Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

January 27, 2017

This Sunday 
OSLC Choir

Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer two communion services at 9 a.m. traditional and contemporary Heartsong at 11:00 a.m. . 

Sunday School at 10:00 a.m..

A nursery is provided.  

All are welcome. 
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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Traditional Worship 9:00 AM
Sunday School 10:00 AM
Heartsong Worship 11:00 AM

Monday, January 30, 2017

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Primetimers Lunch 11:00 AM
Underground Huddle 6:00 PM
Heartsong Band 6:30 PM
Chancel Choir 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Walk and Talk 11:00 AM
Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, February 3, 2017

Chair Yoga 10:00 AM

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Men's Prayer Breakfast 8:00 AM

Who are the "Children of God"?

"Jesus went through Galilee...preaching...curing every...sickness...afflicted with various diseases, demoniacs, epileptics, paralytics - He healed them all...and great crowds followed..."  Matthew 4:24-25

This passage is a prelude to Pastor Ed's sermon for Sunday.  These things took place before the famous "Sermon on the Mount" was preached (which is the Gospel for this Sunday, Matthew 5:1-12.)
I'm sure there were good, salt-of-the-earth, middle-of-the-road kind of people who were in the great crowds who followed them, but my guess the greatest throng of people following along were those who had nothing because they had been sick, afflicted, possessed, crippled in heart, muscle, and mind.  This would mean they had nothing; nothing-until Jesus came along.

Jesus gave them healing, but more importantly, He gave them hope.
And, that carries over into the 5th chapter and the famous Beatitudes that Jesus preached; think about those who receive blessing: not those one might think-to whom did God's blessings go?
They went to those who were poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, the hungry, the thirsty, the peacemakers, the persecuted for what's right, the people who had prejudice thrust upon them because of their faith.

So far then, in this little blog, God has shared hope with the pain-filled folks and those who have nothing but struggle from every sense of the physical world; God has compassion especially for the poor and downtrodden and the starving and the ones who risk every day the wrath of a society who seems to care less and less.  God shares His love with those who bear the brunt of society's prejudices against them.  Those, my friends, are God's people, according to Matthew 4 and 5, like it or not.


If you are down-and-out for any reason; if you feel deserted and left out of the world's highfalutin affairs; or, maybe you are ill or bed-ridden or down-on-your-luck or dealing with depression and anxiety.  According to Matthew, then, you are a prime candidate for God's faith community; according to the Gospel, you're in pretty good company, I'd say.

You can no  longer hide behind your maladies and sorrow; you can no longer run from the divine need of God because somebody else "has your number."  In these chapters of Matthew, the Lord accepts no excuses because He accepts you as you are:  Tattered and torn, overworked and underpaid, high maintenance or undeserving, confident or weak, helpful or un:  you are God's child, and you can't change it.

"I am the Lord your God..." (Exodus 20:2) He said these words to Moses and the children of Israel.  This led into the Ten Commandments which is one of the foundations of our faith and daily living.  This opening remark is not a command.  Note this please.  This is God's statement of faith and commitment for each one of our sakes.  God announced "I am the Lord your God" and it's not a multiple choice kind of answer.  "I am what I am whether you acknowledge it or not.  So there." God ultimately says.

There are no boundaries to His love and concern for us.  Do not hide behind politics or government or even the church herself as we look for blame for the sins, lies, deceit, and other misgivings of the world; you have been chosen by God, you are His child of whom He is well pleased (Matthew 3:17).  You really don't have any excuses.

What's next?  Get up and walk (John 5:8); Go therefore into the world (Matthew 28:19).  God will show you what to do. (Acts 1:8)  For you are never alone. (Matthew 28:20b) And, when you go, go in peace, for....

God loves you and so do we!
Pastor Jim 
Introduction To Sermon On The Mount
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Please Pray for:
Margaret Allown, successful hip surgery in Asheville on 1/24;  Mary Ann McGaughey; Penny Van Hooser; Carl and Brenda Snyder; Ann Smith; Barbara Gish; Pat Tomita; Julie Witham; Berla Smith; Bill Brooks; Mary King; Phoebe Sand; Dennis Hamm; Mary Ostermeyer; Pat Keffer; Otto Zinser; David & Martha Herting; Janet Ecklund; John Stafford; Kay & Chuck Scheurer; John Paul Neas; Irene Ackley; Janice Knipp; Jennifer Stafford; Wendi Garrison; Lori Markstrom

Family Members and Friends:   
Sharon Neuhaus; Bill Vicars, Selma's husband; Dr. James Robinson, friend of the Chalkleys; Eugene Ohler, Sylvia and Fred's daughter's father-in-law; Sue Ellen Page Johnson; Stephen Acuna, brother-in-law of Kandess Boyles Acuna; Evelyn Hinson, Pam Alexander's mother; Sara Riggins, friend of Jenny Everheart; Shirley Harris, mother of Jimmy Guinn; Beverly Van Riel; Shannon Arias; Joyce Sweeney; Justin Keffer, Debbie Garrison; Jeremy Downes;Doug Davidson;Gus Johnson; Steve Baline; Brad Whitson; Graham Hurter; Bill Reese; Roger Rundbaken; Albert Sunderwirth;Alice Sulkowski; Jason Rakel; Carey Outen; Willis Bowers; Josh & Alice Nunn; Ann Carter; Bruce & Betsy Shine; Mark Mullinex; Linda Linden; Taylor Miller; Jim Ackley; Preston Burke; Robin Barnett; Eve Hargrave; Mark Singleton; Bob Fetterolf; Chris Toft; Marsha Millhorn; Jessica Mowell; Beth Neas; Karen Winter; Al Rudolph; Jim Simpson; Jim Aderhold; Richard Williams; Mable Randolph

Military Service Members: 
Chance Johnson (Army); Nick Harris (Air Force).
Friends And Family: 
Andrew Acuna (basic training); Cade Hall (Navy) grandson of the Beckelhimers;Nick Hodge(Air Force) friend of the Flints;Chase Estep(Marines) brother of Clint Estep; David Guck (Marines) friend of Pat Wolf
Gospel Of The Week
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

 Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted. 

Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth. 

 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Rejoice and be glad,because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Matthew 5:1-12

Mike & Susan Kirkland; Maggie Flint.

Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

Our Vision
We love God and neighbor, so that all people will be disciples.