Jonah's Judgement- God's Mercy
January 24, 2021
Third Sunday after Epiphany
National Lutheran Schools Week
At first, reading Jonah chapter three seems to be painting him to be a great and faithful man, saving a huge city from judgment. However, putting this short reading into context, we see Jonah very differently! Is there a takeaway here for us today?
OLD TESTAMENT READING Jonah 3:1-10
Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” 3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days' journey in breadth. 4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5 And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. 6 The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, 8 but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. 9 Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.” 10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.
EPISTLE READING Corinthians 7:29-35
29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, 31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away. 32 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. 35 I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
GOSPEL READING Mark 1:14-20
14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” 16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Sarah Ardoin, Bill Barron, Rod Bartleson, Hayden Byeon, Catherine Cunningham, David Dillman, Kira Flannery, JoAnne Harrison, the Illingworth family, Tee Lipsey, Dorothy Levihn, Bob Meyerholtz, Christine Mueller, Makayla Richardson, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Joe Sisk, Norie Strakis, Ed Watts and Tom Weaver. Thanksgiving for the Ordination and Installation of Pastor Kyle Borcherding. For all affected by COVID. For all who mourn to find comfort. For our country during this time of unrest. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Lucas Peck, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe, Rex Rafferty.
SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD
NATIONAL LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK and OSLS STAFF RECOGNITION
Schools in The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod serve children in early childhood programs through grade 12 in over 1,914 schools nationwide and 3 schools internationally. Additionally, 9 colleges and universities operate to serve post secondary and graduate students across the nation.
Our Shepherd's Project Approach for teaching and multi-aged classrooms in Early Childhood has been recognized as a Powerful Practice as part of our accreditation in 2020.
We want to recognize the work of all our school staff with a blessing during the 10:30 service on January 31. Blessing bags are in the narthex if you’d like to offer a note of encouragement or token of gratitude.
SAVE THE DATE— There will be a Voters' Meeting at noon on Sunday, February 14. We will be discussing and voting on several items, some related to our pastoral vacancy. Look for an email this week with specific details about the Voters' Meeting agenda and upcoming "town hall style" zoom calls.
The Marriage Retreat—is scheduled for March 12-14, 2021 at the Season’s Lodge in Nashville, IN. Registration is now available online through February 28. Cost is $350 per couple. This year's theme is Love Talk, a video series featuring nationally acclaimed speakers Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott. If gatherings over 25 are not allowed according to state guidelines we will cancel the retreat with a full refund. Please contact DCE Mark at with any questions.
New Member Class—Are you interested in learning more about the Lutheran Church’s teachings or becoming a member of Our Shepherd? Beginning February 7, 2021, we will teach an Adult Catechism class for seven weeks during our Christian education hour, Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the gym. Already a member? Feel free to join this class at any time for a refresher on our Lutheran beliefs.
LAKEVIEW MINISTRIES—Where can your children experience Christian growth while riding horses, canoeing, swimming, and zip-lining? At Lakeview Ministries! Online registration for Camp Lakeview and Lakeview Villages will open on February 8th. Campers whose sessions were cancelled in 2020 will get to register a week earlier. Don’t let your children miss the adventure, joy, and wonder that a week at a Christian camp can bring. For more information, visit lakeview.camp or call the camp at 812-342-4815.
HOMEBASED WORSHIP UPDATE—Our Shepherd is contracting with Ian Petro of Indy Business Solutions to begin live streaming traditional services in the near future. The equipment has been delivered! Installation will begin soon, along with an updated A/V booth. This process will happen in stages. Please continue to pray that we might share God’s Word in new ways.
HONORING LIFE—Throughout the month we will be collecting donations of diapers, wipes, pacifiers and board books in the Narthex to support the work of Life Centers of Indianapolis. On February 7, Pastor Mike Spencer from Project Life Voice will speak following services.
OSLS—Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is NOW OPEN to the public!
Visit our website to begin the admission process or contact Tomi Mattick at with questions or to schedule a tour. Please share the great educational opportunities Our Shepherd offers for children in Early Childhood (ages 3-5) through 8th grade with your neighbors and friends.