Third Sunday after the Epiphany Jan 27, 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 Lord Is Manifested as Our Savior through the Preaching of the Gospel
When Jesus opens His mouth to preach, gracious words flow from His lips. The Scriptures are, indeed, fulfilled in your hearing (Luke 4:21–22). For Christ was anointed by the Spirit of the Lord “to proclaim good news to the poor,” “to proclaim liberty to the captives” and “to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor” (Luke 4:18–19). By this proclamation, Christ releases His people from captivity and gathers them to Himself in His Church. So it was when the Lord released His people from Babylon and returned them to Jerusalem. “Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people,” sanctified the whole congregation by the reading and preaching of the Law (Neh. 8:8–9). As the people then were urged to “eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready” (Neh. 8:10), so are you anointed by the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ to share in His feast and to serve the fellow members of His Body with His good gifts, “giving greater honor to the part that lacked it” (1 Cor. 12:12, 24).
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: Rite of Holy Baptism on page 268.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse on the insert. Divine Service continues on page 186.
READINGS: : Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10 1 Corinthians 12: 12 – 31a Luke 4: 16 - 30
HYMNS: 523, 839, 781 (offering), 333, 658, 828
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: Fred's Aunt Wanda died, 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),
BAPTISM: of Elisabeth Mary Gwen this morning. She is the daughter of Brad and Alyx and little sister to Abigail. Serving as witnesses are Paulette and Jeffery. Welcome little Elisabeth to God’s family and may our heavenly Father bless you richly.
JANUARY BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON: follows the service today. Everyone is invited as we give thanks to God for his abundant mercy.
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.
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
LUTHERAN HOUR: Hear this inspirational message on CHAM at _8AM - February 3, 2019 “Slow Solution”(John 20:21); Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler; Some problems can be quickly resolved. Others require us to interact with people, take time to know them, get involved with them. The Gospel is the answer to the hidden problem that separates us from God and from each other.
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 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(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 Living and Learning Kits and Baby bundles, and the need so far is for sharpeners, rulers and small toys for the L/L kits, and diaper pins, receiving blankets. All 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.
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. Please see Debby Secretary who will connect you with a contact.
INSTALLATION OF REV. LAUGHRIDGE: at St. Luke Lutheran, 3200 Bayview Ave. North York, is on Sunday March 3 at 3:00pm. Everyone is invited.
EQUIPPING THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS...Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week's subjects include: Does God Change His Mind?, The Idea & Practice of a Christian University, The Presentation of Our Lord, Media Coverage of Religion, Daily Bread and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
MEN'S BREAKFAST: The February men's breakfast will be on Saturday, Feb. 10, 7:30 am at the church
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
Tuesday 9:00 am Quilting Begins!!
Wednesday 9:00am Matins and bible study on Isaiah
Saturday 9:30 am Ladies of Grace Meeting and work day***
Sunday (g) 9:30am Sunday School & Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service