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AN ETERNAL STORY:

GOD WITH US!

EXODUS

December 8, 2019

Second Sunday in Advent

After centuries of slavery in Egypt, many of God’s people felt abandoned by God. They cried out to Him and He answered their prayer by delivering them from their taskmasters. Just as He was present with them, He continues to be present with us today!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OFFERING ENVELOPES—2020 Offering Envelopes will be available in the narthex beginning December 11. Be sure to pick yours up or grab an ACH authorization form in the narthex if you would prefer to switch to electronic giving.

Sanctuary Display Replacement- An anonymous donor has blessed Our Shepherd with a gift to replace our projectors. Learn more at a meeting in the sanctuary at 9:15 am next Sun., Dec. 15.

PRAYER GARDEN UPDATE—There will be an informational meeting about the current proposed plan for the Prayer Garden at 5:30 pm Wednesday, December 11 in the Narthex. See the plan, learn more, and share your thoughts with the Prayer Garden volunteer team.   

CHOIR COOKIE WALK—The Adult Choir and Handbell Choir will hold a Cookie Walk on Wed., Dec. 11, 5:15-6:30 pm (between Advent services) in the gym. Cookies are sold for $6 per pound, with all proceeds benefiting our music ministries. Come stock up with festive holiday cookies!

POINSETTIA ORDERS—Help beautify both worship spaces by donating poinsettias this season. There is a sign up sheet and a form to fill out by the Luther Room to place your order. The plants are $12 each. Payment may be placed in the offering plate with "poinsettia" on the memo line or written on the envelope. December 15 is the deadline for ordering. Thank you!

SWANS OUTING—All are invited to join the SWANS group at the Hendricks Symphonic performance of Sounds of the Season @ Calvary UMC, 575 W. Northfield Dr., Brownsburg on December 15 at 3 pm. Advance sale tickets are available at area libraries and North Salem State Bank locations for $12. The group plans to gather for dinner at The Coachman in Plainfield following the performance.

OSLS—Are you a Thrivent Member with Choice dollars? You still have time to designate these funds before losing them. Consider a designation towards the ministry of the school to be a part of reaching children and families with the love of Christ while providing them with a Christian Education. Not a Thrivent member, but still want to support the school ministry? Give through the Lutheran SGO and receive a 50% state tax credit on gifts of cash, stock, IRA rollovers, etc. Have questions? Talk to Principal Amy Hedges.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - Warm thanks to all who took the time to beautify our campus for the Advent and Christmas season! Your help is greatly appreciated.

During a recent chapel service, two of our OSLS students were baptized with the whole school participating in the service! Not long before that, two kindergarteners and their parents were baptized together, becoming new members in our church. What a blessing it is to see God using OS to shower His children with the blessings of life and salvation in Holy Baptism! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Kathy Berkshire, Jeff Bick, Joe & Laurel Koehler, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Pat Marsh, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Barb Stoner, Norie Strakis, Dian Summerlot, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Herb Schortemeyer. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dennis Ouellette of LAMP Ministries. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Advent Services, Dec. 11, 18, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

SWANS Outing, Dec. 15, 3 pm

OSLS Christmas Program, Dec. 16, 6:30 pm

Ladies Circle Meeting and Luncheon, Dec. 19, 10 am 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Exodus 13:17-22

17 When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” 18 But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle. 19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones with you from here.” 20 And they moved on from Succoth and encamped at Etham, on the edge of the       wilderness. 21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. 22 The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the people.

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 10:1-6

1 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 14:12-25

12 And on the first day of Unleavened Bread, when they sacrificed the Passover lamb, his disciples said to him, “Where will you have us go and prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 13 And he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the city, and a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him, 14 and wherever he enters, say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says, Where is my guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 15 And he will show you a large upper room furnished and ready; there prepare for us.” 16 And the disciples set out and went to the city and found it just as he had told them, and they prepared the Passover. 17 And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. 18 And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” 19 They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” 20 He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. 21 For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” 22 And as they were eating, he took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.” 23 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, and they all drank of it. 24 And he said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. 25 Truly, I say to you, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.” 

Weekly Announcements 11.29.19

AN ETERNAL STORY: GOD WITH US!

CREATION

December 1, 2019

First Sunday in Advent

God speaks, and things happen. “Let there be… light, sky, sea, land, creatures…” and it all springs into existence. But God’s Word creates more than matter. He speaks an eternal story, which existed before time and which has no end. This eternal story of love and life governs all of human history - past, present, and future - and the common theme of it all is an almighty God who longs to live with the creation He has made in love.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADVENT SERVICES—Advent services begin Wed., Dec. 4 at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. with a meal served in the gym at 5:30 pm. Don’t forget our weekly hymn sing! Each week we will sing 6-8 verses of hymns and carols chosen by the congregation. Join us for this Advent service favorite! Please see below for the Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve service schedules.

ADVENT DEVOTIONS—Devotions are available now at the Communications Center. The "Wonders of His Love" booklet includes Scripture, a devotional thought, prayer, and a family-oriented activity for each day of the Advent season. Children's Advent calendars will also be available at our first Advent meal.

CHURCH DECORATING—Join us Friday, Dec. 6 from 6-9 pm and/or Saturday, Dec. 7 beginning at 10 am for decorating the campus in preparation for Christmas. Many hands make the job easier and fun. Light refreshments will be provided. Men, women, and children of all ages are welcome.

POINSETTIA ORDERS—The Altar Guild is once again ordering poinsettias to decorate both worship spaces. There is a sign up sheet by the Luther Room to purchase your plants. The plants are $12 each and payment may be placed in the offering plate with "poinsettia" on the memo line or written on the envelope. December 15 is the deadline for ordering plants. Thank you for helping to beautify our worship spaces!

CHOIR COOKIE WALK—The Adult Choir and Handbell Choir will hold a Cookie Walk on Wed., Dec. 11, 5:15-6:30 pm (between Advent services) in the gym. Cookies are sold for $6 per pound, with all proceeds benefiting our music ministries. Come stock up with festive holiday cookies!

OSLS—The school faculty would like to invite the congregation to celebrate Christmas with our early childhood through 8th-grade students as they present how Christmas is celebrated in different cultures through song. Our program is Monday evening December 16 at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD-Our LTF youth joined with eight other youth groups from across Indiana for the yearly District Youth Gathering. They served at the Shepherd Community Center, helping in their food pantry, preparing and serving breakfast, and preparing donations for Shepherd's annual Christmas store toy drive. We are thankful to be a part of a larger body of Christ doing His work!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Kathy Berkshire, Jeff Bick, Adler, Joe & Laurel Koehler, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Barb Stoner, Norie Strakis, Dian Summerlot, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Al & Marian Schafer. For all missionaries, including Sydney Naber, Lutheran Young Adult Corps serving at Bethany in Milwaukee. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Advent Services, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

Church Decorating, Dec. 6, 6 pm & Dec. 7, 10 am

MOPS Advent Tea, Dec. 7, 1 pm

OSLS Christmas Program, Dec. 16, 6:30 pm

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 2:4-24

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. 14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 

GOSPEL READING, John 1:1-18

16In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. 

 

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