BLESSINGS OF BAPTISM
January 13, 2019
First Sunday after the Epiphany
Baptism of Our Lord
Baptism is a gift we can’t fully appreciate on this side of eternity. In the water, God’s Word joins us to Christ in a truly miraculous way. We become His and He becomes ours in a way that can’t be broken. Thank God for this wonderful gift!
ISRAEL TRIP BIBLE STUDY—The study to prepare pilgrims for our Israel trip is open to all who'd like to learn more about the Old Testament history of Jesus' ancestral home. Join us to learn about Bethlehem, King David's hometown, following worship on Jan. 23 in the narthex.
MARRIAGE RETREAT—Registration is now open for all couples who'd like to grow in their relationship by learning how to Get Connected, Feel Connected and Stay Connected Feb. 15-16 at the Comfort Inn, Avon. Cost of $175 includes materials, activities and meals. Family Counselor Nancy Eisenman, MSW, LCSW, will lead our retreat. Itinerary and sign-up are at the Welcome Center. For those who'd like to make this a get-away and spend the night at the hotel, a reduced rate is available. Registration is limited, so sign-up before the cost goes up to $195 on January 28.
BIG GAME PARTY—You are invited to join us for the Big Game Party this year on Sunday, February 3 from 6-10 p.m. We will have traditional game day food, games in the narthex and gym, a special half-time performance from the youth Praise Team, and a room set-up for serious football-watching fans. This is a family friendly event, so invite your friends to come watch the game at Our Shepherd.
NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK & OSLS STAFF RECOGNITION—National Lutheran Schools Week provides nearly 2,000 preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work among us in schools of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. As this week approaches, we want to recognize the work of our school staff with a blessing during the 8 a.m. service on January 27. Blessing bags are in the narthex if you’d like to offer a note of encouragement or token of gratitude.
OSLS ENROLLMENT—Open enrollment for the community has begun. Be sure to tell your friends and neighbors about us!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Nicole Cook, Trudy Gierke, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer, and Frances Wells. For all of our homebound members including Sigurd Zielke. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty.
Ladies Circle Meeting, Jan. 17, 10 a.m.
OSLCS Offices Closed, Jan. 21
GO Mission Event, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
OSLS Staff Recognition, Jan. 27, 8 a.m.
Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 28– Feb. 2
NYG Applebee’s Fundraiser, Feb. 2, 8-10 a.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 43:1-7
1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. 3 For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you. 4 Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life. 5 Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you. 6 I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, 7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
EPISTLE READING, Romans 6:1-11
1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 3:15-22
15 As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16 John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” 18 So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. 19 But Herod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother's wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done, 20 added this to them all, that he locked up John in prison. 21 Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heavens were opened, 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”