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Weekly Announcements 08.30.19

GENUINE GODLINESS

September 1, 2019

Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

Brotherly love. Faithfulness. Sacrifice. Respect. Jesus embodied these ideals. As a matter of fact, He has redeemed us by virtue of His perfect embodiment of God's will for us. Looking to Jesus, “the Founder and Perfecter of our faith,” (Heb. 12:2) how would our lives be changed if we began to truly treat each other as Christ treats us?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SMALL GROUP KICK-OFF—Join us Sat, Sept 7 for worship at 6:30 pm and an introduction to the New Testament portion of the Bible study, The Story. Small Group participants are encouraged to attend. There will be time to meet with your group for introductions and reconnections. Don’t have a small group? Fill out an interest form and we’ll get you connected with one.

Music Ministry—Calling all singers and ringers!  Please consider using your God-given talents in service to our Lord! Groups are resuming practice Sept. 4-5. Adult Choir (high school-adult) Wed., 9/04, 7-8:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir I (beginning ringers; 3rd grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 6-6:30 p.m.; Jr. Choir (1st-5th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 6:30-7 p.m.; Youth Chorale (6-12th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 7-7:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir II (experienced ringers; 6th grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Joyce, , with any questions.

FOOD PANTRY— Our Food Pantry serves over 130 families every month! Without your financial support and food donations, this ministry would not be able to reach the members of our community most in need of our assistance. Financial donations are accepted at any time. The Pantry will be collecting clothing and new, packaged socks and underwear during the month of September for distribution in October. Please talk to Judy James for more info.

OSLS—Our students have started many extra-curricular activities from sports to band to robotics. We invite all congregation members to attend any event at the school. You can find an updated calendar at www.ourshepherd.org/school-events/ or learn more about the school in our weekly Ram News (email  to be added to the mailing). If you would like a physical copy of calendar events or the Ram News, please sign up at the welcome center to have a copy placed in your member mailbox!

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS - “The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Phil 4:5b-6). We are blessed to have a network of members who pray for those who have asked for specific prayers for loved ones in need. To participate in the Prayer Chain or send a prayer request, please email habernathy@ ourshepherd.org. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Al & Marian Schafer. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dennis and Deaconess Lorna Meeker. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Small Group Kick-off, Sept 7, 7:30 pm

New Member Class, Sept 8, 7 pm

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Proverbs 25:2-10

It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. As the heavens for height, and the earth for depth, so the heart of kings is unsearchable. Take away the dross from the silver, and the smith has material for a vessel; take away the wicked from the presence of the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness. Do not put yourself forward in the king's presence or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, “Come up here,” than to be put lower in the presence of a noble. What your eyes have seen do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame? Argue your case with your neighbor himself, and do not reveal another's secret, 10 lest he who hears you bring shame upon you, and your ill repute have no end.

SECOND READING, Hebrews 13:1-17

1Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. 17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 14:1-14

1One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. And he said to them, “Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” And they could not reply to these things. Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place.10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” 12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” 

Weekly Announcements 08.23.19

GOD'S DISCIPLINE

August 25, 2019

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

When we hear the word discipline, it can evoke many different emotions. Discipline can remind us of a time when, as kids, we were scolded and punished for doing something wrong. Does this discipline help us as adults? Should we be surprised that God also disciplines us in our adult lives?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TOWN HALL MEETING—TODAY following the 10:45 am worship service.

SMALL GROUP KICK-OFF—Join us Saturday, September 7 for worship at 6:30 pm and an introduction to the New Testament portion of the Bible study, The Story. Small Group participants are encouraged to attend. There will be time to meet with your group for introductions and reconnections. Don’t have a small group? Fill out an interest form and we’ll get you connected with one.

FALL NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning Sunday, September 8 at 7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd.

Music Ministry—Calling all singers and ringers!  Please consider using your God-given talents in service to our Lord! Groups are resuming practice Sept. 4-5. Adult Choir (high school-adult) Wed., 9/04, 7-8:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir I (beginning ringers; 3rd grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 6-6:30 p.m.; Jr. Choir (2nd-5th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 6:30-7 p.m.; Youth Chorale (6-12th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 7-7:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir II (experienced ringers; 6th grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Joyce, , with any questions.

THANK YOU—Heartfelt thanks go to the newly formed Fellowship Team for organizing and executing the annual Church Picnic with energy, excitement, and fun! Smiles abounded from all ages; all of your time and energy is appreciated!

OSLS—Enjoy dinner at Panera THIS Monday, August 26 from 4-8 pm. This event   will benefit the All Saints' Fest fund to help support the school through the annual auction. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this night of fun and fellowship Friday, November 15 at the new Embassy Suites Event Center in Plainfield. Funds from All Saints' Fest will be used towards the upgrade of and purchase of new technology for student instruction. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Paul Maves. Thanksgiving for the safe birth of Walker Lee Sitz to Jenni (Doug & Jeanine Hiteshew) and Jake. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Rev. Dan Coffey, IN State Police Chaplain. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Town Hall Meeting, TODAY, 12 pm

Small Group Kick-off, Sept 7, 7:30 pm

New Member Class, Sept 8, 7 pm

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 66:18-23

18 “For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory, 19 and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations. 20 And they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations as an offering to the Lord, on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord, just as the Israelites bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord. 21 And some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says the Lord. 22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your offspring and your name remain. 23 From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the Lord. 

SECOND READING, Hebrews 12:3-24

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16 that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears. 18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. 

GOSPEL READING, Luke 13:22-30

22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” 

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