VISITORS FROM THE EAST
January 7, 2017
The Epiphany of Our Lord
Epiphany begins with the visit of the sages from afar. What drew these men from hundreds of miles away? Was it not the age-old promise of a Savior who would save us from sin and the power of death! What does their faithful pilgrimage teach us about their faith? What do their gifts teach us about the value of God’s Son, Jesus?
HANDBELL WORKSHOP - Would you like to RING IN the New Year by trying something new? How about ringing handbells? Our handbell choirs need more ringers! Please consider coming to our Handbell Workshop at 7-8 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 11. We welcome all ages and all skill levels, from beginners, to those who may have played in the past but need a refresher. Please join us!
MARRIAGE RETREAT - Reserve your spot today for the annual couple’s get-away at the Season’s Lodge in Nashville, IN, Feb. 9-11. Cindy Campbell of Cross Connections and Pastor Daniel Schumm will be leading the weekend of renewal. Registration forms are available at the Welcome Center.
NEW MEMBER CLASSES - Interested in joining the Our Shepherd family? You are invited to attend our New Member Class beginning, Jan. 14 from 7-8:30 p.m. The classes are scheduled for eight weekly sessions in the Luther Room. If you would like to brush up on the teachings of the Lutheran church and you are currently a member of OS, you are also welcome to attend.
AVALANCHE SQUAD - Join this group of volunteers to help keep our sidewalks, parking lot, and pathways clear when snow arrives. This crew has saved the church and school tens of thousands of dollars every winter! Contact Mark Meyerholtz, mmeyerholtz@indy. rr.com, to help!
ISRAEL TRIP - Please pray Godspeed for 17 pilgrims from OS traveling in the Holy Land. May the Holy Spirit open their hearts and minds to the depth of God’s love during their journey.
LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK - During the month of January we are celebrating the work of the teaching staff here at Our Shepherd Lutheran School. The teachers and aides will have staff cards on the bulletin board in the narthex to help you get to know them better. Blessing bags are beneath the bulletin board so that you may reach out to give a note of encouragement or token of gratitude.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Sara Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Henry Felix, Chris Hawk, Al & Marian Schafer, and Annette Stoneking. For all of our homebound members including Lyle Jensen. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
OSLS (School Families) Enrollment, now
Handbell Workshop, Jan. 11, 7 p.m.
New Member Class, Jan. 14, 7 p.m.
OSLS (Church Families) Enrollment, Jan. 22
Congregational Call Meeting, Jan. 21, 12:00 p.m.
Lutheran Schools Week, Jan 21-27
OSLS Open Enrollment, Feb. 1
Big Game Party, Feb. 4, 6 p.m.
Marriage Retreat, Feb. 9-11
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 1:1-5
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
EPISTLE READING, Romans 6:1-11
1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 2:1-12
1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: 6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” 7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.”9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.