AN ETERNAL STORY: GOD WITH US!
CHRIST THE TEMPLE
December 22, 2019
Fourth Sunday in Advent
The depth of God’s loving desire to live with us is most evident in the life of Jesus. Jesus became the temple where God dwells with us. His presence isn’t standing on the sidelines and shouting encouraging words to us; He bears our grief, carries our sorrows, and brings us into God’s family.
CHRISTMAS FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL—Celebrate Jesus’ birth with us TODAY at 9:30 am in Room 165. Bring your family to share the Christmas story, enjoy craft time and hot chocolate.
NEW MEMBER CLASSES—Anyone interested in joining Our Shepherd is welcome and encouraged to attend the next round of New Member Classes beginning Sunday, January 5 at 7 pm. Learn about our Lutheran teachings and how we share life with Our Shepherd.
CHILDREN’S SUNDAY SCHOOL—There will not be any children’s Sunday School classes on December 29. Classes will resume on January 5.
OUR SHEPHERD ENDOWMENT FUND–The Endowment Fund provides funds for the long-term missions and ministries of our congregation. The Fund has financially supported the academic pursuits of several of our members this year as well as the special needs of the church. Gifts may include, but are not limited to cash, special occasion giving, general assets contributions, memorial gifts, and will bequests. There may be certain tax advantages for donations made before year end. Please talk to your tax advisor for details. For more information about how you can support the work of the Endowment Fund contact the church office or email
WINTER BREAK OFFICE HOURS—The church office will have limited hours over Christmas Break: 10 am-1 pm on December 30-31 and January 2. Normal hours (7:30 am-4 pm Mon.-Thurs.) will resume on January 6. Pastors are on-call in case of emergency.
WORSHIP ON WEDNESDAY—We will not have an evening Wednesday worship service on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Weekly Wednesday night worship services will resume on Jan. 8 at 6:30 pm.
OSLS—Are you scrambling to make end-of-the-year tax contributions? Look no further than The Lutheran SGO to receive an Indiana 50% TAX CREDIT. This is a WIN-WIN for you, our school, and the families of OSLS!! Individuals, corporations, or self-employed can benefit with your gift of cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or IRA qualified retirement plan charitable rollovers (RMDs). Your donation can reduce what you owe, refund part of all of what has been paid, and extra money can be rolled over for up to 9 years! Have questions? Give at https://www.lutheransgo.org/forms/ or talk to Principal Hedges for more information.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Katie C., Nicole Cook, Cal H., Joe and Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Emily Pierson, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Al and Marian Schafer, Doreen Schneider, Barb Stoner, Norie Strakis, Dian Summerlot, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Ann Thomas. For all who mourn. For all missionaries including Jessie Siek serving at Mount Olive in Milwaukee. 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.
Christmas Eve Services, Dec. 24, 3, 5, 7, 11 pm
Christmas Day Service, Dec. 25, 9 am
New Year’s Eve Service, Dec. 31, 6:30 pm
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Exodus 12:1-11
1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month shall be for you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year for you. 3 Tell all the congregation of Israel that on the tenth day of this month every man shall take a lamb according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household. 4 And if the household is too small for a lamb, then he and his nearest neighbor shall take according to the number of persons; according to what each can eat you shall make your count for the lamb. 5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats, 6 and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill their lambs at twilight. 7 “Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. 8 They shall eat the flesh that night, roasted on the fire; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted, its head with its legs and its inner parts. 10 And you shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. 11 In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover.
GOSPEL READING, John 2:13-22
13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.