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Weekly Announcements 11.24.17

THE KINGDOM PREPARED

November 25-26, 2017

The Last Sunday of the Church year

It is fun to wonder what heaven will be like and what we may be doing there. In Jesus’ earthly life, death and resurrection, we get a glimpse of heaven. There God’s will is done perfectly and there’s nothing to diminish our joy. We can’t even imagine the wonder, awe, and glory yet to come!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHURCH DECORATING - Our Shepherd is blessed with a large facility so it takes a lot of decorations and hands to beautify our campus for the Advent/Christmas season celebrating Christ's birth and looking forward to His Second Coming. Decorating takes place in the sanctuary, narthex and outside. Please join us on Friday, December 1st at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, December 2nd, at 9 a.m. to decorate. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

ADVENT SERVICES - Advent services begin on Wednesday, December 6th at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. with a meal served at 5:30 p.m. Please see the upcoming events section for the Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve service schedules.

MOPS ADVENT TEA - Our Shepherd MOPS cordially invites all women (high school aged and above) to an afternoon of dessert and fellowship in thanks and praise for all Our Shepherd does for mothers. The 15th annual Advent Tea will be Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1–3 p.m. There is no charge for the event, but reservations are required. See a MOPS member in the church office to reserve a seat for yourself and a friend. 

ALTAR FLOWERS - The Altar Guild is once again ordering poinsettias to decorate the sanctuary. There is a sign-up sheet by the Luther Room to purchase your plants. They are $12 each and payment may be placed in the offering plate with "poinsettia" on the memo line or envelope. Thank you for helping to beautify our worship space!

OSLS - The Kindergarten-4th graders will be serving OSLC by leading the 6:30 p.m. Advent worship service on December 13th.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Warner Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Al & Marian Schafer, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Brenda Tierney. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Robert Ferguson. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24

11 “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the   inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice.

20 “Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22 I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 15:20-28 

20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 25:31-46

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Weekly Announcements 11.17.17

ACCORDING TO YOUR ABILITY

November 19, 2017

Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost

As we read the “Parable of the Talents,” we see that God does not care about how much “ability” we have to serve Him. God's will for us is to serve Him the best we can with what He has given us. Serving God has never been about how much, but rather our willingness to serve!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANKSGIVING SERVICE AND PIE FELLOWSHIP - Bring a friend and join us for worship on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and then stay for our annual Pie Fellowship. Please be sure to sign-up at the Welcome Center to let us know if you will be attending and if you would like to share one of your special pies.

CHURCH DECORATING - Our Shepherd is blessed with a large facility so it takes a lot of decorations and hands to beautify our campus for the Advent/Christmas season remembering Christ's birth and looking forward to His Second Coming. Decorating takes place in the sanctuary, narthex and outside. Please join us on Friday, Dec. 1st at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2nd, at 9 a.m. to decorate. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

AVALANCHE SQUAD - Want to play in the snow? The snow removal team is looking for volunteers to assist with clearing the sidewalks, driveways and parking lot. Contact Mark Meyerholtz at mmeyerholtz@ indy.rr.com to help.

MOPS ADVENT TEA - Our Shepherd MOPS cordially invites all women (high school aged and above) to an afternoon of dessert and fellowship in preparation for the Advent season. The 15th annual Advent Tea will be Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1–3 p.m. There is no charge for the event, but reservations are required. Reserve your seat in the church office. 

OSLS - With the assistance of Mrs. Lepley, the fourth grade students applied for a grant from the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District to install another water bottle refill station on the water fountain and expand our current recycling program to include plastic, metal, glass, and cardboard. They were awarded $1,800 to use for the projects!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Warner Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Richard Olack, and Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Herb Schortemeyer.  For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fellowship, Nov. 22nd, 6:30 p.m.

Church Decorating, Dec. 1st, 6:30 p.m. & Dec. 2nd, 9 a.m.

MOPS Advent Tea, Dec. 2nd, 1 p.m.

Advent Services, Dec. 6, 13, 20th, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING,  Zephaniah 1:7-16

Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near; the Lord has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests. And on the day of the Lord's sacrifice— “I will punish the officials and the king's sons and all who array themselves in foreign attire. On that day I will punish everyone who leaps over the threshold, and those who fill their master's house with violence and fraud. 10 “On that day,” declares the Lord, “a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate, a wail from the Second Quarter, a loud crash from the hills. 11 Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar! For all the traders are no more; all who weigh out silver are cut off. 12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do ill.’ 13 Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.” 14 The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there. 15 A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.

EPISTLE READING, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 

1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 25:14-30 

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours. 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

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