Third Sunday after Easter April 30, 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 Risen Lord Jesus Is with Us in Holy Baptism and in ‘the Breaking of the Bread’
From “before the foundation of the world” until heaven and earth pass away, “the word of the Lord remains forever” (1 Peter 1:20, 25). This “living and abiding word of God” is the preaching of Christ Jesus, namely that God “raised him from the dead and gave him glory” (1 Peter 1:21, 23). By this living word, we “have been born again” to eternal life (1 Peter 1:23) and ransomed from our sinful and mortal life “with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18–19). This living word also calls us to repentance, to dying and rising in Holy Baptism “in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins” (Acts 2:38). In this, we receive the Holy Spirit “for you and for your children and for all who are far off” (Acts 2:39). Through the preaching of His cross and resurrection, Jesus draws near to bring us “into his glory” (Luke 24:26). As He opens the Scriptures, He opens our minds to comprehend “the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27), and He brings us to know Him “in the breaking of the bread” (Luke 24:35).
Collect of the Day
O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world. Grant to Your faithful people, rescued form the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; 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, setting one on page 151. “This Is the Feast” is sung on page 155.
Introit (sung responsively by half-verse)
All your works shall give thanks to you, | O LORD,*
and all your saints shall | bless you!
One generation shall commend your works to an- | other,*
and shall declare your | mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your | majesty,*
and on your wondrous works, I will | meditate.
They shall speak of the might of your | awesome deeds,*
and I will declare your | greatness.
They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant | goodness*
and shall sing aloud of your | righteousness.
The LORD is | good to all,*
and his mercy is over all that | he has made.
Glory be to the Father and | to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the be- | ginning,
is now, and will be forever. | Amen.
All your works shall give thanks to you, | O LORD,*
and all your saints shall | bless you!
READINGS: Acts 2:14a, 36–41 1 Peter 1:17–25 Luke 24:13–35
HYMNS: 482, 483, 585 (offering hymn), 476, 466, 919
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: Hannelore; Heinz & June; Bill; Rev. Kurt; Olga; Lea; Monika; Edith; David; Kim; Asser; Gheorghe; Sharon; Autumn; Susan; Mary; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Konrad & Herta; Gene & Margaret; Albina; Debbie; Betty; Lucie; Claudette; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; Suzanne; Will; Brenda; George & Jeannie; Mardelle; Johanna; Michael & Kirsten on the birth of a son, Luke James, born April 17 (7lbs. 5oz)
THANK YOU: We would like to thank the members of Grace Lutheran Church for the support, love, and prayers during this time of sorrow. Knowing that we are not alone gives our family great comfort. Once again thank you for the phone calls, cards and support… Aron will not be forgotten as he will always be son, brother and friend. Aron - Dec. 30th, 1976 – Mar. 30, 2017 son of Ray and Libby.
VOTERS MEETING: today after the Divine Service.
EAST DISTRICT NEWS: See newsletter on bulletin board dated 4.18.17
CONGRATULATIONS: Michael and Kirsten upon the birth of a son, Luke James, born on Mon. April 17, weighing 7lbs. 5oz. Luke’s safe and healthy arrival adds to our Easter Joy. The Lord is good! Luke’s grandparents are James, Marg & Dave and Pastor & Lisa.
VBS PIE: We would like to thank everyone who participated in our previous pie fundraisers; they were super successful and greatly enjoyed everyone’s enthusiasm and support. We will be having our next Coffee and Pie fundraiser on May 14. All funds go towards our VBS this July. See TABLE for details. Thank you, VBS Team.
Men’s Breakfast: Please join us for men's breakfast that will be on May 13 at 7:30 am.
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.
REFORMATION SERVICE EVENT FUND RAISER: ending June 11th will be matched by FaithLife Financial up to $300.00
CONCORDIA SEMINARY ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: Monday June 5th at Sawmill Golf course in Fenwick, ON $100 reg. Details on table.
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 for May 14, 21 28 June 11 & 18.
MISSION QUILTS: We are quilting on the following days: May 9 at 9:00 am. No experience required, so please feel free to join in. Minnie and Ann
LADIES OF GRACE: Work day on May 2nd
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.
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 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. Pastor and Debby will be here on May 2nd to clean from 9-12. Thank you, Trustees
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.
MADAGASCAR NEWSLETTER: For those of your following this mission, please checkout the newsletter online. https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0976e44ed5efdb31e8f6c9dbd/files/6a3fc24f-e5ea-4e8f-aacc-ce614508b6d7/Nairobi_News_2_1.pdf. In Christ, PR. Kuddes & Michele
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Bible Class /Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service(C) followed by Luncheon
Tuesday 9:00am Ladies of Grace Work Day
7:30pm Elders Meeting
Wednesday 9:00am Matins and bible study
Sunday (w) 9:30am Bible Class /Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service (C)
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 is this Sunday – 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.