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Weekly Announcements 11.29.19

AN ETERNAL STORY: GOD WITH US!

CREATION

December 1, 2019

First Sunday in Advent

God speaks, and things happen. “Let there be… light, sky, sea, land, creatures…” and it all springs into existence. But God’s Word creates more than matter. He speaks an eternal story, which existed before time and which has no end. This eternal story of love and life governs all of human history - past, present, and future - and the common theme of it all is an almighty God who longs to live with the creation He has made in love.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ADVENT SERVICES—Advent services begin Wed., Dec. 4 at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. with a meal served in the gym at 5:30 pm. Don’t forget our weekly hymn sing! Each week we will sing 6-8 verses of hymns and carols chosen by the congregation. Join us for this Advent service favorite! Please see below for the Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve service schedules.

ADVENT DEVOTIONS—Devotions are available now at the Communications Center. The "Wonders of His Love" booklet includes Scripture, a devotional thought, prayer, and a family-oriented activity for each day of the Advent season. Children's Advent calendars will also be available at our first Advent meal.

CHURCH DECORATING—Join us Friday, Dec. 6 from 6-9 pm and/or Saturday, Dec. 7 beginning at 10 am for decorating the campus in preparation for Christmas. Many hands make the job easier and fun. Light refreshments will be provided. Men, women, and children of all ages are welcome.

POINSETTIA ORDERS—The Altar Guild is once again ordering poinsettias to decorate both worship spaces. There is a sign up sheet by the Luther Room to purchase your plants. The plants are $12 each and payment may be placed in the offering plate with "poinsettia" on the memo line or written on the envelope. December 15 is the deadline for ordering plants. Thank you for helping to beautify our worship spaces!

CHOIR COOKIE WALK—The Adult Choir and Handbell Choir will hold a Cookie Walk on Wed., Dec. 11, 5:15-6:30 pm (between Advent services) in the gym. Cookies are sold for $6 per pound, with all proceeds benefiting our music ministries. Come stock up with festive holiday cookies!

OSLS—The school faculty would like to invite the congregation to celebrate Christmas with our early childhood through 8th-grade students as they present how Christmas is celebrated in different cultures through song. Our program is Monday evening December 16 at 6:30 pm in the sanctuary.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD-Our LTF youth joined with eight other youth groups from across Indiana for the yearly District Youth Gathering. They served at the Shepherd Community Center, helping in their food pantry, preparing and serving breakfast, and preparing donations for Shepherd's annual Christmas store toy drive. We are thankful to be a part of a larger body of Christ doing His work!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Kathy Berkshire, Jeff Bick, Adler, Joe & Laurel Koehler, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Barb Stoner, Norie Strakis, Dian Summerlot, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Al & Marian Schafer. For all missionaries, including Sydney Naber, Lutheran Young Adult Corps serving at Bethany in Milwaukee. 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Advent Services, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

Church Decorating, Dec. 6, 6 pm & Dec. 7, 10 am

MOPS Advent Tea, Dec. 7, 1 pm

OSLS Christmas Program, Dec. 16, 6:30 pm

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 2:4-24

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. 14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 

GOSPEL READING, John 1:1-18

16In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. 

 

Weekly Announcements 11.22.19

SERVANTS OF THE KING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANKSGIVING SERVICE AND PIE FELLOWSHIP—Join us this Wednesday, November 27, Thanksgiving Eve for worship at 6:30 pm and pie fellowship immediately following. Bring a pie to share, and enjoy a slice with your Our Shepherd family!

MOPS ADVENT TEA—Our Shepherd MOPS cordially invites all women (high school aged and above) to an afternoon of fellowship and dessert in preparation for the Advent season. The 17th Annual Advent Tea will be on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 1-3 in the afternoon. Reservations are just $10 per person. Tickets are now available between services. You may also email Michelle Borcherding,  with questions.

ADVENT SERVICES—Advent services begin on Wednesday, December 4 at 4:30 & 6:30 pm with a meal served in the gym at 5:30 pm.

ALTAR FLOWERS—Two flower charts are available for you to donate altar flowers for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or memorials: one chart for our traditional worship services, and one chart for our contemporary worship services. Be sure to sign up for your favorite date. The cost remains $30 for two arrangements in either space. 

ANGEL TREE—The Angel Tree is a way of serving others in need in our church, school, and community. You can be a blessing to someone by taking an angel. Each angel lists an appropriate gift to purchase, instructions for wrapping, and a return date. Please prayerfully consider adopting one or more angels to share Christ’s love with others.

OSLS—We thank our congregation members for their continued support of the school. Those who attended or contributed to All Saints' Fest are truly appreciated and we are blessed by all those who continue to pray for our school and the outreach that we give to our families. We encourage those wishing to support the school financially as the year comes to a close to utilize the Lutheran SGO, which will also provide you with a state tax credit of 50%. Log on to lutheransgo.org or speak to Principal Hedges for more information. 

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD-We rejoice that God continues to bless our partnership with Luterano Indy, led by Pastor Sam Ruiz. The Spanish speaking service on Saturday evenings have seen increased attendance and recently celebrated one year of worshipping here at Our Shepherd. Praise God that He has provided the opportunity to spread the Gospel to our Spanish speaking neighbors. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thanksgiving Eve Service & Pie Fellowship, Nov. 27

Advent Services, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

Church Decorating, Dec. 6, 6 pm & Dec. 7, 10 am

MOPS Advent Tea, Dec. 7, 1 pm

OSLS Christmas Program, Dec. 16, 6:30 pm 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Jeff Bick, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Norie Strakis, Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Paul Maves. For all missionaries, including Pastor and Deaconess Meeker at Point of Grace Academy. 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.

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Malachi 3:13-18

13 “Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? 15 And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’” 16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. 17 “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.” 

EPISTLE READING, Colossians 1:13-20

13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 

GOSPEL READING, Luke 23:27-43

27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” 3Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” 39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

 

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