JESUS, LUTHER, AND POPULARITY
September 10, 2017
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
It is interesting to see how God uses the famous and the infamous to accomplish His purposes. Jesus was blessed and cursed by crowds. Luther became popular unwittingly. In Christ, we enjoy God’s blessings regardless of personal popularity. Confident of God’s grace, we boldly share the life we’ve been given in Christ.
ALL SAINTS’ FEST ~ Mark your calendars. November 3rd is the date for the 24th Annual All Saints’ Fest, the largest annual fundraiser for Our Shepherd Lutheran School. It is an evening for adults with fine food and fellowship, as well as silent and oral auctions. The event will be held at the Grand Hall at Westlake Gardens this year. Tickets go on sale in the church office Sept. 16th after the worship service. Please consider donating items to the auction (a list of suggested items is posted by the donation bin). Our gift gathering will take place on Sept 16th and 17th between church services. Proceeds this year will be used for tuition assistance and a playground shade shelter for the students.
LUTHER MOVIE ~ WFYI will be airing Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World on Tuesday, September 12th at 8:00 p.m.
HURRICANES HARVEY & IRMA ~ LCMS Disaster Relief has been assisting the Houston community in their time of great need. Supporting Lutheran Disaster Relief now will ensure that we are prepared to share Christ’s love with victims of future disasters. Visit lcms.org to find out more about their efforts, and how you can help hurricane and other natural disaster victims.
ISRAEL STUDY ~ Pastor Lepley’s Israel Study will meet on Sept. 20th at 7:15 p.m. He will be discussing Jerusalem, the religious, political, and economic capital of ancient and modern Israel.
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!
New Worship Schedule and Sunday School, Sept. 10th
Ladies Circle Meeting, Sept. 21st, 10 a.m.
New Member Welcome, Sept. 24th, 10:30 a.m.
Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept. 26th, 7 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.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lucille Barksdale, Lori Boettcher, Ray Brabo, Wolfgang Daube, Dorothy Dobler, Henry f., Jackie Hilmer, Jane Runge-Darlage, Marian Schafer, and Nancy Schuch. For all of our homebound members including Marie Olson. For all victims of natural disasters including hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 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.
FIRST READING, Acts 2:1-12
1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”
EPISTLE READING, Romans 13:1–10
1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. 8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 21:6-11, 27:15-23
6 The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7 They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8 Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9 And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” 10 And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” 11 And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.” 15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to release for the crowd any one prisoner whom they wanted. 16 And they had then a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 So when they had gathered, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release for you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that it was out of envy that they had delivered him up. 19 Besides, while he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent word to him, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man, for I have suffered much because of him today in a dream.” 20 Now the chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowd to ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor again said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release for you?” And they said, “Barabbas.” 22 Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!” 23 And he said, “Why? What evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!”