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Weekly Announcements 06.21.19

THE END TIMES AND THE ABYSS

June 23, 2019

Second Sunday after Pentecost

When Jesus was proclaiming the Kingdom of God to the world, there were many instances when the kingdom of darkness clashed against Jesus, the King! In Luke, chapter 8, we see one of these instances. There are many things to take away from this interaction. Why did the demons react in the way they did? What and where is the “abyss” the demons referenced? What does this mean for us today?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LCMS National Offering—Every three years, our Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod meets in convention to determine mission and ministry priorities for the coming three years. This year, we will gather in Tampa under the theme “Joy:fully Lutheran.” As part of the preparation for the triennial convention, LCMS households, congregations and organizations are invited and encouraged to participate in a Synod-wide gathering of special gifts called the National Offering. The 2019 theme is “Joy to the World.” Gifts to the 2019 LCMS National Offering — which can be made at any time — will empower the work God has given us to do in His name to bring joy to the world, as we vigorously make known the Good News of Jesus Christ, that all might rejoice and give thanks to God our heavenly Father. We will collect a special offering on July 20-21 during all services. Pamphlets are available at the Communication Center.

NYG Sending Service - Join us on Sunday, July 7 at the 10:45 am service to pray blessings upon the 40 students and adult leaders headed to Minneapolis, MN, July 11-15 for the National Youth Gathering.  

HENDRICKS COUNTY RIB-FEST—Be sure to stop by the Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and School booth at Rib-Fest next Saturday from 4-8 pm. Try your hand at the plinko game to win some fresh OSLCS swag, visit with community members and show your support of our church and school.  

OSLS—Give students the freedom to attend the school of their choice by generously supporting our SGO scholarships. Donors will earn a 50% state tax credit on gifts made through the Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization of Indiana. Visit     lutheransgo.org to donate or find out more information. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Marie Olson, Al Schafer, Marcia Stoner, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, and Bob Wagner. For all of our homebound members including Lois Seohnlin. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dennis and Deaconess Lorna Meeker and persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Brian Flannery, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty and Brandon Richey. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

NYG Sending Service, July 7, 10:45 am

National Youth Gathering, July 11-15

NYG Thank-You Ice Cream Social, July 21, 6:30 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 65:1-9

1I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me; I was ready to be found by those who did not seek me. I said, “Here I am, here I am,” to a nation that was not called by my name. I spread out my hands all the day to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices; a people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens and making offerings on bricks; who sit in tombs, and spend the night in secret places; who eat pig's flesh, and broth of tainted meat is in their vessels; who say, “Keep to yourself, do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.” These are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire that burns all the day. Behold, it is written before me: “I will not keep silent, but I will repay; I will indeed repay into their lap both your iniquities and your fathers' iniquities together, says the Lord; because they made offerings on the mountains and insulted me on the hills, I will measure into their lap payment for their former deeds.” Thus says the Lord: “As the new wine is found in the cluster, and they say, ‘Do not destroy it, for there is a blessing in it,’ so I will do for my servants' sake, and not destroy them all. I will bring forth offspring from Jacob, and from Judah possessors of my mountains; my chosen shall possess it, and my servants shall dwell there. 

SECOND READING, Galatians 3:23-4:7

23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. 1I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 8:26-39

26 Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.27 When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me.” 29 For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) 30 Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion,” for many demons had entered him.31 And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. 32 Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned. 34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. 35 Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 36 And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed.37 Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38 The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.

Weekly Announcements 06.14.19

OUR TRUE FATHER

June 16, 2019

Trinity Sunday

The Holy Trinity is visible as early as the first three verses of the Bible. So when the Son of God says, “before Abraham was, I AM,” He speaks truth. We can’t wrap our minds around the triune God, but we know Him as Father, are saved by the Son and given faith by the Holy Spirit. Today we thank God for who He is. And for those of us blessed by godly earthly fatherly figures, we thank God for the men in our lives who show us godly love and faithfulness.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY to all men of our congregation who father, mentor, teach, and care for us each and every day of the year. We are so blessed by you, and hope you will accept a token of our gratitude for all you do to reflect the love of our Lord and to be shining examples of the Father to all of us.

VBS THANK YOU—Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who helped make Vacation Bible School a ROARing success this week! Thanks to everyone who donated food supplies as well. Your donations allowed us to feed over 100 participants and volunteers each night. Over 100 children joined us for a week of fun, music, and learning about how “God is Good” in all circumstances. Check out the sanctuary windows to see the precious responses from the children to their Bible lessons this week.

LWML NATIONAL CONVENTION—"In Praise to the Lord" is the theme of the LWML National Convention June 20-23 in Mobile, Alabama. There will be mission speakers, voting on new Mission Grants, a new president and other board members, the Mite Walk, fellowship with our sisters and brothers in Christ, a meet and greet with present and past missionaries, and a closing service on Sunday. Please keep the convention in your prayers as we move forward in "Serving the Lord with Gladness" and supporting those in the mission field through our Mites and prayers. 

LADIES CIRCLE LUNCH—The Ladies Circle invites all women of the congregation to join them at a luncheon at Dawson’s in Speedway on June 20. Please sign-up outside the Luther Room if you would like to attend.

LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL— LUHI is seeking a Band Teacher and a Math Resource Tutor. Both of these positions are for one period per day. Please contact Michael Brandt, Head of School,  , interested in either of these positions.

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -

Earlier this year, food prices in East Africa increased four hundred percent due to shifting weather patterns. This has created famine for many in the region. Point of Grace Academy is maintaining their food supply thanks to the greenhouses that OSLC provided and installed two years ago. They are successfully growing tomatoes, kale, and sukuma wiki to feed over 800 children and staff at POGA. Our initial financial investment has more than paid for itself an will continue to provide long into the future. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Laura Czerwionka, Lois Etheridge, Marie Olson, Al Schafer, Laurie Tucker, and Bob Wagner. For all of our homebound members including Dian and Steven Summerlot. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries including, Pastor Daniel Coffey and persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military including Rex Rafferty and Brandon Richey. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

LWML National Convention, June 20-23

National Youth Gathering, July 11-15 

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31

1Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: “To you, O men, I call, and my cry is to the children of man.

22 “The Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. 23 Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. 24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. 25 Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, 26 before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. 27 When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, 28 when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, 29 when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, 30then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, 31 rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man. 

SECOND READING, Acts 2:14a, 22-36

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them:

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know— 23 this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken; 26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope. 27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption. 28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’ 29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day.30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand, 35 until I make your enemies your footstool.”’ 36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 

GOSPEL READING, John 8:48-59

48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge.51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ 55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” 58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

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