March 8, 2020
Second Sunday in Lent
Saints Perpetua and Felicity were two young mothers who lost their lives as Christian martyrs in 203AD. Both women died, finding more joy in Christ than in this life. Their faithfulness, the love and forgiveness they shared with even their persecutors brought many in ancient Carthage to faith. Their example challenges how we treat our “enemies,” by forcing us to examine how our treatment of our enemies demonstrates the quality of our faith.
RED LETTER CHALLENGE—We are on Day 13 of The Red Letter Challenge. This week's theme is “Forgiving.” Follow along with the Challenge daily on our Facebook page. Share in the Challenge with Pastor Matt’s and Cheryl Cassidy’s Sunday School classes along with programming for children. Supplemental questions to enhance your personal study are also available in the narthex.
DAY OF FORGIVING—As we focus on the gift of forgiveness this week, pastors will be available for private confession and absolution. So that you may be personally blessed by Christ’s gift, choose a time to speak with a pastor on Wednesday from 4-8 pm. "Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you." Psalm 55:22
ALTAR FLOWERS—Beautiful plants adorn both traditional and contemporary worship spaces for Easter services. Take advantage of the opportunity to dedicate and donate your choice of lilies, tulips, hyacinths or azaleas, then take them home at the conclusion of the last Easter service on Sunday, April 12. Orders are not limited to just one! Tulips and hyacinths cost $10, lilies are $12 and azaleas are $20 per plant. Order forms and a sign-up sheet are located across from the coatracks.
PRAYER GARDEN—Online and paper orders are still being accepted for brick donations. If you need help with a design or have questions, please contact Donna Maloney at Order online at https://www.brickmarkers.com/donors/osl/
LHSI - Lutheran High School’s annual auction LuFest is April 3rd. It is not too late to purchase tickets to help support the high school ministry at our local Lutheran High School. Please contact the school office at 317-787-5474 for more information.
OSLS—Twenty-four of our 3rd-8th graders competed in the annual SciFest at Lutheran High School this past Thursday. We thank God for the opportunities for learning and growth He provides for our students!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Sara Bartleson, Donald Levenhagen, Tee Lipsey, Pat Marsh, David Payne, Buddy Ray, Anna Rosebrough, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Kay Levenhagen. For all missionaries including Connor Colange 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.
Midweek Lenten Services, Mar. 11, 18, 25, Apr. 1
Red Letter Challenge, Day of Forgiving, Mar. 11
Ladies Circle Meeting, Mar. 19, 10 am
Red Letter Challenge, Day of Serving, Mar. 21
Red Letter Challenge, Day of Giving, Mar. 25
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 12:1-9
1Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” 4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan. When they came to the land of Canaan, 6 Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. 8 From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord. 9 And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.
EPISTLE READING, Revelation 6:9-17
9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. 12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. 14 The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?”
GOSPEL READING, John 3:13-21
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.”