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Weekly Announcements 08.16.19

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?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

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. 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. 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. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. “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

1By 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, 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. 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? 

Weekly Announcements 08.09.19

RICH OR POOR?

August 11, 2019

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

According to this passage, God measures wealth differently than we tend to. Lists of the “wealthiest” people indicate net worth and begin with a dollar sign ($). God’s measure is faith, which looks much more like “poverty” in the world’s standards. How do you measure your wealth?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION—This weekend we acknowledge the faith milestone of our second grade students. We pray blessings upon them, and their families, as they receive a Bible of their own.

CHURCH PICNIC—Join us for our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 18 beginning at 5:00 pm. Be prepared for family games including 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. Be sure to sign up at the Welcome Center or via the link in the weekly email.

SMALL GROUP KICK-OFF—Join us Saturday, September 7 for worship at 6:30 pm and an introduction to the New Testament portion of the Bible study, The Story. Small Group participants are encouraged to attend as there will be time to meet with your group for introductions and reconnections. Don’t have a small group? Fill out an interest form and we’ll get you connected with one.

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.

LADIES CIRCLE—Women of the congregation are invited to join us for our August meeting on Thursday the 15th at 10:00 am. We will be working on quilts for Lutheran World Relief this month. Be sure to bring a lunch.

OSLS—Praise God for the 162 students who are attending Our Shepherd Lutheran School for 2019-2020! Of these, 51 are new to our school this year and will get to hear the Word of God taught daily! We thank the congregation for your continued prayers and support of this church ministry. 

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS - We praise God that our YouTube videos have been viewed over 20,000 times (20.0026 as of 7/31/19)! Churches in Maryland, Oklahoma, and Indianapolis are using our Confirmation Instruction for their middle schoolers. By using technology to multiply our outreach, we are reaching more than just the students who walk through our doors with the good news of God’s love in Christ! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

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 Pastor Dennis and Deaconess Lorna Meeker of Point of Grace Academy. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty, and Brandon Richey.

UPCOMING EVENTS

2nd grade Bible Presentation, Aug 10-11, all services

Ladies Circle Meeting, Aug 15, 10 am

Church Picnic, Aug 18, 5 pm

Small Group Kick-off, Sept 7, 7:30 pm

New Member Class, Sept 8, 7 pm

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 15: 1-6

1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

SECOND READING, Hebrews 11:1-16

1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 12:22-34

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26  If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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