GODLY CONCERN FOR OTHERS
September 22, 2019
Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
The world plays by the rule, “every man for himself.” Jesus lived by, “every man for everybody else.” While we fancy ourselves to be like Jesus, how we treat those who have nothing to offer us reveals our heart. If we really want to be like Jesus, we must lift-up those who we tend to look over because of what He’s done for us.
AVON HERITAGE FESTIVAL—Be sure to come out and see us in the parade or at our booth next Saturday, September 28 during the Avon Heritage Parade and Festival. Would you be an ambassador for Our Shepherd to promote our church and school at our booth during this event? Sign-up for one hour time slots at the Welcome Center, via the link in the weekly email, or talk to Amy Hedges.
FAMILY FUN NIGHT—The Fellowship Team invites you to join the fun on Friday, September 27. This Family Fun Night will have something for everyone! A family friendly movie complete with popcorn and candy (movie theater sized for just 25¢), Euchre tournament, and fellowship. Be sure to bring your own chairs, sleeping bags, and pillows to make yourself comfortable in the gym for the movie. Or, bring your “A” game to win prizes for the top three teams of the Euchre tournament. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the movie and Euchre games will start at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!
PASTOR AND CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION—Help us show appreciation for the dedicated service of our pastors and church workers this month by providing notes of encouragement, cards, or tokens in blessing bags beginning this weekend. These gifts will be presented to our church workers on October 6 at the 8:00 am service.
FUNDRAISING POLICY—This policy has been changed after a review process by the Church Governance Board (CGB). The updated policy emphasizes the role of staff engaging with their ministry teams in fundraising efforts. Copies of the policy are at the Communications Center.
OSLS—Our Shepherd Lutheran School is seeking interested individuals for the position of Admissions and School Outreach Coordinator. This is a part-time position and applicants must be passionate about promoting our school, organized, work well with others, and have technical expertise to manage and utilize our online student information system for admissions and enrollment. Please direct any questions or inquiries to Principal Amy Hedges via email or drop off a letter of inter- est and resume to the church/school office by Wednesday, September 25.
SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - Our YouTube videos are reaching non-believers with the Good News of God’s love for all. Last week two videos generated dialogue that allowed us to teach about who our Savior is and what He has done for all. Check out the link in the weekly email to follow the discussion.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Tee Lipsey, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian Summerlot, Morgan Wash, and Bob Wittman. For all of our homebound members including Liz Tiemeier. For all small group Bible studies. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Alyssa Anders, LCMS missionary to Russia. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.
Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm
SWANS Cookout, Sept 25, 4-8 pm
Family Fun Night, Sept 27, 6:30 pm
Pack the Truck for Family Promise, Sept 28-29
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Amos 8:4-7
4 Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end, 5 saying, “When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel great and deal deceitfully with false balances, 6 that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals and sell the chaff of the wheat?” 7 The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: “Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.
EPISTLE READING, 1 Timothy 2:1-15
1 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; 9 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 16:1-15
1He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. 2 And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ 3 And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ 5 So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 He said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. 10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” 14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God.