Palm Sunday April 9, 2017
Welcome in the name of the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. If you are visiting, we are glad that you are here and kindly ask that you sign our guest book at the sanctuary doors. If you would like to become a member please speak to the Pastor. In case of illness, the Pastor should be informed. He will always be glad to speak with those who are confronted with problems of a spiritual nature. The time before worship is a quiet time for prayer and meditation to prepare for worship. Please see the inside cover of the hymnal for prayers and page 329f to prepare for Holy Communion. Communicant members are asked to fill out a communion card found in the pew racks and place it in the offering plates.
Now Is the Hour When the Son of Man Is Glorified
“Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming.” He comes in gentle humility, “sitting on a donkey’s colt,” yet also as the King of Israel “in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13, 15). His royal glory is faithful obedience and self-sacrificing service “to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8). The love of God is manifested in the cross and Passion of His Son for the salvation of sinners. Since He has borne our sins and suffered our death, “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name” (Phil. 2:9), and He exalts us in His resurrection. Our Lord did not hide His face “from disgrace and spitting” (Is. 50:6), but He trusted His God and Father, who raised Him from death and the grave and exalted Him to His right hand. This same King Jesus now comes to us in gentle humility in His Supper, where He feeds us with His body and cleanses and covers us with His blood, so that “after his resurrection” we also shall rise and enter the holy city (Matt. 27:52–53).
Collect of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, you sent Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross. Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: PROCESSION OF PALMS (See insert) and continues on page 190 with the readings.
READINGS: Isaiah 50: 4-9a Philippians 2:5-11 Matthew 27:11-66
HYMNS: 438 (sermon hymn), 432, 550, 441
Choir: Anthem for Lent (Gradual anthem) and “Lord Have Mercy” (during offering)
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Anna/Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Debby (Wed. 5-7) Parish Nurse: Jane
Pastor Available for Confession & Absolution
Tues. & Thurs. (9am – Noon)
Bible Class and Sunday School
Since the Lord’s Supper gives the forgiveness of sins in the body and blood of Christ to all who believe the words “given and shed” and is also a celebration of oneness in faith, we ask that only those who have professed such faith publicly in a Lutheran Church-Canada (or Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) congregation come to the Lord’s Altar. Everyone intending to commune for the first time is kindly asked to speak with the Pastor prior to the service.
PRAYER INTERCESSIONS: Family of Diana and Lorn whose son Nathan passed away; Heinz & June; Bill; Rev. Kurt; Rev. Pres. Robert Bugbee; Reta; Olga; Lea; Monika; Edith; David; Ryan; Kim; Asser; Gheorgh; Sharon; Autumn; Susan; Mary; Family of Hans; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Konrad & Herta; Gene & Margaret; Albina; Debbie ;Betty; Lucie; Claudette; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; Suzanne; Will; Brenda; Baby Caleb; George; Mardelle; Johanna
PRAYER CHAIN: Paula is our Evangelism Team Leader, she has restarted the prayer chain for anyone who is in need of help. Once a request is either brought to her and/or from Pastor, she will call the prayer chain members, who will only have knowledge of a person in need of support and prayers. All will be confidential, unless otherwise instructed by you. Please call, we’re here for you.
PARISH NURSE - JANE, R.N.- Jane has recently retired!.... She will be setting up office hours for those who have medical questions, blood pressure testing or home care concerns. She will be in the counters office Every Thursday starting March 9th, 2017.
EVANGELFEST 2017: Friday April 28 to Saturday 29th, 2017; Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary 470 Glenridge ave. St. Catharines, ON; cost $30 per person or $50 per family; wine and cheese reception on Friday and lunch on Saturday. Deadline for registration April 21, 2017; registration forms on the table in Narthex. Contact Linda Lantz 289-362-3457 or lantz2cogeco.ca
CONCORDIA SEMINARY ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: Monday June 5th at Sawmill Golf course in Fenwick, ON $100 reg. Details on table and insert.
