Third Sunday in Advent Dec 17, 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 Coming of the Christ Brings True Rejoicing in His Forgiveness
When he preaches repentance, John the Baptist points us to Christ Jesus. John was sent by God “as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him” (John 1:7). He baptizes with water in order to “make straight the way of the Lord,” who shall redeem His people from their sins (John 1:23). That Lord Jesus “who comes after” John now stands among us and makes Himself known to us (John 1:26–27). He has been anointed by the Holy Spirit “to bring good news to the poor” and “to bind up the brokenhearted” (Is. 61:1). By the washing of the water with His Word and Spirit, He clothes His Church with “the garments of salvation” and adorns her with His own righteousness “as a bride adorns herself with her jewels” (Is. 61:10). Therefore, we “rejoice always” in the Lord, “pray without ceasing” and “give thanks in all circumstances” (1 Thess. 5:16–18). For “the God of peace,” who has called you by the Gospel, will surely “sanctify you completely,” so that “your whole spirit and soul and body” will “be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23–24).
Collect of the Day
Lord Jesus Christ, we implore You to hear our prayers and to lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Diving Service Setting Three page 184.
The Introit is spoken responsively by half-verse and is found on the insert.(B)
The Gloria in Excelsis is omitted during Advent.
READINGS: Isaiah 61:1-4, 8 -11 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 – 24 John 1:6-8, 19 - 28
HYMNS: 914, 345, 338 (offering), 818, 619, 921
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Anna/Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Wed or Thurs 5-7pm): Debby Miller Parish Nurse: Jane
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: Leah; Brian; Paula; Annette; Debbie & Stephanie; Jumna; Christine; Fran & Irwin; Dennis; June; Olga; Monika; Edith; Asser; Gheorghe; Sharon; Autumn; Susan ; Mary; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Herta; Gene & Margaret; Albina; Betty; Lucie; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; George & Jeannie; Rev. Delmar & Mardelle; Claudette; Isabelle; Denise; Kathy & Jack; Jim; Ada; Connor
ADVENT SERVICE: In this blessed Advent Season, we come together for worship on Wednesdays at 7:30pm as we marvel at the glorious revealing of His Grace. What a blessed way to prepare for Christmas!
SAINT VINCENT’S KITCHEN: if anyone would like to help with our team it's the 4th Saturday of every month. You can Contact Charlie and Christine Farnell at 905-263-8497 or St. Vincent’s kitchen at 905-434-7543; ask for Valerie Moreton. People can come in the morning for prep, or in the afternoon for serving, busing or drying dishes. Or to help close. Morning times 9-12 Afternoon 2-5 Evening 5-7.
WWW.LUT HERANHOUR.CA. CHAM 820/AM SUN. 8:00 - December 24, 2017; “The Greatest Story Ever Told”(Luke 1:30-32a);Speaker of the Lutheran Hour: Rev. Ken Klaus What is your favorite story? This Christmas Eve Day, The Lutheran Hour speaks about God’s greatest story.
LADIES OF GRACE: Ladies of Grace held their Christmas Social on Nov 27th with 18 ladies present. The food was fabulous and the entertainment was outstanding. Fran Van Vorst led the ladies in opening and closing devotions as well as providing a craft and games. Everyone present had a very enjoyable time. Thanks to Fran and Paula for the gifts that were handed out at the end of the evening. It is at this social that the stockings that the ladies keep for their dimes during the year are turned in. This year’s gathering from the stockings totaled $119.58 which will be forwarded to LWML Ontario Districts for Mites. Thanks to all the ladies who made this social such a success. We look forward to seeing you all at next year’s social and perhaps increasing our numbers, which have been steadily climbing with each year’s social. Wishing one an all a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. Diana, President, Ladies of Grace
TALK RADIO & PODCAST FOR THE ADVENT SEASON...You can listen to Lutheran experts teach on subjects like: The Testimony of John the Baptist, Decorating Your Home for Advent, The Advent Hymn "On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry," Ways to Observe Advent and more. Issues, Etc. is produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
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 . Contact Wendy for training. If you do not know who she is; ask an usher to introduce you.
CANADIAN LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF CLWR gifts from the heart catalogue provides meaningful and tangible gifts that will share God’s love with the world. No matter which gift you choose, the gifts you give will save and change lives. See catalogues on table in atrium for your personal ordering.. Not processed through office.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Thanks everyone for contributing to the Sunday school outreach project. Our ladies hygiene kits . We made 15 of them.
CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS: Anyone wishing to contribute to the poinsettias for Christmas, please see Paula.
COPIES OF THE DIVINE SERVICE: anyone who is shut in or has been ill can catch up with mp3 players of the entire service. To sign them out, see Paula or Deb
YOUNG ADULT RETREAT: The next East District Lutheran young adult retreat is in Niagara on the Lake at Trinity Lutheran to see the Christmas colours on the falls 10 min away. The retreat is Jan 26-28 /2018. Paula's van is going for those of you 18-35 who wish to attend !! Blessings, Paula
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: There is a 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
FOOD BANK: Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank AND ALSO on the birthday lunches. Next birthday lunch will be last week of November. See Jane if you want to be on the call list for food donations.
REFERENCE MATERIALS: Please take a few moments over the next few Sundays to review our Church business and community bulletin board; and other resource materials on the tables/shelve and racks in the narthex. Please take some home or give to a friend.
This Week under Grace
Today (b) 9:30am Bible Class/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service
Wednesday 7:30 pm ADVENT SERVICE –
Saturday St. Vincent’s kitchen
Sunday (b) 9:30am Bible Class/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service