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Weekly Announcements 07.17.20

BLESSED OF THE LORD

July 19, 2020

The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Mary Magdalene will forever be remembered as the first eye witness to the resurrection. But her story didn't start there. It began in intense personal pain, wrestling with demons. Yet, Jesus looked on her with love, forgave her and gave her a new life. The same love that redeemed Mary has redeemed us and gives us new life in Christ.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Bob Abernathy, Cheryl Barksdale, Katie Koontz, Dorothy Levihn, Virginia Jones, Tee Lipsey, Brandi Matthews, and John Widau. For all who mourn. For all missionaries including Pastor Sam Ruiz of Luterano Indy. 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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Town Hall Meeting, TODAY, noon

VBS online event, Jul. 20, 6:00 pm

OSLS faculty and staff blessing, Aug. 2, 10:30 am

OSLS first day of school, Aug. 10

Confirmation Sunday,  Aug. 16

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WORSHIP PRACTICES—As we return to our pre-COVID19 worship schedule, we want you to know what to expect in worship. While most of our worship will look the same as it did prior to our closure, we will continue some measures to promote healthy behaviors. What’s changed since COVID19-Encourage safe social distancing; no sharing of the peace; worshippers will sit in every other row; floors marked to assist with social distancing during communion; children remain seated with families for children’s message; offering collected at the rear of the nave; attendance kept via attendance cards deposited in offering plate; fewer worship volunteers; in a few weeks, coffee will be available in narthex; no donuts between services; a single adult Sunday School class- a deeper dive into the readings for the week.

TOWN HALL MEETING—Join us in the sanctuary today at Noon for updates discussions regarding the budget, call committees, membership review, and the reconciliation process.

MEMORIAL SERVICE—Our Shepherd is hosting a memorial service on Saturday, July 25 at 4:00 pm for anyone who has lost a loved one this year. If you would like to pay tribute to a family member or friend, please email their name and date of passing to  All who attend will be invited to light a candle in memory of the life being honored, and we welcome you to share support with those who mourn.

ALTAR FLOWERS—Do you have an birthday, anniversary, memorial or special occasion you would like to honor with altar flowers? Many dates are still available in both worship spaces. 

OSLS—Our Shepherd Lutheran School is currently looking for a child-loving, upbeat, and dependable candidate to work in extended care daily Monday-Friday from 3-6pm. This position would begin August 10th. For more details, please call the school office or email Mrs. Amy Hedges at 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 44:6-8

Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. Who is like me? Let him proclaim it. Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people. Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen. Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.”

EPISTLE READING, Romans 8:12-17

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

GOSPEL READING,  John 20:1-18

1Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes. 11 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” 14 Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.

 

Weekly Announcements 07.10.20

THE WORD SHAPES US

July 12, 2020

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

It is hard to separate one’s own bias from the truth. It is also hard to be totally objective. When we  read God’s Word, we must always struggle to put aside what we think we know, allowing God to change and mold our hearts, our minds, and our faith according to His Word alone.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Cheryl Barksdale, Katie Koontz, Dorothy Levihn, Virginia Jones, Tee Lipsey, Brandi Matthews, and John Widau. For all who mourn. For all missionaries including Pastor Sam Ruiz of Luterano Indy. 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

VBS online event, Jul. 13, 20, 6:00 pm

OSLS faculty and staff blessing, Aug. 2, 10:30 am

OSLS first day of school, Aug. 10

Confirmation Sunday,  Aug. 16 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WORSHIP PRACTICES—As we return to our pre-COVID19 worship schedule, we want you to know what to expect in worship. While most of our worship will look the same as it did prior to our closure, we will continue some measures to promote healthy behaviors and safe social distancing. Please take notice of what will stay the same and what will be different.

Staying the same: Full worship service with children’s message and communion; communion distribution, as a family, at the chancel steps; seating returned to normal arrangement; printed bulletins; hymnals are available.

What’s changed since COVID19-Encourage safe social distancing; no sharing of the peace; worshippers will sit in every other row; floors marked to assist with social distancing during communion; children remain seated with families for children’s message; offering collected at the rear of the nave; attendance kept via attendance cards deposited in offering plate; fewer worship volunteers; in a few weeks, coffee will be available in narthex; no donuts between services; a single adult Sunday School class- a deeper dive into the readings for the week.

ANNOUNCEMENTS—Have an event or message that you’d like to share with our church family? Email details including proposed verbiage, requested dates, and modes of communication to by noon on Wednesday to be considered for inclusion in announcements for the weekend. An acknowledgement of your request will be returned within three business days of receipt. Actual modes and dates of distribution will be communicated once a decision has been made. 

VBS—Trust Jesus! Rocky Mountain Railway VBS is full steam ahead, but it’s not too late to join in the fun. Talk to a staff member about getting a take-home activity pack, visit our YouTube page for the recorded Monday music sessions, and get the whole family involved in the weekly lessons.  

OSLS—Our Shepherd Lutheran School is currently looking for a child-loving, upbeat, and dependable candidate to work in extended care daily Monday-Friday from 3-6pm. This position would begin August 10th. For more details, please call the school office or email Mrs. Amy Hedges at 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Acts 18:1-10, 18-21

After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” And he left there and went to the house of a man named Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue, believed in the Lord, together with his entire household. And many of the Corinthians hearing Paul believed and were baptized. And the Lord said to Paul one night in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, 10 for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people.”

18 After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow. 19 And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. 21 But on taking leave of them he said, “I will return to you if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 8:12-17

12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

1That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear.”

18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”

 

 

 

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