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Weekly Announcements 09.22.17

SOLA IMPORTANT

September 23-24, 2017

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

By Luther’s time, the church had become so cluttered in practice in teaching that the main message of the Bible, “Sinners are saved by Christ Alone,” was all but lost. The three solas refocused the Church’s teaching on Jesus. Grace Alone. Faith Alone. Word Alone. These three “solas” (so-called because “sola” means “only” or “alone” in Latin) keep us focused on Christ still today.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

DISASTER RELIEF ~ Dear Students and Staff at Our Shepherd Lutheran School –  We are so blessed! On behalf of everyone at LSA, thank you so much for your generous support in helping us recover from Hurricane Harvey! What happened to our school was inconceivable, but what has happened as a result of the hurricane has been beautiful. Your school is a shining example of Jesus’ love and servant heart! Thank you for your prayers and thank you for your encouragement!  In Christ, Mrs. Sheila Psencik, M.Ed., Head of School, Lutheran South Academy, Houston, TX. 

VOTERS’ MEETING ~  November 5th at 12:00 pm.

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 our 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.

OSLS ~ Extended Care is looking for adult (18 years or older) caregivers to assist before and/or after school. Please contact Deb Zielke for more information at   Thank you!

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 Pastor Rigdon and First Lutheran Church in Clearwater, FL. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

New Member Welcome, Sept. 24th, 10:30 a.m.

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept. 26th, 7 p.m.
2nd Grade Bible Presentation, Oct. 8th
LWML Sunday, Oct. 8th
Voters' Meeting, Nov. 5th, 12:00 p.m.

REFORMATION 500th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

Contemporary Night of Worship and Concert, Oct. 1st, 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, Isaiah 55:6-9 

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

EPISTLE READING, Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30 

12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

 

19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. 27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 20:1–16

1“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.” 

Weekly Announcements 09.15.17

FAMILIES UNITED BY THE SOURCE OF FORGIVENESS

 

September 17, 2017

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 We have all been wronged by someone in our lives, whether it be family or a friend. In this sin corrupted world, people will hurt us on accident or on purpose. The question is, will we forgive as Christ has forgiven us, or will we hold a grudge? Martin Luther was very passionate about forgiveness being taught at the home, for forgiveness is what binds families together, regardless of our sins.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ALL SAINTS’ FEST ~ Ticket sales and gift gathering for All Saints’ Fest will begin THIS weekend between church services. Join us for an evening for adults with fine food and fellowship, as well as silent and oral auctions. Our largest annual fundraiser for Our Shepherd Lutheran School will be the evening of November 3rd at the Grand Hall at Westlake Gardens. Proceeds this year will be used for tuition assistance and a playground shade shelter for the students. Stop in the church office to purchase your tickets or drop off your donation. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL ~ God blessed us with 275 people in Sunday School during its opening weekend! Dive into the Word with your church family on Sunday mornings at 9:30. You may join a class at any time.

LWML ~ All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend the Ladies Guild/LWML 75th Anniversary Celebration on Sept. 26th at 7 p.m. in the Luther Room. There will be an overview of the National Convention, a Bible study, and fellowship with refreshments.

CENTRAL REGION REFORMATION SERVICE ~ We have the privilege of being alive to celebrate 500 years of the Reformation. The Indiana Central Region Reformation Service will be held on Sunday, October 29th at Cornerstone Lutheran Church, Carmel at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome be part of this unique celebration!

VOTERS’ MEETING ~  Mark your calendars for our semi-annual Voters’ Meeting on November 5th at 12:00 p.m.

SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION ~ Many of our families were not able to attend our Second Grade Bible presentation. Because this is an important milestone in our faith life, we will be having a second presentation on October 7 & 8th during our worship services.

COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD ~ Did you know that we have a community bulletin board near the gym entrance? Check it out to find out what’s happening around us!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lucille Barksdale, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Marian Schafer, and Nancy Schuch. For all of our homebound members including Jim and Doreen Schneider. Our newly baptized members Marie Byrkett and Henry B. For all victims of natural disasters including recent hurricanes, fires and floods. For Pastor Rigdon and First Lutheran Church in Clearwater, FL. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ladies Circle Meeting, Sept. 21st, 10 a.m.

New Member Welcome, Sept. 24th, 10:30 a.m.

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept. 26th, 7 p.m.

Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 5th, 12:00 p.m.

REFORMATION 500th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS

Contemporary Night of Worship and Concert, Oct. 1st, 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, Genesis 50:15-21 

15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: 17 ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father. ” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 14:1-12 

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 18:21-35 

23 “Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24 When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26 So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31 When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32 Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’34 And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35 So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”

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