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Weekly Announcements 10.2.2020

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October 4, 2020

St. James, Brother of Jesus

 We read from our epistle text written by Saint James about how works must accompany faith or one is not truly justified. Is this in contradiction to Saint Paul when he says we are saved by grace through faith alone?


Bob Abernathy, Annie Green, Dorothy Levihn, Tee Lipsey, Joanne Orebaugh, Emily and Evelyn Presley, Seth Roundtree, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Paula Stiles, Tom Weaver and John Widau. For all who mourn, especially the family of Paul Barrineau. 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.


Church Worker Appreciation, Oct 4,  8am
SGO Presentation by John Dize, Oct, 4 9:30am

Iowa Cleanup Servant Event, Oct 10-14.

OSLS Fall Break, Oct. 12-16

LWML Sunday, Oct. 18


Recently, two Hondurans families brought four children to be baptized here at Our Shepherd by Pastor Sam Ruiz. We rejoice that the Luterno Indy Ministry is growing. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!


CALL ANNOUNCEMENTS—We are pleased to announce that the two calls extended in our August Voters’ Meeting were accepted this week. Steve Hohnstadt has accepted the call to be the Director of Sanctuary Music. Steve will be begin his ministry on Reformation Sunday, October 25. Kyle Borcherding has accepted the call to be Worship Pastor. Kyle will be ordained and installed in January.

HOW CAN I SERVE? – As a congregation, Our Shepherd is excited about proclaiming the Gospel in our community. While 2020 has brought plenty of the unexpected, we have some unique opportunities to share life in this crazy season. As the ministry continues with numerous vacant staff positions, we could especially use volunteer support for the following: Sunday school teaching, mid-week food pantry preparation, offering counting, and weekly worship setup/teardown. Please prayerfully consider serving in one of these ways, and contact Heather at for more information.

Fall Family Dinner and Movie Night— The Fellowship team invites you to this event  on Friday, October 23. We will serve a boxed dinner that includes a sandwich, chips, cookie and drink. We will be viewing a family friendly movie in the gym. Movie theater candy boxes will be available for 25¢. Bring your own chairs, sleeping bags, blankets or pillows to make yourself comfy during the family-friendly movie. Doors open at 6:00; dinner is served at 6:30; the movie starts at 7:00. Please RSVP by October 19 for your family through link in the weekly email.

OSLS—Dedicated teachers + crazy ideas = FUN MATH?!? Math is fun at Our Shepherd thanks to teachers Kim May and Aaron McPeak and their “Crazy 8's” afterschool program. Students have the opportunity to mix creativity and academics into 8 frantic weeks of math madness. Introducing elementary and middle school students to math by using whole-body exercise helps them identify and learn this sometimes difficult subject in a new and exciting way. We praise God for these chances to expose our students to a world beyond the textbook.


FIRST READING, Psalm 104:10-24

10 You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; 11 they give drink to every beast of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. 12 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches. 13 From your lofty abode you water the mountains; the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work. 14 You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that he may bring forth food from the earth 15 and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine and bread to strengthen man's heart. 16 The trees of the Lord are watered abundantly, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. 17 In them the birds build their nests; the stork has her home in the fir trees. 18 The high mountains are for the wild goats; the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers. 19 He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. 20 You make darkness, and it is night, when all the beasts of the forest creep about. 21 The young lions roar for their prey, seeking their food from God. 22 When the sun rises, they steal away and lie down in their dens. 23 Man goes out to his work and to his labor until the evening. 24 O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom have you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

 EPISTLE READING, James 2:14-26

14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was   active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

 GOSPEL READING, Matthew 21:33-46

[Jesus said,] 33 “Hear another parable. There was a master of a house who planted a vineyard and put a fence around it and dug a winepress in it and built a tower and leased it to tenants and went into another country. 34 When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit. 35 And the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first. And they did the same to them. 37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.’ 39 And they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40 When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41 They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons.” 42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?43 There- fore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people producing its fruits. 44 And the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” 45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. 46 And although they were seeking to arrest him, they feared the crowds, because they held him to be a prophet.