ARE END TIMES AND SECOND COMING THE SAME?
November 17, 2019
Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
In today’s Gospel reading, it speaks of the End not happening all at once. However, later on the text speaks of Jesus’ return as a very quick and sudden event. Thus, one is led to ask a fair question, “What is the relationship between the End Times and the Second Coming?” What are we as Christians to faithfully think about these seemingly contradictory sayings?
NEW MEMBER WELCOME—Last Sunday we welcomed fourteen new members to the Our Shepherd family during the contemporary service. We welcomed: Brent, Angel, Harper, and Nolan Curbox, Natalie Fant, Gary Fletcher, Katelyn Harvey, Gary Hess, Matt Karner, Heather Ogoussan, Brandon Richey, Leanne Soehnlin, Hannah Sugita, and Lynn Wolting. Be sure to check out the bulletin board to place a name with a new face.
FOOD PANTRY—We will be collecting non-perishable food before each of the services and Sunday School the weekend of Nov. 23-24. You may drive-up to the blue tents at the main entrance and drop-off any food or toiletry 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 in need!
CHURCH DECORATING—Mark your calendars. Christmas decorating is scheduled for Fri., Dec. 6 from 6-9 pm (families with children begin at 7) and Sat., Dec. 7 beginning at 10 am. Many hands make the job easier and fun. Light refreshments will be provided. We appreciate the assistance of men for moving supplies from storage and climbing on ladders. Men, women, and children of all ages are welcome.
ANGEL TREE—The Angel Tree is a way of serving others in need in our church, school, and community. Look for it to be placed in the narthex on November 20. You can be a blessing to someone by taking an angel. Each angel lists an appropriate gift to purchase, instructions for wrapping, and a return date. Please prayerfully consider adopting one or more angels to share Christ’s love with others.
OSLS—Contribute to the Lutheran SGO to receive an Indiana TAX CREDIT. This is a WIN-WIN for the donor, school, and families of OSLS! Individuals, corporations, or self-employed will receive a 50% state tax credit with your gift of cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or IRA qualified retirement plan charitable rollovers (RMDs). Your donation may reduce what you owe, refund part of all of what has been paid, and extra money can be rolled over for up to 9 years. Have questions? Give at https://www.lutheransgo.org/forms/ or talk to Principal Hedges for more information.
SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - Last Sunday afternoon, our 5th-8th grade BLAST youth made 11 fleece blankets for those experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis. The blankets were donated to Project Homeless and will be distributed on Christmas morning to share the warmth and love of Christ.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Jeff Bick, Mark Galenski, Mark Godby, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Norie Strakis, Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Kay Levenhagen. For all missionaries, including Melissa Karges serving in Ethiopia. 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.
Ladies Guild Meeting, Nov. 19, 7 pm
Ladies Circle Meeting, Nov. 21, 10 am
Food Pantry Drive-up/Drop-off, Nov. 23-24
Thanksgiving Eve Service & Pie Fellowship, Nov. 27
Church Decorating, Dec. 6, 6 pm & Dec. 7, 10 am
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Malachi 4:1-6
1 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble. The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall. 3 And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts. 4 “Remember the law of my servant Moses, the statutes and rules that I commanded him at Horeb for all Israel. 5 “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. 6 And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction.”
EPISTLE READING, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-13
1Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2 and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3 But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5 May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ. 6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8 nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9 It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11 For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. 13 As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 21:5-28, 34-38
5 And while some were speaking of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, [Jesus] said, 6 “As for these things that you see, the days will come when there will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” 7 And they asked him, “Teacher, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” 8 And he said, “See that you are not led astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and, ‘The time is at hand!’ Do not go after them. 9 And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified, for these things must first take place, but the end will not be at once.” 10 Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. 12 But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake. 13 This will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. 16 You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 You will be hated by all for my name's sake. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your endurance you will gain your lives. 20 “But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it, 22 for these are days of vengeance, to fulfill all that is written. 23 Alas for women who are pregnant and for those who are nursing infants in those days! For there will be great distress upon the earth and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive among all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 25 “And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26 people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
34 “But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” 37 And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet. 38 And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.