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Weekly Announcements 8.21.2020

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday School Resumes, TODAY, 9:30 a.m.

Special Voters’ Meeting, Aug. 30, noon

Second Grade Bible Presentation, Sept. 19-20

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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. 

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

 

Weekly Announcements 8.14.2020

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WE ARE WITNESSES

August 16, 2020

Confirmation Sunday

Jesus came from the Father as a witness to the glories of heaven. Forever, Jesus has experienced the goodness and love of God's presence. Through Jesus, we are invited to share in God's glory and love. As God's witnesses now, we share the hope that lives within us.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Cheryl Barksdale, Amy Hedges, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey,  Joe Manger, Margorie Sims, Pat Soulter, Marcia Stoner, Linda Tangman, John Widau, and Pastor Jon Zehnder. For all who mourn especially the family of Virginia Jones. For all schools, students and educators. For all missionaries including Alyssa Anders, LCMS missionary to Russia. 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Sunday School Resumes,  Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m.

Special Voters’ Meeting, Aug. 30, noon

Second Grade Bible Presentation, Sept. 19-20

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUNDAY SCHOOL Resumes on August 23rd!—Adult classes will meet each week in the Sanctuary (with Pastor Lepley), in the Gym (with Pastor Matt and Vicar Kyle Borcherding), and on Facebook Live at 9:30. Children ages 2– 4th grade can participate in our In-Person or At-Home "Foundations of Faith" Sunday School. So that we know best how to prepare, we are asking all families with children to register for Sunday School this fall. Email to register.

Emmaus  Lutheran  Teacher—Emmaus Lutheran School in Indianapolis is seeking an elementary teacher. The teacher would be expected to teach a multi-grade classroom. The teacher would also be expected to have a valid Indiana Teaching License. Please email Brandon Davis at  or call (262) 305-5035, if interested. 

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.

OSLS—Our Shepherd's project approach teaching and multi-aged classrooms in Early Childhood have been recognized as a POWERFUL PRACTICE as part of our recent accreditation. The National Lutheran School Accreditation commission annually recognizes schools which demonstrate innovative leadership through the implementation of best practices related to the academic quality and spiritual development of students. 
We are humbled and blessed to receive this recognition after receiving school-wide accreditation! All glory to be God that we can be an example to other schools in this capacity. Please congratulate our early childhood faculty of Mrs. Tracie Douglas, Mrs. Amy Helmkamp, and Mrs. Abby Fritcha!

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 56:1, 6-8

1 Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my righteousness be revealed.”

“And the foreigners who join themselves to the Lord, to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast my covenant— these I will bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer; their burnt offerings and their sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house shall be called a house of prayer for all    peoples.” The Lord God, who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares, “I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered.”

EPISTLE  READING, Romans 11:1-2a, 13-15, 28-32

1 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel?

13 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry 14 in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them. 15 For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?

28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers. 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. 30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their  disobedience, 31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy. 32 For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.

 GOSPEL READING, John 3:11-21

[Jesus said,]11 Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know, and bear witness to what we have seen, but you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” 

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