Nipper Notes

Weekly eNewsletter of Our Saviour Lutheran Church

September 24,2016

This Sunday 
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Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, will offer Holy Communion Service 9:00 AM, Sunday School at 10:00 AM and Heartsong at 11:00 AM.
A nursery is provided.  

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

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

Monday, September 26, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Cover Girls 10:00 AM

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Grief class to lunch 11:45 AM

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Parent's Day Out 9:00 AM
Katie Circle 10:30 AM
Underground Huddle 6:00 PM
Heartsong Band 6:30 PM
Chancel Choir 7:00 PM

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Yoga 6:30 PM

Friday, September 30, 2016

Walk/Talk 10:00 AM
Evening Grief class 6:00 PM

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Men's Prayer Breakfast 8:00 AM

"The 'Other' Lazarus" (Luke 16:19-31)

In our Lord's parable about "The Rich Man and Lazarus," it's a story about light and dark, good and evil, the powerful and the weak, or, is it?

Do not confuse the man Lazarus in this story with the one who Jesus loved very much (see John 11).  The 'other' Lazarus was the brother to Mary and Martha and was like a brother to our Lord.  He is the one whom Jesus raised from the dead after being in the grave for four days.  This is not the same man mentioned in this story about light and dark, good and evil.

The man Lazarus in Luke 16 was poor, sick, weak, and starving.  He had no sense or way to make himself better other than to hope for the table scraps of the wealthy man in the story.  One gets a sense that this didn't happen too often either!  He was so weak that dogs off the street - who probably also fought him for the same refuse in the garbage (and because the dogs were stronger than Lazarus), they probably won that battle more times than he did.

In the story, Lazarus dies and is carried to the arms of Abraham.  Then the rich man dies and ends up in Hades. When the rich man begs for mercy, Abraham tells him that he can't help him because of the great chasm that has formed between God and humanity.

The rich man then begs again for Abraham to send Lazarus to his house to warn his family-to which Abraham replies that they have "Moses and the prophets" to guide and inspire them.  "But," the rich man pleads, "they will believe if someone goes to them from the dead." (vs. 30)   Abraham rebuts him by saying that if they won't listen to the Word of God then they also won't believe even if someone comes back from the dead.

You see, traditions and history are nice - they serve a purpose for us in life; and momentous events in that history are important to lift up awareness of what has happened on our behalf.  But - none of them are worth anything unless we first can trust God and His Word.  It is in His Word where we find the truth about who God is and what He means to us and to the whole world.

I believe that Jesus died and was raised from the dead.  I believe with all my heart that He did this to show His love for all of His children. 

But - as Dr. Luther once said - it is not the emptiness of a tomb or a barren cross, but the fullness of Christ out in the world that shows that Jesus is truly resurrected and alive,  That comes to us through the Word of God, of which we must put our trust and faith.

It's not in traditions (which Abraham represents for me in this parable) or in the great chasms that we (not God) have created between us and heaven, but simple faith.  "All who call on the Lord's name will be saved." Here, Romans 10:13 tells it plainly.  No denomination, certain form of worship, style of praise, or tradition will ever save a person.  Salvation comes from God and it is given solely through faith.

"We consider that a person is treated as righteous by faith, apart from what is accomplished under the Law." (Romans 3:28)   We cannot do anything that can improve our relationship with God, or even our salvation. Only faith - that originates from God - can save us.

So - when Jesus talks about traditions and chasms and momentous events in this famous parable, it is all overwhelming and we are lost - without faith.  Resurrection becomes a trick and our traditions become useless.  But, with faith in God's Word prominent in our hearts, the truth of Jesus Christ shines full with His salvation for us, and for all who come to believe!

As the time for Reformation approaches, renew your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Read His Word and reflect upon it daily.  Let it flow into you and give you rest and peace in this hectic world.  Know that God is Lord and share it every way you can.  Then, through faith, others come to know this truth that is as old as life itself.

To God be the glory, now and forevermore,

Pastor Jim
To our congregational family,
Grace and Peace are yours in abundance!  Amen.
Thank you again - all - for your love and patience - your thoughts, cards, e-mails, and prayers - for Ashley in our first month away from you.

Thank you to our wonderful staff who have had their hands and hearts full - of work, ministry, and mission; I am truly grateful for them all.

Ashley has done well.  She now is in recuperative mode for the next month as she prepares for her second surgery (hysterectomy and reconstructive surgery) which is set for November 8.  We think that her recovery for this surgery will take around 4 weeks, putting back in Johnson City around December 8 or so.  She and David are doing well together and also appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers, and kindnesses.

