September 23-24, 2017
Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
By Luther’s time, the church had become so cluttered in practice in teaching that the main message of the Bible, “Sinners are saved by Christ Alone,” was all but lost. The three solas refocused the Church’s teaching on Jesus. Grace Alone. Faith Alone. Word Alone. These three “solas” (so-called because “sola” means “only” or “alone” in Latin) keep us focused on Christ still today.
ALL SAINTS’ FEST ~ Babysitting is available the evening of the All Saints Fest on Friday, November 3rd! It’s only $15 per child and available at school from 5:15 p.m. until 11 p.m. Remember, you can purchase tickets between church services for $40 per person. Each ticket includes a fine meal, fellowship and the chance to bid on great items.
DISASTER RELIEF ~ Dear Students and Staff at Our Shepherd Lutheran School – We are so blessed! On behalf of everyone at LSA, thank you so much for your generous support in helping us recover from Hurricane Harvey! What happened to our school was inconceivable, but what has happened as a result of the hurricane has been beautiful. Your school is a shining example of Jesus’ love and servant heart! Thank you for your prayers and thank you for your encouragement! In Christ, Mrs. Sheila Psencik, M.Ed., Head of School, Lutheran South Academy, Houston, TX.
VOTERS’ MEETING ~ November 5th at 12:00 pm.
SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION ~ As an important milestone in our faith life, we will be having a presentation of Bibles to second graders on October 7 & 8th during our worship services. We are opening this opportunity to all second graders in our community! If you have family, friends, or neighbors who would like to attend worship with us and have a Bible presented to their second grader, please invite them.
OSLS ~ Extended Care is looking for adult (18 years or older) caregivers to assist before and/or after school. Please contact Deb Zielke for more information at Thank you!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lucille Barksdale, Warner Bartleson, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry F., Jackie Hilmer, Brandy Matthews, Marian Schafer, and Nancy Schuch. For all of our homebound members including Lyle Jensen. For all victims of natural disasters including recent hurricanes, fires and floods. For Pastor Rigdon and First Lutheran Church in Clearwater, FL. For our active Armed Forces members: Ryan Enlow, Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, David Rieger Sr., and Robert Ritter.
New Member Welcome, Sept. 24th, 10:30 a.m.
Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept. 26th, 7 p.m.
2nd Grade Bible Presentation, Oct. 8th
LWML Sunday, Oct. 8th
Voters' Meeting, Nov. 5th, 12:00 p.m.
REFORMATION 500th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
Contemporary Night of Worship and Concert, Oct. 1st, 6 p.m.
Central Region Worship Service, @ Cornerstone, Oct. 29th, 3 p.m.
Traditional Reformation Concert, Oct. 29th, 6:30 p.m.
Divine Reformation Service, @ St. Peter’s, Oct. 31st, 7 p.m.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 55:6-9
6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; 7 let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
EPISTLE READING, Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30
12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.
19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. 27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 20:1–16
1“For the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 And going out about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the marketplace, 4 and to them he said, ‘You go into the vineyard too, and whatever is right I will give you.’ 5 So they went. Going out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour, he did the same. 6 And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing. And he said to them, ‘Why do you stand here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You go into the vineyard too.’ 8 And when evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the laborers and pay them their wages, beginning with the last, up to the first.’ 9 And when those hired about the eleventh hour came, each of them received a denarius. 10 Now when those hired first came, they thought they would receive more, but each of them also received a denarius. 11 And on receiving it they grumbled at the master of the house, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? 14 Take what belongs to you and go. I choose to give to this last worker as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or do you begrudge my generosity?’ 16 So the last will be first, and the first last.”