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HALLOWED BE THY NAME

The Small Catechism asks, “How is God’s Name Hallowed?”

This very basic question evokes introspection about how we act represents God in this world. We all bear God’s name by virtue of our baptism. He has claimed us and made us His own forever. We are living representations of His will and character. For better or worse.

We often consider how we can honor God with our words and actions. Did you know that you can “hallow God’s Name,” with your reactions?

When God met with His people on Mount Sinai, they reacted with fear. Exodus 20:20, “Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear, for God has come to test you, that the fear of him may be before you, that you may not sin.’” They feared God, and rightly they should have!

The Israelites were struck with the fear of God. But how often is our fear misplaced? We are often quick to fear earthly things, while failing to appreciate the God who is on our side. Our reactions to what makes us uncomfortable or that which is out of our control often reveals the fear that’s often alive and well in our hearts.

In moments of fear, we are tempted. We may lash out in anger. We may retreat into anxiety. These reactions flow from fear, a fear that is often misplaced.

True contentment and courage flow from recognizing that God IS in control, even when we may be spinning out of control. Faith in the Creator trumps fear of anything in creation. This knowledge equips Christians to react to even the most difficult of circumstances with patience and grace.

Christ’s resurrection shows us that God uses the difficult, the discouraging and even the damning to accomplish His will. When we forget Who God is, we react with fear of what confronts us. We would do better to remember Him and that we bear His name.

By virtue of His name, we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus! Nothing can change our eternal destiny with Him. Because we are His, we can react with confident assurance in the One who is greater than all our fears.

Sure. There is plenty to fear in this world. But let’s not let fear get the better of us. Let’s not react in fear, choosing instead to react in faith. This is how God transforms our lowly moments into opportunities for His grace and strength to be revealed to us and through us.

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COVID-19 UPDATE 03.31.2020

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“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13

Our Shepherd family,

I pray you are safe and secure as we continue to navigate life with COVID19. I’m beginning to hear of COVID19 directly impacting members and members’ families. Requests for help are increasing from individuals who are losing work or experiencing financial hardship. I am very concerned of the physical health and emotional wellbeing of those working in the medical field. To all of you whose lives are being affected adversely by COVID19, we recognize your struggle, we care for you and want to help you however we can.

Here’s the most up-to-date information about how COVID19 is affecting Our Shepherd:

 

How social distancing protects others

The best thing you can do to protect yourself and others is stay at home as much as possible. Watch this short informational video to see how social distancing saves lives.

Campus continues to be closed.

Our church and school campus remains closed and will be for the foreseeable future. You may still contact the church by calling (317) 271-9103, or by emailing the staff. We are still accepting deliveries and drop-offs for the Food Pantry at the front door.

Home based Holy Week worship

We are so thankful that we can continue to worship from home during Holy Week!

Palm Sunday Contemporary, Saturday, April 4 at 6:30pm

Palm Sunday Traditional, Sunday, April 5 at 8:00am

Maundy Thursday, Thursday, April 9 at 6:30pm

Tenebre, Friday, April 10 at 6:30pm

Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 11 at 6:30pm

Easter Festival, Sunday, April 12 at 8:00am

Drive-thru Food Pantry this weekend

Our food pantry plays a vital role in our community, and our mission has become simultaneously compromised and more important as COVID-19 spreads. We serve vulnerable populations, and many of our volunteers are senior citizens, or immunocompromised. Hunger continues with or without the virus, and as people in the community experience office and school closures, reduced working hours, and other financial impacts of COVID-19, the need for food assistance will become more pressing. We are striving to create and implement a plan to minimize exposure to the virus. We are communicating with our local partners and the Hendricks County Food Pantry Coalition, adopting recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and implementing strategies adopted by other hunger relief organizations like Gleaners Food Bank to ensure we are doing our best to provide food safely.

To best protect our volunteers and those we serve, we are implementing a drive-up food pantry with curbside delivery to our clients. This will enable us to provide for our clients while maintaining safe social distancing.

 

Continued giving

COVID19 is a challenge for all including our ministry. THANK-YOU to all who have contributed electronically or mailed your contribution. Your continued support is what provides the resources for us to continue to provide for our workers and provide for the physical and spiritual needs of our family and community.

How you may help

We are working with local entities to provide meals for low-income seniors. If you want to help meet this immediate need, please call Heather at the office or sign-up electronically.

Need help?

Please call the church office if you need spiritual or financial assistance. We have volunteers ready to assist with errands or shopping, have been blessed with gifts to our benevolence fund and are always willing to pray. We are here to help and have partner ministries that could meet your specific need. All requests are confidential. You can also submit a request electronically.

The scripture says, “…It was good of you to share in my troubles.” Philippians 4:14. We are all in this together! God has blessed us with His mercy in Christ, so that nothing may interfere with our eternal destiny. He’s also destined that we walk through times of trial together so that our faith in Him may grow and that we have opportunity to demonstrate our love by caring for each other. Stay safe and keep in touch!

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Daniel Lepley

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