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Weekly Announcements 08.07.2020

ST. MARY, MOTHER OF OUR LORD

St. Mary may be the most popular person to ever live besides her Son, Jesus. This is quite remarkable when we consider her humility and servant-nature. She blesses us in two ways. First, as the mother of God, Who was born to save us. Secondly, as a faithful example of true godliness in a dark world.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SUNDAY SCHOOL Resumes on August 23rd!—Adult classes will meet each week in the Sanctuary (with Pastor Lepley), in the Gym (with Pastor Matt and Vicar Kyle Borcherding), and on Facebook Live at 9:30. Children ages 2– 4th grade can participate in our In-Person or At-Home "Foundations of Faith" Sunday School. So that we know best how to prepare, we are asking all families with children to register for Sunday School this fall at https://bit.ly/ss_at_oslcs

 

VOTERS’ MEETING—TODAY, noon. Agenda items include: Devotion, Ministry Reports, 2020-2021 Budget Approval, Approve Financial Reviewers, Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Call Committee - Approve Members, Director of Music Call Committee - Approve Members, Approval of Membership Roll Review, Endowment Committee Report, Ambassadors of Reconciliation Update, Doxology. Members may review a copy of the 2020-2021 Budget and printed ministry reports in the church office.

Confirmation 2020—Celebrate the Rite of Confirmation with us on August 16 at 10:30 in the Sanctuary! Please consider sharing a note of encouragement with our Confirmands through their Blessing bags, available in the Narthex. The Rite of Confirmation will be recorded and available.

Our Shepherd Lutheran School is beginning the new year this Monday, August 10th. Faculty and staff are so thankful and excited to start the new year with in-person instruction. As we continue to navigate needs and changes, we ask for our congregation members to keep students, families, faculty, and staff in your prayers. For those wishing to support or follow our school ministry, we invite you to view the school website for newsletter access.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Cheryl Barksdale, Amy Hedges, Virginia Jones, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey,  Joe Manger, Margorie Sims, Pat Soulter, Marcia Stoner, John Widau, and Pastor Jon Zehnder. For all who mourn especially the families of Carol Ford. For all schools, students and educators. For all missionaries including Pastor Sam Ruiz, Luterno 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Voter’s Meeting, Aug, 9 noon

Confirmation Orientation, Aug. 9, 5:00 p.m.

OSLS first day of school, Aug. 10

Confirmation Sunday,  Aug. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday School Resumes,  Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Job 38:4-18

“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? “Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, 10 and prescribed   limits for it and set bars and doors, 11 and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’? 12 “Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, 13 that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? 14 It is changed like clay under the seal, and its features stand out like a garment. 15 From the wicked their light is withheld, and their uplifted arm is broken. 16 “Have you  entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep? 17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? 18 Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 10:5-17   

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. 6 But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

GOSPEL READING, Luke 1:26-38, 46-55

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. 

46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; 52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

 

 

 

Weekly Announcements 07.31.2020

CLAIMED BY THE WORD

August 2, 2020

St. Lydia

Today we remember Saint Lydia. We read from Acts how she heard the Gospel and believed, leading to her and her family's immediate baptism! She housed the apostles as they taught and preached, providing a foundation for the Kingdom to grow in Philippi! Lydia continued to provide a place of worship and continually supported the spreading of the true faith in Philippi.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SCHOOL STAFF BLESSING—at 10:30 worship this Sunday! Join us as we invoke the Lord's blessing on all who serve the students that God entrusts to our school this academic year.

FAREWELL BLESSING FOR WORKERS—The following workers will no longer be serving as employees at Our Shepherd: Rachel Burris, Heather Shell and Rosemary Thomas, teacher aides, Jamie Kelley, Art Teacher, Kim Mourer, Media Director, Mary Teipen, Extended Care. We will bless them and thank them for their service at the 10:30 service. 

SUNDAY SCHOOL RESUMES ON AUG 23RD—Adult classes will meet each week in the Sanctuary (with Pastor Lepley), in the Gym (with Pastor Matt and Vicar Kyle Borcherding), and on Facebook Live at 9:30. Children ages 2– 4th grade can participate in our In-Person or At-Home "Foundations of Faith" Sunday School. So that we know best how to prepare, we are asking all families with children to register for Sunday School this fall at https://bit.ly/ss_at_oslcs

VOTERS’ MEETING—August 9, noon. Agenda items include: Devotion, Ministry Reports, 2020-2021 Budget Approval, Approve Financial Reviewers, Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) Call Committee - Approve Members, Director of Music Call Committee - Approve Members, Approval of Membership Roll Review, Endowment Committee Report, Ambassadors of Reconciliation Update, Doxology. Members may review a copy of the 2020-2021 Budget and printed ministry reports in the church office.

OSLS ATHLETICS—Any current student member of Our Shepherd Lutheran Church in grades 5-8 is welcome to participate on an Our Shepherd Lutheran School athletic team provided they are not playing for another school. This fall we invite you to join co-ed soccer, co-ed cross country or girls volleyball. Special permission from the coach is required for students in 3rd and 4th grades. Please email any questions to Brandi Matthews at    

IN OUR PRAYERS

Cheryl Barksdale, Katie Koontz, Dorothy Levihn,  Virginia Jones, Tee Lipsey,  Joe Manger, Marjorie  Sims, and John Widau. For all who mourn. For all schools, students and educators. For all missionaries including Pastor and Deaconess Meeker, Point of Grace Academy, Kenya. 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

 Voter’s Meeting, Aug. 9, noon

Confirmation Orientation, Aug. 9, 5:00 p.m.

OSLS first day of school, Aug. 10

Confirmation Sunday,  Aug. 16, 10:30 a.m.

Sunday School Resumes,  Aug. 23, 9:30 a.m.

SCRIPTURE READINGS

FIRST READING, Acts 16:11-15                                                                  11 So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. 13 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. 14 One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. 15 And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 9:1-13

1 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises. To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen. But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, and not all are children of Abraham because they are his offspring, but “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as offspring. For this is what the promise said: “About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— 12 she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.”

GOSPEL READING, Matthew 14:13-21                                                     13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.                          

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