Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

January 7,2017

This Sunday 
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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. . 

A nursery is provided.  

All are welcome. 
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Cover Girls 10:00 AM
Hannah Circle 1:00 PM
Council Meeting 6:30 PM

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Grief Class 10:00 AM
Prayer Shawl 10:00 AM

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Prayer Shawl 2:00 PM
Council Meeting 6:30 PM
Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, January 13, 2017

Grief Class 10:00 AM
Walk/Talk 10:00 AM

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Blood Drive 4:00 AM

"...for it is proper for us..." (Matthew 3:15)

This Sunday is the first Sunday after the day of Epiphany.  This particular Sunday is always remembered as the Sunday of the Baptism of our Lord. 

Why was Jesus baptized?  Jesus says " fulfill all righteousness..." What could that possibly mean?

If you read bible commentaries there are many interpretations of what it means.  Let me add one of my own.

Take a moment and read Matthew 3:13-17.  It's not very long.
At first, when Jesus stands in line like everyone else wanting to be baptized by John the Baptist-and when it is His turn, John refuses to baptize Him.  John feels (and rightly so) that it should be the other way around:  He (John) should be baptized by Jesus!  Makes perfect sense to me.  But - critics have asked - if Jesus is perfect and sinless and all that, why would He need to be baptized?

First of all, Jesus NEVER said that He HAD to be baptized.  The only thing He said what that it must be done for some type of righteousness sake. So-again-what does it mean?

Jesus as a teacher, a rabbi, He always found ways to get to the level of heart and mind of His friends and yes, His enemies.  When speaking with the Pharisees (for example in Matthew 15, Jesus speaks rather tersely to a foreign woman who is seeking His healing.

  Understand that the Pharisees are standing around Him listening to what He is going to do; so - in order for them to understand how awful they sound speaking "over and above" people, He speaks very insulting to the woman.  He is driving home a very deep point of how to treat other people; Jesus uses the Pharisees' own measures of meanness to prove a point. It's one of many 
teaching moments" for Jesus), He always sounds a little different because He is searching for a common ground by which to educate "these scallywags" about life.

In His own baptism then, Jesus seeks a plane from which to speak to the common person; He desires to be close to His children of every time and race.  So - to fulfill this loving relationship, John's baptism is one of many things He will experience to become closer to them all. 

 He enters Samaritan towns (which He isn't supposed to do); He eats with "sinners" (which He is not supposed to do); He enters people's homes (examples, Simon the Pharisee and Zacchaeus), which He isn't supposed to do, as well as even call one of His very own twelve disciples (Matthew) who was one of the most notorious of all people.

  Jesus drives home a point of divine compassion every day of His ministry, and, here in Matthew 3, He does it with John's baptism.  His righteousness is His desire for closeness, His desire for relationship, with His brothers and sisters.  It helps Him relate to others, and vice versa.  How righteous of God who comes down to us! For God, "it is proper" to do it this way!

As you think on your own baptism this week, remember the righteousness you have received by virtue of God's compassion and forgiveness.  Remember ways that we can be the same way to others, which is the purpose of the Church.  

Remember - in all righteousness - no matter what, that,
God loves you and so do we!

Pastor Jim
Jesus Baptism

Coming Up at OSLC   
Acolyte Sign-up: 
The sign-up sheet for acolytes is on the bulletin board in the hallway. Thank you!

Please keep:
 the church doors locked at all times. Thank you.

Guest Wi-Fi:
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Parish Nurse "Ministries in Motion":
 Thursdays @ 6:30 pm, Yoga in Youth Room, please bring your own mat; Fridays @ 10 am, Walk/Talk with prayer, devotion, and "Chair Yoga."

to all who have to be travel in this snowy weather.

Sunday, February 19 - Marsh Blood Bank Blood Drive at OSLC. Can you help?

Unless you hear otherwise (via our "One Call" phone system), on Sunday, January 8, the worship schedule returns to the 9 a.m. Traditional Worship and 11 a.m. Heartsong worship with Sunday School at 10 a.m. But - listen for your phone today for any possible rescheduling (if weather forces us to do so).
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Please Pray for:
Mary Ann McGaughey, scheduled for back surgery this week; 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 (now at NHC on Bristol Hwy); 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 VanRiel; 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: 
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
Thought for the Month
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." ~ Psalm 34:8

Flowers      to the glory of God by Larry and Karin McCoy

Carmen and Mary Jane Paulson; Jay, Nancy, John, and Anne Stafford.

Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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