ST. TIMOTHY - PASTOR AND CONFESSOR
January 26, 2020
St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor
St. Timothy, though a young man and convert to Christianity, was the right-hand man of St. Paul. God called St. Timothy to carry on the work begun by Paul when many churches were founded and needed a shepherd to continue to teach them God’s Word. He reminds us of the importance of raising up the next generation of faithful Christians. As we celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week, we are reminded that this is the very same mission of our Lutheran schools.
COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY—We value your input and invite you to participate in our survey created to gauge the effectiveness of the modes of communication we currently use at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. Please provide feedback so that we may be a blessing to you. Click the link in your email or complete a paper copy of the survey, available at the Welcome Center. The deadline to submit your survey is Monday, January 27.
SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY—Eat-enjoy a sampling of different soups and chili and vote for your favorite recipe. Compete-sign up to enter the free contest for a chance to win the Golden Ladle Award! Fellowship-dinner at 5 pm. Fun-games and football start at 6:30 pm. Family-half-time praise and devotion led by high school youth. Hope to see you on Feb. 2, SOUPer Bowl Sunday!
MARRIAGE RETREAT—Registration is available in the narthex and at bit.ly/7rings2020. The retreat will be at Seasons Lodge in Brown County from Feb. 28-Mar. 1. The cost is $325 per couple and includes lodging, meals, and study materials. Please register by Feb. 16.
ALL SAINTS’ FEST—By the grace of God and through your generous donations, this year's All Saints' Fest auction raised right at $35,000. These funds will be used for tuition assistance and to update school technology needs.
OSLS—This week is National Lutheran Schools Week! We celebrate the heritage of education and Lutheran witness with nearly 2,000 Lutheran schools across the country. Please keep the students, faculty, and staff of Our Shepherd’s school in your prayers. Join us in giving thanks for the daily opportunity to openly share the love, mercy, and forgiveness found in Christ with our students and one another.
Enrollment for school is open! We expect early childhood, Kindergarten, and 1st grade to be near capacity. If interested, apply for admission now. Contact Tomi Mattick (networking@ourshepherd. org), Principal Amy Hedges ( ) or visit our website to apply.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lisa Boettcher, Anna Cronauer, Paula Gentry, Mike Gulley, Joe and Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Jeremiah Miskimen, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Al and Marian Schafer, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Cheryl Barksdale. For all missionaries including Pastor and Deaconess Meeker at Point of Grace Academy, Kenya. 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.
Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1
SOUPer Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, 5 pm
Ladies Guild Meeting, Feb. 18, 7 pm
Marriage Retreat, Feb. 28-Mar. 1
FIRST READING, Isaiah 9:1-4
1 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. 3 You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. 4 For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.
EPISTLE READING, 2 Timothy 1:3-14
3 I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4 As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 5 I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7 for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10 and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11 for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12 which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 4:12-25
12 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— 16 the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 18 While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 19 And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” 20 Immediately they left their nets and followed him. 21 And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. 23 And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. 24 So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, those having seizures, and paralytics, and he healed them. 25 And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.