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Weekly Bulletin

April 21, 2024 - THE FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER EASTER

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. God bless you as we gather before our gracious God!  

Jesus the Good Shepherd, Lays Down His Life for the Sheep

The Lord Jesus is “the good shepherd” who “lays down his life for the sheep” (John 10:11). His life is not taken from Him, but He lays it down willingly, of His own accord, because He knows and loves the sheep. As the One sent by the Father, He has the “authority to lay it down” and the “authority to take it up again” (John 10:18). So has He done, and now He continues to love and serve as the Good Shepherd of the sheep by the voice of His Gospel. He thus calls all people into the fold of His Church, so that there may be “one flock, one shepherd” (John 10:16). That is why the apostles “were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead” (Acts 4:2). Since “there is salvation in no one else,” His voice rings out to this day through the preaching of His name, “for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). His voice comforts our hearts against all condemnation and gives us courage to “love one another” and “to lay down our lives for the brothers,” as He laid down His life for us (1 John 3:16, 23).

Collect for the day: Almighty God, merciful Father, since You have wakened from death the Shepherd of Your sheep, grant us Your Holy Spirit that when we hear the voice of our Shepherd we may know Him who calls us each by name and follow where He leads; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.

ORDER OF SERVICE:  Setting Three page 184. The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse. sb

Readings: Acts 4:1–12   1 John 3:16—24    John 10:11–18

 

Hymns: Opening Hymn 475     Hymn of the day 709    Closing Hymn 549

 

Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane

Webmaster:  Michael Haeussler

Office Secretary: Debby

Acolyte: Christine

PRAYER INTERCESSION: 

PRAY FOR:  Eloise (hip/shoulder); Christa (father George was buried in Bucharest, Romania); Robert; Sherran; Herta; Phil; Minnie; Corinne (nee Tim); Albina; Irene

Friends and Fellow Christians:  Rev. J. Asmus (hip surgery March 1); Rev. Basil Christi (heart attack); Matthew & Megan; Lynda; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Kristy (breast cancer treatments); Melissa;  Chris; Susan; Heather; Waldtraut; Kathy; Bev; Elizabeth; Mary (David’s mother), Carolyn (Medina,OH); Rose; Jason; Skye 

Mission Prayers for April: Rev. Van Ravy assistant pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Phnom Penh; Rev. Heng Kim Hai (Hi) who serves as pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Kampong; Rev. Rochom Binh (Rock-om) who serves as a missionary pastor for the Jarai community in his village in Ratanakiri; r Rev. Romass Svell who serves as pastor for the Jarai community in Ratanakiri

 

BIRTHDAYS for April:  Kevin, Natasha, Alannah, Phillip, Irene, Marshall, Dorrett,  Luke, Wendy, Collette, Sandra, Delores, Phillip, Debbie, Charlotte,  Paula, Astrid , Karin, Klaus 

 

ANNIVERSARYS for April:  Giso and Margaret’s 52nd , Grant & Debby 41st

THANK YOU: To all my brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you for all your prayers and well wishes. There are angels among us and the power of prayer is amazing. I am truly blessed, thank you.  Irene Haight

LADIES OF GRACE “CUP OF BLESSINGS”: The Ladies of Grace have chosen to support a servant event for the upcoming LWMLC Convention entitled “Cup of Blessings”, which will be donated to a women’s shelter. A list of items required for the cups is on the back table beside the bulletin. Please note that you do not have to contribute all of the items listed; contribute what you can. Your contribution can be given to either Carolyn or Diana by May 8th, 2024. Any donations will be gratefully appreciated.

CALLING ALL MOTHERs, DAUGHTERs AND SISTER’s IN CHRIST.  We will be having a Spring luncheon May 18th from 10:30 AM till 1:30 pm. All all ladies are welcome. Bring your family or best friend and Grace is bring main course hot dish. Our guest speak is Spider Jones. We need numbers. Please rsvp to Diane or Debby, via email or office 905-728-4381 by May 12th

Worship Services: The services dates and times going forward as follows:


April 28th, May 12th, May 26th @ 12:30 pm with Holy Communion - Vacancy Pastor Rev. Dr. Kevin Fast


June, July and August @ 11:15 am with Holy Communion - Vacancy Pastor Rev. Dr. Kevin Fast

 

April 14th, April 21st, May 5th, May 19th @ 10:30 am - Elder Shane Kelly - no communion

 

VOTER’S MEETING: There will be a voters meeting after service on April 28;  after Service @ 1:30 pm.

EMERGENCIES PLEASE CONTACT AN ELDER OR LEAVE A MESSAGE ON THE CHURCH PHONELINE 905-728-4381

This Week under Grace  

Today (w)        10:30am          Divine Service

Tuesday            9:30am          Quilting

Saturday          9:30 am          Ladies of Grace Toronto Zone Spring Rally St. Matthews

Sunday (w)      9:30am           Bible study and Sunday School                     

                           10:30am           Divine Service (NC)

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