OUR WORSHIP IS OUR FAITH SEEN
August 23, 2020
The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost
As we read our Epistle today, we come across several statements that cause us to pause and ponder. Namely, what is “spiritual worship,” and what is meant by, “measure of faith?” Understanding these phrases is key for us as God’s people to understand our work for the Kingdom of God.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Cheryl Barksdale, Marcy Eckhoff-Wagner, Kathy Frank, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Joe Manger, Marjorie Sims, Marcia Stoner, Linda Tangman, John Widau, and Pastor Jon Zehnder. For all who mourn especially the family of Pat Soulter. For all schools, students and educators. For all missionaries including Pastor Daniel Coffey, Chaplain, In. State Police. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Corey Cook, Jr., Dominick Greci, Katelyn Harvey, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.
Sunday School Resumes, TODAY, 9:30 a.m.
Special Voters’ Meeting, Aug. 30, noon
Second Grade Bible Presentation, Sept. 19-20
Sunday School — Resumes Sunday! Pastor Lepley's class, "On Being Lutheran" meets in the Sanctuary and on Facebook Live each week. In the gym, Pastor Matt and Vicar Kyle lead "Do This In Remembrance of Me," a study of Communion. 2 and 3 year olds with their parents meet in room 165. Children's Sunday School meets in room 175. Confirmation small groups meet down the school hall. Children's Sunday School is also available online at YouTube.com/OurShepherdLutheranChurch. Register to receive take-home materials at bit.ly/ss_at_oslcss.
SPECIAL VOTERS’ MEETING — Please join us for an important, yet brief Voters Meeting on August 30th at noon. There are two items on the agenda. Vote to call a Director of Sanctuary Music, and Vote to call SMP Vicar Kyle Borcherding as Pastor. We will need a special quorum, (minimum of 84 people to attend.) There will not be a virtual option because the call votes must be by a ballot vote.
AMBASSADORS OF RECONCILIATION REPORT—Was sent in a congregational email this week. Paper copies are available in the office.
OSLS—Praise Be To God! We have been blessed with a smooth transition for our entire school over the last two weeks. Grades K-8 started on August 10th and the Early Childhood program kicked off on August 17th. Kids remain happy and healthy in the Word of Christ during their time with us each day. The school has taken advantage of the amazing property that Our Shepherd sits on. The Middle School students have fashioned a "mobile classroom" out of multiple camping chairs. The flexibility of this type of seating allows the groups to distance, learn, and be free of any distractions while taking advantage of such areas as the garden and outdoor music classroom to increase their knowledge. Don't worry, our smallest students are feeling the fresh air too. A collaboration of teachers, staff, spouses, and friends made a new learning/play experience possible of these precious children. We will continue to utilize these opportunities to the best of our ability to serve the children of Our Shepherd. Your prayers and support of this ministry is never forgotten. Thank you.
SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD--Thank you for your support of the food pantry! This month we broke records. We served 209 families and 876 individuals. We never know what the circumstances are for the people who come, but we know that God will work things for good. We pray to our Savior Jesus Christ that he may work in each of these families who are fed by the food He provides through us, but more importantly feeds them with His Word so they may know Him as we know Him.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 51:1-6
1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. 2 Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him. 3 For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song. 4 Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples. 5 My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for me, and for my arm they wait. 6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.”
EPISTLE READING, Romans 11:33-12:8
33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 16:13-20
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.