Mary Alice and I miss you all very much.  We are being fed in ways by being with family here; caring for Lennon and Taylor is truly a blessing.  We've been able to have some different worship experiences and that has been helpful as well.  There isn't much time for a lot of other things - helping out with the grandchildren does require much time and effort, but still - loving every minute of it.  Thank you again for being so understanding about this for us.

We request your continued prayers for Ashley's progress and for the family as a whole through it all. 

Peace be with you all!
Pastor Jim and Mary Alice
The Rich Man And Lazarus
Coming Up at OSLC   
New Membership:
anyone interested in membership please see pstor Ed after the service or call the church office (282-2313).

Remember the new Sunday Schedule:  
Tradtional Worship 9 a.m; Sunday School 10 a.m; Heartsong 11 a.m.

Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. downstairs - OSLC

Cover Girls:
Monday at 10 a.m., fellowship hall.

Morning Grief Group:
Tuesday, lunch, 11:45 am.

The Underground Huddle: 
(Grades 6-12) meets this Wednesday, at 6 p.m.

Katie Circle:
will resume meeting on Wednesday, September 28, at 10:30 a.m. in the library.  Lu Mattson will present the program and Martha Montgomery will be the hostess.  All women of the church are welcome!

Choir Practice: 
Wednesday, 7 p.m. Choir Room.

Evening Grief Group: 
meets Friday at the home of Faith Akin, 6 p.m.
Men's Prayer Breakfast - meets on Saturday, 8 a.m. at the Golden Corral restaurant.

"We Are One Church Together":
Copies of the OSLC Vision plan are available in the Narthex and Fellowship Hall for your viewing.  Please be sure to pick up your copy.

Acolyte Sign up:  
Please sign up for acolyte using the sheet on the bulletin board in the hallway. Thank you! 

Nursery Helpers:  
Remember that we can always use nursery volunteers each week!  Sign up on the bulletin board in the nursery hallway.  Thanks!

Parish Nurse "Ministries In Motion":
Thursdays, Yoga - 6:30 p.m. Downstairs Youth Room (please bring your own mat); Fridays, "Walk and Talk" - prayer devotion and "Chair Yoga."

Time and Talents Forms:
have been mailed out.  Please return them to the church by October 3rd!
The OSLC Prayer List
Praying Hands

Please Pray for:
Tom and Susan Marshal; the Truman Billings family; Janet Ecklund (recovering from open heart surgery); Mary Ostermeyer; Berla Smith; Bill Brooks; Sharon Raye; Mary King; John Stafford; Rev. Dennis Hamm; Pat Keffer; Otto and Prudy Zinser; David & Martha Herting; Penny Van Hooser; Anne Godsey; Kay Scheurer; John Paul Neas; Irene Ackley; Truman Billings; Janice Knipp; Jennifer Stafford; Wendi Garrison; Lori Markstrom; Phoebe Sand

Family Members and Friends:   
Gus Johnson; Steve Baline; Brad Whitson; Shelly Faling, Doris & Barry Schnabel's daughter; Jon-Bradley Ratliff, Melissa Melinda's son; Alice Sulkowski; David Stauffer, friend of Pat Wolf; Bill Reese; Dr. Roger Rundbaken, and Rev.Albert Sunderwirth, friends of Barry & Helen Fetterolf; Jason Rakel; Carey Outen; Sharon Neuhaus; Haskel Sykes; Reese Creasy; Rev. Willis Bowers; Josh Nunn; Ann  Carter; Bruce & Betsy Shine; Glenn Nutter; Mark Mullinex; Linda Linden; Bonita Martin; Tylor Miller; Jim Ackley; Preston Burke; Robin Barnett; Angie & Amber Frazier; Eve Hargrave; Mark Singleton; Bob Fetterolf; Eric & Chrissy Essmann; Chris Toft; Ben Ivey; Marsha Millhorn; Camden Yoder; Jessica Mowell; Beth Neas; Karen Winter; Al Rudolph; Rev. Jim Simpson; Jim Aderhold; Richard Williams; Mable Randolph, Mandy Hoyle's grandmother; David & Ashley Nipper

Military Service - Members:
Chance Johnson (Army); Nick Harris (Air Force); 

Military Service -  Friends and family:
Nick Hodge (Air Force), friend of the Flints; Chase Estep (Marines) brother of Clint Estep; David Guck (Marines) friend of Pat Wolf; Jeremy Downes (Navy) cousin of Joni Cannon; Adam Beier, (Army) nephew of Carolynn Bailey
Thought for the Month
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him." ~ Psalm 34:8

Are Given To The Glory Of God By Tom and Susan Marshall

David and Martha Herting; Bob and Lucy Terry

Our Purpose
Make disciples, and grow in grace.

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