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LISTEN TO HIM!

February 23, 2020

Transfiguration of our Lord  

When God the Father addressed Jesus’ disciples standing on the Mount of Transfiguration, He said, “This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!” We do well to listen to the One who is the very Word of God made flesh in Jesus! So we will spend this Lenten season listening to and focusing on the words of Jesus, known as the “red letter” words of the Bible. Why? So that we may come to know and grow into the image of the One whose love and life are the source of our very being.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LENTEN SERVICES—Join us Wednesdays in Lent, beginning this week, Ash Wednesday, February 26, for services at 4:30 and 6:30 pm. There will be a meal served each week in the gym between the services at 5:30 pm. A free-will offering will be collected by the group that is hosting the meal. Weekly Bible study will immediately follow the 6:30 pm service.

RED LETTER CHALLENGE—Day 1 of our 40 day Red Letter Challenge is this Tuesday!  This week's introduction to the five themes of the Red Letter Challenge asks us to consider what a disciple is, and if Jesus’ words can truly transform us. Follow along with the Challenge daily on our Facebook page. Books are still available for $10 in the narthex and supplemental questions to enhance your personal study are available under the bulletin board.

MEN’S RETREAT—Join 150 men in Christian fellowship on April 17-19 at Lakeview Villages in Seymour, IN as we explore the topic of “LOST TH1NGS” with Rev. Jonathan Fisk. What does the First Article of the creed mean for our everyday life? Get away and enjoy God’s great creation, eat like a king at our hog roast, join in good-natured brotherly competition and much more. Visit www.mensgathering.us for info and registration.

LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL—Tickets for the spring musical, Seussical, are on sale now and may be purchased online! We have four Our Shepherd alumni participating either on stage or behind the scenes of this musical event. Ticket prices increase at the door.

OSLS—On Tuesday, students and staff met in the gym and celebrated the blessing of 10 years in this facility with prayer, singing, and cake! The school is thankful for the blessings that the Lord has provided for ministry in this pace and we thank all of you for being part of our growth and journey in Avon.

Enrollment for OSLS is open! We expect early childhood, Kindergarten, and 1st grade to be near capacity. If interested, apply for admission now. Contact Tomi Mattick (networking@ourshepherd. org), Principal Amy Hedges ( ) or visit our website to apply.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Sara Bartleson, Tee Lipsey, Pat Marsh, David Payne, Buddy Ray, Anna Rosebrough, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Orpha Harris. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Russell Shoemaker. For all missionaries including Alyssa Anders, LCMS missionary to Russia. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Ash Wednesday Services, Feb. 26, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

Marriage Retreat, Feb. 28-Mar. 1

Midweek Lenten Services, Mar. 4, 11, 18, 25, Apr. 1 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Exodus 24:8-18

8 And Moses took the blood and threw it on the people and said, “Behold the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.” 9 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel went up, 10 and they saw the God of Israel. There was under his feet as it were a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for clearness. 11 And he did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of Israel; they beheld God, and ate and drank. 12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and wait there, that I may give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the commandment, which I have written for their instruction.” 13 So Moses rose with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of God. 14 And he said to the elders, “Wait here for us until we return to you. And behold, Aaron and Hur are with you. Whoever has a dispute, let him go to them.” 15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16 The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud. 17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. 18 Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

EPISTLE READING, 2 Peter 1:16-21

16 For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17 For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased,” 18 we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19 And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 9:23-36

23 And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. 24 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. 25 For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself? 26 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 But I tell you truly, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God.” 28 Now about eight days after these sayings he took with him Peter and John and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 And as he was praying, the appearance of his face was altered, and his clothing became dazzling white. 30 And behold, two men were talking with him, Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 Now Peter and those who were with him were heavy with sleep, but when they became fully awake they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him. 33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said. 34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!” 36 And when the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and told no one in those days anything of what they had seen.

RED LETTER CHALLENGE

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Jesus said “Follow Me."  During Lent this year, Our Shepherd is taking on the Red Letter Challenge: forty days of Bible reading and doing intended to stretch our faith and bring us back to the basics of being a Christ-follower. You can participate in the Challenge with the 40 day devotional book, in worship, with a small group, during Sunday School, or by joining one of the weekly Challenge Days. Talk with DCEs Mark Borcherding or Joel Marquardt to learn more or purchase your book. 

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