Weekly Announcements 12.27.19
AN ETERNAL STORY: GOD WITH US!
December 29, 2019
First Sunday of Christmas
When sin entered the world it corrupted all that God had called, “Very good.” God could no longer dwell with man or else we all would be destroyed by His holiness. God has made a way to dwell with us in love and mercy in His Son Jesus. Today, we look forward to God once again dwelling with us, literally bringing His Kingdom when Christ returns in His glory.
WORSHIP ON WEDNESDAY—We will not have a Wednesday worship service on January 1. Join us instead on Tuesday, December 31 for our New Year’s Eve service beginning at 6:30 pm. Weekly Wednesday worship services will resume on January 8 at 6:30 pm.
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.
CHURCH UNDECORATING—Join us on Sunday, January 5 following the last worship service to take down and put away the Christmas decorations.
MARRIAGE RETREAT—Save the date. The 2020 Marriage Retreat will be Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 1 at the Seasons Lodge in Brown County. More details to come.
RED LETTER CHALLENGE—Coming in Lent 2020. Forty days of reading and acting on Scripture. Are you up for the Challenge?
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 info.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Anna Cronauer, Elena D., Adler G., Joe & Laurel Koehler, Tee Lipsey, Jeremiah Miskman, Anna Rosebrough, Becky Roth, Al & Marian Schafer, Doreen Schneider, Zane S., Dian Summerlot, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Liz Tiemeier. For all who mourn. For all missionaries including Alyssa Anders, LCMS missionary in Russia. 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.
Church Undecorating, Jan. 5, 12 pm
New Member Class, Jan. 5, 7 pm
OSLS Chick-fil-A Dine-out, Jan. 13, all day
Lutheran Schools Week, Jan. 26-Feb. 1
Souper Bowl Party, Feb. 2, 6 pm
FIRST READING, Revelation 21:1-14, 22-27
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” 9 Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb's book of life.
GOSPEL READING, John 14:1-14
1 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. 12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.