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Weekly Announcements 08.25.17

CONFESSING CHRIST

August 27, 2017

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Peter is the first person in the New Testament to confess the fundamental truth that “Jesus of Nazareth”, is also, “the Christ, the Son of the living God.” It is impossible for anyone to make this confession unless God has created faith in the heart. We are eternally grateful that the same Holy Spirit who gave saving faith to Peter, has given us saving faith in Jesus.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHURCH PICNIC ~ Join us for our annual  church-wide fellowship TODAY at 12:15 p.m. Fried chicken, beverages, dinnerware, and a bounce house will be provided by the church. Be sure to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and games.

Sunday school ~ Our dedicated Sunday School hour begins at 9:30 a.m. on September 10th. See the bulletin insert for our exciting new class schedule. Be sure to sign-up for the class of your choice at the Welcome Center. Pastor Lepley will be teaching Reading Romans with Luther in the sanctuary during Sunday School hour. Please be sure to sign-up in advance for this class so that we may order a book for you. The cost of the book is $15.00.

CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL ~ There will not be any Children’s Sunday School classes on Labor Day weekend, September 3rd. If you participate in an adult class, be sure to check with your instructor to determine if your class will meet

ALL SAINTS’ FEST ~ Mark your calendars. November 3rd is the date for the 24th Annual All Saints’ Fest, the largest annual fundraiser for Our Shepherd Lutheran School. It is an evening for adults with fine food and fellowship, as well as silent and oral auctions. The event will be held at the Grand Hall at Westlake Gardens this year. Tickets go on sale in the church office Sept. 16th after the worship service. Please consider donating items to the auction (a list of suggested items is posted by the donation bin). Our gift gathering will take place on Sept 16th and 17th between church services. Proceeds this year will be used for tuition assistance and a playground shade shelter for the students. 

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 or 317.409.6565 (talk or text).  Thank you!

SGO forms are available at the Welcome Center or online at lutheransgo.org. Be sure to submit your donation before the state tax credits run out!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Marian Schafer, and Nancy Schuch. For all of our homebound members including Barb Perry. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Church Picnic, Aug. 27th, 12:15 p.m.

New Worship Schedule and Sunday School, Sept. 10th

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.

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 51:1-6

1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him. For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, Thanksgiving and the voice of song. “Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples. My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for me, and for my arm they wait. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 11:33-12:8

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in  generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

 GOSPEL READING, Matthew 16:13-20

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

Weekly Announcements 08.18.17

GOD'S SILENCE

 

August 20, 2017

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

 If you’ve ever received the silent treatment from someone you love, it stings. If you’ve ever felt you were receiving the silent treatment from God, that stings even worse! Today’s gospel shows us that times of perceived silence are opportunities to demonstrate our faith. Feelings betray us. Friends may desert us. God proves faithful, even when we don’t feel worthy of His love.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHURCH PICNIC ~ Join us for our annual  church-wide fellowship on August 27th at 12:15 p.m. Fried chicken, beverages, and dinnerware will be provided by the church, and each family is asked to bring a side dish to share with fellow church members. Please take a moment to sign-up at the Welcome Center to indicate how many for your family will be attending and what you will bring to share.

Sunday school ~ Our dedicated Sunday School hour begins at 9:30 a.m. on September 10th. See the bulletin insert for our exciting new class schedule. Be sure to sign-up for the class of your choice at the Welcome Center.

PASTOR’S CLASS ~ Beginning on Sunday, September 10th, Pastor Lepley will be teaching Reading Romans with Luther in the sanctuary during Sunday School hour. Please be sure to sign-up in advance for this class so that we may order a book for you. The cost of the book is $15.00.

Altar Guild ~ Serve behind the scenes by assisting with communion ware, candles, and cleaning the altar area. Work with a team of 4-5 members twice a year for one month. Time commitment: One service each week for a month, two months per year.

Music Ministry ~ We can always use more singers and ringers!  Please consider using your God-given talents in service to our Lord! Groups are resuming practice September 6-7th. Adult Choir (high school--adult) Wed., Sep. 6th, 7-8:30 p.m.;  Adult Handbell Choir, Thurs., Sep. 7th, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; Youth Chorale (gr. 6-12), Thurs., Sep. 7th, 6-6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary (note change of time and place); Jr. Choir (gr. 2-5), Thurs., Sep. 7th, 6:30-7 p.m.; Jr. Handbell Choir (gr. 3 and up)--Thurs., Sep. 7th, 7-7:30 p.m. Contact Joyce with any questions.

OSLS ~ Half of the SGO state tax credits have already been distributed. If you plan to donate to the fund, please be sure to maximize its benefit by submitting your form soon. SGO contributions to the school go toward tuition assistance for those who qualify and may not otherwise be blessed with a quality Christian education.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Kathy Ruggles, Marian Schafer, Herb Schortemeyer, Nancy Schuch, Annette Stoneking, Dian and Stephen Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Al and Janie Durkee. For all who mourn, including the family and friends of Humphrey Omondi. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Israel Study, TODAY, 12:15 p.m.

Church Picnic, Aug. 27th, 12:15 p.m.

New Worship Schedule and Sunday School, Sept. 10th

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.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 56:1,6-8 

1Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my righteousness be revealed.

 

6“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant—these I will bring to my holy mountain,  and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.” The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, “I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.”

 

EPISTLE READING, Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32 

1I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew.

13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry 14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. 15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?

28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. 32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.

 

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 15:21-28 

21 And Jesus went away from there and withdrew to the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And behold, a Canaanite woman from that region came out and was crying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is severely oppressed by a demon.” 23 But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came and beg- ged him, saying, “Send her away, for she is crying out after us.” 24 He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.” 26 And he answered, “It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table.” 28 Then Jesus answered her, “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed instantly.

 

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