BAPTISM AND SALVATION
June 17, 2018
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
In Mark 16, the great commissioning, Jesus says that you are saved by believing and being baptized. If someone believes in Jesus, yet is not baptized, does this mean their faith is void? Today, we explore the relationship between faith, baptism, and salvation.
SWANS EVENT—The group is organizing an outing at the ballpark. All members are invited to attend the Indianapolis Indians vs. the Norfolk Tides baseball game on Tues., June 19 at 7 p.m. Tickets are 2-for-1 that evening. Please sign-up on the sheet near the Luther Room by June 16 so that tickets may be purchased together. A list of upcoming events is posted on the bulletin board.
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.
G.O. MISSION EVENT—A team of eight volunteers served a taco lunch to sixty-seven residents at the Ronald McDonald House at Riley Hospital for Children, sharing the love of Christ to families with sick children. Please contact Karen Robertson if you would like to become involved with the G.O. team.
OSLS—Preparations have begun on our new Early Childhood program! There are many opportunities to serve in the school this summer. A few of the classrooms will be changing places, and so we are taking this opportunity to clean, patch walls, and paint those rooms. Please contact Principal Amy Hedges if you are willing and able to help with any of these tasks over the next month.
Our Shepherd Lutheran School is currently seeking highly qualified individuals to teach in a multi-age, project-based class of students aged 3-5 years. We are hiring both lead teacher positions and aide positions. The program is five days weekly for half days, either morning or afternoon. Applications and job descriptions available from the church office. Resumes and letters of Interest accepted via email to or dropped off in the office.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Adler g., Henry F., Tee Lipsey, Lynda Pruett, Barb and Buddy Ray, Phyliss Renolds, Marian Schafer, Margie Sims, and Laura Wilson. For our newest baptized member. For all of our homebound members including Francis Wells. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
SWANS Outing, June 19, 7 p.m., Indians baseball game
Ladies Circle Meeting, June 21, 11:30 a.m., @ Emmy’s
Independence Day Service, July 4, 6:30 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Ezekiel 17:22-24
22 Thus says the Lord God: “I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of the cedar and will set it out. I will break off from the topmost of its young twigs a tender one, and I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. 23 On the mountain height of Israel will I plant it, that it may bear branches and produce fruit and become a noble cedar. And under it will dwell every kind of bird; in the shade of its branches birds of every sort will nest. 24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord; I bring low the high tree, and make high the low tree, dry up the green tree, and make the dry tree flourish. I am the Lord; I have spoken, and I will do it.”
SECOND READING, Acts 8:26-40
26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship 28 and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. 29 And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” 30 So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.32 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this: “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. 33 In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.” 34 And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?” 35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. 36 And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” 38 And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. 39 And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea.
GOSPEL READING, Mark 16:14-20
14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” 19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.