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Weekly Announcements 11.22.19

SERVANTS OF THE KING

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THANKSGIVING SERVICE AND PIE FELLOWSHIP—Join us this Wednesday, November 27, Thanksgiving Eve for worship at 6:30 pm and pie fellowship immediately following. Bring a pie to share, and enjoy a slice with your Our Shepherd family!

MOPS ADVENT TEA—Our Shepherd MOPS cordially invites all women (high school aged and above) to an afternoon of fellowship and dessert in preparation for the Advent season. The 17th Annual Advent Tea will be on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 1-3 in the afternoon. Reservations are just $10 per person. Tickets are now available between services. You may also email Michelle Borcherding,  with questions.

ADVENT SERVICES—Advent services begin on Wednesday, December 4 at 4:30 & 6:30 pm with a meal served in the gym at 5:30 pm.

ALTAR FLOWERS—Two flower charts are available for you to donate altar flowers for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or memorials: one chart for our traditional worship services, and one chart for our contemporary worship services. Be sure to sign up for your favorite date. The cost remains $30 for two arrangements in either space. 

ANGEL TREE—The Angel Tree is a way of serving others in need in our church, school, and community. You can be a blessing to someone by taking an angel. Each angel lists an appropriate gift to purchase, instructions for wrapping, and a return date. Please prayerfully consider adopting one or more angels to share Christ’s love with others.

OSLS—We thank our congregation members for their continued support of the school. Those who attended or contributed to All Saints' Fest are truly appreciated and we are blessed by all those who continue to pray for our school and the outreach that we give to our families. We encourage those wishing to support the school financially as the year comes to a close to utilize the Lutheran SGO, which will also provide you with a state tax credit of 50%. Log on to lutheransgo.org or speak to Principal Hedges for more information. 

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD-We rejoice that God continues to bless our partnership with Luterano Indy, led by Pastor Sam Ruiz. The Spanish speaking service on Saturday evenings have seen increased attendance and recently celebrated one year of worshipping here at Our Shepherd. Praise God that He has provided the opportunity to spread the Gospel to our Spanish speaking neighbors. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thanksgiving Eve Service & Pie Fellowship, Nov. 27

Advent Services, Dec. 4, 11, 18, 4:30 & 6:30 pm

Church Decorating, Dec. 6, 6 pm & Dec. 7, 10 am

MOPS Advent Tea, Dec. 7, 1 pm

OSLS Christmas Program, Dec. 16, 6:30 pm 

IN OUR PRAYERS

Jeff Bick, Katie Koontz, Tee Lipsey, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Doreen Schneider, Norie Strakis, Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Paul Maves. For all missionaries, including Pastor and Deaconess Meeker at Point of Grace Academy. 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.

SCRIPTURE READINGS 

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Malachi 3:13-18

13 “Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? 15 And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’” 16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name. 17 “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.” 

EPISTLE READING, Colossians 1:13-20

13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 

GOSPEL READING, Luke 23:27-43

27 And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. 28 But turning to them Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29 For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren and the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us.’ 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?” 3Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left. 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. 35 And the people stood by, watching, but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him, coming up and offering him sour wine 37 and saying, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38 There was also an inscription over him, “This is the King of the Jews.” 39 One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”