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.
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!
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.
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.”