Grace Lutheran Church Oshawa
540 Cromwell Ave. + Oshawa, Ontario + L1J 4V4 + Phone: 905-728-4381 + email: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 7, 2023 - Fifth 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 Lord Jesus Christ Is the Way, the Truth and the Life
The risen Lord Jesus alone is “the way, and the truth, and the life,” and we come “to the Father” only through Him (John 14:6). God is thus “glorified in the Son,” and those who believe in Him will do the works of Christ because He goes to the Father for us (John 14:12–14). Stephen, “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5) and “doing great wonders and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8), did the works of Christ. When he was falsely accused and put to death, he “gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55). Fixing his hope there, he commended his spirit to the Lord Jesus and prayed for his murderers. In the same way, all the baptized are called to follow the example of Christ Jesus by faith. Though He was “rejected by men” in the sight of God, He is “chosen and precious” (1 Peter 2:4). He is the chief cornerstone of the Father’s “spiritual house,” and we are built upon Him as “living stones” (1 Peter 2:5).
Collect of 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 on page 184
Introit is found on the insert and is spoken responsively by half-verse.
READINGS: Acts 6: 1-9; 7:2a, 51-60 1 Peter 2: 2 - 10 John 14: 1 - 14
HYMNS: 526, 633, 465
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Verna and Julie
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 May: Rev. Asefa Aredo – Winnipeg, Manitoba; Lay Missionary Javed Khan and his wife, Nighat – Windsor, Ontario; Chaplain Dongjoo (DJ) Kim – Regina, Saskatchewan; Pastor Peter Gatluak – Hamilton, Ontario
SUNDAY SCHOOL & CONGREGATIONAL PICNIC: is planned for Sunday June 11 following service. It’s not too early to pray for a sunny day. Everyone is welcome.
CANADIAN LUTHERAN: March/April 2023 issues have arrived. They are in front of the mailboxes.
LADIES OF GRACE: 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 weekly Bible verses.
CALL SERVICES: Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary (CLTS – St. Catharines) announced that their annual Call Service will take place at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (213 Linwell Rd, St. Catharines, ON) on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. EDT. For those who cannot attend in person, the service will be live-streamed on their YouTube Channel. CLTS announced that, during the service, Trey, Jason (our adopted sem student) and Nigel will be certified to be called into the holy ministry and will receive their congregational placements in the service. Concordia Lutheran Seminary Edmonton is planning their call service on May 26.
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Sunday school and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
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