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Weekly Announcements 10.25.19

WISDOM JUSTIFIED

October 26-27, 2019

Reformation Sunday

God’s plan, from the foundation of the world was uninterrupted love and life with humanity. All may seem lost when life is darkened by sin, yet God has shown the light of His Son to all who live. May we, who have seen His light, now shine His light into the lives of others.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us on November 10 at 12:00 pm to vote on the candidates for the Church Governance Board, School Board, Board of Elders, and the Endowment Committee-names are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. Additional agenda items include: Ministry Team Reports (paper copies available at the Communication Center), Financial Report, Elder Review of Membership Roll, and updates on the Music Director Committee.

LWML FALL RALLY—The LWML Fall Rally will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church, Greenwood on November 2. The theme of the rally will be "Compassion Beyond Words." The morning will begin at 9 am with breakfast served by the host church. There will be a short business meeting at 9:30. Leslie Haines, Executive Director of Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministries based in Ft. Wayne, will be presenting her experience with comfort dogs. A free will offering will be taken to support the Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministry. All women of the congregation are invited to attend. 

CAMP LAKEVIEW—You are invited to Lakeview Ministries’ dinner auction to support camp and all that this ministry provides.  The evening provides a lot of fun and entertainment, but the big winners are the campers!  Proceeds from all winning bids and cash donations go into the camp’s general operating fund. The event will be held from 5:00-9:00 pm, Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at Primo Banquet Hall, Indianapolis. Cost to attend is $50 per person or $400 for a Table of 8.

OSLS—Only one more week to secure your tickets for All Saints’ Fest! Your attendance and participation help support the mission of the school in being able to joyfully share the Gospel. All Saints’ Fest provides scholarships and enhances instructional practices through support of program needs. Unable to attend, but want to support the goal of this event? Mobile bidding is available during the event using a smart device, even if you aren’t present. Join us in supporting the ministry of Our Shepherd Lutheran School! Ticket sales end Nov. 3rd!

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - Preaching and teaching are celebrated on Reformation Sunday because the rallying cry of the Reformation, Sola Scriptura, taught that God's Word alone stands as the basis of our teaching and practice. Seminarians are encouraged to spend one hour in preparation for every minute preached (Rev. Dr. Carl Fickenscher, CTSFW). We pray for our pastors even as we thank God for generations of faithful preachers and teachers this Reformation weekend. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Jeff Bick, Rosie Fakes, Mark Godby, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Teri & Neil Carlisle. For all small group Bible studies. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Alyssa Anders, LCMS missionary to Russia. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

LWML Fall Zone Rally, Nov. 2

Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 10, 12 pm

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 15, 5:30 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Proverbs 8:22-36

22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, 26 before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.27 When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,30then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, 31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.32 “And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways.33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it 34 Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.35 For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord,36 but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”

EPISTLE READING, Romans 3:19-28

19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 11:12-19

12 [Jesus said] “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, 17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn. 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.” 

Weekly Announcements 10.18.19

THE JUDGE AND OUR PERSISTENCE

October 20, 2019

19th Sunday after Pentecost

It is easy to lose heart when it seems the world is against us; when it seems that the evil in this world has the upper hand! In our Gospel reading, we are reminded to continually pray and to be persistent like the widow in the parable. She does not lose heart. Today we will consider the connection between the judge in the parable, the widow, and us.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRUNK-OR-TREAT—Trunk-or-Treat brings hundreds of children to Our Shepherd every year. You can help to make this event successful by witnessing Christ's love to our community. Welcome our guests, host a trunk, be a game leader, assist with hayrides/pumpkin chunkin’/parking/set-up/tear-down, or re-stock candy; there are so many opportunities to serve. Sign-up online or in the Narthex to reserve a trunk space and/or volunteer. Candy donations may be deposited in the bright orange candy collection bin across from the coat racks.  

TOWN HALL MEETING—Join the conversation on Thursday, October 24 at 7 pm. Agenda items include general Q & A, pastoral and school updates, Fundraising Policy update, and more.  

ALTAR GUILD—We are beginning to prepare the team assignment calendar for 2020. Altar Guild teams wash communion cups, fill oil candles and clean the altar area. Teams of 4-5 usually serve four weeks at a time, twice a year. Most work can be done immediately after worship. If you would like to serve as an Altar Guild member, please contact the church office. 

OSLS ALL SAINTS’ FEST—Have you purchased your tickets for the 26th Annual All Saints' Fest? You will certainly want to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items created by OSLS students. Unable to attend, but want to participate? Mobile bidding is available during the event using a smart device, even if you aren’t present. Join us in supporting the ministry of Our Shepherd Lutheran School!

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - It is pure joy for our pastors to bring Christ's love to our twenty homebound members on a monthly basis. These members receive pastoral care and communion, but the conversation and loving care is quite possibly the most important part of these visits. If you know of someone who is unable to attend worship, please contact the church office for a pastoral visit.  

IN OUR PRAYERS

Jeff Bick, Rosie Fakes, Tee Lipsey, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Lori Boettcher. 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 Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Town Hall Meeting, Oct. 24, 7 pm

Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 25, 6-8 pm

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 15, 5:30 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 32:22-30

22 The same night [Jacob] arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”

EPISTLE READING, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 18:1-8

1And [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” 

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