REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS!
October 11, 2020
Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
We live in anxious times. But Paul's Letter to the Philippians brings us a message of peace and joy. This joy does not depend on our outward circumstances. It is a gift from Jesus who gave His life for us.
HOW CAN I SERVE? – As a congregation, Our Shepherd is excited about proclaiming the Gospel in our community. While 2020 has brought plenty of the unexpected, we have some unique opportunities to share life in this crazy season. As the ministry continues with numerous vacant staff positions, we could especially use volunteer support for the following: Sunday school teaching, mid-week food pantry preparation, offering counting, and weekly worship setup/teardown. Please prayerfully consider serving in one of these ways. For more details, email
FALL FAMILY DINNER & MOVIE NIGHT— The Fellowship team invites you to this event on Friday, October 23. We will serve a boxed dinner that includes a sandwich, chips, cookie and drink. We will be viewing a family-friendly movie in the gym. Movie theater candy boxes will be available for 25¢. Bring your own chairs, sleeping bags, blankets or pillows to make yourself comfy. Doors open at 6:00; dinner is served at 6:30; the movie starts at 7:00. Please RSVP by October 19 for your family through the link in the weekly email.
FOOD PANTRY—The Food Pantry exceeded expectations this last weekend! We were able to serve 117 families or 471 individuals in Christ's love. In 2019, we averaged 51 families per weekend. 2020 has brought that average to 105.8! This is a 109% increase in those who crave what Our Shepherd is offering through the many generous donations from our church, school, and partners.
CLOTHING PANTRY-We will be offering the Clothing Pantry again on October 17th. We are in great need of additional manpower on this date.
OSLS—Thank you to our congregation members who attended the Scholarship Granting Organization informational session with Jon Dize last Sunday. The SGO allows many of our students to receive a quality Christian education, as well as provides many of our students a track to receive an Indiana CHOICE (voucher) scholarship. If you missed the presentation, you can find a copy of the printed slideshow in the communication center, or contact Mrs. Hedges at to learn more.
Bob Abernathy, Nicole Cook, Annie Green, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Trinity Meihak, Joanne Orebaugh, Emily and Evelyn Presley, Seth Roundtree, Damaris Ruiz, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Paula Stiles, Tom Weaver and John Widau. For all who mourn, especially the families of J. Thomas Rafferty and Jon Reger. For all missionaries including Alyssa Anders, LCMS Missionary to Russia. For all who are imprisoned. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Corey Cook, Jr., Dominick Greci, Katelyn Harvey, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.
Iowa Servant Event, Oct. 10-14
OSLS Fall Break, Oct. 12-16
LWML Sunday, Oct. 18
Fellowship Dinner & Movie Night, Oct 23
Reformation Sunday, Oct. 25
Installation of Steve Hohnstadt, Oct. 25, 8am
SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD
We lift up in prayer the Servant Event Team: DCE Joel, Mackenzie, Lauren, Chris, Emma, Olivia, and Joel, along with King of Kings Lutheran Church, as they serve this week, rebuilding the community of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after a devastating storm.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 25:6-9
6 On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine, of rich food full of marrow, of aged wine well refined. 7 And he will swallow up on this mountain the covering that is cast over all peoples, the veil that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken. 9 It will be said on that day, “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the Lord; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.”
EPISTLE READING, Philippians 4:4-13
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. 10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 22:1-14
1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ 5 But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”