GREETERS:A welcoming smile and a firm handshake is a warm invitation to our Grace family. Please sign up for either whole month or a few Sundays or if you notice no one is there at 10:15 am. Please step in and Greet! See sign up form on bulletin board or table in Narthex. Volunteers needed. Just step in when you arrive. March 26th our greeter is: Carolyn.; next week: Orisdna. More volunteers for April 9,16,23,30.
MISSION QUILTS: We are quilting on the following days: March 28, April 18 &25 at 9:00 am. No experience required, so please feel free to join in. Minnie and Ann
LADIES OF GRACE: LADIES OF GRACE: On April 22, 2017 is Guild Day; and On April 29th, the Toronto Zone Rally Cobourg 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. See Viena or Carolyn if you are interested in going.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR BROADCASTS: Hear inspirational messages every Sunday on Hamilton CHAM 820/am at 8:00 AM. See bulletin board for broadcast topics; Streaming audio and pod-casts at: www.lutheranhour.ca.
GRACE LUTHERAN LIBRARY - BOOK OF THE MONTH - HISTORY OF OUR GRACE CHURCH: Our library is going to feature a book of the month. Please take a few moments and look at the book of the month. You can find it on top of the white book case in the narthex. Enjoy reading some history of how God’s grace has been working among us! Also, take some time to browse through our library for interesting Christian books.
REFORMATION COMMITTEE: will meet next on Tuesday April 18 at 7pm at church. You can contact Gina for more information.
FURNACE REPLACEMENT : As of the end of January 2017,. donations received have more than covered the cost of the two furnaces which was $10,045.70. The extra donations will be directed towards the third furnace when it will need to be replaced.
Thank you to all who helped in meeting this unexpected expense so quickly. Ed B.
DAILY EXERCISE FOR THE CHRISTIAN MIND…Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: Martin Luther on Liberty & Free Speech, A Strategy for Christians Living in a Post-Christian Nation, The Augsburg Confession, Law & Gospel, Peter Denies Jesus and more. You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
TWITTER: Our church is now on Twitter! Follow the church at : Grace Lutheran@graceoshawa Thanks Mark Hersey for setting this up for us.
SPRING CLEANING: will soon be here starting April 30th. Please pick a room or cupboard and come in on any day best for you to clean it. Requirement just dusting, cleaning spider webs, rodent droppings and washing with a strong cleaner. Bring a mask, gloves and rags. See book on table in Narthex. Thank you, Trustees
VBS FUNDRAISING: We will be having our Coffee and Pie fundraiser on April 23rd and May 14. All funds go towards our VBS this July. See insert for details. Thank you, VBS Team.
FUNERAL for Hans: is on Monday April 10th . Visitation is at 2:30pm and the service is at 3pm.
MEMORIAL SERVICE for Aron: son of Libby, is on Saturday April 15th at 3-5 pm, also at Mount Lawn Cemetery, Garrard St and Dundas St. E, Whitby.
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Bible Class /Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service (C), followed by Choir practice
Tuesday 7:30pm Council Meeting
Thursday 7:30pm Maundy Thursday
Friday 10:30am Good Friday Service
Saturday 7:00pm Easter Vigil
Sunday (w) 7:00 am Easter Sunrise
10:30am Divine Service (C) – Easter Day
OFFERING COUNTERS: We are looking for volunteers to assist in counting weekly offerings on Sundays. Currently counting is done by just a few members of the congregation. It is a rather simple task carried out on a computer. Please give this request consideration to lighten the load on our Financial Sec’y Wendy.
BIRTHDAY LUNCH & FOOD BANK: NEEDED - Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank AND on the birthday lunches. Next Birthday lunch – April 30th.
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: There is a folder in the holder outside the office door for weekly inserts for the bulletin and monthly calendar. Items for the Bulletin are due by Wednesday of each week by noon and 3rd Sunday of each month for calendar. Or email your dates and events to firstname.lastname@example.org; Start thinking about 2017 dates for meetings and events. Enter on calendar in narthex on table. Thank you.