Jan 1, 2023
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 Lord Jesus Comes in the Flesh to Fulfill the Law for Us and Save Us from Our Sins
Circumcision is the covenant God made with Abraham and his seed. It sealed God’s promises and blessings in the flesh, but it also signified the burden of the Law. When the Lord Jesus came in the flesh
to redeem His people, He subjected Himself to the Law in order to fulfill the Law and release all men
from its captivity. “He was called Jesus” (Luke 2:21), because He came to save His people from their sins. He would shed His blood on their behalf, as He did already when “he was circumcised” (Luke 2:21). As He also sacrificed Himself upon the cross, you are “justified by faith” in His blood (Gal. 3:24). Therefore, “you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Gal. 3:29), not by the circumcision of your flesh, but in the flesh and blood of Christ Jesus, the true seed of Abraham. “Baptized into Christ,” you belong to Him and are clothed and covered by His righteousness (Gal. 3:27). Holy Baptism is the true circumcision made without hands, by which the Lord Jesus puts His name on you and blesses you (Num. 6:22, 27).
Collect of the day:
Lord God, You made Your beloved Son, our Saviour, subject to the Law and caused Him to shed His blood on our behalf. Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit that our hearts may be made pure from all sins; through Jesus Christ, 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 sung responsively by half-verse.
READINGS: Numbers 6: 22-27 Galatians 3: 23-29 Luke 2:21
HYMNS: 373, 900, 393
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Kathy
PRAYER INTERCESSION: Anne & Bill; Fran; Sherran; Herta; Bob & Lucy; Grant;
Friends and Fellow Christians: Lutheran Church in Ukraine; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Sue; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Frank (Les’ father in LH-O); Kylene (friend of Gina’s); Rev. Ron Mohr; Jennifer (cousin of Debbie Moorhouse who passed away on December 22nd); Mission Prayers for January: Rev. Klan Chan-Cambodia, Dcnss Erm Roun-Cambodia, Rev. Jesùs Alberto Domínguez-Nicaragua, Dcnss Mariela Sánchez-Nicaragua, Dcnss Lixia del Carmen Chevez-Nicaragua
ALTAR FLOWERS: are given to the glory of God by Fred and Diana upon the celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary. God’s blessings to you as you rejoice in the Lord sustaining you thus far and seeing you safely home.
FUNERAL SERVICES: for April Wunderlich is Tuesday January 3, at Oshawa Funeral Home at 10:30am with interment following at Union cemetery. Viewing for April is Monday January 2 from 4:00 – 8:00pm at Oshawa Funeral Home. April fell asleep in Christ on Dec. 27;
And for Miriam Renison on Tuesday January 10 at Grace Lutheran at 11:00am. Miriam fell asleep in Christon December 18, 2022.
“In Christ Jesus, you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” God grants comfort to all who mourn their dead in Christ with such baptismal grace.
LADIES OF GRACE: On behalf of the Ladies of Grace I want to thank everyone who supported our quilt raffle. Your support enables us to continue to support our Seminary Student each month. I also want to congratulate Sandy who was the lucky recipient of the quilt; I hope that you will find a use for it. To all who support our raffle once again Thank You and I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Ladies of Grace monthly meeting is Saturday January 14th at 9:30am… snacks to share. See you there! Diana, President, Ladies of Grace
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Bible Study
10:30am Divine Service
Monday 4 – 8:00pm Viewing of April Wunderlich at Oshawa Funeral Home, 847 King St. W
Tuesday 10:30am Funeral of April Wunderlich at Oshawa Funeral Home, interment following
Sunday (w) 9:30am Bible study and Sunday school
10:30am Divine Service