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.
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.
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!
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 55:6-9
6 “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near; 7 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. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 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.”