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.”
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.
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.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32
1The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “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’? 3 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, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 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. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 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. 2 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.