CLAIMED BY THE WORD
August 2, 2020
Today we remember Saint Lydia. We read from Acts how she heard the Gospel and believed, leading to her and her family's immediate baptism! She housed the apostles as they taught and preached, providing a foundation for the Kingdom to grow in Philippi! Lydia continued to provide a place of worship and continually supported the spreading of the true faith in Philippi.
SCHOOL STAFF BLESSING—at 10:30 worship this Sunday! Join us as we invoke the Lord's blessing on all who serve the students that God entrusts to our school this academic year.
FAREWELL BLESSING FOR WORKERS—The following workers will no longer be serving as employees at Our Shepherd: Rachel Burris, Heather Shell and Rosemary Thomas, teacher aides, Jamie Kelley, Art Teacher, Kim Mourer, Media Director, Mary Teipen, Extended Care. We will bless them and thank them for their service at the 10:30 service.
SUNDAY SCHOOL RESUMES ON AUG 23RD—Adult classes will meet each week in the Sanctuary (with Pastor Lepley), in the Gym (with Pastor Matt and Vicar Kyle Borcherding), and on Facebook Live at 9:30. Children ages 2– 4th grade can participate in our In-Person or At-Home "Foundations of Faith" Sunday School. So that we know best how to prepare, we are asking all families with children to register for Sunday School this fall at https://bit.ly/ss_at_oslcs
VOTERS’ MEETING—August 9, noon. Agenda items include: Devotion, Ministry Reports, 2020-2021 Budget Approval, Approve Financial Reviewers, Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Call Committee - Approve Members, Director of Music Call Committee - Approve Members, Approval of Membership Roll Review, Endowment Committee Report, Ambassadors of Reconciliation Update, Doxology. Members may review a copy of the 2020-2021 Budget and printed ministry reports in the church office.
OSLS ATHLETICS—Any current student member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in grades 5-8 is welcome to participate on an Our Shepherd Lutheran School athletic team provided they are not playing for another school. This fall we invite you to join co-ed soccer, co-ed cross country or girls volleyball. Special permission from the coach is required for students in 3rd and 4th grades. Please email any questions to Brandi Matthews at
IN OUR PRAYERS
Cheryl Barksdale, Katie Koontz, Dorothy Levihn, Virginia Jones, Tee Lipsey, Joe Manger, Marjorie Sims, and John Widau. For all who mourn. For all schools, students and educators. For all missionaries including Pastor and Deaconess Meeker, Point of Grace Academy, Kenya. 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.
Voter’s Meeting, Aug. 9, noon
Confirmation Orientation, Aug. 9, 5:00 p.m.
OSLS first day of school, Aug. 10
Confirmation Sunday, Aug. 16, 10:30 a.m.
Sunday School Resumes, Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m.
FIRST READING, Acts 16:11-15 11 So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. 13 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14 One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15 And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.
EPISTLE READING, Romans 9:1-13
1 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. 5 To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. 6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7 and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” 8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9 For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 14:13-21 13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.