Apr 30, 2023 - Fourth Sunday of 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!
The Crucified and Risen Lord Jesus Christ Is Our Good Shepherd
Although we “were straying like sheep,” the Lord Jesus Christ has willingly suffered and died for us, bearing our sins “in his body on the tree” (1 Peter 2:24–25). We are healed by His wounds (1 Peter 2:24), and in His resurrection He gathers us to Himself as our Good Shepherd, by whose righteousness we “have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). Now through other shepherds whom He calls and sends in His name, He guards and keeps us in the green pastures of His Church, leading us beside the quiet waters of our Baptism and spreading the feast of His table before us. Since He has called us by the Gospel to be His own dear sheep, we also “hear his voice” and “know his voice” (John 10:3–4) in the faithful preaching of His Gospel, and we follow Him by faith. When we receive His Gospel, we have the abundant life and common unity of the entire flock under one Good Shepherd, in “the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship” and in “the breaking of bread and the prayers” (Acts 2:42)
Collect of 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 on page 184
Introit is found on the insert and is spoken responsively by half-verse.
READINGS: Acts 2: 42 - 47 1 Peter 2: 19 - 25 John 10: 1 - 10
HYMNS: 740, 709, 625
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Gail
PRAYER INTERCESSION: Anne & Bill; Sherran; Herta; Lucy; Minnie and Willie; Carolyn (surgery April 19); Gwenda; Viena; Albina
Friends and Fellow Christians: family/friends of John Cincurak (died on April 18; funeral service on May 11 at 11:00am at St. Thomas Anglican, Brooklin); Joan; Ed (prostate cancer); Lynda; Les’ cousin Mike (non-Hodgkins lymphoma); Lutheran Church in Ukraine; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Allison, Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Kylene (friend of Gina’s); Rev. Ron Mohr.
Mission Prayers for April: Rev. Walta Clercius – Quebec, Rev. Frank Morgret – Quebec, Rev. Marco-Antonio Jacobsen – Quebec, Rev. Razafy Razafindrakoto – Quebec
VOTERS ASSMEBLY: is TODAY following the divine service.
LADIES OF GRACE: MAY 6TH – LWML CANADA Seminar – this open to all ladies of Grace our Topic for this seminar is from Isaiah 61:3, “Oaks of the Righteousness” . Registration is $40 (inl. Light breakfast & Lunch), Tillsonburg, ON @9:30 am; Registration forms are in Debby Miller’s mailbox. End of the year Gathering is on June 10th at Swiss Chalet at Stevenson and 401; pay your own; rsvp to office 905-728-4381 by June 1st. all are welcome.
MAY CALENDAR: is available on the table at back of church. Check out the daily devotional Bible verses for you.
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Sunday school and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service followed by Voters Assembly
Monday St. Philip and St. James
Sunday (w) 9:30am Bible study and Sunday school
10:30am Divine Service
Next Sunday’s Readings: Acts 6:1-9; 7:2a, 51-60 1 Peter 2: 2 -10 John 14: 1-14