ACCORDING TO YOUR ABILITY
November 19, 2017
Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost
As we read the “Parable of the Talents,” we see that God does not care about how much “ability” we have to serve Him. God's will for us is to serve Him the best we can with what He has given us. Serving God has never been about how much, but rather our willingness to serve!
THANKSGIVING SERVICE AND PIE FELLOWSHIP - Bring a friend and join us for worship on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 22nd at 6:30 p.m. and then stay for our annual Pie Fellowship. Please be sure to sign-up at the Welcome Center to let us know if you will be attending and if you would like to share one of your special pies.
CHURCH DECORATING - Our Shepherd is blessed with a large facility so it takes a lot of decorations and hands to beautify our campus for the Advent/Christmas season remembering Christ's birth and looking forward to His Second Coming. Decorating takes place in the sanctuary, narthex and outside. Please join us on Friday, Dec. 1st at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2nd, at 9 a.m. to decorate. Drinks and snacks will be provided.
AVALANCHE SQUAD - Want to play in the snow? The snow removal team is looking for volunteers to assist with clearing the sidewalks, driveways and parking lot. Contact Mark Meyerholtz at mmeyerholtz@ indy.rr.com to help.
MOPS ADVENT TEA - Our Shepherd MOPS cordially invites all women (high school aged and above) to an afternoon of dessert and fellowship in preparation for the Advent season. The 15th annual Advent Tea will be Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1–3 p.m. There is no charge for the event, but reservations are required. Reserve your seat in the church office.
OSLS - With the assistance of Mrs. Lepley, the fourth grade students applied for a grant from the Hendricks County Solid Waste Management District to install another water bottle refill station on the water fountain and expand our current recycling program to include plastic, metal, glass, and cardboard. They were awarded $1,800 to use for the projects!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Warner Bartleson, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Richard Olack, and Marian Schafer. For all of our homebound members including Herb Schortemeyer. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
Thanksgiving Eve Service and Pie Fellowship, Nov. 22nd, 6:30 p.m.
Church Decorating, Dec. 1st, 6:30 p.m. & Dec. 2nd, 9 a.m.
MOPS Advent Tea, Dec. 2nd, 1 p.m.
Advent Services, Dec. 6, 13, 20th, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Zephaniah 1:7-16
7 Be silent before the Lord God! For the day of the Lord is near; the Lord has prepared a sacrifice and consecrated his guests. 8 And on the day of the Lord's sacrifice— “I will punish the officials and the king's sons and all who array themselves in foreign attire. 9 On that day I will punish everyone who leaps over the threshold, and those who fill their master's house with violence and fraud. 10 “On that day,” declares the Lord, “a cry will be heard from the Fish Gate, a wail from the Second Quarter, a loud crash from the hills. 11 Wail, O inhabitants of the Mortar! For all the traders are no more; all who weigh out silver are cut off. 12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do ill.’ 13 Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.” 14 The great day of the Lord is near, near and hastening fast; the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter; the mighty man cries aloud there. 15 A day of wrath is that day, a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 a day of trumpet blast and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the lofty battlements.
EPISTLE READING, 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
1Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 2 For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. 5 For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. 6 So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 25:14-30
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours. 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’