Jan 2, 2022
Welcome back 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 sign the communion book at the entrance of the church.
The Lord Jesus Is Found in the Temple of His Church
The Lord Jesus “grew and became strong” (Luke 2:40); He “increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). As His body grew and developed, His mind also increased in knowledge and understanding. For as our brother in the flesh, that we might “have redemption through his blood” (Eph. 1:7), He lived by faith in the Word of His Father. Thus, He was catechized by His parents, who took Him up “to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover” (Luke 2:41); and when He was of age, He gave attention to the Holy Scriptures in His Father’s house (Luke 2:46, 49). Christ Jesus is still found in His Church, in “the word of truth, the gospel,” by which we are adopted by His Father and sealed with His Spirit (Eph. 1:5, 13). Thus do we gain “an understanding mind” to go about our vocations, discerning “between good and evil” (1 Kings 3:9). And so do we also go up to Jerusalem, to stand “before the ark of the covenant of the Lord” (1 Kings 3:15), that is, in the Holy Communion of His body and blood.
COVID 19 PROTOCOL FOR WORSHIP: While we are here to rejoice in God’s house, we still have to follow the rules for social distancing; wearing a mask and sanitizing hands on your way in and out of church. If you are wearing gloves, please dispose of them at home. Please take your masks and bulletins home to limit exposure and the amount of recycling for the church. A detailed description of worship guidelines is on the small table with the bulletin and offering plates.
Collect of the day:
Almighty God, You have poured into our hearts the true Light of Your incarnate Word. Grant that this Light may shine forth in our lives; through the same 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.
Introit (spoken by pastor) - Ps.147:1,5,11-12; Antiphon John 1:14
READINGS: 1 Kings 3: 4-15 Ephesians 1: 3-14 Luke 2: 40-52
HYMNS: 376, 410, 862
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby – email/call office
Altar Guild Jan – Kathy
For Members of Grace: Reg (home with pneumonia): Hans; Fran; Denni (Extendicare – Park Rd); Sherran; Anne; Ray; Bob; Aina’s son Eric, wife Lauren and her father. Grant (Knee injury)
For Friends and Fellow Christians: Rev. Ernest Hahn (died in the Lord Dec. 26); Riviera (newborn daughter of Kristen and Logan); Ryan (friend of Lynn); Marli; Berti; Terry (heart attack); Norma; Clifford(Cancer); Etelka’s mother; Marlene; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Mardelle; Corrina; Kathy ; Annette (died in the Lord Dec. 16); Dale (cancer surgery). Mission Prayers for January: Rev. Marvin Antonio Donaire– Nicaragua; Rev Rev. Phough Mayavuth – Cambodia; Deaconess Leyla Suazo,-Nicaragua; Deaconess Va Savet– Cambodia; Deaconess Srey Mom - CAMBODIA
INDIVIDUAL HOLY COMMUNION: during these days of separation from covid and illness or in any hunger of our Lord’s body and blood, you can make arrangements with Pastor to receive the Lord’s Supper. Gluten-free wafers are available for anyone who needs them. Please call him at the church office.
PRAYER REQUEST: If you have any spiritual need for prayers, please call Pastor Hetzel at the office (905) 728-4381.
LADIES OF GRACE: Following all covid-19 protocols, Ladies of Grace will meet on January 8, 2022 at 9:30 a.m; We will pick new prayer pals and reveal who was our prayer pal in 2021. Please bring any mites and offerings. New members welcome all ages. Hope to see you on January 8th. Diana, President, Ladies of Grace
REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE: Please record any maintenance work in the trustees log on the wall by the office including details of the work done and the date. Any receipts from contractors or inspection reports please copy so I can put in the maintenance manual. This will help the trustees in the future. Thank you, blessing, Debby email@example.com
STUDY GOD’S WORD IN 2022…LCMS Stewardship has encouraged Lutherans to spend 1% every day (14 minutes) in God’s Word and prayer. The Word of the Lord Endures Forever is a daily, 15-minute, verse-by-verse Bible study produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by LCMS Pastor Will Weedon. Pastor Weedon is currently leading a study on the Book of Ephesians. You can listen at thewordendures.org and your favorite podcast provider.
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS: Thank you to the following members who contributed to our Christmas flowers: Bea and Owen; Minnie and Willi in memory of Willi’s brother and sister; Verna Nelson in memory of her husband Jim; and Carolyn in memory of her husband Bill.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: is being held online at 9:00am. Contact Lisa for more details.
Wishing you and your families good health in 2022. Happy New Year!! God Bless
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dates for events and bulletin inserts may be placed in the holder outside the office door, there will be no printed calendar at this time; Bulletin items are due by Wednesday of each week. You can email the info to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD PANTRY: onations welcome, Please contact the office 905-728-4381 to see when someone will be in church if you need to drop off or pick up to deliver other than on Sunday.
REFERENCE MATERIALS: We have a new reference booklet of who is who from LCC; “Together One”. 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 study
10:30am Divine Service
Sunday (w) THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD (Observed)
9:00am Online Sunday School 9:30am Bible Study (downstairs)
10:30am Divine Service