January 27-28, 2017
Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
As New Testament Christians, we have been freed from Old Testament regulations, traditions, laws, and restrictions. By faith we follow God’s will. We are led by the Holy Spirit to love God and love others. These are the only commandments God now gives us. This we do, in faith and love, because of who we are!
Ash Wednesday is February 14. Join us as we explore The Way of Christ during Lenten season.
Christianity was never meant to be a religion of works-Do this. Be better. Do More. Jesus came to do what we cannot do for ourselves, not to show us how to do things on our own. He came to live, suffer, die on the cross and rise from the dead to be our way to the Father. He didn’t come just to show us the way to the Father.
As Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
During Lent, Our Shepherd is going to share life by considering the truth about ourselves and the truth about God’s love in Christ. We will learn how Jesus became the Way to God for us. We will focus on who Christ is.
We will also consider our identity in Christ. We will discover who God created us to be. We will remember who Christ redeemed us to be. We will consider who the Spirit leads us to be.
The way of Christ is much more than what Jesus did. The way of Christ is much more than what God wants you to do. The way of Christ is recognizing Christ in your life and realizing your life is in Christ.
BIG GAME PARTY - The LTF (Lutheran Teen Fellowship) is once again hosting a Big Game Party for the entire congregation. Join us on February 4 from 6-10 p.m. for traditional game day food, games in the narthex and gym, a special half-time performance from the youth Praise Team, and a room set-up for serious football fans. This is a family friendly event, so invite your friends to come watch the game with us.
OSLS ENROLLMENT - Our Shepherd Lutheran School is looking forward to another great school year! In preparation for the start of 2018-2019, we encourage you to complete priority enrollment which opens for Our Shepherd Lutheran Church families on Mon., January 22nd. Please contact the office to enroll.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lori Boettcher, Scott Carnagua, Barry Clark, Charles Crowder, Adler G., Henry F., Trudy Gierke, Skip Jochim, Tee Lipsey, Arlen Levenhagen, Christine Pavot, Buddy Ray, Al & Marian Schafer, Doreen Schneider, and Sig Zielke. For all of our homebound members including Dennis and Shara Toole. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.
OSLS Enrollment (Church Families) , NOW
OSLS Open Enrollment, Feb. 1
Big Game Party, Feb. 4, 6 p.m.
Marriage Retreat, Feb. 9-11
Ladies Circle Meeting, Feb. 15, 10 a.m.
Ladies Guild Meeting, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Leadership Summit, Mar. 9-10
Men’s Retreat, Apr. 6-8
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Deuteronomy 18:15-20
15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen— 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’
EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
1Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. 2 If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. 4 Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” 5 For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— 6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. 7 However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. 8 Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. 9 But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? 11 And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. 12 Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
GOSPEL READING, Mark 1:21-28
21 And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he entered the synagogue and was teaching. 22 And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes. 23 And immediately there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, 24 “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” 25 But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” 26 And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him. 27 And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” 28 And at once his fame spread everywhere throughout all the surrounding region of Galilee.