FAMILIES UNITED BY THE SOURCE OF FORGIVENESS
September 17, 2017
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
We have all been wronged by someone in our lives, whether it be family or a friend. In this sin corrupted world, people will hurt us on accident or on purpose. The question is, will we forgive as Christ has forgiven us, or will we hold a grudge? Martin Luther was very passionate about forgiveness being taught at the home, for forgiveness is what binds families together, regardless of our sins.
ALL SAINTS’ FEST ~ Ticket sales and gift gathering for All Saints’ Fest will begin THIS weekend between church services. Join us for an evening for adults with fine food and fellowship, as well as silent and oral auctions. Our largest annual fundraiser for Our Shepherd Lutheran School will be the evening of November 3rd at the Grand Hall at Westlake Gardens. Proceeds this year will be used for tuition assistance and a playground shade shelter for the students. Stop in the church office to purchase your tickets or drop off your donation.
SUNDAY SCHOOL ~ God blessed us with 275 people in Sunday School during its opening weekend! Dive into the Word with your church family on Sunday mornings at 9:30. You may join a class at any time.
LWML ~ All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend the Ladies Guild/LWML 75th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 26th at 7 p.m. in the Luther Room. There will be an overview of the National Convention, a Bible study, and fellowship with refreshments.
CENTRAL REGION REFORMATION SERVICE ~ We have the privilege of being alive to celebrate 500 years of the Reformation. The Indiana Central Region Reformation Service will be held on Sunday, October 29th at Cornerstone Lutheran Church, Carmel at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome be part of this unique celebration!
VOTERS’ MEETING ~ Mark your calendars for our semi-annual Voters’ Meeting on November 5th at 12:00 p.m.
SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION ~ Many of our families were not able to attend our Second Grade Bible presentation. Because this is an important milestone in our faith life, we will be having a second presentation on October 7 & 8th during our worship services.
COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ~ Did you know that we have a community bulletin board near the gym entrance? Check it out to find out what’s happening around us!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lucille Barksdale, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Marian Schafer, and Nancy Schuch. For all of our homebound members including Jim and Doreen Schneider. Our newly baptized members Marie Byrkett and Henry B. For all victims of natural disasters including recent hurricanes, fires and floods. For Pastor Rigdon and First Lutheran Church in Clearwater, FL. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., and Robert Ritter.
Ladies Circle Meeting, Sept. 21st, 10 a.m.
New Member Welcome, Sept. 24th, 10:30 a.m.
Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept. 26th, 7 p.m.
Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 5th, 12:00 p.m.
REFORMATION 500th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
Contemporary Night of Worship and Concert, Oct. 1st, 6 p.m.
Central Region Worship Service, @ Cornerstone, Oct. 29th, 3 p.m.
Traditional Reformation Concert, Oct. 29th, 6:30 p.m.
Divine Reformation Service, @ St. Peter’s, Oct. 31st, 7 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 50:15-21
15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: 17 ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father. ” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
EPISTLE READING, Romans 14:1-12
1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 18:21-35
23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”