BELOVED AND TREASURED
July 26, 2020
The Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Jesus told many stories to illustrate the depth of the Father's love for us. Many have a common theme -someone who gave everything up for a single treasure. You are the treasure Jesus gave His everything for. By His blood, He redeemed you. He brought you to faith and a new life. By His grace, He gives us eternity to live in that love.
ANNOUNCEMENTS—Have an event or message that you’d like to share with our church family? Email details including proposed verbiage, requested dates, and modes of communication to by noon on Wednesday to be considered for inclusion in announcements for the weekend. An acknowledgement of your request will be returned within three business days of receipt. Actual modes and dates of distribution will be communicated once a decision has been made.
ALTAR FLOWERS—Do you have an birthday, anniversary, memorial or special occasion you would like to honor with altar flowers? Many dates are still available in both worship spaces.
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 can review a copy of the 2020-2021 Budget in the church office, available beginning July 25.
OSLS—Our Shepherd Lutheran School is currently looking for a child-loving, upbeat, and dependable candidate to work in extended care daily Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm. This position would begin August 10th. For more details, please call the school office or email Mrs. Amy Hedges at
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 Brandi Matthews at with any questions.
IN OUR PRAYERS
Cheryl Barksdale, Katie Koontz, Dorothy Levihn, Virginia Jones, Tee Lipsey, Joe Manger, Marcia Sims, and John Widau. For all who mourn, including the family and friends of Elizabeth Tiemeier. For all missionaries including Pastor Dan Coffey, Indiana State Police Chaplain. 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.
OSLS faculty and staff blessing, Aug. 2, 10:30 am
Voter’s Meeting, Aug. 9, noon
OSLS first day of school, Aug. 10
Confirmation Sunday, Aug. 16, 10:30 am
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Deuteronomy 7:6-9
6 “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. 7 It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8 but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
EPISTLE READING, Romans 8:28-39
28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
GOSPEL READING ,Matthew 13:44-52
[Jesus said,] 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 51 “Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.”