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WE ARE GOD'S GARDENERS

February 16, 2020

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

In today’s Epistle, we read how as Christians, we are called by Jesus to be like gardeners who work together in a garden. One gardener plants the seeds, another makes sure to water them, and yet others watch out for threats to the seeds that will hopefully one day become a garden. What are the threats and how does this metaphor apply to the Kingdom of God?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LENTEN SERVICES—Join us Wednesdays in Lent, beginning Ash Wednesday, February 26 for services at 4:30 and 6:30 pm. There will be a meal served each week in the gym between the services at 5:30 pm. A free-will offering will be collected by the group that is hosting the meal. Weekly Bible study will immediately follow the 6:30 pm service.

RED LETTER CHALLENGE—The Challenge begins in ten days: forty days of Bible reading and doing intended to stretch our faith and bring us back to the basics of being Christ-followers. You can participate in the Challenge with the 40 day devotional book, in worship, with a small group, during Sunday School, or by joining one of the weekly Challenge Days.

MARRIAGE RETREAT—Today is the final day to register for the Marriage Retreat at Seasons Lodge in Brown County February 28-March 1. Sign up in the narthex or at bit.ly/7rings2020. The cost is $325 per couple and includes lodging, meals, and study materials.

LADIES GUILD MEETING—Traci Gibson from Embracing Abilities will be our guest speaker on February 18 at 7 pm in the Luther Room. She will talk about their program and what they do to serve those with disabilities. She will also give information on how we can work together on one of their programs. All women of the congregation are invited.

THANK YOU—Many thanks to the Fellowship Team and LTF for hosting the SOUPer Bowl event! Thanks also go to those who attended and participated in the cook-off. Congratulations to Rica Hansing for winning the Golden Ladle award with her Cheesy Potato soup!

OSLS—Praise God, we have been recommended for accreditation renewal! The visiting team noted the following outstanding strengths of our school: the relationship between church and school and among staff, outstanding school climate, mission minded and selflessly serving instructional staff, and respected and dedicated school leadership. The Early Childhood Program was recognized as a Powerful Practice, an example for other schools to follow, in our curriculum as an outstanding, unconventional, cohesive approach to teaching with the use of the Project Approach and multi-age classrooms.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - Men in our community have a role to play in giving the next generation a foundation of trust, honor and mutual respect. Join more than 450 men and volunteers as guest readers in elementary schools across Hendricks County on March 19. Visit shelteringwings.org/men-in-action-read by March 9 for more information and to register.  

IN OUR PRAYERS

Paula Gentry, Tee Lipsey, Pat Marsh, Jeremiah    Miskimen, Buddy Ray, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For all missionaries including Jessie Siek serving at Mount Olive LC 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

Ladies Guild Meeting, Feb. 18, 7 pm

Ladies Circle Meeting, Feb. 20, 10 am

Ash Wednesday Services, Feb. 26, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

Marriage Retreat, Feb. 28-Mar. 1 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Deuteronomy 30:15-20

15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 3:1-9

1 But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.

GOSPEL READING,  Matthew 5:21-37

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. 23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26 Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. 27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. 31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. 33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.

 

Weekly Announcements 02.07.20

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SALT AND LIGHT

February 9, 2020

Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Two aspects of faith that are nigh impossible for us fathom are the power of God’s transformative love and the corrosive effects of sin in our life. Jesus used ancient salt to show how sin dissolves faith. Light reveals how God’s mercy and grace shine in our lives. By reflecting on these parables, we will better understand both the extent of our sin and the depth of God’s mercy shown to us in Jesus.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LENTEN SERVICES—Join us Wednesdays in Lent, beginning Ash Wednesday, February 26 for services at 4:30 and 6:30 pm. There will be a meal served each week in the gym between the services at 5:30 pm. A free-will offering will be collected by the group that is hosting the meal. Weekly Bible study will immediately follow the 6:30 pm. service.

RED LETTER CHALLENGE—Jesus said “Follow Me."  During Lent this year, Our Shepherd is taking on the Red Letter Challenge: forty days of Bible reading and doing intended to stretch our faith and bring us back to the basics of being a Christ-follower. You can participate in the Challenge with the 40 day devotional book, in worship, with a small group, during Sunday School, or by joining one of the weekly Challenge Days. Talk with DCEs Mark Borcherding or Joel Marquardt in the Narthex today to learn more or purchase your book. 

LADIES GUILD MEETING—Traci Gibson from Embracing Abilities will be our guest speaker on February 18 at 7 pm in the Luther Room. She will talk about their program and what they do to serve those with disabilities. She will also give information on how we can work together on one of their programs. We will meet in the Luther Room at 7 pm. All women of the congregation are invited. We will also have a short business meeting following the presentation.

PRAYER GARDEN—Intended to be a space of serenity for prayer and reflection, the prayer garden is the last project on the STEM trail. Consider honoring your loved ones with recognition of special milestones. Brick donor forms and more information is on display near the coat racks or visit https://www.brickmarkers.com/donors/osl/

OSLS—Next week (February 11 -13) will be the culmination of a year's worth of work and preparation as the NLSA accreditation team visits our school and reviews our self-study. Accreditation renewal also allows the school to receive accreditation from the state of Indiana. We ask the congregation to please keep the visiting team members, faculty, and staff in your prayers during this time of review and reflection. We look forward to receiving not only validation for things done well, but guidance in areas to focus on as we plan for the next five-year cycle.

One way we SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD is through the six members of our church who are studying for church work careers! We have members studying to serve as teachers, pastors and to be a DCE. What a blessing it is to see the Lord lead our young adults into professional church-work careers! 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Paula Gentry, Tee Lipsey, Pat Marsh, Jeremiah Miskimen, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Teri and Neil Carlisle. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Paul Maves and Dale Karner. 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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ladies Guild Meeting, Feb. 18, 7 pm

Ladies Circle Meeting, Feb. 20, 10 am

Ash Wednesday Services, Feb. 26, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

Marriage Retreat, Feb. 28-Mar. 1

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

FIRST READING, Isaiah 58:3-9a

‘Why have we fasted, and you see it not? Why have we humbled ourselves, and you take no knowledge of it?’ Behold, in the day of your fast you seek your own pleasure, and oppress all your workers. Behold, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to hit with a wicked fist. Fasting like yours this day will not make your voice to be heard on high. Is such the fast that I choose, a day for a person to humble himself? Is it to bow down his head like a reed, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? Will you to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’

EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 2:1-12

1And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— 10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person's thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 5:13-20

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and

give glory to your Father who is in heaven. 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.19 Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

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