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Weekly Announcements 07.26.19

RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FATHER

July 28, 2019

Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

In our Gospel reading, we read a parable about a person in need going to a friend for help. Jesus emphasized that the friend would not ignore his friend’s need. What does this story teach us about our relationship with God?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUNDAY SCHOOL KICK-OFF—Join us on Sunday, August 4, for our Sunday School Kick-off! We’ll sing, pray, meet teachers, learn about this year’s theme, and win prizes for completing the Sunday School Scavenger Hunt.

CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION—All 5-8th grade students and parents are encouraged to join us on Sunday, August 4 from 5-6:30 pm for an introduction to Confirmation Instruction at OSLC. Please RSVP if you would like to join us for a meal at 5 pm.

SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION—As an important milestone in the faith-life our children, we will present all second grade students with a Bible of their own. Join us the weekend of August 10-11 to bless and pray over our second graders and their families.

CHURCH PICNIC—Join us for our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 18 beginning at 5:00 pm. Fried chicken, beverages, and dinnerware will be provided. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share with our fellow church members.  

WD-40—Our team of volunteers makes Sunday School possible by setting up and tearing down the Contemporary worship space on Saturday and Sunday afternoons once per month. Want to help? Email to fill an open spot.

OSLS—As we prepare for a new school year, we will install Miss Hannah Sugita as our third grade teacher and Mrs. Nicolette Mierow as our seventh grade homeroom and middle school science teacher at the 10:30 am service on Sunday, August 4. We will also pray a blessing upon our school faculty and staff during the service. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Tee Lipsey, Pastor Dennis Meeker, Marie Olson, Don Roach, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, and Bob Wagner. For all of our homebound members including Orpha Harris. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dennis Ouellette of LAMP Ministries. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty, and Brandon Richey. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Fall Sunday School Kick-off, Aug 4, 9:30 am

Teacher Installation and Blessing, Aug 4, 10:30 am

Confirmation Orientation, Aug 4, 5:00 pm

2nd grade Bible Presentation, Aug 10-11, all services

Church Picnic, Aug 18, 5:00 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 18:20-33

20 Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, 21 I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.” 22 So the men turned from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the Lord. 23 Then Abraham drew near and said, “Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city. Will you then sweep away the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?” 26 And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” 27 Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.28 Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking. Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.” 29 Again he spoke to him and said, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.” 30 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.” 31 He said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.” 32 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.” 33 And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.

SECOND READING, Colossians 2:6-19

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. 16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 11:1-13

1 Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.” And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” 

Weekly Announcements 07.19.19

DISTRACTED BY GOOD THINGS

July 21, 2019

Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 

It’s hard to reckon, but you have to sacrifice “good” if you want to get “great.” There was nothing wrong with Martha being the gracious host, but she was so distracted by her preparations for Christ that she didn’t get to spend time with Christ! One curse of American Christianity is that many are so busy doing things for Jesus, they spend little time with Him. When we worship, we get to sit with Mary, at the feet of Jesus, to listen and be loved by Christ!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUNDAY SCHOOL—There will be no Children’s Sunday School classes on July 28 for Sunday School teacher training. Please join us for an Open House and Sunday School kick-off on August 4 beginning at 9:30 am.

CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION—All 5-8th grade students and parents are encouraged to join us on Sunday, August 4 from 5-6:30 pm for an introduction to Confirmation Instruction at OSLC. Please RSVP if you would like to join us for a meal at 5 pm.

CHURCH PICNIC—Join us for our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 18 beginning at 5:00 pm. Fried chicken, beverages, and dinnerware will be provided. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share with our fellow church members.  

Nyg thank-you ice cream social—Last week, thirty-one youth and seven adults from Our Shepherd traveled to Minneapolis for the 2019 LCMS National Youth Gathering. Students participated in Bible study, worked on service projects, listened to speakers, attended concerts, and worshiped with over 21,000 other Lutherans from across the country. Join us at 6:30 tonight for an Ice Cream Social to hear about and see photos of our NYG experiences.

OSLS—The Lutheran SGO provides many families with financial assistance to attend Our Shepherd. When you donate to the Lutheran SGO and designate your contribution to OS, not only do you help students, you receive a 50% tax credit, which comes off your state taxes. Talk to Principal Amy Hedges about our SGO and other ways you can help our school.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Pastor Dennis Meeker, Marie Olson, Don Roach, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, and Bob Wagner. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dan Coffey, IN State Police Chaplain. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty, and Brandon Richey.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -

LCMS Youth Gathering, held every three years, provided our youth and adults the opportunity to come together with over 21,000 as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. Our youth raised $210 participating in a 5k, packed over 8,700 meals for children, and donated seven units of blood during their time in Minneapolis. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

NYG Thank-You Ice Cream Social, Today, 6:30 pm

Fall Sunday School Kick-off, Aug 4, 9:30 am

Teacher Installation and Blessing, Aug 4, 10:30 am

Confirmation Orientation, Aug 4, 5:00 pm

2nd grade Bible Presentation, Aug 10-11, all services 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 18:1-10a

1 And the Lord appeared to [Abraham] by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said. ”And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate. They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” 10 The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.”

SECOND READING, Colossians 1:21-29 

21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 10:38-42 

38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” 

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