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Weekly Announcements 09.29.17

WORD ALONE

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.”

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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. 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

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

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.” 

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