GOD'S VIEW OF IDENTITY
June 10, 2018
Third Sunday after Pentecost
There is so much confusion in the world that many people are no longer certain how to identify themselves. Gender has become a matter of personal choice instead of fact. Only by affirming God’s creative will and redeeming love can we bring some measure of clarity to those who are so confused.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL—VBS begins tonight! Join us for a Shipwrecked adventure where we will discover that we are Rescued by Jesus! Please note-a meal will only be served tonight for the opening celebration.
A NOTE FROM THE IN DISTRICT OFFICE—Dear Members of Our Shepherd, Thank you for being a beacon for Christ in the Avon, IN area! You have also partnered with the Indiana District and Synod in the ministry of spreading the Gospel to all people! We Rejoice! “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works so that no one can boast.” Eph. 2:8-9. Pastor Dan May and Indiana District LCMS Staff
SWANS EVENT—The group is organizing an outing at the ballpark. All members are invited to attend the Indianapolis Indians vs. the Norfolk Tides baseball game on Tues., June 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are 2-for-1 that evening. Please sign-up on the sheet near the Luther Room by June 16 so that tickets may be purchased together. A list of upcoming events is posted on the bulletin board.
OSLS—Preparations have begun on our new Early Childhood program! There are many opportunities to serve in the school this summer. A few of the classrooms will be changing places, and so we are taking this opportunity to clean, patch walls, and paint those rooms. Please contact Principal Amy Hedges if you are willing and able to help with any of these tasks over the next month.
Our Shepherd Lutheran School is currently seeking highly qualified individuals to teach in a multi-age, project-based class of students aged 3-5 years. We are hiring both lead teacher positions and aide positions. The program is five days weekly for half days, either morning or afternoon. Applications and job descriptions available from the church office. Resumes and letters of Interest accepted via email to
or dropped off in the office.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Adler G., Henry F., Tee Lipsey, Lynda Pruett, Barb and Buddy Ray, Phyliss Renolds, Marian Schafer, Margie Sims, and Laura Wilson. For all of our homebound members including Barb Perry. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
VBS, June 10-14, 6-8 p.m.
SWANS Outing, June 19, 7 p.m., Indians baseball game
Ladies Circle Meeting, June 21, 11:30 a.m., @ Emmy’s
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 3:8-15
8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
EPISTLE READING, Romans 1:18-28
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. 24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.
GOSPEL READING, Mark 2:23-28
20 Then he went home, and the crowd gathered again, so that they could not even eat. 21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, “He is out of his mind.” 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, “He is possessed by Beelzebul,” and “by the prince of demons he casts out the demons.” 23 And he called them to him and said to them in parables, “How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. 27 But no one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then indeed he may plunder his house. 28 “Truly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the children of man, and whatever blasphemies they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 30 for they were saying, “He has an unclean spirit.” 31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32 And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside, seeking you.”33 And he answered them, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”34 And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother.”