March 15, 2020
St. Joseph, Guardian of Jesus
St. Joseph demonstrated his faith by faithfully caring for his newborn Son (a Son who wasn’t even his child)! Love for the baby Jesus conquered his initial doubts and fears. St. Joseph reminds us there is great reward for parents in the faithful raising of their children. It would be reward enough for godly parents to be blessed by their children by seeing them in heaven. But this story teaches great earthly blessings of faithful parenting.
RED LETTER CHALLENGE—We are on Day 20 of The Red Letter Challenge. This week's theme is “Serving.” Follow along with the Challenge daily on our Facebook page. Share in the Challenge with Pastor Matt’s and Cheryl Cassidy’s Sunday School classes along with programming for children. Supplemental questions to enhance your personal study are also available in the narthex.
DAY OF SERVING—Take up the Challenge on March 21: the Red Letter Day of SERVING!
You can sign up today at bit.ly/dayofserving to serve in the following ways:
Serve breakfast or help neighbors shop at Shepherd Community Center during their Saturday Food Pantry; Cook or serve hot breakfast for guests of the Our Shepherd Food Pantry; Set up, welcome guests, work in the pantry, or clean up at the Our Shepherd Food Pantry; Clean up trash and other debris along County Road 100 N to help take care of our neighborhood.
ALTAR FLOWERS—Beautiful plants adorn both traditional and contemporary worship spaces for Easter services. Take advantage of the opportunity to dedicate and donate your choice of lilies, tulips, hyacinths or azaleas, then take them home at the conclusion of the last Easter service on Sunday, April 12. Orders are not limited to just one! Tulips and hyacinths cost $10, lilies are $12 and azaleas are $20 per plant. Order forms and a sign-up sheet are located across from the coatracks.
SAVE THE DATE—We will celebrate the faithful service of our retiring Music Director, Joyce Zimmerman, with an afternoon of music and fellowship. Mark your calendars for May 31 at 3:30 pm.
OSLS—PTL is having a walkathon on April 3 to raise funds towards events such as classroom guest speakers, student field trips, club sports in support of the school. We invite you to participate as a sponsor or volunteer and join the school in a day of exercise and fellowship as we use the bodies God gave us to walk through His creation! To help, see the board in the narthex. Take a shoe and return it with your commitment to the cause prior to April 1.
Ladies - Save the date - Friday, April 17th 7:30-9 pm Sweet M's Boutique fellowship and fundraiser for All Saints' Fest - more information to come!
IN OUR PRAYERS
Sara Bartleson, Donald Levenhagen, Tee Lipsey, Pat Marsh, David Payne, Buddy Ray, Anna Rosebrough, Earl Swart, and John Widau. For all of our homebound members including Dee Ortolf. For all who mourn including the family and friends of George Leonard. For all missionaries including Melissa Karges serving in Ethiopia. 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.
Midweek Lenten Services, Mar. 18, 25, Apr. 1
Ladies Circle Meeting, Mar. 19, 10 am
Red Letter Challenge, Day of Serving, Mar. 21
Red Letter Challenge, Day of Giving, Mar. 25
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Exodus 17:1-7
1 All the congregation of the people of Israel moved on from the wilderness of Sin by stages, according to the commandment of the Lord, and camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2 Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the Lord?” 3 But the people thirsted there for water, and the people grumbled against Moses and said, “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?” 4 So Moses cried to the Lord, “What shall I do with this people? They are almost ready to stone me.” 5 And the Lord said to Moses, “Pass on before the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel, and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb, and you shall strike the rock, and water shall come out of it, and the people will drink.” And Moses did so, in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7 And he called the name of the place Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of the people of Israel, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
EPISTLE READING, Romans 5:1-8
1Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 2:13-23
13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” 14 And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt 15 and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” 16 Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: 18 “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” 19 But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child's life are dead.” 21 And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. 23 And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.