October 26-27, 2019
God’s plan, from the foundation of the world was uninterrupted love and life with humanity. All may seem lost when life is darkened by sin, yet God has shown the light of His Son to all who live. May we, who have seen His light, now shine His light into the lives of others.
VOTERS’ MEETING—Join us on November 10 at 12:00 pm to vote on the candidates for the Church Governance Board, School Board, Board of Elders, and the Endowment Committee-names are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex. Additional agenda items include: Ministry Team Reports (paper copies available at the Communication Center), Financial Report, Elder Review of Membership Roll, and updates on the Music Director Committee.
LWML FALL RALLY—The LWML Fall Rally will be held at Concordia Lutheran Church, Greenwood on November 2. The theme of the rally will be "Compassion Beyond Words." The morning will begin at 9 am with breakfast served by the host church. There will be a short business meeting at 9:30. Leslie Haines, Executive Director of Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministries based in Ft. Wayne, will be presenting her experience with comfort dogs. A free will offering will be taken to support the Lutheran Military Veterans and Families Ministry. All women of the congregation are invited to attend.
CAMP LAKEVIEW—You are invited to Lakeview Ministries’ dinner auction to support camp and all that this ministry provides. The evening provides a lot of fun and entertainment, but the big winners are the campers! Proceeds from all winning bids and cash donations go into the camp’s general operating fund. The event will be held from 5:00-9:00 pm, Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 at Primo Banquet Hall, Indianapolis. Cost to attend is $50 per person or $400 for a Table of 8.
OSLS—Only one more week to secure your tickets for All Saints’ Fest! Your attendance and participation help support the mission of the school in being able to joyfully share the Gospel. All Saints’ Fest provides scholarships and enhances instructional practices through support of program needs. Unable to attend, but want to support the goal of this event? Mobile bidding is available during the event using a smart device, even if you aren’t present. Join us in supporting the ministry of Our Shepherd Lutheran School! Ticket sales end Nov. 3rd!
SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - Preaching and teaching are celebrated on Reformation Sunday because the rallying cry of the Reformation, Sola Scriptura, taught that God's Word alone stands as the basis of our teaching and practice. Seminarians are encouraged to spend one hour in preparation for every minute preached (Rev. Dr. Carl Fickenscher, CTSFW). We pray for our pastors even as we thank God for generations of faithful preachers and teachers this Reformation weekend.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Jeff Bick, Rosie Fakes, Mark Godby, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Teri & Neil Carlisle. For all small group Bible studies. 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 Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.
LWML Fall Zone Rally, Nov. 2
Voters’ Meeting, Nov. 10, 12 pm
All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 15, 5:30 pm
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Proverbs 8:22-36
22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old.23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water.25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, 26 before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world.27 When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep,28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep,29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,30then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, 31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.32 “And now, O sons, listen to me: blessed are those who keep my ways.33 Hear instruction and be wise, and do not neglect it 34 Blessed is the one who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting beside my doors.35 For whoever finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord,36 but he who fails to find me injures himself; all who hate me love death.”
EPISTLE READING, Romans 3:19-28
19 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God. 20 For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. 26 It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. 27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 11:12-19
12 [Jesus said] “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John, 14 and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear. 16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their playmates, 17 “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn. 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is justified by her deeds.”