First Sunday in Lent Feb 18, 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.
Christ Jesus Defeats Our Temptation and Saves Us by His Faithfulness
In faith and the fear of God, Abraham prepared to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac. At the Word of the Lord, he “took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son.” And “when they came to the place of which God had told him,” Abraham bound Isaac “and laid him on the altar” (Gen. 22:6, 9). Then God stayed Abraham’s hand and provided “for himself the lamb for a burnt offering” (Gen. 22:8). That Lamb is God’s own beloved Son, Jesus, in whom “all the nations of the earth” are blessed (Gen. 22:18). As the Substitute for all the sons of men, Jesus is driven by the Spirit “into the wilderness” to be “tempted by Satan” (Mark 1:12–13) in order to endure and defeat all temptation. We are tempted by our own desire, which conceives and “gives birth to sin” (James 1:14–15). But this blessed Man, Christ Jesus, remained “steadfast under trial,” and He has received “the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). His faithfulness, His victory and His life are now given to us by His grace in the Gospel.
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: 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 22: 1 – 18 James 1: 12 – 18 Mark 1: 9 - 15
HYMNS: 424, 656, 418 (offering), 655, 861, 544, 809
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: Rev. Richard; Paula; Debbie & Stephanie; Christine; Fran; Dennis; June; Olga; Edith; Asser; Gheorghe; Alice; Sharon; Autumn; Chris; Susan; Mary; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Herta; Gene & Margaret; Betty; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; George & Jeannie; Rev. Delmar & Mardelle; Claudette; Isabelle; Denise; Kathy & Jack; Jim; Ada
PROFESSION OF FAITH: Jim is received into membership of our congregation this morning 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
***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 - February 25; “Living and Dying” (Romans 5:1-11); Speaker of the Lutheran Hour: Rev. Ken Klaus; Looking at sinful mankind, Jesus found what he was willing to die, and to life for. Are we willing to do the same?
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.
COUNCIL MEETING: We will have the first council meeting of 2018 on Tuesday February 20th at 7:30 PM.
VOTER’S MEETING: The voters meeting will be held next Sunday February 25th after the birthday luncheon.
FREE FAMILY FUN DAY EVENT coming up on Mon. Feb. 19, downtown Oshawa, see poster for details.
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 usa dollars. Sorry…. Cheque made out to Grace Lutheran Oshawa
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 7:30 pm Council meeting
Wednesday 7:30 pm Lenten Service
Saturday ST Vincent’s Kitchen
Sunday (v) 9:30am Bible Class/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service