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Weekly Announcements 12.18.2020

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When King David decided to build a permanent temple for God, God turned the tables on him: "...the Lord will make you a house." David's kingdom, though at one time glorious, faded away with time. But God promised to establish David's house forever. The return of the King far surpasses King David. It's His kingdom where we live both now and forever.


THE CHURCH OFFICE—Will be closed beginning on Christmas Eve and will reopen on Monday, January 4, 2021. In case of a pastoral emergency, call 317-271-9103 extension 225 to be connected to Pastor Matt.

SAVE THE DATE - for Kyle Borcherding's Ordination and Installation as Worship Pastor on January 17, 2021 at 4pm.

SUNDAY SCHOOL—Families are invited to join us on December 20 as we "Follow the Star" to celebrate Jesus' birth. Socially distanced Christmas activities start at 9:30 in the school hall. There will be NO Sunday School on December 27.

OFFERING ENVELOPES—2021 Offering Envelopes are available in the narthex. Be sure to pick yours up or grab an ACH authorization form if you would prefer to switch to electronic giving. For questions contact Kim Meyerholtz at ext. 222 or

WORSHIP SCHEDULE CHANGE—Due to Christmas Eve being on a Thursday, there has been a slight change to the worship schedule. There will not be midweek Advent services this Wednesday, December 23. 

Worship services premiere on YouTube at 8am Sunday. 
Christmas Eve worship will premiere online at noon. 
You may download the Advent Order of Worship PDF here. 

Scripture Readings

OLD TESTAMENT READING, 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16

1 Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, 2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” 3 And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.” 4 But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, 5 “Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 6 I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 7 In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ 8 Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. 9 And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10 And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11 from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house.

16 And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’”

EPISTLE READING, Romans 16:25-27

25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 1:26-38

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Weekly Readings and Announcements 12.11.2020

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December 13, 2020

When do we get to open presents?! Gift-giving is a long-standing tradition of the Christmas season. But our gifts pale in comparison to the abundance of gifts we’ve received from the Father. We praise Him for all He has given — nothing less than His own Son, Jesus — and we look forward to the fulfillment of His gifts to us when we live with Him in the new creation. 

Scripture readings

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

1The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified. They shall build up the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.

 For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. Their offspring shall be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed. 10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations.


EPISTLE READING, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

 GOSPEL READING, John 1:6-8, 19-28

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

 19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” 23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.


Sarah Ardoin, Bill Barron, Hayden Byeon, Liz Dieckamp, Dale Floyd, JoAnne Harrison, Dorothy Levihn, Christine Mueller, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Joe Sisk, and Tom Weaver. For all affected by COVID. For all who mourn especially the family of Orpha Harris. Thanksgiving for the Segovia family who were baptized this past week. For our active military, including Corey Cook, Jr., Dominick Greci, Katelyn Harvey, Lucas Peck, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.


We are proud to announce one of our own members, Father Daniel Coffey, Indiana State Police Department Staff Chaplain, was presented with the John A. Price Award from the International Conference of Police Chaplains on November 20. This award is the highest recognition bestowed by this international professional organization. The full article may be found HERE.


ANGELTREE—Please considering sharing Christ’s love to someone in need from our church, school, or community by adopting an angel. Each angel on the tree lists a gift to purchase, instructions for wrapping, and a return date.

POINSETTIA ORDERS—Order forms and envelopes are by the Luther Room. Poinsettias are $12 each. December 13 is the order deadline. Plants may be picked up after Christmas Day worship.

PRAYER GARDEN UPDATE—The prayer garden has a granite Luther seal at the center of the brick paver cross, given in memory of loved ones that have gone to be with our Savior.  Donations for the granite piece are from Kory & Cara Fay, Cheryll Forgue, Jeff & Sheilah Keefer, Kim May, Mark & Kim Meyerholtz, Alex & Karen Robertson, Daren & Rebecca Shoemaker, and Michael & Courtney Wilkerson. Thank you to all who contributed to the prayer garden with brick orders and perennials. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL—Families are invited to join us in-person and at-home on December 20 as we "Follow the Star" to celebrate Jesus' birth. The Christmas activities start at 9:30 in the school hall for those joining in-person on December 20. Families who wish to participate at home can register for materials by emailing DCE Joel Marquardt at   by December 15. There will be NO Sunday School on December 27.

THE CHURCH OFFICE —Will be closed beginning on Christmas Eve and will reopen on Monday, January 4,2021. In case of a pastoral emergency dial extension 225 to be connected to Pastor Matt.

WORSHIP SCHEDULE CHANGE—Due to Christmas Eve being on a Thursday, there has been a slight change to the worship schedule. There will not be midweek Advent services on Wednesday, December 23.  Please see our service times below.

OSLS—It is good to GIVE and RECEIVE! By giving a donation to the Lutheran Scholarship Granting Organization, you give the gift of  education that children right here at Our Shepherd Lutheran School benefit from. You also receive a 50% tax credit for the fiscal year of 2020! Please visit for directions on how to give the gift that will last a lifetime.


 Advent and Christmas Services

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