The Baptism of our Lord Jan 13, 2019
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 Opens Heaven to You in Holy Baptism
The Baptism of our Lord is an “Epiphany” of the one true God in the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. In divine mercy, He takes His place with sinners and takes their sin upon Himself. “When all the people were baptized,” Jesus submitted Himself to a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:21). He had no sins of His own, but He took the sins of the world upon Himself and so was baptized into His own death. Therefore, “when you pass through the waters,” He is with you (Is. 43:2). He created you for His glory, and He has redeemed you with His blood, that you may be His own and live with Him in His Kingdom (Is. 43:1, 7). As you are baptized with a baptism like His, so also are you united with Him in His death and resurrection that you “might walk in newness of life” (Rom. 6:4). For all who are baptized into Christ Jesus receive His anointing of the Holy Spirit and are 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: Divine Service Setting Three on page 184.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse on the insert.
READINGS: : Isaiah 43: 1 - 7 Romans 6: 1 - 11 Luke 3: 15 - 22
HYMNS: 394, 406, 590 (offering), 604, 598, 722, 401
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Robert Bryans Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Kirsten Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Anna/Philip Webmaster: Michael
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.
Members of Grace: Renee's father Reinhard Stender died Dec. 28; Eloise’s brother Harold died Dec. 31 in England; Jane’s cousin died in Leamington; June; ; Monikaj; Albina; Dennis; Jane; John; Debbie; Olga; Edith; Sherran; Herta; Betty; Anne; Hans; Bob.
Friends and Fellow members of the Church: Wanda (Aunt of Fred has terminal cancer); Jeannie; Mary (wife of Rev. Gatluak); Linda; Savita (Gina’s sister has sarcoma); Rev. Carl; Donna and Walter; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Mardelle; Asser; Gheorghe; Brenda; Phyllis; Bob; George (great grandson of Bill)
MISSION QUILTS: . We will begin on January 29th, all are welcome, no experience necessary. See Minnie Harfmann and Ann Cameron for more information.
THE BAPTISM: of Elisabeth Mary Gwen Cunningham is planned for Jan. 27. She is the daughter of Brad and Alyx and little sister to Abigail. May God keep her safe until the day of her new birth by water and the Word.
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/or Christine Farnell at 905-263-8497.
LUTHERAN HOUR: Hear this inspirational message on CHAM at _8AM “My Delight is in Her”(Isaiah 62:1-5) ; Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Tony Cook; As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, God rejoices over you. This week we explore our new name and identity as the bride of Christ.
FINANCIAL HELP FOR LINDA LANTZ: Due to a serious infection, Linda Lantz, wife of Rev. Kurt Lantz of Resurrection Lutheran Church, St. Catharines, required amputation of her leg below the knee. Linda is currently undergoing in-patient physiotherapy and eagerly looks forward to going home. However, the parsonage, owned by Resurrection, is not handicap accessible, thus requiring immediate renovations to allow for Linda's return. The pastors of the Niagara Circuit have pledged to help raise funds to assist Resurrection, who find these unanticipated renovations a great fiscal challenge. We invite our siblings in Christ across the District to prayerfully consider helping Resurrection and the Lantz family with donations to the Resurrection Parsonage Renovations. Donations can be mailed to Resurrection Lutheran Church, 400 Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines, ON L2T 3L2. Any cheques should be made out to Resurrection Lutheran Church, indicating “Parsonage Renovations” in the memo line.
LADIES OF GRACE: We will meet on February 4th at 9:30 for breakfast(potluck) and a very short meeting. Following the meeting the ladies will be putting together baby layettes and school learning kits. All the ladies are invited to join us for this very worthwhile mission effort. The layettes and kits are forwarded to Canadian Lutheran World Relief, who in turn distribute them throughout the world to areas in need. Diana, President, Ladies of Grace.
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 teachings include: The Confession of Peter, Mortification, The Wedding at Cana, Daily Bread and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please prayfully consider volunteering your time in 2019 to a service at Grace. (Jane needs a partner for birthday luncheons, Alter Guild, Sunday School, Spring cleaning, Gardening/grass cutting in the Spring, Special Events. Find a partner so you can trade off every other month or week.) Blessings.
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: There is a 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
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 (w) 9:30am Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service
Sunday (g) 9:30am Sunday School & Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service