His people!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHURCH PICNIC—Our annual fellowship event will be held NEXT Sunday, August 26 STARTING AT 5:00 p.m. Fried chicken, beverages, and dinnerware will be provided by the church and each family is asked to bring a dish to share. We will have a bounce-house, the playground will be available for the children to use and feel free to bring outdoor games, fishing poles, decks of cards etc. Please take a moment to sign-up online or at the Welcome Center indicating how many from your family will be attending and what you will be bringing. 

KENYA MISSION TRIP—Would YOU like to serve Christ by serving His children in Kenya? Applications are now available at the Welcome Center for all who would like to apply for our mission trip to Point of Grace Academy in June 2019 and/or June 2020. Application deadline is September 9th. Questions may be directed to Karen Robertson or the church office. We look forward to discovering who God inspires to serve in this way!

SMALL GROUPS—GROW SPIRITUALLY and SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD by becoming a part of a Small Group. A congregation-wide study through The Story will kick-off on Sept. 9. We encourage you to sign-up to continue to grow in God’s Word. Interest surveys are at the Welcome Center. Simply fill-out and return to the church office.

NIGHT OF WORSHIP— Come join us September 9 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! Sign up for one this month, or simply come to enjoy a time of worship!

OSLS ROBOTICS TEAM—We are excited to begin two new robotics teams at the school; an elementary team for 2-5th graders and a middle school team for 6-8th graders. We are looking for corporate sponsors to assist with the costs of a field, team equipment, and competition fees. Please contact Wendi Lepley for more info. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Henry, Trudy Gierke, Robert Grosskreutz, Libby Heacox, Don Holman, Judy Lehr, Joey Morris, and Lynda Pruett. For all of our homebound members including Elizabeth Tiemeier. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

WD-40 Thank-you Event, TODAY, 5 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.

Church Picnic, Aug. 26, 5 p.m.

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

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

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

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Joshua 24:1-2a, 14-18

1Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem and summoned the elders, the heads, the judges, and the officers of Israel. And they presented themselves before God. 2 And Joshua said to all the people,

14 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. 15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” 16 Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods, 17 for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed. 18 And the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”

EPISTLE READING, Ephesians 5:6-21

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

GOSPEL READING, John 6:51-69

51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” 53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the bread the fathers ate, and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 Jesus said these things in the synagogue, as he taught at Capernaum. 60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples were grumbling about this, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? 63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” 66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. 67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” 

Peace in Uncertainty

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On an otherwise mundane Monday afternoon, August 6, the waters of Holy Baptism were poured out over our newest member, octogenarian Judy Lehr. In January 2018, her doctor’s diagnosis of AFib gave her an uncertain amount of time on this earth. What began with bouts of chest pain, dizziness, and ringing in the ears began to intensify and become more frequent. By the time she was hospitalized in January, her doctor told her that she was too fragile for a valve replacement, her treatments of dialysis wouldn’t work anymore, and that she had one week, one month, or six months to live. When faced with such devastating news, Judy did what a lot of people do, she turned to prayer. She is on multiple prayer lists through family and friends, and she believes that is the reason she is now four weeks past her “expiration date.”

Judy was unsure whether or not she had been baptized, and she wanted the certain faith of knowing that she is a baptized child of God. God worked through her friend, Patti Russell, to find certainty and close the door on the open question. Judy knows that God has been working in her life. Since her diagnosis, she has only had three or four mild episodes of pain and dizziness. She is comforted by the knowledge that only God knows the date and time when He will bring her home, and she is confident that she will be in His presence when she does depart this earth. What a wonderful gift we have in the sacrifice and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!

 

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