BEING CHRISTIAN IS EASY, RIGHT?
September 8, 2019
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
There are many who think Christians lead easy and prosperous lives. Jesus contradicts this way of thinking. Being a Christian means living a life full of love, grace, and mercy for our neighbors. This means we are not free from struggles and suffering in the fight to further the Kingdom of God.
FALL NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning tonight at 7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd. Current members are welcome to come to brush-up on the basics of our faith.
SWANS EVENT—HOLD THE DATE: September 25, 4-8 pm SWANS (Seniors With A New Spirit) is having a cookout at Avon Town Hall Park. We will provide the hot dogs/brats, plates, cups, and utensils. We ask you to bring a covered dish, dessert, drinks, etc. Sign-up by the Luther Room. We also will have a free will offering to help with expenses as SWANS doesn't have a treasury. If you have any questions contact Shirley Wittman or Annette Stoneking.
FOOD PANTRY— Our Food Pantry serves over 130 families every month! Without your financial support and food donations, this ministry would not be able to reach the members of our community most in need of our assistance. Financial donations are accepted at any time. The Pantry will be collecting clothing and new, packaged socks and underwear during the month of September for distribution in October. Please place your donations under the coat racks. Talk to Judy James for more info.
OSLS—The PTL at Our Shepherd exists to serve the church and school as bridge between home and school while assisting the school in creating the best possible environment for the students to grow and learn. Recently, through their fundraising efforts, PTL was able to help fund some much-needed soccer and volleyball uniforms. PTL also donates mulch for our playground. Support our efforts by attending the all-day dine-out day at City BBQ on Monday, September 16. Be sure to mention Our Shepherd and 20% of your purchase will be donated to our school.
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS - How would you like to help a local LCMS church recover from a fire which damaged much of their church? On September 21st, Our Shepherd will assist the saints at Our Savior Lutheran, Indianapolis, with restoration of their church and grounds. Please sign-up at the Welcome Center or via the link in the weekly email. More details to come next week!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Buddy Ray, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Norie Strakis. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Dennis Ouellette of LAMP Ministries. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.
New Member Class, TONIGHT, 7 pm
PTL Dine-out, City BBQ, Sept 16, all day
Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Deuteronomy 30:15-20
15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
SECOND READING, Philemon 1:1-21
1 Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker 2 and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.4 I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, 5 because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, 6 and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. 7 For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you. 8 Accordingly, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do what is required, 9 yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus— 10 I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment. 11 (Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.) 12 I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. 13 I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel, 14 but I preferred to do nothing without your consent in order that your goodness might not be by compulsion but of your own accord. 15 For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, 16 no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother—especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord. 17 So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18 If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19 I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 20 Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ. 21 Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22 At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you. 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you,24 and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers. 25 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 14:25-35
25 Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them,26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ 31 Or what king, going out to encounter another king in war, will not sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. 34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35 It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”