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PRACTICING MY FAITH

April 15, 2018

Third Sunday of Easter

While we can’t see faith, God gives us plenty of ways to practice our faith. One of these ways is in giving financially to the church. When we give to the church, we give to God, trusting Him in two ways. First, we trust He will provide for our physical needs. Second, that He will use our tithes to accomplish His work on earth. Investing in God’s kingdom is the only investment we can make that can’t fail!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

TOWN HALL MEETING—Join us Apr. 26 at 7 p.m. for ongoing conversations about our church and school.

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. Donations for our summer outreach event are appreciated-simply specify "VBS" when you give to Our Shepherd.

TRIP TO THE HOLY LAND—Pastor and Wendi Lepley are hosting a pilgrimage to Israel Dec. 27, 2019-Jan. 5, 2020. Interested in learning more about the trip and discovering the majesty of the Holy Land? An introductory meeting will be held on Wed., April 18 at 7:15 p.m.  

ROAD CONSTRUCTION—Culvert replacement on 100 N. west of Ronald Reagan is set to begin on 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.  

IN OUR PRAYERS

Lori Boettcher, Adler G., Henry F., Trudy Gierke, Tee Lipsey, Lynda Pruett, Kathy Ruggles-Gulley, Becky Roth, Al & Marian Schafer, and Doreen Schneider. For all who mourn. For the baptized. For all of our homebound members including Lyle Jensen. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson, Rex Rafferty, and Robert Ritter.

UPCOMING EVENTS

School Open Enrollment, NOW

Ladies Circle, Apr. 19, 10 a.m.

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.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Malachi 3:6-15

“For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. From the days of your fathers you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. But you say, ‘How shall we return?’Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke the devourer  for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. 12 Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts. 13 “Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? 15 And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’”

SECOND READING, 1 John 3:1-7

1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 24:36-49

 36 As they were talking about these things, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you!” 37 But they were startled and frightened and thought they saw a spirit. 38 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” 40 And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. 41 And while they still disbelieved for joy and were marveling, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate before them.44 Then he said to them, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, 47 and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.”

 

COMMUNICATION JAR vol.2

We had a few great questions asked in our suggestion jar last week! Two that are particularly pertinent relate to our current sermon theme. The first question, “Is [a] sermon series entitled ‘My Best for My Savior’ conducive to preaching the Gospel?” The related question is, “What exactly does it mean to be sanctified?”

If we were preaching that you need to be doing your best to be saved, that would be an awful series. But this is not what our series is about. Our series is encouragement to examine ourselves and our works as a response to God’s love.

As St. John says in our epistle lesson, “Beloved, we are God's children now.” You are God’s child at your best or worst because God has made you His through Christ’s forgiveness. This is the doctrine of justification.

According to the doctrine of sanctification, God’s Holy Spirit leads us to do good works. “Our Best” sermon series will explore and explain these two teachings, justification and sanctification, in various aspects of our life of faith.

“Why don’t we sing ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’ in Church?”

We can and do, but it’s been a while. It is hymn 622 in the hymnal. We’ve let Joyce Zimmerman, our Director of Music, know of the request and will work it in when it fits our theme for the day. Thanks for asking.

“How did the angel roll the stone away?”

We don't know how the angel rolled the stone away, but we do know that an angel did it. Mark and Luke say that the stone was rolled away, but Matthew tells us how. Matthew 28:2 "And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it."

Angels have powers that are beyond our understanding. In Exodus 12:29 and later in II Kings 19:35 we hear of a single angel killing thousands of Israel's enemies in a single evening. In Revelation, angels are pictured fighting and commanding many forces of nature. If you'd like to learn more about angels, or any other Bible topic, check out the church library or talk to a pastor or DCE.

These are great questions! Keep them coming!! To see answers to other questions asked, check out each of the COMMENT/SUGGESTION/QUESTION JAR volumes on the articles and blogs page.

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