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LOST IN DISBELIEF: FOUND IN JESUS

May 26, 2019

Sixth Sunday of Easter

In today’s Gospel reading, we see a man who wants to be healed by a pool. He is so blinded by his disbelief that he actually asks Jesus to help him into the pool to be healed! Jesus’ reaction is one of patience, grace, and also correction. It is important that we ask ourselves why is this interaction between Jesus and this man so important for us to learn from?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

MEMORIAL DAY is the national holiday set aside to remember the sacrifices made by many military men and women to preserve and defend our country. As a practice of our faith, it is good for us to dedicate time to pray for and thank those who have served and continue to serve our country. We encourage you to thank a veteran, plant a flag, or pause to pray—thanking God for those men and women who serve.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD—We want to celebrate and join you in praising God for your blessings! Please let us know ( ) about graduations, weddings, and births.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL—Registration is now open for ROAR! Join us for VBS on June 9-13 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Dinner will be available for families beginning at 5:30 pm. Register online to volunteer or participate: vbspro.events/p/events/ourshepherdroar. Today is the last day to sign-up to receive a free t-shirt!

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS—The church office will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Summer hours begin on May 28: Monday-Thursday 9 am-3 pm. Our pastors are always on call in case of a pastoral emergency.

OSLS—We wrapped up another school year, and thanks to your prayers and God’s provision we gained 24 new students over the course of the year. We also continued our streak of school children baptisms as we welcomed Tanner Coons to the Our Shepherd family at a special service on Tuesday.

As God continues to provide blessings to our ministry, we’d like to announce that Jena Mackay has accepted our offer to teach 2nd grade in the 2019-2020 school year.

OSLS is seeking qualified applicants for a part-time resource teacher and a part-time Spanish teacher through June 7. Please submit a letter of interest and a resume to principal Hedges. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Don Brewer, Chloe C., Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Marie Olson, Al Schafer, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Karen Tyler, Bob Wagner, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Jim and Doreen Schneider.  For all who mourn including the family and friends of Bruce Richter. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Alyssa Anders, and persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military including Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

VBS Volunteer Orientation, Jun 2, 12 pm

VBS Dinners, Jun 9-13, 5:30 pm

Vacation Bible School, Jun 9-13, 6-8 pm

National Youth Gathering, July 11-15 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Acts 16:9-15

And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” 10 And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. 11 So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. 13 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14 One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15 And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

 

SECOND READING, Revelation 21:9-14, 21-27

Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

 

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. 22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.

GOSPEL READING, John 5:1-18

1After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” 18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. 

Weekly Announcements 05.17.19

SORROW TURNED INTO JOY

May 19, 2019

Fifth Sunday of Easter 

At the Last Supper, Jesus warned His disciples of the sorrow they’d experience in His absence. When life deals you a bad hand, it’s ok to be sad. It’s perfectly normal to be disappointed. When life lets you down, it’s good to be aware of God’s presence and His power to turn your sadness into gladness.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us for our Congregational Voters’ Meeting TODAY at 12 pm. Agenda items include: the annual budget, calling teacher Nicolette Mierow, voting on Vice President candidate, Sam Karnick, and ministry updates.

2019 GRADUATES—Please let the church office ( ) know of any current members that will be graduating this year so that we may celebrate their accomplishments! Submit names, current school, and plans for the fall by May 22 to be included in the bulletin on Memorial Day weekend.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL—Registration is now open for ROAR! Join us for VBS on June 9-13 from 6:00-8:00 pm. Dinner will be available for families beginning at 5:30 pm. Register online to volunteer or participate: vbspro.events/p/events/ourshepherdroar. Sign-up by May 26 to receive a free t-shirt!

LWML NIGHT OUT—All ladies are welcome to join the Ladies Guild for a night out at Charbono’s on May 21 at 6 pm. Be sure to sign-up near the Luther Room by May 19.  

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS—The church office will be closed on Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day. Summer hours begin on May 28: Monday-Thursday 9 am-3 pm. Our pastors are always on call in case of a pastoral emergency.

OSLS—The school year is quickly coming to an end! Church members are always welcome to participate in school events. Check out our Upcoming Events calendar for fun annual activities including, Eighth Grade Graduation, end-of-the-year chapel service followed by an awards ceremony, and field day. Contact the church office if you’d like to volunteer to participate in any of these events.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS - The shipping container that was so generously packed full of supplies has arrived at Point of Grace Academy! Nearly all of the items that were gathered by Emanuel, Our Shepherd, and Grace Lutheran churches passed government inspections. Additionally, Orphan Grain Train donated 13,068 pounds of processed rice meals, an altar, a pulpit, among many other beneficial items. OGT purchased the container, which will become a classroom, paid the shipping fees to Port of Mombasa, Kenya, and trucking the container to Point Of Grace. 4Kenyas Kids paid for the crane/forklift rental, Kenya import taxes, and cement slabs from ongoing donations. Praise be to God! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Don Brewer, Chloe C., Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Nicole Marquardt (and babies), Marie Olson, Al Schafer, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Karen Tyler, Bob Wagner, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Elizabeth Tiemeier. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Janice Levenhagen. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries and persecuted Christians. For our active military including Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Voters’ Meeting, TODAY, 12 pm

OSLS 8th grade graduation, May 23, 7 pm

Vacation Bible School, Jun 9-13, 6-8 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

FIRST READING, Acts 11:1-18

1 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.” But Peter began and explained it to them in order: “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision, something like a great sheet descending, being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to me. Looking at it closely, I observed animals and beasts of prey and reptiles and birds of the air. And I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’ But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’ 10 This happened three times, and all was drawn up again into heaven. 11 And behold, at that very moment three men arrived at the house in which we were, sent to me from Caesarea. 12 And the Spirit told me to go with them, making no distinction. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. 13 And he told us how he had seen the angel stand in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa and bring Simon who is called Peter; 14 he will declare to you a message by which you will be saved, you and all your household.’ 15 As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?” 18 When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

SECOND READING, Revelation 21:1-7

1Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

GOSPEL READING, John 16:12-24

12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. 14 He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 15 All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you. 16 “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” 17 So some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this that he says to us, ‘A little while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 18 So they were saying, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” 19 Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Is this what you are asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‘A little while and you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see me’? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. 23 In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. 24 Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.

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