MEASURE OF HAPPINESS
August 4, 2019
Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
When a man approached Jesus with a question about inheritance, Jesus redirected him, challenging him to consider the source of true happiness. Too many people think that if they just had this or that, then they would be happy. The reality is, God has given us what we have. It is enough. When we covet, we are guilty of trying to find our hope and happiness in something other than God and what He’s provided. Thankfully Christ was perfectly poor, to atone for our covetousness and our poverty of soul.
CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION—All 5-8th grade students and parents are encouraged to join us TONIGHT from 5-6:30 pm for an introduction to Confirmation Instruction at OSLC.
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.
ON being lutheran—Pastor Lepley leads a new class exploring how Lutheran teaching influences every aspect of our daily life. The Bible and the Book of Concord teach us that “being” is much more important than “doing” in our walk with Christ.
OSLS—Praise God for providing workers for the harvest! Today we are installing Nicolette Mierow and Hannah Sugita as called teachers to Our Shepherd. We are also dedicating our new faculty and staff including teachers: Abby Fritcha, Jena Mackay, Julie Prahlow, and Amber Whitson, aides: Doug Lynch, Monica Marks, and Heather Shell, support staff: Brandi Matthews, Tomi Mattick, and Nyema Russell, as well as returning faculty and staff: Carie Andrews, Kristine Beltz, Rachel Burris, Shirley Cronauer, Tracie Douglas, Lisa Dubke, Carlie Eberhard, Amy Hedges, Amy Helmkamp, Jamie Kelley, The-Resa Lipsey, Kim May, Aaron McPeak, Rachel Miller, Mary Teipen, Rosemary Thomas, and Heather Wash.
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -Praise be to God for the outreach and ministry opportunities we have through Our Shepherd Lutheran School! As of this week, 80 out of 115 families with a child in our school (70%), are not members of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. We rejoice that our school, as an extension of our mission, is reaching unchurched families in our community, blessing them with the Good News of Salvation in Jesus Christ!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, and Tim Yeadon. For all of our homebound members including Katie Koontz. 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, Rex Rafferty, and Brandon Richey.
Confirmation Orientation, Aug 4, 5:00 pm
2nd grade Bible Presentation, Aug 10-11, all services
Church Picnic, Aug 18, 5:00 pm
Small Group Kick-off, Sept 7, 7:30 pm
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26
2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.
12 I the Preacher have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 14 I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
18 I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come after me, 19 and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will be master of all for which I toiled and used my wisdom under the sun. This also is vanity. 20 So I turned about and gave my heart up to despair over all the toil of my labors under the sun, 21 because sometimes a person who has toiled with wisdom and knowledge and skill must leave everything to be enjoyed by someone who did not toil for it. This also is vanity and a great evil. 22 What has a man from all the toil and striving of heart with which he toils beneath the sun? 23 For all his days are full of sorrow, and his work is a vexation. Even in the night his heart does not rest. This also is vanity. 24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,25 for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? 26 For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.
SECOND READING, Colossians 3:1-11
1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 12:13-21
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”