AN ETERNAL STORY:
GOD WITH US!
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!
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.
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
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, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 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.”