April 29, 2018
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sacrifice sounds great, but it really hurts! The depth of our sacrifice reveals how much we value that which we hold dear. We are eternally blessed because of Christ’s sacrifice for us, but struggle to sacrifice. God’s Spirit leads us to recognize all Christ has done for us.
GARDEN PLOTS—Spring is here! The Lord has promised: “While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease” Genesis 8:22. The gardens behind church will once again be available for members to their grow crops. Plots are 25' square and will be tilled sometime in early May. If you are interested, please contact Gwyn Borcherding, , for more information and a copy of the garden policy. Happy growing!
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL—We will embark on a SHIPWRECKED adventure to learn that we are RESCUED BY JESUS June 10-14! Summer V.B.S. registration is now open! Go to https://vbspro.events/p/ourshepherd2018 to register and learn more. Volunteer registration is now open as well.
FOOD PANTRY DRIVE-UP/DROP-OFF—We are able to show God’s love to an ever increasing number of families through your generosity. Bring your non-perish-able food donations to church before each of the services on May 19-20, and someone will unload them from your vehicle for you! Thank you!
2018 GRADUATES—We are compiling a list of high school and post-secondary graduates. Please let the church office know of any current members that will be graduating this year so that we can celebrate their accomplishments!
OSLS—Mrs. Margo Martin is retiring after 31 years of teaching. Please join us in celebrating her many years of faithful service on Saturday, May 19, 4-6 p.m.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Adler G., Henry F., Tee Lipsey, Lynda Pruett, Marian Schafer, and Doreen Schneider. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Wolfgang Daube. For our confirmands preparing for the Rite of Confirmation. For all of our homebound members including Dorothy Dobler. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
School Open Enrollment, NOW
Confirmation, May 6, 10:30 a.m.
Ladies Circle Meeting, May 17, 10 a.m., Avon Gardens
Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, May 19-20
Voters’ Meeting, May 20, 12:00 p.m.
OSLS 8th Grade Graduation, May 24, 7:00 p.m.
VBS, June 10-14, 6-8:00 p.m.
FIRST 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.
EPISTLE READING, 1 John 4:1-11
1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. 6 We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
GOSPEL READING, John 15:1-8
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.