July 23, 2017 — Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
THE MERCIFUL GROWER
Our gospel lesson answers one of the most difficult questions of the faith. “Why does God allow evil?” The reason God allows evil in the world is because He is merciful to all. This doesn’t make sense when we suffer at the hands of evil. But our nation’s forefathers followed similar wisdom when they enshrined, “innocent until proven guilty,” as a tenet of our justice system. It is love, not wrath, that allows evil to endure so that evil doers may be forgiven for the sake of Jesus Christ.
WORSHIP AND SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE
Beginning Sunday, September 10th
TRADITIONAL SERVICES (sanctuary) 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
CONTEMPORARY SERVICE (gym) 10:45 a.m.
SUNDAY SCHOOL 9:30 a.m.
SERVICE OF PRAYER AND PREACHING 6:30 p.m.
CONTEMPORARY SERVICE 6:30 p.m.
We extend a warm welcome to our new DCE Intern Joel Marquardt and his wife Nicole! We look forward to the blessings that come when we SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD.
NEW MEMBER CLASS ~ Interested in becoming a part of the Our Shepherd family? Join us for new member classes beginning TONIGHT. Eight weekly classes will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. in room 185.
OSLS ~ It's not too late to enroll your child at Our Shepherd Lutheran School! August 1st is the final registration date for the 2017/2018 school year. Contact the office for more information.
OSLS is seeking individuals with a desire to serve as volunteers within the school as tutors, library helpers, and teacher helpers. We would be thrilled with any amount of time you can share with our students! We are also seeking paid substitute teachers. Contact Amy Hedges about these volunteer and substitute opportunities by calling the office .
IN OUR PRAYERS
Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Henry F., Rich Gagnon, Jackie Hilmer, Dennis Rosebrough, Marian Schafer, Herb Schortemeyer, Nancy Schuch, Annette Stoneking and Brenda Tierney. For all of our homebound members including Vi Riczo. For all those who mourn including the family and friends of Marilyn Gruenhagen. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., Robert Ritter, and Shad Singer.
Teacher Dedication & Recognition, Aug 6th, 9:30 a.m.; BLAST Event, Aug. 19th, 3:30 p.m.; Church Picnic, Aug. 27th, 12:15 p.m.
Isaiah 44:6-8, Romans 8:18-27, Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43