Second Sunday after the Epiphany Jan 20, 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 Divine Glory Is Manifested in the Signs of Christ
When Jesus turned water into wine at the wedding in Cana, it was “the first of his signs,” by which He “manifested his glory” (John 2:11). It pointed to His coming “hour,” when He was lifted up on the cross for the forgiveness of sins and the life of the world (John 2:4; 12:23–32). The glory of the cross is incomprehensible apart from the Word and Spirit of God, but disciples of Jesus recognize that glory in the signs of His Gospel, and so they believe in Him. Jesus does not wait for His disciples to discover Him on their own, but He seeks out the forsaken and the desolate and unites them to Himself. He adorns them with His own beautiful righteousness and delights in them “as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride” (Is. 62:4–5). Purified by the washing of water with His Word in Holy Baptism, His disciples confess that “Jesus is Lord,” and they return thanks to Him “in the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:3) as they drink the good wine that He pours out for them, which is the new testament in His blood.
Collect of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, who governs all things in heaven and on earth, mercifully hear the prayers of Your people and grant us Your peace through all our days; 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: Divine Service Setting Three on page 184.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse on the insert.
READINGS: : Isaiah 62: 1 - 5 1 Corinthians 12: 1 - 11 John 2: 1 - 11
HYMNS: 399, 402, 859 (offering), 636, 588, 822
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; Monika; Albina; Dennis; Jane; John; Debbie; Olga; Edith; Sherran; Herta; Betty; Anne; Hans; Bob.
Friends and Fellow members of the Church: Ronald (brother-in-law to Fred) had a stroke on Tues; 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),
ALTAR CRUCIFIX: came from the altar of our old Albert Street church. It was in the library for a time but has been restored to the chancel as comfort for all and the content of all our preaching which is nothing other than Christ crucified. See how the body of our Lord on His cross changes everything!
MISSION QUILTS: . We will begin on January 29th, Feb. 5, 12, 19, & 26, all are welcome, no experience necessary. See Minnie and Ann for more information.
THE BAPTISM: of Elisabeth Mary is planned for next Sunday, January 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 prayer. The prayer chain members will be called with your confidential request. Only the name will be made known to the prayer chain unless instructed otherwise. Please call Paula.
***SAINT VINCENT’S KITCHEN: If anyone would like to help with our team it's the 4th Saturday of every month am/pm shifts. You can Contact Charlie and/or Christine Farnell at 905-263-8497.
LUTHERAN HOUR: Hear this inspirational message on CHAM at _8AM - January 27, 2019; “Surrender to Start New” (John 2:1-15); Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler; Starting a new life involves surrender – a break with the past. In that surrender, the past can be restored. Come and see.
FINANCIAL HELP FOR LINDA: Due to a serious infection, Linda, wife of Rev. Kurt 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 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(revised): We will meet on Saturday February 2th 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.
THE REFUGE: Youth Outreach: 5 Great Reasons to WALK on Feb 23rd, 2019: https://mailchi.mp/refugeoutreach/5-great-reasons-to-walk-with-us?e=8b63da0420; check out the link for more details.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please prayfully consider volunteering your time in 2019 to a service at Grace. Jane needs a partner for birthday luncheons. There is opportunity to serve on Altar Guild, help with Spring cleaning, Gardening/grass cutting and other Special Events. Find a partner so you can trade off every other month or week.
COMMUNITY BUILDERS: Community Builders Network of Hope is hosting it’s 2nd annual Free Family Fun Day Event held in downtown Oshawa, on February 18, 2019 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Last year we had over 1200+ in attendance.
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 (g) 9:30am Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service
Wednesday 9:00am Matins and bible study on Isaiah
Saturday St. Vincent’s Kitchen
Sunday (g) 9:30am Sunday School & Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service