FROM DEATH TO LIFE
January 12, 2020
The Baptism of Our Lord
The Jordan River is a small trickle compared to the rivers around here, but it has tremendous historical and spiritual significance. When Jesus came to be baptized, he came to the same river where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob had entered the Promised Land. This was where Jacob wrestled with God. Joshua led Israel on conquest from the Jordan. Jesus' baptism wasn't just one more special event in the Jordan, but rather the culmination of God's promise to bring His people home.
TOWN HALL MEETING—Join us in the traditional sanctuary on Sunday, January 19 at 12 pm for an informational meeting where we will introduce Pastor Dennis Ouellette, discuss the Red Letter Challenge, sanctuary display upgrades, LED light bulb upgrades, Prayer Garden, National Lutheran Schools Week & Accreditation, and Music Director search.
SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY—Eat-enjoy a sampling of different soups and chilies and vote for your favorite recipe. Compete-sign up to enter the free contest for a chance to win the Golden Ladle Award! Fellowship-dinner begins at 5 pm. Fun-games and football watching start at 6:30 pm. Family-half-time praise and devotion led by high school youth. Hope to see you on February 2, SOUPer Bowl Sunday!
LAKEVIEW MINISTRIES—Where can children experience Christian growth while riding horses, canoeing, swimming, and zip lining? At Lakeview Ministries! Online registration for Camp Lakeview and Lakeview Villages will open on February 3 at 9 am. A week at Lakeview’s Christian camps are full of adventure, joy, and wonder. For more information, visit www.lakeviewministries.camp or call the camp office at (812) 342-4815.
ALTAR FLOWERS—Don’t miss out on choosing dates for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or memorials! We have two options to donate altar flowers in both the traditional and contemporary worship spaces. The cost remains $30 for two arrangements in either space, and you get to take the flowers home to enjoy once the services are over on Sunday.
OSLS—Current school families and church members may begin our online re-enrollment process now! Be sure to complete enrollment before March 22 to receive the discounted $125 fee. Beginning March 23, the enrollment fee increases to $150. The Kindergarten and first grade classes are expected to be near capacity, so secure your child’s spot today! New families should contact the school office for assistance with setting up an online account. Open enrollment for the community begins on January 20.
SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD-This year we join with fellow Christians throughout America in observing Life Sunday on January 19. We celebrate the gift of life with our Savior; Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lisa Boettcher, Anna Cronauer, Adler G., Joe and Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Jeremiah Miskimen, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Al and Marian Schafer, Zane Smith, Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Frances Wells. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Doreen Schneider and Mary Ellen Wolter (Nancy Duigou’s mother). For all missionaries including Conner Colangelo serving at Trinity in St. Louis. 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.
OSLS Chick-fil-A Dine-out, Jan. 13, all day
Ladies Circle Meeting, Jan. 16, 10 am
Town Hall Meeting, Jan. 19, 12 pm
Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1
SOUPer Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, 5 pm
FIRST READING, Isaiah 42:1-9
1Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; 3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. 5 Thus says God, the Lord, who created the heavens and stretched them out, who spread out the earth and what comes from it, who gives breath to the people on it and spirit to those who walk in it: 6 “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I will take you by the hand and keep you; I will give you as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations, 7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. 8 I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. 9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
EPISTLE READING, Romans 6:1-11
1What 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, Matthew 3:13-17
13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”