October 8, 2017
Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Both St. Paul and Martin Luther were visionary leaders who accomplished much in their earthly lives. Yet neither man took personal credit for what they achieved. Their lives, their work, their hope was in Christ alone. May we honor their legacy by giving Christ the credit and by living our lives to the glory to God.
LWML SUNDAY ~ 2017 marks two significant anniversaries: the 500th anniversary of Luther's posting of the 95 Theses and the 75th anniversary of the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. Since 1942, the LWML has affirmed each woman's identity as a child of God and her relationship with Jesus Christ, encouraged and equipped Christian women to live out their lives in active mission ministries, and supported missions around the world through their sacrificial gifts of mites, tithes, offerings, and tireless service. Now is our time to "Be Ready to Confess!" faithfully and boldly of Christ's redemptive work for us and for all the world. We celebrate the work of the LWML, and our members who give their time and talents to missions.
CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION ~ The bulletin board in the narthex has church worker information cards for you to get to know the Our Shepherd Lutheran Church staff. We will be celebrating our pastors and church workers during the month of October. Feel free to write a card or note of encouragement and place in the blessing bags that are on display under the board. These bags will be presented to them next Sunday during the 8:00 a.m. service.
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. Sign-up sheets for volunteers and trunk reservations are located in the narthex, and a candy donation bin is located by the Luther Room. Please be sure to sign-up by October 15th.
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 ~ Time is running out! Have you purchased your tickets for the 24th Annual All Saints' Fest? Individual tickets will go up to $50 each on October 14th. Be sure to take advantage of babysitting offered that evening. Don’t forget to donate gift cards or items toward the auction. Each grade also contributes handmade items for the auction. You will certainly want to bid on some of these special items created by OSLS students! As in the past, mobile bidding is available during the event using a smart device. Come for a great celebration that benefits Our Shepherd Lutheran School.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lucille Barksdale, Warner Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, and Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For all victims of natural disasters including recent hurricanes, fires and floods. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Nancy Schuch and Robert Tiemeier. 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.
Traditional Reformation Concert, Oct. 29th, 6:30 p.m.
Divine Reformation Service, @ St. Peter’s, Oct. 31st, 7 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 5:1-7
1 Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill.2 He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. 3 And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. 4 What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? 5 And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. 6 I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and briers and thorns shall grow up; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. 7 For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are his pleasant planting; and he looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, an outcry!
EPISTLE READING, Philippians 3:4b-14
4b If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 21:33-46
33 “Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants, and went into another country. 34 When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. 35 And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. 37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ 39 And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41 They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.” 42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:“ ‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’ 43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. 44 And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46 And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.