2nd Sunday after Christmas January 5 2019
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 Is Found in the Temple of His Church
The Lord Jesus “grew and became strong” (Luke 2:40); He “increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). As His body grew and developed, His mind also increased in knowledge and understanding. For as our brother in the flesh, that we might “have redemption through his blood” (Eph. 1:7), He lived by faith in the Word of His Father. Thus, He was catechized by His parents, who took Him up “to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover” (Luke 2:41); and when He was of age, He gave attention to the Holy Scriptures in His Father’s house (Luke 2:46, 49). Christ Jesus is still found in His Church, in “the word of truth, the gospel,” by which we are adopted by His Father and sealed with His Spirit (Eph. 1:5, 13). Thus do we gain “an understanding mind” to go about our vocations, discerning “between good and evil” (1 Kings 3:9). And so do we also go up to Jerusalem, to stand “before the ark of the covenant of the Lord” (1 Kings 3:15), that is, in the Holy Communion of His body and blood.
Collect of the Day
Almighty God, You have poured into our hearts the true Light of Your incarnate Word. Grant that this Light may shine forth in our lives; 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 page 184.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse on the insert. (Series A)
READINGS: : 1 Kings 3: 4 – 15 Ephesians 1: 3 – 14 Luke 2: 40 - 52
HYMNS: 376, 410, 523 (offering), 602, 862
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Lorna Tue, Debby Fri
For Members of Grace: Fran; Heinz & Irmgard; Albina; Dennis; Jane; Debbie & Stephanie; Sherran; Alannah; Anne; Bob; Ray; Viena; Fred; Carolyn;
For Friends and Fellow Christians: Marlene; Lili; Jeannie; Donna & Walter; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Mardelle; Gheorghe; David; Anne and family; Corrina; Elina; Lilia, mother of Rosa (in Columbia); Parker family (death of Bob and dying son Mark); family of deceased John; family of deceased Al; Christina and daughter Maria
Mission Prayers: This week, we remember Deaconess Leyla Suazo, a member of the Iglesia Luterana Sínodo de Nicaragua (Lutheran Church Synod of Nicaragua). Deaconess Suazo serves as an instructor in the faith at Iglesia Luterana Getsemani (Gethsemane Lutheran Church) in La Ciudad del Viejo in Nicaragua. Prayer: Heavenly Father, as Your Son sent forth His Church to make disciples in all nations, we lift you up before you Deaconess Leyla Suazo in La Ciudad del Viejo, Nicaragua, asking you to sustain her by Your Spirit and bless her labours for the sake of the Gospel; Lord in your mercy, C: hear our prayer.
MANY THANKS: from Pastor and Lisa for the Christmas well wishes and gifts. It is greatly appreciated as are your prayers for Pastor and for our congregation.
MISSION PRAYERS: Starting TODAY, LCC will join together weekly praying for our missions and ministries at home and abroad. There is a new Missionairy each week.
PRAYER CHAIN: for anyone who is in need of prayer. The prayer chain members will be called with your confidential request. Only the name will be made known to the prayer chain unless instructed otherwise. Please call Paula.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Invite your grandchildren and neighbourhood children to come and hear the wonders of our God through His saving Word. It starts at 9:30am every Sunday in the lower level at the end of the hall. God bless our teachers, Iulia and Lisa as well as all our children who believe in Jesus.
TALK RADIO FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON...You can listen to Christmas hymn studies on "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come," "Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising," "We Praise You, Jesus, at Your Birth," "Let All Together Praise Our God," and "From East to West." Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
LUTHERAN HOUR: Hear this inspirational message on CHAM 820 AM at _8AM – January 12 - “People are Treasure” (Genesis 39); Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler. Dr. Michael Zeigler continues with the new series on Genesis.
ST VINCENT’S KITCHEN: If anyone would like to help with our team that helps to feed the homeless and destitute, call Charlie or Christine Farnell at 905-263-8497. Your help would be appreciated on any shift every 4th Saturday of every month.
MISSION QUILTS: In 2019, we shipped a total of 93 quilts and 1 blanket to Canadian Lutheran World Relief. This was possible because of the help of people in our community. A heart-felt thank you to everyone that supported the project. May you all have a Blessed Christmas. We will be back working on this Mission Project on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. See you then. If you have any questions concerning this Mission Project please don`t hesitate to speak with Minnie or Ann.
USHERS NEEDED: We need more volunteers for the ushering team. If you are interested in helping out with this important part of our worship service, please talk to Mark or one of the elders.
COMMUNION REGISTRATION: in place of the communion cards in the pew racks to register for the Lord’s Supper, beginning next Sunday, please sign your name on the list beside the guest book by the doors to the sanctuary. The cards left in the pews are for the guests and visitors to fill out. Your registration helps to keep track of members who are communing and those who are not so that we can visit them and find out why they would be undernourished. Also, it helps us to know how many wafers and how much wine is needed.
LADIES OF GRACE will be gathering for breakfast and fellowship on January 11, 2020. All ladies of the congregation are invited to come and start of our new decade praising our Lord.
MEN’S BREAKFAST: 8:30 AM January 11, 2020. All men are welcome to join us for bible study and breakfast.
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: may be placed in the holder outside the office door and for the monthly calendar. Items for the Bulletin are due by Wednesday of each week by noon and 3rd Sunday of the month for calendar. You can email the info to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD DONATIONS: To make our birthday luncheons a success we need your help. Contact Jane or Debby; We also need members to be on our Emergency Funeral Support Call List for food donations. Please contact Debby Miller by office email or office voicemail to be added to the List. Thanks and blessings
CHURCH KEYS: Members that no longer need their church keys can you please return them to the office; new trustees and some council members are in need of them. To get new keys cut are costly around $75 per key. Thank You. Debby
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service
Monday THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD
Saturday 8:30am Men’s bible breakfast
9:30 am Ladies of Grace meeting and breakfast
Sunday (w) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service