July 1, 2018
Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
The week we celebrate our freedom as Americans is a great time to consider Christian liberty. We are free in Christ from the power of sin and coercion of guilt. Jesus paid the price for our sin. Now we are free to gladly and willingly sacrifice for Christ and others. How we practice our Christian freedom in the civil realm is opportunity for us to influence this fallen world with Christ’s love.
LWML IN DISTRICT CONVENTION—The "Walking in the Light of the Lord," convention, based on Isaiah 2:5b, is being held in Valparaiso, IN this weekend. There are Bible studies, presentations from missionaries, and business meetings where delegates will vote for new Mission Grants and district officers. Four women from Our Shepherd are attending the convention: Lynnette Simmons and Rosemary Thomas are delegates and Julia Stafford and Alice Farley are attendees. Please keep this convention in your prayers as they meet to "Serve the Lord with Gladness" and sing praises to God for the many blessings He bestows on the LWML/Lutheran Women in Mission to spread the gospel through our Mites and prayers.
LTF (LUTHERAN TEEN FELLOWSHIP) SERVANT EVENT—Join us next Sunday, July 8 at the 10:45 a.m. service to pray blessings upon our nine youth and four adults who will be travelling to Detroit, MI July 8-13. They are teaming up with Camp Restore Detroit, a local Lutheran non-profit that partners with community organizations to revitalize the neighborhood surrounding Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Eastern Detroit.
DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION INSTALLATION—Join us for the installation of DCE Joel Marquardt on Sunday, July 22 at the 10:30 a.m. service. We are pleased to welcome Joel’s father, Rev. Jeffrey Marquardt, to preach during that service.
NAME BADGES—Orders are being taken for OSLCS magnetic name badges. The cost is $10 per badge, and payment may be placed in the offering plate, clearly designated. Please email Kim Mourer, , by July 9 if you would like to make an order.
Heavenly Father, graciously instill in us a spirit of wisdom and perseverance, that we might not grow weary of doing good in serving our neighbor, respecting our authorities and remaining faithful to your Word in every circumstance, that through the quiet living of our vocations we might bring glory to your name; through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Carol Carns, Adler, Henry , Tee Lipsey, Lynda Pruett, Barb and Buddy Ray, Phyliss Renolds, Marian Schafer, Margie Sims, Rick Smith, Annette Stoneking, and Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Vi Riczo. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
Independence Day Service, July 4, 6:30 p.m.
Ladies Circle Workshop, July 19, 10 a.m.
DCE Installation, July 22, 10:20 a.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Lamentations 3:22-33 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. 26 It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. 27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.28 Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him; 29 let him put his mouth in the dust— there may yet be hope; 30 let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, and let him be filled with insults. 31 For the Lord will not cast off forever, 32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; 33 for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.
SECOND READING, 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, 13-15
1 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 3 For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, 4 begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints— 5 and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. 6 Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. 7 But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also. 8 I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness 14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. 15 As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”
GOSPEL READING, Mark 5:21-43
21 And when Jesus had crossed again in the boat to the other side, a great crowd gathered about him, and he was beside the sea. 22 Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him. And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. 25 And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, 26 and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. 27 She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. 28 For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” 29 And immediately the flow of blood dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. 30 And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” 31 And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?’” 32 And he looked around to see who had done it.33 But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. 34 And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of our disease.”35 While he was still speaking, there came from the ruler's house some who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?”36 But overhearing what they said, Jesus said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not fear, only believe.” 37 And he allowed no one to follow him except Peter and James and John the brother of James. 38 They came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and Jesus saw a commotion, people weeping and wailing loudly. 39 And when he had entered, he said to them, “Why are you making a commotion and weeping? The child is not dead but sleeping.” 40 And they laughed at him. But he put them all outside and took the child's father and mother and those who were with him and went in where the child was. 41 Taking her by the hand he said to her, “Talitha cumi,” which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” 42 And immediately the girl got up and began walking (for she was twelve years of age), and they were immediately overcome with amazement. 43 And he strictly charged them that no one should know this, and told them to give her something to eat.