February 18, 2018
First Sunday in Lent
Our society is convinced that truth is relative. Why? Because the Truth is often inconvenient. Those who know God’s Word is Truth can’t help but, by the Spirit, be conformed to it. The truth is we are our own worst enemy. The truth is God loves us despite ourselves. Thanks be to God that the way of Truth has been made known in Christ!
LENTEN SERVICES have begun! Join us Wednesdays in Lent for services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. There will be a meal served each week in the gym between the services at 5:30 p.m. A free-will offering will be collected by the group that is hosting the meal. Weekly Bible study will follow the 6:30 p.m. service.
TOWN HALL MEETING—Join us on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. for a 20 minute presentation followed by an open Q&A session with our officers, Head Elder, and pastors. This meeting will provide members an opportunity to discuss our future plans.
CONGREGATIONAL SUMMIT—Please RSVP for our Congregational Summit on Friday, March 9, 6:00-8:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m.-Noon. We will pray, ponder and discuss plans for the next ten years at Our Shepherd. For more information pick up the article at the Communication Center in the narthex.
EASTER SERVICES—We will follow our regular Sunday service schedule on April 1st, Easter Day. Services will be held at 8:00, 10:30, and 10:45 a.m. with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
OSLS MEET-SEE-EXPERIENCE—In lieu of the Egg Hunt, we are inviting our community members to our school to meet alumni, experience a chapel service, and participate in hands-on learning activities in math and science on March 9 from 9 a.m-5 p.m. and March 10 from 3-6 p.m. Contact Pastor Matt to learn more.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lori Boettcher, Barry Clark, Charles Crowder, Adler G., Henry F., Dale Floyd, Trudy Gierke, Skip Jochim, Tee Lipsey, Arlen Levenhagen, Linda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Al & Marian Schafer, Doreen Schneider, and Norie Strakis. For all of our homebound members including Francis Wells. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
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Lenten Services, Feb. 21, 28, Mar. 7, 14, 21, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.
Ladies Guild Meeting, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Hunger Project, Mar. 3, 1-3 p.m.
Congregational Summit, Mar. 9-10
Easter Sunday, Apr. 1
Men’s Retreat, Apr. 6-8
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 22:1-18
1 After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. 5 Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8 Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together. 9 When they came to the place of which God had told him, Abraham built the altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12 He said, “Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called the name of that place, “The Lord will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.” 15 And the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven 16 and said, “By myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice.”
EPISTLE READING, James 1:12-18
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.
GOSPEL READING, Mark 1:9-15
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” 12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him. 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”