October 22, 2017
Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
As we learned last Sunday, it is by grace we have been saved. This grace gives us the faith to believe and trust in God’s promises. God calls us to be imitators of Him by living out our faith, so that others can see and believe. The gift of faith is meant to be given to others and not kept for ourselves.
FLOWER CHART ~ Be the first to reserve a Sunday to remember a birthday, anniversary, or special life event for a loved one with Altar flowers. The 2018 calendar is posted by the Luther Room. The two bouquets are $30 and you may take them home following the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday or pick them up later in the week.
CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION ~ We’d like to acknowledge and thank Pastor Hellert for 55 years in ministry, Joyce Zimmerman for 20 years in ministry at Our Shepherd (43 years in ministry), and Pastor Lepley for 10 years in ministry!
TRUNK-OR-TREAT ~ Join us for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening of hayrides, live music, food trucks, games, pumpkin chunkin’ and trunks full of CANDY on Friday, October 27th from 6-8 p.m. A donation bin is located by the Luther Room for those who would like to donate candy.
REFORMATION CONCERT ~ The music ensembles of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will be presenting a special concert to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It will include congregational hymns and music performed by the Adult Choir, School Choir, Jr. Choir, Youth Chorale, Men's Ensemble, Handbell Choir, and Brass Ensemble, focusing especially on hymns of Martin Luther. We invite you to celebrate this milestone with us!
VOTERS’ MEETING ~ Join us November 5th at 12:00 p.m. for our next Voters’ Meeting. Let us know what you think about our new proposed Vision Statement: “Growing as a community in Christ as we SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD.”
ALL SAINTS’ FEST ~ Have you purchased your tickets for the 24th Annual All Saints' Fest? You will certainly want to bid on special items created by OSLS students! Mobile bidding is available during the event using a smart device (even if you aren’t present). Come for a great celebration that benefits Our Shepherd Lutheran School!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Warner Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Mary Lou Garretson, Jackie Hilmer, Richard Olack, Sharon Rigdon, Jane Runge Darlage, and Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Dian Summerlot. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Lucille Barksdale, Alice McKinley, and Nancy Schuch. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 27th 6 p.m.
All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 3rd, 5:30 p.m.
Voters' Meeting, Nov. 5th, 12:00 p.m.
REFORMATION 500th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
Central Region Worship Service, @ Cornerstone, Oct. 29th, 3 p.m.
Reformation Concert, Oct. 29th, 6:30 p.m.
Divine Reformation Service, @ St. Peter’s, Oct. 31st, 7 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 45:1-7
1Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed: 2 “I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, 3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. 4 For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me. 5 I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, 6 that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. 7 I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.
EPISTLE READING, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.2 We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3 remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4 For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you,5 because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6 And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7 so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.8 For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 22:15-22
15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words.16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 9 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.