4th Sunday after Easter May 7, 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 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: 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 2:42–47 1 Peter 2:19–25 John 10:1–10
HYMNS: 864, 709, 915 (offering hymn), 625, 641, 740, 819
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: Scott ; Rev. Paul Schult, entered glory on April 30; Fran; Dennis; Hannelore; Heinz & June; Bill; Rev. Kurt; Rev. Greg; 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
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.
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.
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. WE are also in need of tissue paper different shades of purple, and red and yellow, gold. We need 1 teacher and 4 helpers. Prayerfully consider donating your time this summer. Please let Carolyn know, she will be back by end of May 30. Thank you, VBS Team.
Men’s Breakfast: Please join us for men's breakfast that will be on May 13 at 7:30 am.
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: 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
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
THANK YOU: To my Grace family. I was so moved by the out pouring of love , the plaque and warm wishes. Grace will always be in my prayers and I will visit as often as I can. Once again thanks and God bless you all. Love Reta
SAINTS ALIVE: Meeting on Wednesday May 10th at noon. We will be finish watch the movie, Luther
WE NEED YOUR HELP: Please take a few minutes and do a check of lights, bathrooms and coffee pot. Hydro and Water are one of our major expenses, so we all need to do our part to keep expenses at bay. Thank you. Trustees.
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Bible Class /Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service(C) followed by
Tuesday 9:00am Mission Quilts
9:30pm Pastors Conference Barrie
Wednesday 9:00am Matins and bible study
12:00am Saints Alive
Saturday 7:30am Men’s Breakfast
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 – May 28, 2017.
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.