Second Sunday in Lent March 8 2020
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 Word of the Gospel Opens the Eyes of Faith and Fixes Them on Christ Jesus
The Lord called Abram (Abraham) to leave his home and go to a land that God would show him. He also promised to make of Abram “a great nation,” to bless him and make his name great as a blessing to “all the families of the earth” (Gen. 12:2–3). “Abram went, as the LORD had told him” (Gen. 12:4), and in Canaan “he built an altar to the LORD and called upon the name of the LORD” (Gen. 12:8). He “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness” (Rom. 4:3). Here the grace of God is manifested, that He “justifies the ungodly” (Rom. 4:5), not by works of the Law, but through faith in His promises. He removes all of our sins and lawless deeds through Jesus Christ, the offspring of Abraham in whom all the Lord’s promises are realized. This forgiveness of sins is the Word of the Gospel, the voice of the Holy Spirit, which “gives life to the dead” (Rom. 4:17). It opens the eyes of faith to behold Christ Jesus, the Son of Man lifted up on the cross, “that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:14–15).
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: : Setting Three page 184.
The Introit on the insert is spoken responsively by half-verse.
The Gloria on p. 187 and the Alleluias are omitted during Lent.
READINGS: : Genesis 12: 1 - 9 Romans 4: 1 – 8, 13 - 17 John 3: 1 - 17
HYMNS: 902, 708, 601 (offering hymn), 798, 877
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Debby WED 11:45- 2:00 Altar Guild: Lynne and Gail
for Members of Grace: Fran; Albina; Dennis; Jane; Rob, Debbie & Stephanie; Sherran; Anne; Bob; Ray; Viena; Carolyn; Lorna; Carolyn
For Friends and Fellow Christians: Rev. Les & Lyn; Marlene; Donna & Walter; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Mardelle; Gheorghe; Corrina; Jack; Rev. Puhola and the Confessional Lutheran church in Finland; Jason
MEN’S BREAKFAST: There will be NO men’s breakfast for MARCH. See you in April.
MARCH 8 – THAILAND - Rev. Suchart Yoh is the pastor of the Parish of Takua Pa, which consists of 4 worshipping communities in the south of Thailand.
PRAYER CHAIN: for anyone who is in need. 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. Call Paula 905-728-8555.
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.
LUTHERAN HOUR: Hear this inspirational message on CHAM 820 AM at 8 AM - March 15 “Gracious Confiscation” - Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler
LADIES OF GRACE: will be holding their monthly breakfast and devotion on March 7th at 9:30 a.m. All ladies of the congregation are encouraged to attend. Looking forward to seeing many of you on that date. - Diana, President Ladies of Grace
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 Hersey 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.
LUTHERAN CATECHETIC FAMILY CAMP: Theme: Life in Christ Sunday July 26th(3pm) to Friday, July 31, (11 am). At Camp Pioneer, to register at: www.pioneercamp.org, for more information phone (716)549-1420 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org; see itinerary on bulletin board.
LENTEN DEVOTIONS: For budget reasons, we will not be purchasing Lenten booklets this year. We will be posting the website on gracelutheranoshawa.com to be viewed online once it is available. We still have some Lenten booklets for 2019.
HEBREWS BIBLE STUDY...LCMS Pastor Will Weedon will begin a Bible study this week on the Book of Hebrews. The Word of the Lord Endures Forever is a daily 15 minute verse-by-verse Bible study produced by Lutheran Public Radio. You can listen at your convenience at thewordendures.org and on the LPR mobile app.
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. Your help would be appreciated on any shift every 4th Saturday of every month.
LENTEN SERVICES: Please join us on Wednesday nights for Lenten Services. We will be having Lenten Services every Wednesday on March 11, 18, 25 and April 1, 2020 @ 7:30 pm. Blessings, Pastor Hetzel.
POP CAN TABS: Monica is collecting pop tab for the Royal Canadian Legion Simcoe St. S. Please put in the brown cubby. Blessings.
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 email@example.com
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
This Week under Grace
Today (v) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday 9:00 am Quilting
9:30am Pastors’ Conference, COK, Mississauga
Wednesday 7:30pm Lenten Service
Sunday (v) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service