Second Sunday in Lent Feb 25, 2018
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.
By the Cross of Our Lord Jesus, We Inherit Life Everlasting with God
In His covenant with Abraham, the Lord promised to be with him, to bless him and to make him “the father of a multitude of nations.” It is “an everlasting covenant” in Christ Jesus, the seed of Abraham who is blameless before God Almighty. All who believe in this Lord Jesus are the offspring of Abraham and are blessed “throughout their generations” (Gen. 17:1–7), because the Christ has suffered many things. He was rejected and killed, and after three days He rose again (Mark 8:31). To comprehend this theology of the cross, we must set our minds “on the things of God,” and not “on the things of man” (Mark 8:33). “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Therefore, having been “reconciled to God by the death of his Son,” much more “shall we be saved by his life” (Rom. 5:10). Baptized into His cross and resurrection, “we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” and by faith we rejoice in the hope of His glory (Rom. 5:1–2).
Collect of the Day
O God, You see that of ourselves we have no strength. By Your mighty power defend us from all adversities that may happen to the body and from all evil thoughts that may assault and hurt the soul; 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: Diving Service Setting Three page 184.
The Gloria on page 187 and the Alleluias are omitted during Lent.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse and is found on the insert.(B)
READINGS: : Genesis 17: 1 – 7, 15-16 Romans 5: 1 - 11 Mark 8: 27 - 38
HYMNS: 437, 708, 685 (offering), 617, 722, 563, 688
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: Members of Grace: Herta; Jane; John; Paula; Debbie& Stephanie; Fran; Dennis; June; Olga; Edith; Sherran; Herta; Eugene & Margaret; Betty; Jeannie; Claudette; Isabelle; Jim; Anne
Friends of Grace: Rev. Richard; Autumn; Chris; Susan; Mary; Larry; Heather; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; George Rev. Delmar & Mardelle; Denise; Kathy & Jack; Ada; Christine; Asser; Gheorghe; Alice; Sharon
PROFESSION OF FAITH: Jim was received into membership of our congregation last Sunday by Profession of Faith. Jim and his parents were members of Grace many years ago and we are glad that our gracious God has returned him to Grace. May God bless you, Jim, both now and forever in Christ Jesus.
NICARAGUA FOOD HAMPERS: can be purchased using the envelopes in the narthex.
PRAYER CHAIN: for anyone who is in need of help. Once a request is made known, the prayer chain members will be called, 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 Paula.
**LADIES OF GRACE: Ladies of Grace will meet on Saturday March 3rd at 9:30 a.m. with a breakfast followed by their program. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend.
MEN’S BREAKFAST: March 10th @ 7:30 am.
NEW WINDOWS: in the nave now complete the window replacement. Thanks to Reta for her donation and all who helped for the installation and clean-up. All the windows look great and will add energy cost savings. Thanks again.
SAINTS ALIVE: There will be no saints alive for March.
MISSION QUILTS: We will meet February 27 for quilting this month.@ 9am; Quilting for March will be 6th, 13, 20, No quilting in holy week.
***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.LUTHERANHOUR.CA. CHAM 820/AM SUN. 8:00 - March 4, 2018 - “When God’s Darkness Surrounds You”(Exodus 20:1-17); Speaker of the Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer; When times are darkest, God wants you to know how close He really is. It’s in those threatening times that you can especially learn and live in His love.
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.
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
POP TAB COLLECTION: will continue and is now run by Bill and Carolyn.
EDUCATING A NEW GENERATION OF LUTHERANS... Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL . This week's topics include: Eastern Orthodoxy, Lutheranism vs. Calvinism, The Book of Exodus, The Epiphany Hymn "Hail to the Lord's Anointed," Peter Escapes from Prison and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
FOOD PANTRY: Please take some time over the next few Sunday to drop off a few items for the food pantry, we support the seminary students and our community. Thanks Debby
DEBT REDUCTION 2018 – We are again running a debt reduction campaign and FaithLife will be matching our donation up to $300.00; Ending March 1st. 2018. Thanks, Reg.
MESSIAH in the PASSOVER- On Saturday, March 3, at 6:00 p.m., Christ Our King Lutheran Church will be hosting a dinner presentation with Chosen People Ministries. Participants will be guided through the Jewish Passover Seder so as to vividly reveal its connection to both the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Tickets for this full dinner presentation are $20 for adults and $10 for children (ticket deadline is Thursday, March 1). To purchase tickets, or for more information, please contact Pastor Christi at (437) 993-4121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
VOTER’S MEETING: The voters meeting will be today February 25th after the birthday luncheon.
ANNUAL RENEWAL OF LUTHERAN WITNESS: This year’s total is $31.30 Canadian. I have just been made aware I was in the past giving U.S.A. dollars. Sorry…. Cheque made out to Grace Lutheran Church Oshawa.
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 email@example.com
FOOD BANK: Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank AND ALSO on the birthday lunches. See Jane if you want to be on the call list for food donations. Next birthday lunch Feb 25, 2018
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 (v) 9:30am Bible Class/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday 9:00am Quilting
7:30 pm Elder’s Meeting
Wednesday 7:30 pm Lenten Service
Saturday 9:30 am Ladies of Grace Breakfast Mtg**
Sunday (v) 9:30am Bible Class/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service