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Weekly Announcements 08.23.19

GOD'S DISCIPLINE

August 25, 2019

Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

When we hear the word discipline, it can evoke many different emotions. Discipline can remind us of a time when, as kids, we were scolded and punished for doing something wrong. Does this discipline help us as adults? Should we be surprised that God also disciplines us in our adult lives?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TOWN HALL MEETING—TODAY following the 10:45 am worship service.

SMALL GROUP KICK-OFF—Join us Saturday, September 7 for worship at 6:30 pm and an introduction to the New Testament portion of the Bible study, The Story. Small Group participants are encouraged to attend. There will be time to meet with your group for introductions and reconnections. Don’t have a small group? Fill out an interest form and we’ll get you connected with one.

FALL NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning Sunday, September 8 at 7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd.

Music Ministry—Calling all singers and ringers!  Please consider using your God-given talents in service to our Lord! Groups are resuming practice Sept. 4-5. Adult Choir (high school-adult) Wed., 9/04, 7-8:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir I (beginning ringers; 3rd grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 6-6:30 p.m.; Jr. Choir (2nd-5th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 6:30-7 p.m.; Youth Chorale (6-12th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 7-7:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir II (experienced ringers; 6th grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Joyce, , with any questions.

THANK YOU—Heartfelt thanks go to the newly formed Fellowship Team for organizing and executing the annual Church Picnic with energy, excitement, and fun! Smiles abounded from all ages; all of your time and energy is appreciated!

OSLS—Enjoy dinner at Panera THIS Monday, August 26 from 4-8 pm. This event   will benefit the All Saints' Fest fund to help support the school through the annual auction. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this night of fun and fellowship Friday, November 15 at the new Embassy Suites Event Center in Plainfield. Funds from All Saints' Fest will be used towards the upgrade of and purchase of new technology for student instruction. 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Paul Maves. Thanksgiving for the safe birth of Walker Lee Sitz to Jenni (Doug & Jeanine Hiteshew) and Jake. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Rev. Dan Coffey, IN State Police Chaplain. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Town Hall Meeting, TODAY, 12 pm

Small Group Kick-off, Sept 7, 7:30 pm

New Member Class, Sept 8, 7 pm

Ladies Guild Meeting, Sept 24, 7 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 66:18-23

18 “For I know their works and their thoughts, and the time is coming to gather all nations and tongues. And they shall come and shall see my glory, 19 and I will set a sign among them. And from them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, who draw the bow, to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away, that have not heard my fame or seen my glory. And they shall declare my glory among the nations. 20 And they shall bring all your brothers from all the nations as an offering to the Lord, on horses and in chariots and in litters and on mules and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord, just as the Israelites bring their grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord. 21 And some of them also I will take for priests and for Levites, says the Lord. 22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth that I make shall remain before me, says the Lord, so shall your offspring and your name remain. 23 From new moon to new moon, and from Sabbath to Sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, declares the Lord. 

SECOND READING, Hebrews 12:3-24

Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by him. For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness.11 For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but rather be healed. 14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16 that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears. 18 For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest 19 and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the order that was given, “If even a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned.” 21 Indeed, so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I tremble with fear.” 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel. 

GOSPEL READING, Luke 13:22-30

22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” 

Weekly Announcements 08.16.19

FIRE AND DIVISION

August 18, 2019

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost 

Jesus brought the Kingdom of God and showed us what that looks like in all He did and all He said. Jesus showed us patience, peace, forgiveness, love, and mercy. He raised the dead and drove out demons. So it is fair to ask after reading the Gospel reading for today from Luke, “Why does Jesus say He came to cast fire upon the earth,” and cause divisions?

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CHURCH PICNIC—Join us for our annual church picnic TODAY beginning at 5:00 pm. Be prepared for family games including bingo, tug-of-war, watermelon eating contest, water balloon races, and bean bag toss. Win prizes playing the infamous Plinko game. Children can join our games, play on the playground or in the bounce house. Didn’t sign-up? You’re still welcome to participate!

TOWN HALL MEETING—Next Sunday following the 10:45 am worship service.

FALL NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning Sunday, September 8 at 7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd.

Music Ministry—Calling all singers and ringers!  Please consider using your God-given talents in service to our Lord! Groups are resuming practice Sept. 4-5. Adult Choir (high school-adult) Wed., 9/04, 7-8:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir I (beginning ringers; 3rd grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 6-6:30 p.m.; Jr. Choir (2nd-5th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 6:30-7 p.m.; Youth Chorale (6-12th grade), Thurs., 9/05, 7-7:30 p.m.; Handbell Choir II (experienced ringers; 6th grade-adult) Thurs., 9/05, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Contact Joyce, , with any questions.

OSLS—There are many ways you can help support the ministry of Our Shepherd Lutheran School. Keep our students, staff, and families in your prayers; participate in SCRIP, Kroger Rewards, Coke Rewards, and Box Tops; help with a need through our Amazon wish list; give financial support (and receive an Indiana tax credit) with a donation to the SGO; and/or plan to attend All Saints' Fest Auction on November 15th. See or email Principal Hedges for more information!

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS -Pastor Daniel Coffey, called by Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in 2009 to serve as the leader of the Indiana State Police Chaplain Program was recently earned the prestigious Diplomate Credential from International Conference of Police Chaplains. He has been in chaplain ministry since being a seminary student at Concordia Theological Seminary Fort Wayne. While his full time position at the State Police keeps him busy most of the time, Pastor Coffey enjoys serving at OSLC by helping occasionally with worship services. wife, This September will mark the twenty sixth anniversary of Chaplain Coffey’s service as a law enforcement chaplain.  

IN OUR PRAYERS

Frank Birerly, Tee Lipsey, Marie Olson, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Dian Summerlot, Laurie Tucker, and Tim Yeadon. For all of our homebound members including Kay Levenhagen. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Alyssa Anders, LCMS missionary to Russia. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Church Picnic, SUNDAY, 5 pm

Town Hall Meeting, Aug 25, 12 pm

Small Group Kick-off, Sept 7, 7:30 pm

New Member Class, Sept 8, 7 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Malachi 3:1-5

1 “Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years. “Then I will draw near to you for judgment. I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired worker in his wages, the widow and the fatherless, against those who thrust aside the sojourner, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.

SECOND READING, Hebrews 11:17-31, 12:1-3

1By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. 20 By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. 21 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones. 23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king's edict. 24 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, 25choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them. 29 By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31 By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 12:49-56

49 “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! 51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” 54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. 55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? 

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