FIVE WISE, FIVE FOOLISH
November 12, 2017
Twenty third Sunday after Pentecost
How is someone prepared for the return of Christ? The parable of the ten virgins shows that each of us must be prepared individually. You can't rely on someone else to get you "in." God has given His people a lamp (PS 119:105) and the Light (JN 8:12). May we be found ready for Christ's return by availing ourselves of God's good gifts!
VETERANS DAY - “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13. Please join us in praying for, honoring, and thanking our Veterans for their service today.
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.
FOOD PANTRY DRIVE-UP/DROP-OFF - We are able to show God’s love to an ever increasing number of families through your generosity. Nov. 18-19th, bring your non-perishable food donations to church before each of the services, and someone will unload them from your vehicle for you! Thank you!
ANGEL TREE - On November 15th Our Shepherd’s Ladies Guild will have the Angel Tree on display with angels ready to be taken. Our Angel Tree is a way of serving others in need in our church, school, and community. You can be a blessing to someone by taking an angel. Each angel lists an appropriate gift to purchase, instructions for wrapping, and a return date.
OSLS - The middle school students present The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hit on Friday, November 17th at 7:00 p.m. If the evening performance does not fit into your schedule, you are also invited to attend the dress rehearsal that same day at 2:30 p.m.
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 Cheryl Barksdale. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
Ladies Guild Meeting, Nov. 14th, 7 p.m.
Ladies Circle Meeting, Nov. 16th, 10 a.m.
OSLS The Rock Slinger and His Greatest Hit, Nov. 17th 2:30 & 7:00 p.m.
Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, Nov. 18-19th
Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fellowship, Nov. 22nd, 6:30 p.m.
MOPS Advent Tea, Dec. 2nd, 1 p.m.
Advent Services, Dec. 6, 13, 20th, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Amos 5:18-24
18 Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! Why would you have the day of the Lord? It is darkness, and not light, 19 as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him, or went into the house and leaned his hand against the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 Is not the day of the Lord darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it? 21 “I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies. 22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; and the peace offerings of your fattened animals, I will not look upon them. 23 Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. 24 But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
EPISTLE READING, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 25:1-13
1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.