Share Life With Our Shepherd

Weekly Readings and Announcements

Weekly Announcements 8.28.2020

main image

LIFE SAVINGS

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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.

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

SCRIPTURE READINGS

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.”

Weekly Announcements 8.21.2020

OUR WORSHIP IS OUR FAITH SEEN

August 23, 2020

The Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost

As we read our Epistle today, we come across several statements that cause us to pause and ponder. Namely, what is “spiritual worship,” and what is meant by, “measure of faith?” Understanding these phrases is key for us as God’s people to understand our work for the Kingdom of God.

IN OUR PRAYERS

Cheryl Barksdale, Marcy Eckhoff-Wagner, Kathy Frank, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Joe Manger, Marjorie Sims, Marcia Stoner, Linda Tangman, John Widau, and Pastor Jon Zehnder. For all who mourn especially the family of Pat Soulter. For all schools, students and educators. For all missionaries including Pastor Daniel Coffey, Chaplain, In. State Police. 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

Sunday School Resumes, TODAY, 9:30 a.m.

Special Voters’ Meeting, Aug. 30, noon

Second Grade Bible Presentation, Sept. 19-20

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sunday  School Resumes Sunday!  Pastor Lepley's class, "On Being Lutheran" meets in the Sanctuary and on Facebook Live each week.  In the gym, Pastor Matt and Vicar Kyle lead "Do This In Remembrance of Me," a study of Communion. 2 and 3 year olds with their parents meet in room 165. Children's Sunday School meets in room 175. Confirmation small groups meet down the school hall. Children's Sunday School is also available online at YouTube.com/OurShepherdLutheranChurch. Register to receive take-home materials at bit.ly/ss_at_oslcss.

SPECIAL VOTERS’ MEETING — Please join us for an important, yet brief Voters Meeting on August 30th at noon. There are two items on the agenda. Vote to call a Director of Sanctuary Music, and Vote to call SMP 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.

AMBASSADORS OF RECONCILIATION REPORT—Was sent in a congregational email this week.  Paper copies are available in the office.

OSLS—Praise Be To God! We have been blessed with a smooth transition for our entire school over the last two weeks. Grades K-8 started on August 10th and the Early Childhood program kicked off on August 17th. Kids remain happy and healthy in the Word of Christ during their time with us each day. The school has taken advantage of the amazing property that Our Shepherd sits on. The Middle School students have fashioned a "mobile classroom" out of multiple camping chairs. The flexibility of this type of seating allows the groups to distance, learn, and be free of any distractions while taking advantage of such areas as the garden and outdoor music classroom to increase their knowledge. Don't worry, our smallest students are feeling the fresh air too. A collaboration of teachers, staff, spouses, and friends made a new learning/play experience possible of these precious children. We will continue to utilize these opportunities to the best of our ability to serve the children of Our Shepherd. Your prayers and support of this ministry is never forgotten. Thank you.

SHARE LIFE WITH OUR SHEPHERD--Thank you for your support of the food pantry! This month we broke records. We served 209 families and 876 individuals. We never know what the circumstances are for the people who come, but we know that God will work things for good. We pray to our Savior Jesus Christ that he may work in each of these families who are fed by the food He provides through us, but more importantly feeds them with His Word so they may know Him as we know Him. 

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Isaiah 51:1-6

1 “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness, you who seek the Lord: look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the quarry from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you; for he was but one when I called him, that I might bless him and multiply him. For the Lord comforts Zion; he comforts all her waste places and makes her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the voice of song. Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples. My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for me, and for my arm they wait. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed.”

EPISTLE READING, Romans 11:33-12:8

33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?” 35 “Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” 36 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

 GOSPEL READING, Matthew 16:13-20

13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.

 

12345678910 ... 9091