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We had a few great questions asked in our suggestion jar last week! Two that are particularly pertinent relate to our current sermon theme. The first question, “Is [a] sermon series entitled ‘My Best for My Savior’ conducive to preaching the Gospel?” The related question is, “What exactly does it mean to be sanctified?”

If we were preaching that you need to be doing your best to be saved, that would be an awful series. But this is not what our series is about. Our series is encouragement to examine ourselves and our works as a response to God’s love.

As St. John says in our epistle lesson, “Beloved, we are God's children now.” You are God’s child at your best or worst because God has made you His through Christ’s forgiveness. This is the doctrine of justification.

According to the doctrine of sanctification, God’s Holy Spirit leads us to do good works. “Our Best” sermon series will explore and explain these two teachings, justification and sanctification, in various aspects of our life of faith.

“Why don’t we sing ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ in Church?”

We can and do, but it’s been a while. It is hymn 622 in the hymnal. We’ve let Joyce Zimmerman, our Director of Music, know of the request and will work it in when it fits our theme for the day. Thanks for asking.

“How did the angel roll the stone away?”

We don't know how the angel rolled the stone away, but we do know that an angel did it. Mark and Luke say that the stone was rolled away, but Matthew tells us how. Matthew 28:2 "And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it."

Angels have powers that are beyond our understanding. In Exodus 12:29 and later in II Kings 19:35 we hear of a single angel killing thousands of Israel's enemies in a single evening. In Revelation, angels are pictured fighting and commanding many forces of nature. If you'd like to learn more about angels, or any other Bible topic, check out the church library or talk to a pastor or DCE.

These are great questions! Keep them coming!! To see answers to other questions asked, check out each of the COMMENT/SUGGESTION/QUESTION JAR volumes on the articles and blogs page.

Weekly Announcements 04.06.18


April 8, 2018

Second Sunday of Easter

My love for Christ is seen in how I love those around me. In the first generation of the church, there were no needy Christians because they loved each other more than themselves. How would our lives be transformed if we loved others as we love Christ?


TOWN HALL MEETING—Join us April 26 at 7 p.m. for conversations about church and school.

WORSHIP ON WEDNESDAYS—We will continue our weekly reflection on segments of the Augsburg Confession, the first Lutheran confession of faith, at the Wednesday evening services. Join us for worship at 6:30 p.m. and stay for Bible Study.

SUMMER SERMON SERIES AND SUNDAY SCHOOL—Submit a “hot topic” suggestion by the end of April to be considered for our Hot Topic sermon series during June and July. Email us at or place your suggestion in the jar at the Welcome Center.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL—Join us June 10-14 as we embark on a SHIPWRECKED adventure to learn that we are RESCUED BY JESUS!  Summer V.B.S. registration is now open! Go to to register and learn more. Volunteer registration will open online Tuesday, April 10. Donations for our summer outreach event are appreciated-simply specify "VBS" when you give to Our Shepherd.

TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND—Pastor and Wendi Lepley are hosting a pilgrimage to Israel December 27, 2019-January 5, 2020. Interested in learning more about the trip and discovering the majesty of the Holy Land? An introductory meeting will be held on Sat., April 14 at 5:30 p.m. and again on Wed., April 18 at 7:15 p.m.   

OUR SHEPHERD LUTHERAN SCHOOL—Did you know there are many scholarship opportunities at Our Shepherd? They include church members’ discount, Lutheran SGO, and Indiana’s Choice Scholarship. Don’t let cost keep you from an excellent Lutheran education! Contact to learn more about how affordable OSLS can be.


Lori Boettcher, Adler G., Henry F., Dale Floyd, Trudy Gierke, Tee Lipsey, Lynda Pruett, Vi Riczo, Kathy Ruggles-Gulley, Becky Roth, Al & Marian Schafer, and Doreen Schneider. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Mary Kuch. For all of our homebound members including Don Olson. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.


School Open Enrollment, NOW

Ladies Circle, Apr. 19, 10 a.m.

Ladies Guild Meeting, Apr. 24, 7 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting, Apr. 26, 7 p.m.

Confirmation, May 6, 10:30 a.m.

Voters’ Meeting, May 20, 12:00 p.m.


FIRST READING, Acts 4:32-35

32 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they had everything in common. 33 And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. 34 There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were owners of lands or houses sold them and brought the proceeds of what was sold 35 and laid it at the apostles' feet, and it was distributed to each as any had need.

SECOND READING, 1 John 1:1-2:2

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

 1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

GOSPEL READING, John 20:19-31

19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” 24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

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