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.
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
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
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 44:6-8
6 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. 7 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. 8 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. 2 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.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 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.