First Sunday in Lent March 5, 2017
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 page 184. The Introit on the insert is sung responsively by half verse. The Gloria on p. 187 and the Alleluias are omitted during Lent.
Readings: Genesis 3:1-21 Romans 5:12 –19 Matthew 4: 1 - 11
HYMNS: 655, 561 (Gradual Hymn), 656, 418 (offering hymn) 718, 544, 424
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Anna/Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Debby (Wed. 5-7) Parish Nurse: Jane
Pastor Available for Confession & Absolution
Tues. & Thurs. (9am – Noon)
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: family/ friends of Brian; Max; Elsie; Olga; Lea; Monika; Edith; David; Ryan; Kim; Asser; Gheorghe; Sharon; Autumn; Susan; Mary; Hans, Sherran & Larry; Heather; Konrad & Herta; Gene & Margaret; Albina; Rob & Debbie; Betty; Lucie; Claudette; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; Suzanne; Will; Brenda; Nirmala; Anuradha; Anjani; Baby Caleb; George; Isabella
PRAYER CHAIN: Paula is our Evangelism Team Leader, she has restarted the prayer chain for anyone who is in need of help. Once a request is either brought to her and/or from Pastor, she will call the prayer chain members, 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, we’re here for you.
PARISH NURSE - JANE, R.N.- Jane has recently retired!.... She will be setting up office hours for those who have medical questions, blood pressure testing or home care concerns. She will be in the counters office Every Thursday starting March 9th, 2017.
CHURCH FUNDRAISER: Sometimes we need a card to say thank you, hope you’re doing okay, or congratulations. Have a look at our rack of cards outside of the office. Take a card and put a donation in the container on the rack. All funds are for our debt reduction fund. If you have a stack of cards at home that you want to donate, place them on the rack in the right category. Thank you
GREETERS: A welcoming smile and a firm handshake is a warm invitation to our Grace family. Please sign up for either whole month or a few Sundays or if you notice no one is there at 10:15 am. Please step in and Greet! See sign up form on bulletin board and/or table in Narthex.
This week March 5th, our Greeter is: need volunteer. Next 2 weeks our Greeter will be: Marshall; March 26th volunteers needed. Just step in when you arrive.
LADIES OF GRACE: Work Day has been re-scheduled for Wed. March 7th at 9am. The 14th will now be a quilting day. Any donation for layettes and school bags appreciated. For more information please contact Carolyn or Minnie. Thank you for your continued support!
MISSION QUILTS: We are quilting on the following days: March 14, 21, 28 at 9:00 am. No experience required, so please feel free to join in. Minnie and Ann
THE LUTHERAN HOUR BROADCASTS: Hear inspirational messages every Sunday on Hamilton CHAM 820/am at 8:00 AM. See bulletin board for broadcast topics; Streaming audio and pod-casts at: www.lutheranhour.ca
GRACE LUTHERAN LIBRARY - BOOK OF THE MONTH - HISTORY OF OUR GRACE CHURCH: Our library is going to feature a book of the month. Please take a few moments and look at the book of the month which is just newly released, “Be True and Serve”. It’s an autobiography of our parishioner Monika Stimming’s mother. A fascinating story of Monika’s family during Germany’s Third Reich, and WWII. It’s also about starting a new life with her family and “Little Monika” in Oshawa. You can find it on top of the white book case in the narthex. Enjoy reading some history of how God’s grace has been working among us! Also, take some time to browse through our library for interesting Christian books.
REFORAMTION COMMITTEE: will meet Tuesday March 21st at 7pm at church. You can contact Gina for more information.
MEN’S BREAKFAST: March Saturday March 11th @ 7:30 am
FURNACE REPLACEMENT : As of the end of January 2017,. donations received have more than covered the cost of the two furnaces which was $10,045.70. The extra donations will be directed towards the third furnace when it will need to be replaced.
Thank you to all who helped in meeting this unexpected expense so quickly. Ed B.
EQUIPPING THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS…Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: Law & Gospel, The Means of Grace, Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, Early Church Martyrs Perpetua & Felicitas, Religious Persecution in China and more. You can listen on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
TWITTER: Our church is now on Twitter! Follow the church at : Grace Lutheran@graceoshawa Thanks Mark Hersey for setting this up for us.
REMINDER: Spring cleaning will soon be here Starting week of April 30th. Please once again pick a room or cupboard and come in on any day best for you to clean it. Requirement just dusting, cleaning spider webs, rodent droppings and washing with a strong cleaner. Bring a mask, gloves and rags. See book table in Narthex. Thank you, Trustees
This Week under Grace
Today (v) 9:30am Bible Study/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service (C)
Choir Practice (after service)
Monday 5:30 pm Evangelism Mtg
Tuesday 9:00am Ladies of Grace Work day
Wednesday 7:30 pm Lenten Service
Saturday 7:30 am Men’s Breakfast
Sunday (v) 9:30am 2nd Sunday in Lent-Bible Study/Sunday School
Daylight Savings 10:30am Divine Service(C)
Time Begins Choir Practice (after service)
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.
BIRTHDAY LUNCH & FOOD BANK: Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank to the birthday lunches. Next Birthday lunch – March 26th
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: There is a folder in the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org; Start thinking about 2017 dates for meetings and events. Enter on calendar in narthex on table. Thank you.