RICH OR POOR?
August 11, 2019
Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
According to this passage, God measures wealth differently than we tend to. Lists of the “wealthiest” people indicate net worth and begin with a dollar sign ($). God’s measure is faith, which looks much more like “poverty” in the world’s standards. How do you measure your wealth?
SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION—This weekend we acknowledge the faith milestone of our second grade students. We pray blessings upon them, and their families, as they receive a Bible of their own.
CHURCH PICNIC—Join us for our annual church picnic on Sunday, August 18 beginning at 5:00 pm. Be prepared for family games including 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. Be sure to sign up at the Welcome Center or via the link in the weekly email.
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 as 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.
LADIES CIRCLE—Women of the congregation are invited to join us for our August meeting on Thursday the 15th at 10:00 am. We will be working on quilts for Lutheran World Relief this month. Be sure to bring a lunch.
OSLS—Praise God for the 162 students who are attending Our Shepherd Lutheran School for 2019-2020! Of these, 51 are new to our school this year and will get to hear the Word of God taught daily! We thank the congregation for your continued prayers and support of this church ministry.
SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS - We praise God that our YouTube videos have been viewed over 20,000 times (20.0026 as of 7/31/19)! Churches in Maryland, Oklahoma, and Indianapolis are using our Confirmation Instruction for their middle schoolers. By using technology to multiply our outreach, we are reaching more than just the students who walk through our doors with the good news of God’s love in Christ!
IN OUR PRAYERS
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 Pastor Dennis and Deaconess Lorna Meeker of Point of Grace Academy. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty, and Brandon Richey.
2nd grade Bible Presentation, Aug 10-11, all services
Ladies Circle Meeting, Aug 15, 10 am
Church Picnic, Aug 18, 5 pm
Small Group Kick-off, Sept 7, 7:30 pm
New Member Class, Sept 8, 7 pm
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 15: 1-6
1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
SECOND READING, Hebrews 11:1-16
1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2 For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. 4 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 7 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. 8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. 11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
GOSPEL READING, Luke 12:22-34
22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.