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.
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.
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
FIRST READING, Isaiah 58:3-9a
3 ‘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. 4 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. 5 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? 7 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? 8 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. 9 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. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 6 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. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 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.