Jan 1, 2023
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 Triune God Is Manifested and Reveals Himself to Us in Holy Baptism
The Baptism of our Lord is an “epiphany” of the one true God in the flesh and blood of Jesus. He is the chosen servant of the Lord, anointed with the Spirit for the rescue of God’s people to “bring forth justice to the nations” (Is. 42:1). Thus, He makes all things new, and He is given “as a covenant for the people, a light for the nations” (Is. 42:6). In the waters of the Jordan, He takes His place with sinners and takes all the sins of the world upon Himself. He undergoes the Baptism of repentance in order to “fulfill all righteousness” for us (Matt. 3:15). He submits Himself to the curse of sin and death in order to redeem us. We are baptized with a Baptism like His, thereby dying and rising with Him, so that “we will also live with him” (Rom. 6:8). Indeed, all of us who are baptized into Christ Jesus are anointed with His Spirit and named by His Father as beloved and well-pleasing sons and daughters.
Collect of the day:
Father in heaven, at the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River You proclaimed Him Your beloved Son and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit. Make all who are baptized in His name faithful in their calling as Your children and inheritors with Him of everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ, 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 sung responsively by half-verse.
READINGS: Isaiah 42: 1 - 9 Romans 6: 1 - 11 Matthew 3: 13 - 17
HYMNS: 399, 406, 601
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Kathy
PRAYER INTERCESSION: Anne & Bill; Fran; Sherran; Herta; Bob & Lucy; Grant;
Friends and Fellow Christians: Lutheran Church in Ukraine; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Sue; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Frank (Les’ father in LH-O); Kylene (friend of Gina’s); Rev. Ron Mohr; Jennifer (cousin of Debbie who passed away on December 22nd);
Mission Prayers for January: Rev. Klan Chan - Cambodia, Deaconess Erm Roun - Cambodia, Rev. Jesùs Alberto Domínguez - Nicaragua, Deaconess Mariela Sánchez - Nicaragua, Deaconess Lixia del Carmen Chevez - Nicaragua
ALTAR FLOWERS: were given to the glory of God by the family of April Wunderlich who was laid to rest last Tuesday January 3, at Union cemetery, Oshawa.
FUNERAL SERVICES: for Miriam Renison is this Tuesday January 10 at Grace Lutheran at 11:00am. Miriam fell asleep in Christ on December 18, 2022.
“In Christ Jesus, you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” God grants comfort to all who mourn their dead in Christ with such baptismal grace.
LADIES OF GRACE: On behalf of the Ladies of Grace I want to thank everyone who supported our quilt raffle. Your support enables us to continue to support our Seminary Student each month. I also want to congratulate Sandy Bebee who was the lucky recipient of the quilt; I hope that you will find a use for it. To all who support our raffle once again Thank You and I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Ladies of Grace monthly meeting is Saturday January 14 at 9:30am… snacks to share. See you there! Diana, President, Ladies of Grace
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday 11:00am Funeral of Miriam Renison at Grace Lutheran
Sunday (g) 9:30am Bible study and Sunday school
10:30am Divine Service