FIRE AND DIVISION
August 18, 2019
Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
Jesus brought the Kingdom of God and showed us what that looks like in all He did and all He said. Jesus showed us patience, peace, forgiveness, love, and mercy. He raised the dead and drove out demons. So it is fair to ask after reading the Gospel reading for today from Luke, “Why does Jesus say He came to cast fire upon the earth,” and cause divisions?
CHURCH PICNIC—Join us for our annual church picnic TODAY beginning at 5:00 pm. Be prepared for family games including bingo, tug-of-war, watermelon eating contest, water balloon races, and bean bag toss. Win prizes playing the infamous Plinko game. Children can join our games, play on the playground or in the bounce house. Didn’t sign-up? You’re still welcome to participate!
TOWN HALL MEETING—Next Sunday following the 10:45 am worship service.
FALL NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning Sunday, September 8 at 7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd.
Music Ministry—Calling all singers and ringers! Please consider using your God-given talents in service to our Lord! Groups are resuming practice Sept. 4-5. Adult Choir (high school-adult) Wed., 9/04, 7-8:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir I (beginning ringers; 3rd grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 6-6:30 p.m.; Jr. Choir (2nd-5th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 6:30-7 p.m.; Youth Chorale (6-12th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 7-7:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir II (experienced ringers; 6th grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Joyce, , with any questions.
OSLS—There are many ways you can help support the ministry of Our Shepherd Lutheran School. Keep our students, staff, and families in your prayers; participate in SCRIP, Kroger Rewards, Coke Rewards, and Box Tops; help with a need through our Amazon wish list; give financial support (and receive an Indiana tax credit) with a donation to the SGO; and/or plan to attend All Saints' Fest Auction on November 15th. See or email Principal Hedges for more information!
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -Pastor Daniel Coffey, called by Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in 2009 to serve as the leader of the Indiana State Police Chaplain Program was recently earned the prestigious Diplomate Credential from International Conference of Police Chaplains. He has been in chaplain ministry since being a seminary student at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne. While his full time position at the State Police keeps him busy most of the time, Pastor Coffey enjoys serving at OSLC by helping occasionally with worship services. wife, This September will mark the twenty sixth anniversary of Chaplain Coffey’s service as a law enforcement chaplain.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Frank Birerly, Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, and Tim Yeadon. For all of our homebound members including Kay Levenhagen. 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 Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.
Church Picnic, SUNDAY, 5 pm
Town Hall Meeting, Aug 25, 12 pm
Small Group Kick-off, Sept 7, 7:30 pm
New Member Class, Sept 8, 7 pm
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Malachi 3:1-5
1 “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. 5 “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.
SECOND READING, Hebrews 11:17-31, 12:1-3
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20 By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. 21 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones. 23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king's edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them. 29 By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 12:49-56
49 “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! 51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” 54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. 55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?