Mar 5, 2023 - 2nd Sunday in Lent
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 on page 184
Introit is found on the insert and is spoken responsively by half-verse.
The Gloria and Alleluias are omitted during Lent.
READINGS: Genesis 12: 1-9 Romans 4: 1-8, 13-17 John 3: 1-17
HYMNS: 722, 708, 819
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Lynn
PRAYER INTERCESSION: Anne & Bill; Fran; Sherran; Herta; Lucy; Reg
Friends and Fellow Christians: Emil; 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 March: Reverend Un Songim – Cambodia, Reverend Bun Sopeab (Boon So‐Peeb) – Cambodia, Deaconess Neak Mav (Nee‐ak) – Cambodia, Deaconess Hem Horm - Cambodia
WELCOME: Norman and Gwenda to our Grace family. We are glad that our Lord has brought us together again as we grow in faith.
MARCH CALENDAR: is now available on table at back of church. Check out the daily devotional Bible verses for you.
LADIES OF GRACE: will meet on Saturday March 11 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.
EASTER BREAKFAST: Hi everyone, we are going to gather this year for Easter Breakfast. It has been so long since we were able to due to COVID. We are going to keep it light as not sure how many will attend (we are going to set for 40). Please add your name to the signup sheet on the white board if you would like to donate or volunteer to help with setup and cleanup. At the end of the breakfast all your perishable donations should be taken home; this will make for faster cleanup.
This Week under Grace
Today (v) 9:30am Sunday school and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Wednesday (v) 7:00pm Lenten service
Sunday (v) 9:30am Bible study and Sunday school
10:30am Divine Service
Next Sunday’s Readings: Exodus 17:1-7 Romans 5:1-8 John 4: 5-26 (27-30, 39-42)