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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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

SCRIPTURE READINGS

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. He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not grow faint or be discouraged till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law. 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: “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, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness. I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols. 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? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 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. 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. 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. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 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.”

 

Weekly Announcements 01.03.20

JEWS AND GENTILES UNITED

January 5, 2020

Epiphany

Epiphany is the revelation and appearance of the Son of God in human flesh. The coming of Gentiles to worship the King of the Jews seems contradictory. However, it has a deep and everlasting significance for all who are called God’s people!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning this evening at 7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd.

CHURCH UN-DECORATING—Join us TODAY following the last worship service to take down and put away the Christmas decorations. 

MARRIAGE RETREAT—Save the date. The 2020 Marriage Retreat will be Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 1 at the Seasons Lodge in Brown County. More details to come.

RED LETTER CHALLENGE—Coming in Lent 2020. Forty days of reading and acting on Scripture. Are you up for the Challenge?

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.

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-We thank God for the life we share with our Shepherd! As we reflect on the past year, we remember all of the wonderful things that God is doing through His saints in this place. We pray God continues to bless you in the new year as you prayerfully consider how you can SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Anna Cronauer, Elena D., Adler G., Joe & Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Jeremiah Miskimen, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Al & Marian Schafer, Doreen Schneider, Zane S., Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Dennis & Shara Toole. For all missionaries including Pastor Daniel Coffey, IN State Police Chaplain. 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

OSLS Chick-fil-A Dine-out, Jan. 13, all day

Ladies Circle Meeting, Jan. 16, 10 am

Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Souper Bowl Party, Feb. 2, 6 pm

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Isaiah 60:1-6

 1 Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes all around, and see; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be carried on the hip. Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and exult, because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you. A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come. They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall bring good news, the praises of the Lord.

EPISTLE READING, Ephesians 3:1-12

For this reason I, Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles— assuming that you have heard of the stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you, how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I have written briefly. When you read this, you can perceive my insight into the mystery of Christ, which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. This mystery is that the Gentiles are fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace, which was given me by the working of his power. To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentile the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God, who created all things, 10 so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 2:1-12

1Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.

 

 

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