DISTRACTED BY GOOD THINGS
July 21, 2019
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
It’s hard to reckon, but you have to sacrifice “good” if you want to get “great.” There was nothing wrong with Martha being the gracious host, but she was so distracted by her preparations for Christ that she didn’t get to spend time with Christ! One curse of American Christianity is that many are so busy doing things for Jesus, they spend little time with Him. When we worship, we get to sit with Mary, at the feet of Jesus, to listen and be loved by Christ!
SUNDAY SCHOOL—There will be no Children’s Sunday School classes on July 28 for Sunday School teacher training. Please join us for an Open House and Sunday School kick-off on August 4 beginning at 9:30 am.
CONFIRMATION ORIENTATION—All 5-8th grade students and parents are encouraged to join us on Sunday, August 4 from 5-6:30 pm for an introduction to Confirmation Instruction at OSLC. Please RSVP if you would like to join us for a meal at 5 pm.
CHURCH PICNIC—Join us for our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 18 beginning at 5:00 pm. Fried chicken, beverages, and dinnerware will be provided. Each family is asked to bring a dish to share with our fellow church members.
Nyg thank-you ice cream social—Last week, thirty-one youth and seven adults from Our Shepherd traveled to Minneapolis for the 2019 LCMS National Youth Gathering. Students participated in Bible study, worked on service projects, listened to speakers, attended concerts, and worshiped with over 21,000 other Lutherans from across the country. Join us at 6:30 tonight for an Ice Cream Social to hear about and see photos of our NYG experiences.
OSLS—The Lutheran SGO provides many families with financial assistance to attend Our Shepherd. When you donate to the Lutheran SGO and designate your contribution to OS, not only do you help students, you receive a 50% tax credit, which comes off your state taxes. Talk to Principal Amy Hedges about our SGO and other ways you can help our school.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Pastor Dennis Meeker, Marie Olson, Don Roach, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, and Bob Wagner. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dan Coffey, IN State Police Chaplain. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty, and Brandon Richey.
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -
LCMS Youth Gathering, held every three years, provided our youth and adults the opportunity to come together with over 21,000 as a community of God’s people to learn more about Jesus Christ, the Christian faith and their Lutheran identity. Our youth raised $210 participating in a 5k, packed over 8,700 meals for children, and donated seven units of blood during their time in Minneapolis.
NYG Thank-You Ice Cream Social, Today, 6:30 pm
Fall Sunday School Kick-off, Aug 4, 9:30 am
Teacher Installation and Blessing, Aug 4, 10:30 am
Confirmation Orientation, Aug 4, 5:00 pm
2nd grade Bible Presentation, Aug 10-11, all services
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 18:1-10a
1 And the Lord appeared to [Abraham] by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the door of his tent in the heat of the day. 2 He lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing in front of him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth 3 and said, “O Lord, if I have found favor in your sight, do not pass by your servant. 4 Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree, 5 while I bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.” So they said, “Do as you have said. ”6 And Abraham went quickly into the tent to Sarah and said, “Quick! Three seahs of fine flour! Knead it, and make cakes.” 7 And Abraham ran to the herd and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to a young man, who prepared it quickly. 8 Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them. And he stood by them under the tree while they ate. 9 They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “She is in the tent.” 10 The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.”
SECOND READING, Colossians 1:21-29
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, 26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. 27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 10:38-42
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”