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Weekly Announcements 09.15.17

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

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 

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 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. 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. 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. 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. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 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 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.”

Weekly Announcements 09.08.17

JESUS, LUTHER, AND POPULARITY

September 10, 2017

Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

It is interesting to see how God uses the famous and the infamous to accomplish His purposes. Jesus was blessed and cursed by crowds. Luther became popular unwittingly. In Christ, we enjoy God’s blessings regardless of personal popularity. Confident of God’s grace, we boldly share the life we’ve been given in Christ.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALL SAINTS’ FEST ~ Mark your calendars. November 3rd is the date for the 24th Annual All Saints’ Fest, the largest annual fundraiser for Our Shepherd Lutheran School. It is an evening for adults with fine food and fellowship, as well as silent and oral auctions. The event will be held at the Grand Hall at Westlake Gardens this year. Tickets go on sale in the church office Sept. 16th after the worship service. Please consider donating items to the auction (a list of suggested items is posted by the donation bin). Our gift gathering will take place on Sept 16th and 17th between church services. Proceeds this year will be used for tuition assistance and a playground shade shelter for the students. 

LUTHER MOVIE ~ WFYI will be airing Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World on Tuesday, September 12th at 8:00 p.m.

HURRICANES HARVEY & IRMA ~ LCMS Disaster Relief has been assisting the Houston community in their time of great need. Supporting Lutheran Disaster Relief now will ensure that we are prepared to share Christ’s love with victims of future disasters. Visit lcms.org to find out more about their efforts, and how you can help hurricane and other natural disaster victims.

ISRAEL STUDY ~ Pastor Lepley’s Israel Study will meet on Sept. 20th at 7:15 p.m. He will be discussing Jerusalem, the religious, political, and economic capital of ancient and modern Israel.

OSLS ~ Extended Care is looking for adult (18 years or older) caregivers to assist before and/or after school. Please contact Deb Zielke for more information at   Thank you!

UPCOMING EVENTS

New Worship Schedule and Sunday School, Sept. 10th

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.

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.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lucille Barksdale, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry f., Jackie Hilmer, Jane Runge-Darlage, Marian Schafer, and Nancy Schuch. For all of our homebound members including Marie Olson. For all victims of natural disasters including hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 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.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Acts 2:1-12 

1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”

EPISTLE READING, Romans 13:1–10

1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 21:6-11, 27:15-23

The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” 15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16 And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. 19 Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be  crucified!”

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