The Purification of Mary and the Presentation of Our Lord February 2 2020
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.
God Gives the Gift of a Child to Destroy Death
The Lord opened the barren womb of Hannah and gave her the gift of the son for whom she prayed, and in grateful response she presented and gave the child, Samuel, to the Lord’s service. “As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord” (1 Sam. 2:28). So, too, did Mary and Joseph present the Child promised from the fall, born of a virgin’s womb. The true offering wasn’t the turtledoves or young pigeons. It was the Child they carried. This Child has come to “destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (Heb. 2:14b–15). Set free by His advent in our flesh and the promise of what He would do “in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people” (Heb. 2:17b), Simeon and Anna rejoiced, and we with them, for we know that we, too, can face death unafraid and “depart in peace” (Luke 2:29) when our time comes.
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: : Setting Three page 184.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse on the insert. (Series A)
READINGS: : 1 Samuel 1: 21 – 28 Hebrews 2: 14 - 18 Luke 2: 22-32 (33-40)
HYMNS: 367, 519, 937 (offering), 624, 924
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Lorna Tue, Debby Fri
Members of Grace: Fran; Heinz & Irmgard; Albina; Dennis; Jane; Debbie & Stephanie; Sherran; Alannah; Anne; Bob; Ray; Viena; Fred; Carolyn; Lorna
For Friends and Fellow Christians: Marlene; Donna & Walter; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Mardelle; Gheorghe; David; Anne and family; Corrina; Elina; Ron
Rev. Suchart Chujit is Lutheran Church-Canada’s missionary-at-large in south Thailand and serves the Parish of Khok Kloi, consisting of 5 worshipping communities.
PANCAKE SUPPER: Tuesday Feb 25, 5:30 pm ; Donations for pancake mix; potatoes, syrup, butter, milk; see signup board soon. In Narthex.
STEWARDSHIP ARTICLE: in the latest Canadian Lutheran magazine is well worth reading called “One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church: Going Out of Business?” Please take a few minutes to read it. Take a complimentary issue on the table in the narthex.
SURVEY FOR CANADIANS: on the issue of MAID (Medical Assistance In Dying) is found on line at https://www.canadianlutheran.ca/just-two-weeks-to-comment-on-expansion-of-medical-assistance-in-dying-legislation/ The deadline to let your opinion known is January 29.
PRAYER CHAIN: for anyone who is in need. 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. Call Paula.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Invite your grandchildren and neighbourhood children to come and hear the wonders of our God through His saving Word. It starts at 9:30am every Sunday in the lower level at the end of the hall. God bless our teachers, Iulia and Lisa as well as all our children who believe in Jesus.
LUTHERAN HOUR: Hear this inspirational message on CHAM 820 AM at _8AM- February 9 “Break Through the No-Go Zone” (Genesis 43-45) - Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler; Sometimes, the difference between then and now, between what used to be and what is, comes in a single moment, a defining act. We call that a breakthrough.
MISSION QUILTS: We will have quiliting for February 4, 11, 18, & 25. Please come down and join us and see what this Mission Project is all about. No quilting experience is required. We tie the quilts. There are several steps to making a quilt. If you have any questions about this project please feel free to speak with Minnie or Ann.
USHERS NEEDED: We need more volunteers for the ushering team. If you are interested in helping out with this important part of our worship service, please talk to Mark or one of the elders.
COMMUNION REGISTRATION: in place of the communion cards in the pew racks to register for the Lord’s Supper, beginning next Sunday, please sign your name on the list beside the guest book by the doors to the sanctuary. The cards left in the pews are for the guests and visitors to fill out. Your registration helps to keep track of members who are communing and those who are not so that we can visit them and find out why they would be undernourished. Also, it helps us to know how many wafers and how much wine is needed.
LUTHERAN CATECHETIC FAMILY CAMP: Theme: Life in Christ Sunday July 26th(3pm) to Friday, July 31, (11 am). At Camp Pioneer, to register at: www.pioneercamp.org, for more information phone (716)549-1420 or email: ; see itinerary on bulletin board.
LENTON DEVOTIONS: For budget reasons, we will be posting the website on gracelutheranoshawa.com to be viewed online. 2020 is not available yet. However, if you need one printed please email or send a note to Debby, secretary.
MEN’S BREAKFAST: "Men's Breakfast: the next men's breakfast will be on Saturday February 8 at 8 am at the church."
CHURCH COMPUTER: We had a major hard drive issue with our office computer; we are blessed that Shane was able to backup, restore and replace the hard drive with minimal loss of information. My backup of my contacts is not compatible with our new hard drive and windows; Please sent me an email if you wish to be on the bulletin and calendar distribution list. Sorry for the inconvenience. And, if I missed an email for the bulletin or calendar, please resend it. Thank you Shane! God bless
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: may be placed in the holder outside the office door and for the monthly calendar. Items for the Bulletin are due by Wednesday of each week by noon and 3rd Sunday of the month for calendar. You can email the info to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD DONATIONS: To make our birthday luncheons a success we need your help. Contact Jane or Debby; We also need members to be on our Emergency Funeral Support Call List for food donations. Please contact Debby Miller by office email or office voicemail to be added to the List. Thanks and blessings
CHURCH KEYS: Members that no longer need their church keys can you please return them to the office; new trustees and some council members are in need of them. To get new keys cut are costly around $75 per key. Thank You. Debby
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday 9:00 am Quilting
Wednesday 9:00am Divine Service and bible study
Thursday 1:00pm Membership Committee meeting
Saturday 8:00 am Men’s breakfast
Sunday (g) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service