September 30, 2020
Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
According to earthly wisdom, if you want to save something, you must hold-on, conserve and hold back. But Jesus teaches a different principle: that which you hold-back, you lose. That which you spend in pursuit of Christ and His kingdom, you actually gain. As we reflect on our own lives, what have you given-up to gain? What are you holding onto, only to lose?
IN OUR PRAYERS
Cheryl Barksdale, Scott Brown, Marcy Eckhoff-Wagner, Kathy Frank, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Joe Manger, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Marjorie Sims, Marcia Stoner, Linda Tangman, John Widau, and Pastor Jon Zehnder. For all who mourn, especially the family of Sharon Anderson. For all schools, students and educators. For all missionaries including Pastor and Deaconess Meeker, POGA, 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.
Special Voters’ Meeting, TODAY, noon
Labor Day, church office closed, Sept. 7
PTL City BBQ Dine Out, Sept. 14
Second Grade Bible Presentation, Sept. 19-20
“Day Away” Women’s Retreat, Oct 3
SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD
God has given us the gift of work. Take some time this week to reflect on how God uses your work to bless others and to provide for you and the work of His Kingdom.
SPECIAL VOTERS’ MEETING — Please join us for an important, yet brief Voters’ Meeting TODAY at noon. There are two items on the agenda: vote to call a Director of Parish Music, and vote to call Vicar Kyle Borcherding as Pastor. We will need a special quorum (minimum of 84 people to attend). There will not be a virtual option because the call votes must be by a ballot vote.
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 families.
Sunday School — “On Being Lutheran," meets in the Sanctuary and on Facebook Live each week. Pastor Matt and Vicar Kyle lead "Do This In Remembrance of Me," a study of Communion, in the gym. Parents with 2’s and 3’s meet in room 165. Children's Sunday School meets in room 175. Confirmation groups meet in the middle school classrooms at the end of the hall.
Camp Lakeview “Day Away” Women’s Retreat — is Saturday, October 3 at Camp Lakeview. For more information or to register visit lakeviewministries.camp/women/
OSLS—Brothers and Sisters of Our Shepherd, During last weekend's worship services, Mrs. Cronauer, our long-time Kindergarten teacher, read a letter to the congregation stating her decision to step down from her called position at Our Shepherd effective September 8th, 2020. While the faculty, staff, and congregation are saddened, we know that God works all things for good and will continue to use Mrs. Cronauer with her unique and special gifts and talents to serve Him. We are thankful for her faithful years of service and high-quality instruction she has provided to the school ministry. With this recent announcement, the school board and I are working diligently to fill the Kindergarten opening. God is good and He will provide, as he always does. We ask you to keep both Mrs. Cronauer and the school ministry in your prayers.– Mrs. Hedges
OLD TESTAMENT READING, Jeremiah 15:15-21
15 O Lord, you know; remember me and visit me, and take vengeance for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance take me not away; know that for your sake I bear reproach. 16 Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts. 17 I did not sit in the company of revelers, nor did I rejoice; I sat alone, because your hand was upon me, for you had filled me with indignation. 18 Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail? 19 Therefore thus says the Lord: “If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as my mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them. 20 And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, declares the Lord. 21 I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.”
SECOND READING,Romans 12:9-21
9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. 17 Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” 20 To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
GOSPEL READING, Matthew 16:21-28
21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.” 24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 25 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done. 28 Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”