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Weekly Bulletin

April 21, 2024 - THE FIFTH 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 Christ Is the True Vine Who Bears Much Fruit in Us

“God is love,” and He has manifested Himself to us by sending “his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him” (1 John 4:9, 16). By the ministry of the Gospel, “he has given us of his Spirit,” so that we also believe and confess “that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.” In this way, we “abide in him and he in us,” and we “love one another” (1 John 4:2, 7, 13). Such divine love is exemplified in Philip’s preaching of “the good news about Jesus” to the Ethiopian eunuch. And when “they came to some water,” the eunuch was baptized into the very Gospel that Philip had preached (Acts 8:35–38). That Ethiopian was thereby grafted into “the true vine,” Jesus Christ (John 15:1), just as we are. Already we are clean because of the Word that Christ has spoken to us and by the washing of water with His Word. We now abide in Him by faith in His forgiveness. As He abides in us, both body and soul, with His own body and His blood, He “bears much fruit” in us (John 15:3–5).

Collect for the day: O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will.  Grant that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found; through 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 8:26-40   1 John 4:1-11(12-21) John 15:1-8

 

Hymns: Opening Hymn 595     Hymn of the day 633 Closing Hymn 919

 

Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Kevin Fast (Vacancy)

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:  Grant & Debby 41st

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

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 

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

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

This Week under Grace  

Today (w)          12:30 pm            Divine Service(C )VOTER’S Meeting after Service

                             11:30 am            Sunday School and Bible Study

Tuesday              9:30am             Quilting

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

                             10:30am             Divine Service (NC)

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