BATTLE OF THE HEART
April 22, 2018
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Sin does a good job of convincing us that we are not good enough. Our actions and thoughts condemn us. However, as people of God, we can be confident of how we stand before God. Since God’s Spirit abides in us, we must remember that our salvation is assured. What we do with this great news is in our hands.
TOWN HALL MEETING—Join us Apr. 26 at 7 p.m. for conversations about our annual budget which will be approved at the May Voters’ Meeting.
ROAD CONSTRUCTION—Culvert replacement on 100 N. west of Ronald Reagan is set to begin on Monday, April 23. This will be a 45 day project and the road will be closed in both directions. Travelers coming from the east on 100 N. will need to use an alternate route.
CONFIRMATION BLESSING BAGS—We will be confirming 35 students on Sunday, May 6 at the 10:30 a.m. service! Blessing bags are in the narthex if you would like to write a note of encouragement, give a card, or small gift to any of our confirmands.
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.
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—Take a stroll down the school hallway and see the beautiful artwork that the students have created. The top finishers from each class go to an all-Lutheran school art competition at Lutheran High School next week. Additionally, our 5-8th grade choir is performing in a fine arts festival at LUHI next Friday evening at 7 p.m. Our students glorify God by using the creativity He has blessed them with.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lori Boettcher, Adler G., Henry F., Trudy Gierke, Tee Lipsey, Lynda Pruett, Al & Marian Schafer, and Doreen Schneider. For all who mourn. For our newest baptized member Bren. For all of our homebound members including Mark Gentry. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
School Open Enrollment, NOW
Ladies Guild Meeting, Apr. 24, 7 p.m.
Town Hall Meeting, Apr. 26, 7 p.m.
Confirmation, May 6, 10:30 a.m.
Voters’ Meeting, May 20, 12:00 p.m.
FIRST READING, Acts 4:1-12
1 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand. 5 On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
EPISTLE READING, 1 John 3:16-24
16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. 19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
GOSPEL READING, John 10:11-18
11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”