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Weekly Announcements 10.18.19

THE JUDGE AND OUR PERSISTENCE

October 20, 2019

19th Sunday after Pentecost

It is easy to lose heart when it seems the world is against us; when it seems that the evil in this world has the upper hand! In our Gospel reading, we are reminded to continually pray and to be persistent like the widow in the parable. She does not lose heart. Today we will consider the connection between the judge in the parable, the widow, and us.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

TRUNK-OR-TREAT—Trunk-or-Treat brings hundreds of children to Our Shepherd every year. You can help to make this event successful by witnessing Christ's love to our community. Welcome our guests, host a trunk, be a game leader, assist with hayrides/pumpkin chunkin’/parking/set-up/tear-down, or re-stock candy; there are so many opportunities to serve. Sign-up online or in the Narthex to reserve a trunk space and/or volunteer. Candy donations may be deposited in the bright orange candy collection bin across from the coat racks.  

TOWN HALL MEETING—Join the conversation on Thursday, October 24 at 7 pm. Agenda items include general Q & A, pastoral and school updates, Fundraising Policy update, and more.  

ALTAR GUILD—We are beginning to prepare the team assignment calendar for 2020. Altar Guild teams wash communion cups, fill oil candles and clean the altar area. Teams of 4-5 usually serve four weeks at a time, twice a year. Most work can be done immediately after worship. If you would like to serve as an Altar Guild member, please contact the church office. 

OSLS ALL SAINTS’ FEST—Have you purchased your tickets for the 26th Annual All Saints' Fest? You will certainly want to bid on one-of-a-kind auction items created by OSLS students. Unable to attend, but want to participate? Mobile bidding is available during the event using a smart device, even if you aren’t present. Join us in supporting the ministry of Our Shepherd Lutheran School!

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD - It is pure joy for our pastors to bring Christ's love to our twenty homebound members on a monthly basis. These members receive pastoral care and communion, but the conversation and loving care is quite possibly the most important part of these visits. If you know of someone who is unable to attend worship, please contact the church office for a pastoral visit.  

IN OUR PRAYERS

Jeff Bick, Rosie Fakes, Tee Lipsey, Doreen Schneider, and Dian Summerlot. For all of our homebound members including Lori Boettcher. For all who are imprisoned. For all missionaries, including Pastor Sam Ruiz of Luterano Indy. For all persecuted Christians throughout the world. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Town Hall Meeting, Oct. 24, 7 pm

Trunk-or-Treat, Oct. 25, 6-8 pm

All Saints’ Fest, Nov. 15, 5:30 pm 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 32:22-30

22 The same night [Jacob] arose and took his two wives, his two female servants, and his eleven children, and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 He took them and sent them across the stream, and everything else that he had. 24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day. 25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him. 26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” 27 And he said to him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Jacob.” 28 Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” 29 Then Jacob asked him, “Please tell me your name.” But he said, “Why is it that you ask my name?” And there he blessed him. 30 So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life has been delivered.”

EPISTLE READING, 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5

14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

1 I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 18:1-8

1And [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. 2 He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” 6 And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? 8 I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”