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?
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.
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
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. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, 3 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?4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human? 5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 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.