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Weekly Announcements 10.06.17

CHRIST ALONE

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

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.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. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, judge between me and my vineyard. 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? 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. 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. 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: 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; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless. But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 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 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.

Weekly Announcements 09.29.17

WORD ALONE

October 1, 2017

Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

Today we consider the importance of God’s Word for Paul, Luther and ourselves. St. Paul encourages us, “that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation…hold fast to the Word of life.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW VESTMENTS AND PARAMENTS ~ In honor of the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation new red vestments and paraments are being blessed during the 8:00 a.m. worship service this weekend. The fabric for the paraments was designed by Edward Riojas, a member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Looking closely at the fabric you will see Luther’s Rose, crosses and grape leaves. The tapestry design is woven into the fabric, not just printed on one side. We bless these vestments and paraments to the glory of God and are thankful to our members who donated their time and talents to this project.

CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION ~ The bulletin board in the narthex has church worker information cards for you to get to know the OS 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 will be presented to them on October 15th at the 8:00 a.m. service.

SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION ~ As an important milestone in our faith life, we will be having a presentation of Bibles to second graders on October 7 & 8th during all worship services. We are opening this opportunity to all second graders in our community! If you have family, friends, or neighbors who would like to attend worship with us and have a Bible presented to their second grader, please invite them.

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.

ALL SAINTS’ FEST ~ Babysitting is available the evening of the All Saints’ Fest on Friday, November 3rd! It’s only $15 per child and available at school from 5:15 p.m. until 11 p.m. Remember, you can purchase tickets between church services for $40 per person. Each ticket includes a fine meal, fellowship and the chance to bid on great items.

LWML SUNDAY ~  We will be celebrating the work of the LWML on Sunday, October 8th. Be sure to bring your mite boxes—they will be collected at the Welcome Center. Members of the Ladies Guild will be handing out items after the services.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lucille Barksdale, Warner Bartleson, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Brandy Matthews, Marian Schafer, and Nancy Schuch. For all of our homebound members including Lyle Jensen. For all victims of natural disasters including recent hurricanes, fires and floods. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2nd Grade Bible Presentation, Oct. 7 & 8th

LWML Sunday, Oct. 8th

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

Contemporary Night of Worship and Concert, TONIGHT, 6 p.m.

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. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

1The word of the Lord came to me: What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge’? As I live, declares the Lord God, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel.4 Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.

 

25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? 26 When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die. 27Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life.28 Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ O house of Israel, are my ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just 30“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.”

EPISTLE READING, Philippians 2:1-18

1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 21:23-27

23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?”24 Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?26 But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.

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