AN ETERNAL STORY: GOD WITH US!
December 15, 2019
Third Sunday in Advent
After Saul failed as the first king of Israel, he was followed by a “man after God’s own heart.” David proved to be a greater warrior than Saul because of his faith and trust in God. King David laid the groundwork for the Temple, a permanent place where God promised to dwell among His people. Though the kingdom was taken away from Saul, God established David’s throne forever.
Sanctuary Display Replacement- An anonymous donor has blessed Our Shepherd with a gift to replace our projectors. Learn more at a meeting in the sanctuary at 9:15 am TODAY.
OFFERING ENVELOPES—2020 Offering Envelopes are available in the narthex. Be sure to pick yours up or grab an ACH authorization form if you would prefer to switch to electronic giving.
OUR SHEPHERD ENDOWMENT FUND–The Endowment Fund provides funds for the long-term missions and ministries of our congregation. The Fund has financially supported the academic pursuits of several of our members this year as well as the special needs of the church. Gifts may include, but are not limited to cash, special occasion giving, general assets contributions, memorial gifts, and will bequests. There may be certain tax advantages for donations made before year end. Please talk to your tax advisor for details. For more information about how you can support the work of the Endowment Fund contact the church office or email
POINSETTIA ORDERS—Help beautify both worship spaces by donating poinsettias this season. There is a sign up sheet and a form to fill out by the Luther Room to place your order. The plants are $12 each. Payment may be placed in the offering plate with "poinsettia" on the memo line or written on the envelope. TODAY is the final day to order. Thank you!
NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning Sunday, January 5 at 7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd.
CHRISTMAS FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL—Celebrate Jesus’ birth with us on Sun., Dec. 22 at 9:30 am in Room 165. Bring your family to share the Christmas story, enjoy craft time and hot chocolate.
OSLS—Our Shepherd is seeking an individual to fill a position as a morning early childhood aide for Mrs. Douglas's class beginning January 6. The hours are from 8 am-noon, Monday-Friday. If interested, please contact Principal Amy Hedges by Fri., December 20. You may reach her by phone at 317-271-9100 ext. 227 or Applications may also be picked up from Heather Abernathy in the church office.
SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD-This Saturday, one of our small groups spent the morning sharing donuts and thermal mugs filled with hot cocoa or coffee with men in transitional living at Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis. What a blessing it is to share the love of Christ as we prepare to celebrate His coming.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Katie Cichocki, Nicole Cook, Cal Hauan, Joe & Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Barb Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Norie Strakis. For all who mourn including the family and friends of John S. Strakis. For all missionaries, including Pastor Sam Ruiz of Luterano Indy. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.
Advent Service, Dec. 18, 4:30 & 6:30 pm
OSLS Christmas Program, Dec. 16, 6:30 pm
Family Sunday School, Dec. 22, 9:30 am
New Member Classes Begin, Jan. 5, 7 pm
OLD TESTAMENT READING, 2 Samuel 7:1-17
1Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, 2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” 3 And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” 4 But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, 5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 7 In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ 8 Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. 9 And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. 12 When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. When he commits iniquity, I will discipline him with the rod of men, with the stripes of the sons of men, 15 but my steadfast love will not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away from before you. 16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’” 17 In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 1:26-38
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.