PROCLAIM THE KINGDOM OF GOD
July 6-7, 2019
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
As Jesus sends out the seventy-two, He sent them with a certain task and message. They were to heal the sick and proclaim that the Kingdom of God had come near to them. Even if they were rejected in some cities, they were to proclaim that the Kingdom of God had come near. Jesus warned that they were sheep among wolves! Why did Jesus send the seventy-two with this message and warning? What does this mean for us today for our proclamation of the Gospel?
National Youth Gathering— Please join us in praying blessings upon our members who will be attending NYG this week, that their hearts may be open to our Real. Present. God. Leaders include, Joel Marquardt, Pastor Matt Douglas, Scott Courtney, Marisa Price, Chris Scott, and Courtney Wilkerson. Youth participants include, Sam, Kyle, Corey., Nathan, Andrew, Hannah, Ben, Drew, Lucy, Devin, Kaylee, Alec, Ian, Morgan, Christian, Grace, Meghan, Skylar, Mackenzie, Trinity, Mary, Kyle, Caleb, Lauren, Tommy, Joel, Claire, Taylor, Allie, and Olivia. Mark Borcherding and Katie Darlage will be representing Our Shepherd by serving all Gathering participants as a Community Life Builder and a Young Adult Volunteer, respectively.
LCMS National Offering—Every three years, our Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod meets in convention to determine mission and ministry priorities for the coming three years. We will collect a special offering on July 20-21 during all services. Pamphlets with more information and giving envelopes are available at the Communication Center in the narthex.
OSLS—School faculty and staff are excitedly preparing for the upcoming year. Already, God has blessed us with thirty new students who are joining our school family. We still have openings in all grades; if you have a child, or know of friends and neighbors who desire a high-quality Christian education where students and family will be known and loved by our staff while also knowing the love and grace given through Jesus, Our Savior and Shepherd!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Marie Olson, Becky Roth, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, and Bob Wagner. For all of our homebound members including Frances Wells. For our newest baptized member. For all who are traveling and participating in the National Youth Gathering. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Sam Ruiz of Luterano Indy. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Brian Flannery, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty, and Brandon Richey.
National Youth Gathering, July 11-15
NYG Thank-You Ice Cream Social, July 21, 6:30 pm
Teacher Installation and Blessing, Aug 4, 10:30 am
2nd grade Bible Presentation, Aug 10-11, all services
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 66:10-14
10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy, all you who mourn over her; 11 that you may nurse and be satisfied from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight from her glorious abundance.” 12 For thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip, and bounced upon her knees.13 As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 14 You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice; your bones shall flourish like the grass; and the hand of the Lord shall be known to his servants, and he shall show his indignation against his enemies.
SECOND READING, Galatians 6:1-10, 14-18
1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.5 For each will have to bear his own load. 6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. 17 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. 18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 10:1-24
1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. 2 And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3 Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves. 4 Carry no moneybag, no knapsack, no sandals, and greet no one on the road. 5 Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house!’ 6 And if a son of peace is there, your peace will rest upon him. But if not, it will return to you. 7 And remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they provide, for the laborer deserves his wages. Do not go from house to house. 8 Whenever you enter a town and they receive you, eat what is set before you. 9 Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But whenever you enter a town and they do not receive you, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that town. 13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable in the judgment for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. 16 “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.” 17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” 21 In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 22 All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” 23 Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! 24 For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”