October 15, 2017
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
We’re all trying to measure up. Trying to meet expectations. Trying to fit in. Trying to find our place. How much easier would life be if we realized that in Christ we already do have all of this? God’s grace has given us a place in His family. Now we get to live our lives with the blessings of His love and not trying to work it out on our own.
TRUNK-OR-TREAT ~ Sign-up to be a part of our community outreach event! Join us for a fun-filled, family-friendly evening of hayrides, live music, food trucks, games, pumpkin chunkin’ and trunks full of CANDY on Friday, October 27th from 6-8 p.m. Sign-up sheets for volunteers and trunk reservations are located in the narthex. A donation bin is located by the Luther Room for those who would like to donate candy. Please be sure to sign-up by THIS Sunday, October 15th.
REFORMATION CONCERT ~ The music ensembles of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church will be presenting a special concert to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It will include congregational hymns and music performed by the Adult Choir, School Choir, Jr. Choir, Youth Chorale, Men's Ensemble, Handbell Choir, and Brass Ensemble, focusing especially on hymns of Martin Luther. We invite you to celebrate this milestone with us!
VOTERS’ MEETING ~ Join us November 5th at 12:00 p.m. for our next Voters’ Meeting. Let us know what you think about our new proposed Vision Statement: “Growing as a community in Christ as we SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD.”
FALL BREAK ~ The church office will be open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday-Thursday during the week of Fall Break, October 16-19th. We will resume normal hours, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday on Oct. 23rd.
ALL SAINTS’ FEST ~ Time is running out! Have you purchased your tickets for the 24th Annual All Saints' Fest? Be sure to take advantage of babysitting offered that evening. Don’t forget to donate gift cards or items toward the auction. Each grade also contributes handmade items for the auction. You will certainly want to bid on some of these special items created by OSLS students! As in the past, mobile bidding is available during the event using a smart device. Come for a great celebration that benefits Our Shepherd Lutheran School.
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 Dennis and Shara Toole. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Lucille Barksdale, Alice McKinley, Nancy Schuch, and Robert Tiemeier. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
Ladies Circle, Oct. 19th, 10 a.m., Luther Room
Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 27th 6 p.m.
All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 3rd, 5:30 p.m.
Voters' Meeting, Nov. 5th, 12:00 p.m.
REFORMATION 500th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
Central Region Worship Service, @ Cornerstone, Oct. 29th, 3 p.m.
Reformation Concert, Oct. 29th, 6:30 p.m.
Divine Reformation Service, @ St. Peter’s, Oct. 31st, 7 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 25:6-9
6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. 7 And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9 It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
EPISTLE READING, Philippians 4:4-13
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 22:1-14
1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ 5 But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”