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DEATH OR LIFE

January 10, 2021

The Baptism of Jesus

The Bible’s concept of grace is very radical. Grace means that none of us can earn or merit acceptance of God no matter how hard you and I might try. Our Baptism buries our desire for sin, raises us up to a new life in Jesus and the desire to live for God and serve Him daily.  

Scripture Readings

OLD TESTAMENT READING, Genesis 1:1-5

1In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

EPISTLE READING, Romans 6:1-11

1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. For one who has died has been set free from sin. Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

GOSPEL READING, Mark 1:4-11

4John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

In Our Prayers

Sarah Ardoin, Bill Barron, Hayden Byeon, Catherine Cunningham, Liz Dieckamp, David Dillman, JoAnne Harrison, Tee Lipsey, Dorothy Levihn, Pat Marsh, Christine Mueller, Makayla Richardson, Pastor Logan Scheiwe, Joe Sisk, Ed Watts and Tom Weaver. For the safe birth of Frank James Hazzard. For all affected by COVID. For all who mourn including the Duigou and Woolsey families. For our active military, including Dominick Greci, Lucas Peck, Dylan Pliska-Lyndoe and Rex Rafferty.

Share Life With Our Shepherd

This month, we celebrate the gift of life. Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10b

Sanctity of Life Sunday is January 17. On Friday, January 22 at 7pm we will be showing the movie ”Unplanned.” We will be collecting donations to support the work of Life Centers of Indianapolis. On February 7, Pastor Mike Spencer from Project Life Voice will speak following services. Join us as we celebrate and advocate for God’s good gift of Life!

Announcements

WORSHIP PASTOR—Vicar Kyle Borcherding will be ordained and installed at Our Shepherd on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 4:00pm.

SAVE THE DATE— The Marriage Retreat is scheduled for March 12-14,2021 at the Season’s Lodge in Nashville, IN. Registration will begin online in mid-January. Cost is $350 per couple. Due to COVID-19 health concerns our topic and speaker is still not confirmed. If gatherings over 25 are not allowed according to state guidelines we will cancel the retreat with a full refund.

NEW MEMBER CLASS—Are you interested in learning more about the Lutheran Church’s teachings or becoming a member of Our Shepherd? Beginning February 7, 2021, we will teach an Adult Catechism class for seven weeks during our Christian education hour, Sunday mornings at 9:30 in the gym. Already a member? Feel free to join this class at any time for a refresher on our Lutheran beliefs.

FOOD PANTRY—Thank you to everyone who participated and helped organize December's Reverse Advent Box project! Members and neighbors of Our Shepherd gathered 108 boxes with a total of 2600 items to stock the Food Pantry shelves. These generous donations will allow the Food Pantry to reduce their regular expenses significantly this month. Praise God for his bounty and blessing on this mission!

ALTAR FLOWERS—2021 flower charts are posted by the Luther Room. Sign up to donate flowers honoring special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, or memorials. There is one chart for each worship space. Be sure to sign up for your preferred date soon. The cost is $30 for two arrangements.

JUNIOR CHOIR AND YOUTH CHORALE—Resume January 20! Contact Steve Hohnstadt if interested at Junior Choir (1st- 5th grades) meets Wednesdays at 6-6:30pm. Youth Chorale (6th grade-high school) meets Wednesdays at 6:30-7pm.

OSLS—The PTL invites you to enjoy some yummy food all day long while helping out our school. Be sure to drive through Chick-fil-A on Monday, January 11, and mention Our Shepherd. 20% of your purchase will be donated to Our Shepherd Lutheran School.

Communion Appointments
We recognize many members have not been able to worship in person and receive the sacrament due to the pandemic. Beginning January 15, Pastor Matt will be available on Friday mornings to offer Communion Appointments to you and your family in the Sanctuary. 
Each 20 minute visit will include a time for Prayer, Confession/Absolution, a Scripture Reading, a short Word, and ends with the Lord's Supper.  These appointments are intended for you and your family to receive God's Means of Grace during these trying times. 
Click here to schedule your appointment.
You may also call the church office at (317)-271-9103 to schedule a visit.