LESS THAN, GREATER THAN
September 6, 2020
Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
God has tendency to lift up the lowly and bring low those whom the world exalts. That's good news for those who think little of themselves, but bad news if you think you some how "measure up." Only in Christ can we measure up! Despite ourselves, God loves us and lifts us up. That's great news for us when the world treads us down.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Scott Brown, Nicole Cook, Marcy Eckhoff-Wagner, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Joe Manger, Dee Ortoff, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Marjorie Sims, Linda Tangman, John Widau, and Pastor Jon Zehnder. For all who mourn, especially the family of Barb Stoner. For all schools, students and educators. For all missionaries including Pastor Sam Ruiz, 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.
Labor Day, church office closed, Sept. 7
PTL City BBQ Dine Out, Sept. 14
Second Grade Bible Presentation, Sept. 19-20
Camp Lakeview “Day Away” Women’s Retreat, Oct 3
SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD
We are pleased to announce this past Sunday we voted to call Vicar Kyle Borcherding as Pastor and Steven Hohnstadt as Sanctuary Music Director. We praise God for the many blessings He has bestowed on us. Please keep Steven in your prayers as he considers his call.
SECOND GRADE BIBLE PRESENTATION — Celebrate this important milestone in the faith-life of our children during all worship services on September 19 and 20! We will present each second grade student with a Bible of their own and pray a blessing over them and their family.
“Day Away” Women’s Retreat — is Saturday, October 3 at Camp Lakeview. For more information or to register visit https://lakeviewministries.camp/women/
LWML MISSON PROJECT — LWML is requesting donations of seventy page spiral notebooks for Orphan Grain Train school packs. A bin is marked by the Luther Room for donations until mid—September.
FELLOWSHIP OPTIONS FOR THE FALL— Please take a few minutes to take a three question survey to help the Fellowship Team and our Trunk or Treat leadership team decide on a direction for events this coming fall. Check your email or fill out a hard copy on the Welcome desk.
OSLS—is working daily to be an unwavering place of faith and normalcy for our students and their families. Our God is never changing. He is steadfast in His love and protection of us. As it says in Jeremiah 29:11 “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”’ One of the benchmarks of "normal" for many students is sports. We have been able to offer our young people the chance to connect, compete, and better themselves through Cross Country, Soccer, and Volleyball. We are honored to be able to give these kids a well rounded experience at Our Shepherd Lutheran School.
PTL — Will be hosting a dine out on Monday September 14th at City BBQ.
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Ezekiel 33:7-9
[The Lord said,] 7 “So you, son of man, I have made a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 8 If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 9 But if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, that person shall die in his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.
EPISTLE READING, Romans 13:1-10
1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of conscience. 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. 8 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 18:1-20
1At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3 and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, 6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 “Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8 And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire. 10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. 12 What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13 And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14 So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish. 15 “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”