THE LOST COIN
September 15, 2019
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Most of us can relate to the woman in today's Gospel reading who is trying to find a lost coin. When we lose something of value, we want to find it quickly! When we understand the context and bigger picture of this parable, we are brought to a deeper understanding of God’s love for us. We begin to realize why the woman took extreme measures to find her coin.
Family Promise of Hendricks County—Our Shepherd is now partnering with this non-profit coalition of Christian ministries which have come together to help families experiencing homelessness or near homelessness. They pool resources and work with support agencies to help families regain financial stability. The GO Missions Team is hosting a “Pack the Truck” weekend on September 28-29. Please bring any of your unwanted or extra beds (with sheets), tables and chairs and help pack the truck that will be in the church parking lot. All items will assist families in transition.
Our Savior Work Day—Thank you to everyone who signed up to help at Our Savior! They already have enough volunteers for their work day on September 21. Didn’t have a chance to sign-up, but want to help? They are planning another work day in October or November We’ll keep you posted when the date is set.
FAMILY FUN NIGHT—The Fellowship Team invites you to join the fun on Friday, September 27. This Family Fun Night will have something for everyone! A family friendly movie complete with popcorn and candy (movie theater sized for just 25¢), Euchre tournament, and fellowship. Be sure to bring your own chairs, sleeping bags, and pillows to make yourself comfortable in the gym for the movie. Or, bring your “A” game to win prizes for the top three teams of the Euchre tournament. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the movie and Euchre games will start at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!
OSLS—We have the opportunity to let our community know more about our church and school ministries on September 28 during the Avon Heritage Days Parade and Festival. God has blessed our ministry in the Avon community. However, we often hear that many do not know we have a School, Food Pantry, or other outreach ministries! Would you be an ambassador for Our Shepherd to promote our church and school during the parade or at our booth during this event? Sign-up at the Welcome Center, via the link in the weekly email, or talk to Amy Hedges.
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -Last weekend 23 middle school youth and 13 adults participated in the annual Shopping Cart Challenge. Thanks to the generous support of our youth, Kroger, Meijer, and Thrivent Action Teams, the event purchased over $400 in groceries and made a $150 donation to the Our Shepherd Food Pantry. Thanks to all who donated their time to shop and support our Food Pantry!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Tee Lipsey, Buddy Ray, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Ann Thomas. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Marie Oslon. 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 Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.
PTL Dine-out, City BBQ, Sept 16, all day
Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm
SWANS Cookout, Sept 25, 6:30 pm
Family Fun Night, Sept 27, 6:30 pm
Pack the Truck for Family Promise, Sept 28-29
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Ezekiel 34:11-24
11 “For thus says the Lord God: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them with good pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in justice. 17 “As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord God: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and male goats. 18 Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet? 19 And must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet, and drink what you have muddied with your feet? 20 “Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: Behold, I, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22 I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.
EPISTLE READING, 1 Timothy 1:5-17
5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. 8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine, 11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. 12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 15:1-10 1
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ 10 Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”