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Weekly Bulletin

January 28, 2024 - 4th 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!  

Our Lord Jesus Christ, True God in the Flesh, Cleanses Our Consciences from Sin 

As He promised, the Lord our God has raised up “a prophet” like Moses, namely Jesus, our brother in the flesh. “To him you shall listen,” because the Word of the Lord is “in his mouth” (Deut. 18:15–18). Indeed, He is more than a prophet and more than a scribe of the Scriptures; He is the incarnate Word, and He speaks “a new teaching with authority” (Mark 1:22, 27). He enters “the synagogue” of His Church and provides true Sabbath rest, using His authority to silence and cast out “even the unclean spirits” (Mark 1:21–27). By His Word of the cross, He removes the accusations of the Law and of the devil, and He cleanses our consciences before God the Father, “from whom are all things and for whom we exist.” Hence, we are now set free from bondage and commended to God by the one Lord, Jesus Christ, “through whom are all things and through whom we exist” (1 Cor. 8:6). Therefore, use your freedom to care for your brothers and sisters, neither causing them to stumble nor wounding their consciences (1 Cor. 8:9–12), but cleansing and strengthening them with the Gospel.

Collect of the day:

Almighty God, You know we live in the midst of so many dangers that in our frailty we cannot stand upright.  Grant strength and protection to support us in all dangers and carry us through all temptations; 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.

                

Readings:  Deuteronomy 18: 15 - 20       1 Corinthians 8: 1 - 13               Mark 1: 21 - 28

HYMNS:    462,  541,  583 (during offering),  842

 

Presiding Minister (P):  Rev. Jack Hetzel  

Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane

Acolyte: Victor

Sound System: Philip  

Webmaster:  Michael Haeussler

Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie

Altar Guild:  Kathy 

PRAYER INTERCESSION: Leslie; 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:  Isaiah 40: 21-31       1 Cor. 9: 16-27          Mark 1: 29 39

 

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

 

MEMBER RECORDS:  Its that time of year to review our records and update any changes; I will be putting in your mailbox a update form to complete. I will also attach a copy to the bulletin distribution email.  If you want to be added to the email bulletin and calendar distribution list, let the office know. By email or leave us a message.   Please return form by April 1, 2024.  Thank you, blessing, Debby

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                    9:30am                        Quilting

Wednesday             9:30am                        Bible study

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

                                   10:30am                         Divine Service

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