Feb 26, 2023 - 6th Sunday after the Epiphany
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 Christ Is Our Champion against Satan
Following His Baptism, Jesus is “led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil” (Matt. 4:1). As He takes upon Himself the curse of our sin and sets Himself against our enemy, He trusts His Father’s voice and waits upon His Father’s hand for all things. The devil questions His sonship, but the beloved and well-pleasing Son remains faithful and lives “by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4). Jesus patiently suffers hunger in His mortal flesh and returns to the dust whence man was taken, and by His pain He brings forth food for all the children of men (Gen. 3:18–19). By the sweat of His brow, we eat the fruit of His cross, even as our nakedness is covered by His righteousness. Although all people live in bondage to death through the trespass of the first man, Adam, all the more “have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many” (Rom. 5:15). His righteous obedience “leads to justification and life for all men” (Rom. 5:18)
Collect of the day:
O Lord God, You led Your ancient people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. Guide the people of Your Church that following our Savior we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; 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 sung responsively by half-verse.
READINGS: Genesis 3: 1-21 Romans 5: 12-19 Matthew 4: 1-11
HYMNS: 418, 656, 562
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Irene
PRAYER INTERCESSION: Anne & Bill; Fran; Sherran; Herta; Lucy; Noah; Reg
Friends and Fellow Christians: 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 February: Rev.Anastacio - Nicaragua, Reverend Angel Antonio Salazar Macías - Nicaragua, Rev. Deaconess Carmen Matinez - Nicaragua, Deaconess Fatima Lopez Zepeda – Nicaragua
VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY: TODAY after the divine service
WELCOME: Norman and Gwenda to our Grace family on March 5. We are glad that our Lord has brought us together again as we grow in faith. The Parkers are parents to Lynn.
MARCH CALENDAR: is now available on table at back of church. Check out the daily devotional Bible verses for you.
WOLFGANG SCHEEFER: died on December 18, 2022 at the age of 86. Our sympathy goes to his wife Gertrude and their family.
LADIES OF GRACE: will meet on Saturday March 11th at 9:30 am. All ladies of the congregation are invited to attend. We are also looking for someone who would be willing to assist in organizing our quilting ladies every Tuesday morning. If you are interested, please contact Diana for further information.
This Week under Grace
Today (v) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service followed by voters’ meeting
Sun -Wed Koinonia Retreat- Christ our King, Mississauga (LCMS English district + Toronto Pastors)
Wednesday (v) 7:00pm Lenten service
Sunday (v) 9:30am Bible study and Sunday school
10:30am Divine Service followed by Voters’ meeting
Next Sunday’s Readings: Genesis 12:1-9 Romans 4:1-8, 13-17 John 3: 1-17