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Weekly Bulletin

February 18, 2024 - First 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. God bless you as we gather before our gracious God!  

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:  Setting Three page 184. 

The Introit is found on the insert and is sung responsively by half-verse.

The Gloria on page 187 and the Alleluias are omitted during Lent.

                

Readings:  Genesis 22: 1 - 18            James 1: 12 – 18                Mark 1: 9 - 15

HYMNS:    418,  656,  655 (during offering),  718

 

Presiding Minister (P):  Rev. Jack Hetzel  

Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane

Acolyte: Christine

Sound System: Philip  

Webmaster:  Michael Haeussler

Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie

Altar Guild:  Irene

PRAYER INTERCESSION: Ida Lisowski (funeral service Feb. 1); Anne; Sherran; Herta; Viena; Minnie & Willi; Corinne; Albina

Friends and Fellow Christians: Matthew and Megan; Lynda; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Bev; Elizabeth; Mary (David’s mother), Carolyn; Rose; Norm; Jason; Skye

Mission Prayers for February:  Rev. Dr. David Somers-Montreal, Quebec; Rev. Walta Clercius-LCC’s French Ministries in Quebec; Rev. Frank Morgre-Sainte-Foy (Quebec City); Rev. Razafy Razandrakoto- Sherbrooke, Quebec.

BIRTHDAYS: : Carolyn; Garrett; Carolyn; Wilfred; Ryan; Sarah; Verna; Ingrid; Iulia; Albina; Manfred.

 

ANNIVERSARIES: Mihaly & Etelka, David & Margaret, David & Lynn, Owen & Bea

 

Next Sunday’s Readings:  Genesis 17: 1-7,15-16     Romans 5:1-11       Mark 8: 27-38

WEDNESDAY LENTEN SERVICES: are at 7:00pm.

 

A DIVINE CALL: from St. Peter’s in Stratford was extended to Pastor Hetzel and on Nov 26 he accepted it.  Please pray for Pastor, that the Lord would bless his move and his ministry there and for Grace Lutheran Oshawa that our gracious Lord would provide a faithful Shepherd to guide and feed His flock to life eternal. 

 

TAX RECEIPTS:  Please check your mailboxes for your receipts for 2023.  If you have any questions see Wendy.

 

MEMBER RECORDS:  It’s that time of year to review our records and update any changes; I will be putting in your mailbox a update form to complete. I will also attach a copy to the bulletin distribution email.  If you want to be added to the email bulletin and calendar distribution list, let the office know. By email or leave us a message.   Please return form by April 1, 2024.  Thank you, blessing, Debby

 

THANK YOU:  To my brothers and sisters in Christ, I want to thank you all for your prayers and gifts. It has been very much appreciated.  Blessings, Debbie 

 

IDA LISOWSKI: fell asleep in Christ this past Tuesday at the age of 100.  Her funeral service was last Friday.  She is now at rest from all her labours until the Day of Resurrection.

 

VOTERS ASSEMBLY:  next Sunday after service.

FOOD BANK:  Our food cabinet is running low on food; please drop off non-perishable food so we can support our church members, our Seminary students (1/2) and community.

 

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS:  may be placed in the holder outside the office door and for the monthly calendar.  Bulletin items are due by Wednesday of each week.  Calendar events are due by the 3rd Sunday of the month.  You can email the info to office@gracelutheranoshawa.net

This Week under Grace  

Today (v)                         9:30am                  Bible study and Sunday School

                                         10:30am                  Divine Service

Tuesday                         9:30am                   Quilting

Wednesday                  7:00pm                   Lenten Service (no Holy Communion)

Saturday                                                          ST. MATTHIAS

Sunday (v)                    9:30am                     Bible study and Sunday School                     

                                       10:30am                     Divine Service followed by voters assembly

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