SENT TO SAVE OTHERS
April 28, 2019
Second Sunday of Easter
There are very few places in the Bible that name all three persons of the Trinity in one passage. When Jesus commissioned His disciples as apostles, the Triune God was at work in their sending. Today we receive the very same blessing and call to SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD!
CONFIRMATION RETREAT—Happening right now at Camp Lakeview! Please pray for our confirmands as they finish preparing to make their confession of faith at our Confirmation Service on May 5 at 10:30 am. You still have the opportunity to place a note of encouragement in their blessing bags. We will present the bags to the confirmands after the service next Sunday.
FOOD PANTRY—Our Shepherd provides an active food pantry to assist members of our community. We will be collecting non-perishable food before each of the services and Sunday School on May 18-19. You can drive-up to the blue tents at the main entrance and drop-off any donations. Monetary donations are used to purchase additional food for the ever increasing families in need of assistance. Help us stock our shelves to serve those who need it.
GO MISSIONS—The GO Mission Team would love to see families serving together in our community this summer. Service project ideas are posted on the bulletin board in the narthex.
LCMS FOUNDATION INFO SESSION—Andy Behrmann, Gift Planning Counselor for the Indiana District, will be giving a presentation on stewardship and the gift planning process during the Sunday School hour on May 19 at 9:30 am. Plan to join Andy as he explains how he can help counsel you through the gift planning process, prepare you to meet with an attorney to discuss estate planning, and provide encouragement and expertise in helping you to discern how God may be calling you to give a portion of what He has blessed you with to your family and to ministry, all at no cost to you or to Our Shepherd.
OSLS—The 1st-4th graders are preparing for their musical, United We Stand!, on Friday, May 3 at 7 pm. All are welcome to join us for an evening of patriotic music and the stories behind the songs. The newly formed OS band will also perform in their first concert that evening following the musical.
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -
The Ladies Guild LWML would like to thank those who donated supplies for the blessing bags for Wheeler Mission. We are sending 80+ bags for them to use for those who come to seek shelter at Wheeler Mission. Please join is in praying that these bags will be a blessing to those who receive them. Thank you for your generosity and servant hearts!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Laura Czerwionka, Dale Floyd, Marie Olson, Al Schafer, Dian Summerlot, Bob Wagner, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members. For all who mourn, including the Garretson and Lepley families. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries and persecuted Christians through out the world. For our active military including Rex Rafferty.
National Day of Prayer, May 2 OSLS 1st-4th grade musical & band concert, May 3, 7 pm
Confirmation Service, May 5, 10:30 am
OSLS Restaurant Fundraiser @ Chipotle, May 6, 4-8 pm
Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, May 18-19
Voters’ Meeting. May 19, 12 pm
FIRST READING, Acts 5:12-20
12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem. 14 And more than ever believers were added to the Lord, multitudes of both men and women, 15 so that they even carried out the sick into the streets and laid them on cots and mats, that as Peter came by at least his shadow might fall on some of them. 16 The people also gathered from the towns around Jerusalem, bringing the sick and those afflicted with unclean spirits, and they were all healed. 17 But the high priest rose up, and all who were with him (that is, the party of the Sadducees), and filled with Jealousy 18 they arrested the apostles and put them in the public prison. 19 But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go and stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”
SECOND READING, Revelation 1:4-18
4 John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the first-born of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood 6 and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 7 Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. 8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” 9 I, John, your brother and partner in the tribulation and the kingdom and the patient endurance that are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos on account of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet 11 saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” 12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and in the midst of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow. His eyes were like a flame of fire, 15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace, and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining in full strength. 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades.
GOSPEL READING, John 20:19-31
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” 24 Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see in his hands the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will never believe.” 26 Eight days later, his disciples were inside again, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” 28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 30 Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book;31 but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.