Easter Day April 16, 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.
The Lord Jesus Brings Us Out of Death into Life with His God and Father in Heaven
In Adam all people die, because all people sin. The children of that first gardener have been driven out of Paradise and return to the dust whence they were taken. But now another Gardener has come, who has made His bed in the dust of the earth and who by His rising restores Paradise to all the children of men. With His voice of the Gospel, He calls us by name, and He opens our eyes to behold Him by faith. At His Word, we enter His tomb through Baptism into His death, so that, just as He is risen, we also “rise from the dead” (John 20:9). Come, then, “sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously” (Ex. 15:1). He has fought for us against our enemies, and in His resurrection not one enemy remains. “Fear not,” therefore, but “see the salvation of the LORD” (Ex. 14:13), which He delivers “as of first importance” by the preaching of His Gospel (1 Cor. 15:3). Thus we are raised with Christ “in accordance with the Scriptures” (1 Cor. 15:4), and we stand firm because we “are being saved” (1 Cor. 15:1–2).
Collect of the Day
Almighty God the Father, through Your only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, You have overcome death and opened the gate of everlasting life to us. Grant that we, who celebrate with joy the day of our Lord’s resurrection, may be raised from the death of sin by Your life-giving Spirit; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Divine Service on page 151.
The Introit is sung responsively by half verse and is found on the insert.
“This Is the Feast” is sung on page 155.
READINGS: Acts 10: 34 – 43 Colossians 3: 1 – 4 Matthew 28: 1 - 10
HYMNS: 474, 458, 469 (offering hymn), 457, 465
Choir: In Christ Alone (distribution anthem)
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/friends of Hans, Anne, Aron, Constance; Heinz & June; Bill; Rev. Kurt; Rev. Pres. Robert Bugbee; Olga; Lea; Monika; Edith; David; Ryan; Kim; Asser; Gheorghe; Sharon; Autumn; Susan; Mary; Family of Hans; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Konrad & Herta; Gene & Margaret; Albinaj; Debbie; Betty; Lucie; Claudette; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; Suzanne; Will; Brenda; Baby Caleb; George; Mardelle; Johanna.
VOTERS MEETING: will take place next Sunday 23rd after the Divine Service.
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. Volunteers needed for April 23,30, May 14, 21 28 June 11 & 18.
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.
LUTHERAN BIBLE TRANSLATORS OF CANADA: Please see calendars for April/May 2017and exciting new project “a Bible House”. Annual dinner and meeting is on May 12, 2017; see details on table.
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Bible Class /Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service (C)
Tuesday 9:00am Quilting
7:00pm Reformation Committee meeting
Saturday St. Vincent’s kitchen
Sunday (w) 10:30am Divine Service (C) followed by VBS Pie & Voters’ Meeting
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.