THE GREAT TRIBULATION
November 5, 2017
All Saints’ Day
What is tribulation? Many believe it’s the time before the time when Christ returns to earth. They’re kind of correct. According to the Bible, tribulation began in the Garden of Eden and will continue until Christ returns. All of the conflict we experience because of sin is “tribulation.” On All Saints’ Day, we celebrate the peace God has won for us in His Son Christ Jesus!
IT IS OUR CUSTOM ON ALL SAINTS’ DAY to remember our members who were called to glory during this past year. We thank God for the blessings that He bestowed upon them in this life and the promise He’s given to all of us of everlasting life through our Savior Jesus Christ. These are the saints from Our Shepherd who were called to glory this past year: Lucille Barksdale, Lee Boettcher, Mary Burrow, Marilyn Gruenhagen, Alice McKinley, Ray Orebaugh, Laverne Quade, Roberty Stahlhut, William Stoneking, Herman Strakis, and Robert Tiemeier.
VOTERS’ MEETING - TODAY at 12:00 p.m. in the gym.
THANKSGIVING SERVICE AND PIE FELLOWSHIP - Bring a friend and join us for worship on Thanksgiving Eve, November 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and then stay for our annual Pie Fellowship. Please be sure to sign-up at the Welcome Center, or online via the link in the weekly email, to let us know if you will be attending and if you would like to share one of your special pies with those who attend.
ONLINE PICTORIAL DIRECTORY - We are excited to announce our new online pictorial directory through Servant Keeper. By maintaining an online database, we are able to offer the most accurate information available from our members, to our members. Information sharing is customizable to the preferences of individual families, and all profile photos must be submitted to the office to be included in the directory. An info sheet is located at the Welcome Center, and printed directories will be available upon request.
PASTOR LEPLEY CIRCUIT VISIT - As part of his responsibilities as a Circuit Visitor, Pastor Lepley is assisting to shepherd the flock at Holy Cross in Crawfordsville this week.
OSLS - The Luther Rose hanging in the sanctuary for Reformation was crafted by Mrs. Miller and her 6th grade students. The entire student body, along with their guests, traced one of their hands and signed their name on the cross, on Special Person's Day in September. These items were placed together to form this symbol of the Reformation and our Lutheran Heritage.
Congratulations go to the OSLS undefeated soccer team and the repeat Bible Quiz Champions!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Warner Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Joan Carnagua, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Richard Olack, and Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Katie Koontz. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
Voters' Meeting, Nov. 5th, 12:00 p.m.
Ladies Guild Meeting, Nov. 14th, 7 p.m.
Ladies Circle, Nov. 16th, 10 a.m.
Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, Nov. 18-19th
Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fellowship, Nov. 22nd, 6:30 p.m.
MOPS Advent Tea, Dec. 2nd, 1 p.m.
Advent Services, Dec. 6, 13, 20th, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.
FIRST READING, Revelation 7:9-17
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10 and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
EPISTLE READING, 1 John 3:1-3
3 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 5:1-12
1 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.