January 19, 2020
Confession of St. Peter
Ask a dozen different people who Jesus is, and you could easily get a dozen different answers. Who do you say Jesus is? The pointed question Jesus asks is intimidating. What if we get the answer wrong? Peter’s bold confession of faith is the foundation of the Church through all ages: Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. He comes by this courageous confession by the Father’s own gracious gift—a gift He still gives freely to the Church today.
TOWN HALL MEETING—Join us TODAY at 12 pm for ministry updates and an open forum.
COMMUNICATIONS SURVEY—We value your input and invite you to participate in our survey created to gauge the effectiveness of the modes of communication we currently use at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. Please provide feedback so that we may be a blessing to you. Click the link in your email or complete a paper copy of the survey, available at the Welcome Center. The deadline to submit your survey is Monday, January 27.
ALL SAINTS’ FEST—By the grace of God and through your generous donations, this year's All Saints' Fest auction raised right at $35,000. These funds will be used for tuition assistance and to update school technology needs. Thank you for supporting Our Shepherd Lutheran School!
SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY—Eat-enjoy a sampling of different soups and chilies and vote for your favorite recipe. Compete-sign up to enter the free contest for a chance to win the Golden Ladle Award! Fellowship-dinner at 5 pm. Fun-games and football start at 6:30 pm. Family-half-time praise and devotion led by high school youth. Hope to see you on Feb. 2, SOUPer Bowl Sunday!
MARRIAGE RETREAT—Registration available in the narthex and at bit.ly/7rings2020. The retreat will be at Seasons Lodge in Brown County. The cost is $325 per couple. Please register by Feb. 16.
LAKEVIEW MINISTRIES—Be sure to check in with our friends from Camp Lakeview in the narthex.
CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED—Monday, January 20 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
OSLS—We invite you to pray and participate with our school during National Lutheran Schools Week, January 26-February 1. Our theme this year is Joy:Fully Lutheran. Students will share their joy with you by singing at some of our services, they will also be partaking in service projects, activities, devotions, and even dress-up days to celebrate the daily themes (M-Joy Fully, T-Thank Fully, W-Peace Fully, TH-Faith Fully, F-Hope Fully). We encourage you to partner with us through praying for our current, past, and future students following these daily themes.
SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - Wed., Jan. 22, is the 47th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade US Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. A group of pastors and members of a handful of LCMS congregations are organizing a larger presence at the “Indiana March for Life” which will take place in Indianapolis that day. All are invited to St. Peter’s, Indy, for the Divine Service at 10:00 am. Afterwards, a carpool will be arranged for the march itself (beginning at 12 pm on Georgia St.), which will conclude with a rally on the Statehouse steps.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Lisa Boettcher, Anna Cronauer, Adler, Paula Gentry, Joe & Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Jeremiah Miskimen, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Al & Marian Schafer, Zane, Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Cheryl Barksdale. For all missionaries including Melissa Karges serving in Ethiopia. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.
Town Hall Meeting, Jan. 19, 12 pm
Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1
SOUPer Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2, 5 pm
FIRST READING, Isaiah 49:1-7
1Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name.2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow; in his quiver he hid me away. 3 And he said to me, “You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.” 4 But I said, “I have labored in vain; I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.” 5 And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him—for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength— 6 he says: “It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” 7 Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nation, the servant of rulers: “Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall prostrate themselves; because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.”
EPISTLE READING, 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
1Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, 2 To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus, 5 that in every way you were enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge— 6 even as the testimony about Christ was confirmed among you— 7 so that you are not lacking in any gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 16:13-20
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.