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Weekly Readings and Announcements

Weekly Announcements 9.18.2020

CHIEF OF SINNERS                        ST. MATTHEW

September 20, 2020

St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

 St. Matthew was called from a life of extortion to exhort others to follow Jesus, Friend of Sinners. Matthew's    conversion would have turned heads, as did his house party with other notorious sinners. By dining with them, Jesus showed He accepts all, despite our past lives and personal baggage. Jesus loves us where we are. Through His sinless suffering, He's made amends for our sins, and welcomes us as His friends.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Bob Abernathy, Nicole Cook, Marcy Eckhoff-Wagner, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Joanne Orebaugh, Dee Ortoff, Lois Perko, Evelyn Presley, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Marjorie Sims, Paula Stiles, Linda Tangman, Tom Weaver and John Widau. For all who mourn, especially the family of Debbie Montgomery and Wilbert Robinson. For all schools, students and educators. For all missionaries including Pastor Daniel Coffey, Chaplain, In. State Police. 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

Second Grade Bible Presentation, Sept. 19-20 all services

Work Day, Sept. 26

Sending for Pastor Lepley, Sept 26-27 all services

Reception for Lepley family, Sept. 27, 9am

Clothing and Food Pantry, Oct 3

Church Worker Appreciation, Oct 4, 8am

SGO presentation, Oct 4, 9:30am

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD

King of Kings Lutheran Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is asking for our help in clean-up efforts from storm damage. You are invited to join a group of youth and adults from Our Shepherd who will serve in Cedar Rapids from Oct. 10-14. King of Kings will provide meals and lodging, but their greatest need is for willing hands and ready hearts to help them serve their community. Contact DCE Joel for information.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

PASTOR LEPLEY FAREWELL—We will host a reception after the 8:00 am service on September 27 to show our love and appreciation for the Lepley family. A blessing and sending for Pastor Lepley will take place during all services next weekend. You may share tokens of appreciation in his blessing bag located in the narthex. These gifts will be presented to him during his final service.

CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION—Help us show appreciation for the dedicated service of our pastors and church workers by providing notes of encouragement, cards, or tokens in blessing bags. These gifts will be presented to our church workers on Oct. 4 at the 8:00 am service.

CLOTHING PANTRY — We are collecting clean and lightly used men's, women's, and children's clothing items in the month of September for October distribution. We would also appreciate packages of new socks and  underwear. Bring donations to the Luther Room. If you are interested in volunteering to sort and prep donations, please contact David Rieger at (317) 362-8748 or .

WORK DAY—We are in need of some volunteers to assist with several outside projects on  Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9am – 4pm. If you are available we would greatly appreciate your assistance. Please contact Kim Meyerholtz at  .

OSLS—One of the hidden gems of the Our Shepherd School campus is our sundial! Have you ever seen a human sundial? The students at Our Shepherd are able to use the light from the sun to tell the time of day. By simply standing on the appropriate month, the sun will cast their shadow to tell the hour of day. This active form of learning is painted on the concrete slab of the basketball court for students of all ages to experience science and the glory of God's natural world. We are so thankful for the time and talents of the Ardoin and Dutchess families as they continue to bless Our Shepherd with their love and creativity. We invite you to stop by the playground and try it our for yourself!

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 55:6-9

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts,       neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

 EPISTLE READING, Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30

12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

 19 for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, 20 as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. 21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. 24 But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. 25 Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, 26 so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again. 27 Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, 28 and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. 29 For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, 30 engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

 GOSPEL READING, Matthew 9:9-13

9 As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. 10 And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

 

 

 

 

Weekly Announcements 9.11.2020

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DANGEROUS WATERS

September 13, 2020

Holy Cross Day

 Sailors for hundreds of years have relied on the stars for navigation. It is because of their light they guide ships in the night. Lighthouses have and are continually used by sailors even today because they provide safety with their light. In today’s    Gospel, we see Jesus as a light for us!

IN OUR PRAYERS

Scott Brown, Nicole Cook, Marcy Eckhoff-Wagner, Debbie Homeier, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Dee Ortoff, Lois Perko, Evelyn Presley, Pastor Logan Scheiwe,  Marjorie Sims, Linda Tangman, Tom Weaver and John Widau. For all who mourn, especially the family of Lois Etheridge. For all schools, students and educators. For all missionaries including Alyssa Anders, LCMS Missionary to Russia. 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

PTL City BBQ Dine Out, Sept. 14

Second Grade Bible Presentation, Sept. 19-20

Work Day, Sept. 26

“Day Away” Women’s Retreat, Oct 3

Clothing and Food Pantry, Oct 3

Church Worker Appreciation, Oct 4

SGO Presentation, Oct 4

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD

Remembering how our nation was forever changed on Sept. 11, 2001, we lift up all of our members who serve in the military, law enforcement and emergency responders. We thank God for you and your service!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION — Celebrate this important milestone in the faith-life of our children during all worship services next weekend.

CLOTHING PANTRY — We are collecting clean and lightly used men's, women's, and children's clothing and shoes for the month of September. We would also appreciate packages of new socks and  underwear. As winter is approaching, please consider donating coats and gloves. Bring all donations to the Luther Room. We will distribute clothing and food on October 3rd  and 17th. If you are interested in volunteering to sort and prep donations, please contact David Rieger at (317) 362-8748  or  . We are so blessed by God, let us share these blessings with our community!

WORK DAY—We are in need of some volunteers to assist with several outside projects on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9am – 4pm. If you are available we would greatly appreciate your assistance. Please contact Kim Meyerholtz at  .

CHURCH WORKER APPRECIATION—Help us show appreciation for the dedicated service of our pastors and church workers this month by providing notes of encouragement, cards, or tokens in blessing bags beginning this weekend. These gifts will be presented to our church workers on Oct. 4 at the 8:00 am service.

OSLS—We are blessed to be able to announce the hiring of Ms. Mackcine Jordan as our kindergarten teacher for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. The Lord has blessed us with a candidate that considers educating her mission and ministry to the world. We compel you to give a warm welcome to this diligent servant as she joins the Our Shepherd faculty.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 50:15-21

15 When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” 16 So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: 17 ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. 21 So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

 EPISTLE READING, Romans 14:1-12

1As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living. 10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; 11 for it is written, “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.” 12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God.

 GOSPEL READING, John 12:31-36a

[Jesus said,] 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.” 33 He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34 So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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