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Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran is an evangelical, confessional, liturgical, Lutheran church. We believe the Holy Scriptures are the inspired Word of God. We are a member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

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In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic we are striving to continue to provide the comfort of God's word and sacraments while at the same time obeying orders from the Director of the Ohio Department of Health. Please check the link to find the latest information on our efforts. Worship Changes

 

 

For Sunday 7 March 2021

 

As we gather for worship on this third Sunday in Lent the readings from Scripture confront us with the standards of God, "You shall . . ., You shall not . . ." In a righteous rage Jesus disrupts the money-making business that had made His "Father's house a house of trade." God is exacting in His standards and intolerant of their compromise. To sin is to deserve punishment and death from a jealous God. Our greatest wisdom can never meet His demands, but Paul reminds us that by the foolishness of the humble sacrifice and death of His only Son, the Lord has brought us out from slavery to sin and rescued us from its terrible consequences. Therefore we look to Christ crucified and live in love and service to God and man.

 

 

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Midweek Lenten Services

Our midweek Lenten services this year will focus on something which we all have unwanted familiarity: Suffering. Everone has experience suffering physical pain, whether from mild headache to sever injury. Emotional suffering, from disappointment, sadness or depression, is also something that burdens all of us. This past year caused unexpected suffering, much isolation, loneliness, and sadness. We all desire to avoid and would wish that it couldbe eliminated.

The Scriptures have quite a bit to say about suffering. Jesus, for instance, told his disciples they would face trouble, even persecution in this world because of their trust in him. St. Paul quotes Psalm 44, in which the Sons of Korah lament, "For your sake [God] we are killed all the day Long: we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered"(v.22). In fact, some fifty-plus psalms are classified as psalms of lament, psalms in which a sufferers lament to God the hardship or troubles that have come to them.

From such psalms, and from the Gospels and many New Testament episles, we learn not just that suffering will come to Christians, but also thatGod can use suffering for our good and how we can endure and respond to suffering as the beloved children of God.

Using texts from St. Peter's first epistle, this Lenten season we will consider his instruction, encouragement, and comfort for Christians who are facing suffering.

Suffering and the Christian

Midweek Lenten Worship - 7:00 p.m.

24 FebruaryMidweek 2Necessary, but Temporary, Grief
1 Peter 1:3-9
3 MarchMidweek 3when You Suffer for Doing Good
1 Peter 2:18-25
10 MarchMidweek 4Suffering for Righteousness' Sake?
1 Peter 3:12-20
17 MarchMidweek 5Trusting God's Faithfulness when Suffering
1 Peter 4:1-2,12-19
24 MarchMidweek 6Suffering of the Faithful Will Be Followed
1 Peter 5:6-11

 

 

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