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SALT AND LIGHT

February 9, 2020

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Two aspects of faith that are nigh impossible for us fathom are the power of God’s transformative love and the corrosive effects of sin in our life. Jesus used ancient salt to show how sin dissolves faith. Light reveals how God’s mercy and grace shine in our lives. By reflecting on these parables, we will better understand both the extent of our sin and the depth of God’s mercy shown to us in Jesus.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LENTEN SERVICES—Join us Wednesdays in Lent, beginning Ash Wednesday, February 26 for services at 4:30 and 6:30 pm. There will be a meal served each week in the gym between the services at 5:30 pm. A free-will offering will be collected by the group that is hosting the meal. Weekly Bible study will immediately follow the 6:30 pm. service.

RED LETTER CHALLENGE—Jesus said “Follow Me."  During Lent this year, Our Shepherd is taking on the Red Letter Challenge: forty days of Bible reading and doing intended to stretch our faith and bring us back to the basics of being a Christ-follower. You can participate in the Challenge with the 40 day devotional book, in worship, with a small group, during Sunday School, or by joining one of the weekly Challenge Days. Talk with DCEs Mark Borcherding or Joel Marquardt in the Narthex today to learn more or purchase your book. 

LADIES GUILD MEETING—Traci Gibson from Embracing Abilities will be our guest speaker on February 18 at 7 pm in the Luther Room. She will talk about their program and what they do to serve those with disabilities. She will also give information on how we can work together on one of their programs. We will meet in the Luther Room at 7 pm. All women of the congregation are invited. We will also have a short business meeting following the presentation.

PRAYER GARDEN—Intended to be a space of serenity for prayer and reflection, the prayer garden is the last project on the STEM trail. Consider honoring your loved ones with recognition of special milestones. Brick donor forms and more information is on display near the coat racks or visit https://www.brickmarkers.com/donors/osl/

OSLS—Next week (February 11 -13) will be the culmination of a year's worth of work and preparation as the NLSA accreditation team visits our school and reviews our self-study. Accreditation renewal also allows the school to receive accreditation from the state of Indiana. We ask the congregation to please keep the visiting team members, faculty, and staff in your prayers during this time of review and reflection. We look forward to receiving not only validation for things done well, but guidance in areas to focus on as we plan for the next five-year cycle.

One way we SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD is through the six members of our church who are studying for church work careers! We have members studying to serve as teachers, pastors and to be a DCE. What a blessing it is to see the Lord lead our young adults into professional church-work careers! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Paula Gentry, Tee Lipsey, Pat Marsh, Jeremiah Miskimen, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Teri and Neil Carlisle. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Paul Maves and Dale Karner. For all missionaries including Pastor Sam Ruiz of Luterano Indy. 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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ladies Guild Meeting, Feb. 18, 7 pm

Ladies Circle Meeting, Feb. 20, 10 am

Ash Wednesday Services, Feb. 26, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

Marriage Retreat, Feb. 28-Mar. 1

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

FIRST READING, Isaiah 58:3-9a

‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 2:1-12

1And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 5:13-20

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and

give glory to your Father who is in heaven. 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Weekly Announcements 01.31.20

THE PRESENTATION OF JESUS

February 2, 2020

The Presentation of Jesus

 

Even before Jesus was old enough to direct His own steps, His earthly parents brought Him to the Temple to fulfill His Heavenly Father’s will for Him. In this story, we see both the blessing and curse of godly parenting. When we raise our children faithfully, we are blessed to know they are brought up with hearts and minds fixed on God and His mercy. The only downside? The world will not like it and we should expect some measure of godly suffering to follow.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY—Join us Sunday for food, fun, and fellowship-dinner begins at 5 pm., games and football start at 6:30 pm.

RED LETTER CHALLENGE—The challenge begins in three weeks! Purchase your book ($10 each) or sign up for a small group in the Narthex today. The Red Letter Challenge is forty days of Bible reading intended to stretch our faith and bring us back to the basics of being a Christ-follower.

MARRIAGE RETREAT—Registration is available in the narthex and at bit.ly/7rings2020. The retreat will be at Seasons Lodge in Brown County from Feb. 28-Mar. 1. The cost is $325 per couple and includes lodging, meals, and study materials. Please register by Feb. 16.

PRAYER GARDEN - The last phase of the outdoor STEM trail is a prayer garden. It is intended to be a space of serenity for prayer and reflection. Consider honoring your loved ones with recognition of special milestones-baptisms, confirmation, marriage, new memberships, and/or memorials. Brick donor forms and more information will be on display near the coat racks February 2-29.

Lutheran High School—Thinking about a quality Lutheran high school experience for your family or someone you know? Lutheran High School is now providing up to $8,000 in merit scholarships for new students!  If interested, check out their website or speak to LHSI board members, Pastor Matt and Amy Hedges, or your OS association delegates, Chris Scott or Mark Rhoades. Tickets for the spring musical, Seussical go on sale February 1 and may be purchased online!

OSLS—Did you notice the special banners hanging in the Sanctuary? These banners were created in celebration of National Lutheran School's Week. Each small Luther Seal was colored by a student of Our Shepherd Lutheran School and represents the faith that we share with them each day. Thank you to the congregation for recognizing and supporting our students, their families, and our school staff this week. We ask for your continued prayers and support as we strive to daily fulfill the mission of joyfully sharing the Gospel to nurture and grow Christ's children by educating them for life on earth and into eternity! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Anna Cronauer, Paula Gentry, Mike Gulley, Tee Lipsey, Jeremiah Miskimen, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Lori Boettcher. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Laurel Koehler. For all missionaries including Sydney Naber serving at Bethany LC in Milwaukee. 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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SOUPer Bowl Sunday, TONIGHT, 5 pm

Ladies Guild Meeting, Feb. 18, 7 pm

Ladies Circle Meeting, Feb. 20, 10 am

Marriage Retreat, Feb. 28-Mar. 1 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

FIRST READING, Micah 6:1-8

1Hear what the Lord says: Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice. Hear, you mountains, the indictment of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth, for the Lord has an indictment against his people, and he will contend with Israel. “O my people, what have I done to you? How have I wearied you? Answer me! For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, and what happened from  Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.” “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

18 For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” 20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26 For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

GOSPEL READING, Luke 2:22-40

22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, 29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation 31 that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” 33 And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” 36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

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