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Weekly Bulletin

January 21, 2024 - 3rd Sunday after the Epiphany

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!  

The Lord Calls Us to Himself by the Preaching of Repentance in His Name

When “the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time,” sending him to preach judgment against the great city of Nineveh, “Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD” (Jonah 3:1, 3). By this preaching, the people were brought to repentance. Because they “believed God,” as He spoke to them through His prophet, “they turned from their evil way” and were spared “the disaster that he had said he would do to them” (Jonah 3:5, 10). St. Paul also warns that “the appointed time has grown very short” (1 Cor. 7:29). Therefore, while we live in this world and deal with it, we are not to cling to it, nor put our trust in it, for “the present form of this world is passing away” (1 Cor. 7:31). Rather, give “your undivided devotion to the Lord” (1 Cor. 7:35). When our Lord Jesus Christ comes and is proclaimed in the Gospel, “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:14–15). Therefore, He still calls men and sends them to become “fishers of men” with the net of that Gospel (Mark 1:17).

Collect of the day:

Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities and stretch forth the hand of Your majesty to heal and defend us; 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 Rite of Confirmation is on page 272.

                

Next Sunday’s Readings:  Jonah 3: 1-5, 10       1 Corinthians 7: 29-31(32-35)                 Mark 1: 14 - 20

HYMNS:    409,  839,  685 (during offering),  856

 

Presiding Minister (P):  Rev. Jack Hetzel  

Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane

Acolyte: Nathan

Sound System: Philip  

Webmaster:  Michael Haeussler

Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie

Altar Guild:  Kathy 

PRAYER INTERCESSION:  Debbie (birth of grandson); Anne; Sherran; Herta; Viena

Friends and Fellow Christians: Family of Gertrud (funeral service Jan 21 at noon at Thornton Funeral Centre, Oshawa; Rory; Matthew and Megan; Joan; Lynda; Mike; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Bev; Elizabeth; Mary (David’s mother), Stu; Doug & family; Carolyn; Rose

Mission Prayers for January: Rev. Van Ravy - Assistant Pastor at Christ Lutheran Church in Phnom Penh and also serves with Lutheran Hour Ministries, Rev. Heng Kim Hai (Hi) – Pastor of Hope Lutheran Church in Kampong and Instructor for Garuna Christian school, Rev. Rochom Binh (Rock-om) - Missionary Pastor for the Jarai community in his village in Ratanakiri,  Rev. Romass Svell – Pastor for the Jarai community in Ratanakiri

BIRTHDAYS: Ida, Michael, Leslie, Renee, Irene, David, Doug, Emilee, Reta, Rylan, Victor, Selby, Giso, Christa, Christopher, James, Edward, Loretta, Justin, Scott, Sherri

 

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

 

Next Sunday’s Readings:  Jonah 3:1-5, 10       1 Cor. 7:29-31, (32-35)          Mark 1: 14-20

CONFIRMATION:  George and Colleen are confirmed this morning in the Christian faith and we welcome them into communicant membership.  We rejoice with this couple from Trenton that the Holy Spirit has granted them the same faith as He has given to us.  May God bless our oneness in the holy faith and our time together.  George’s confirmation verse is John 15:b “Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”  Colleen’s verse is Isaiah 43:1b  “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”

 

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. 

 

GERTRUD: was born on Jan. 7, 1938 and died on Dec. 31, 2023.  She was the wife of the late Wolfgang, who died last year.  She is survived by her daughter Heidi and husband Michael and her son Thomas and wife Lucy and three grandchildren: Whitney, Breigh and Alexandria.  A funeral service is planned for today at noon at Thornton Funeral Centre, Oshawa.  May God be gracious to his children who are purchased with the blood of Christ!

 

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

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

                                      10:30am                        Divine Service

Tuesday                       9:00am                        Quilting

Wednesday               9:30am                        Bible study

Saturday                                                             Marital blessing of Justin and Grace Dilts, Fort Wayne, IN

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

                                       10:30am                       Divine Service

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