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?
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.
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
FIRST READING, Acts 16:9-15
9 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
9 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. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 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?” 7 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.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 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.