Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany Feb 24, 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.
As the Son of God Is Merciful and Forgives Your Sins, You Also Be Merciful and Forgive
Your inheritance as a child of Adam is sin and death, but in Christ you are made alive through His resurrection from the dead (1 Cor. 15:21–22). As you have died with Him in Holy Baptism, so are you raised with Him to newness of life. Therefore, “do not go on sinning” (1 Cor. 15:34). Instead of serving your desires and harming your neighbors, live as “sons of the Most High,” and “be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:35–36). Deal with others as you would have others deal with you (Luke 6:31, 37–38). As Christ loved you when you were at enmity with Him, as He blessed and prayed for those who abused Him, and as He did good to those who hated Him and hurt Him, so also “love your enemies, do good” (Luke 6:27–29, 35). For God sent His Son to bear the cross and suffer death, not to condemn the guilty, but “to preserve life.” So does He provide a place for you within His Church, where He is near and deals kindly with “you and your children and your children’s children” (Gen. 45:5–10).
Collect of the Day
O God, the strength of all who put their trust in You, mercifully grant that by Your power we may be defended against all adversity; 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: Divine Service is on page 184.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse on the insert
READINGS: : Genesis 45: 3 - 15 1 Corinthians 15: 21 – 26, 30-42 Luke 6: 27 - 38
HYMNS: 845, 820, 844 (offering), 479, 395, 922
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: Fran; June; Monika; Albina; Dennis; Jane; John; Debbie; Olga; Edith; Sherran; Herta; Betty; Anne; Hans; Bob, Debby & Alicia
Friends and Fellow members of the Church: Lilly; Rev Richard; Ronald; Jeannie; Linda; Savita;Donna and Walter; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Mardelle ; Asser; Gheorghe; Brenda; Phyllis; Bob; George (great grandson of Bill)
FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON: today after service.
VOTERS ASSEMBLY: today after service and luncheon.
INSTALLATION OF REV. LAUGHRIDGE: at St. Luke Lutheran, 3200 Bayview Ave. North York, is on Sunday March 3 at 3:00pm. Everyone is invited. RSVP David Schachow David.firstname.lastname@example.org
WEBSITE: All sermons are up todate to February 17, 2019; Thanks Mike!
***ST VINCENT’S KITCHEN: If anyone would like to help with our team that helps to feed the homeless and destitute, call Charlie or Christine Farnell at 905-263-8497. Your help would be appreciated on any shift every 4th Saturday of every month.
LUTHERAN HOUR: Hear this inspirational message on CHAM at _ 8:00 am - March 3, 2019-“Is God Everybody’s Father?” (John 8)- Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler A Christian can say, “I am not Jesus, but we have the same Father”.
ALTAR CRUCIFIX: came from the altar of the 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!
EXPERT GUESTS, EXPANSIVE TOPICS, EXTOLLING CHRIST...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 topics include: The Book of Obadiah, Judging Others, First Century Martyr Polycarp, Jesus Calls Philip & Nathanael and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
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.
FINANCIAL HELP FOR LINDA LANTZ: Due to a serious infection, Linda Lantz, wife of Rev. Kurt Lantz 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.
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.
SALT DAMAGE: Our cleaning lady has advised us that the salt we bring in with our boots is causing issues with the floors and church carpet. Please use the rugs in the front entrance to stamp off excess salt on your boots or outside on your way in. We cannot stop salting for safety reason. Thank you and blessings, Trustees.
ANNUAL RENEWAL: The Lutheran Witness – total Annual cost $37.54 per person; We get a monthy invoice and pay the group payment. If you would like to be on our group subscription you save $4.00. Please contact the office – email@example.com, I will need your full name and mailing address,and email address or Phone #. You can put your Fee of $37.54 on your offering envelope and mark it Lutheran Witness. Deadline for renewal, new subcription or cancelation by March 15th, 2019. Blessings, Debby
MEN'S BREAKFAST: The next men's breakfast will be on Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 am at the church.
LADIES OF GRACE: All the ladies are invited to attend. Information on the upcoming LWMLC Ontario District Convention will be presented. Our yearly assessment is also due, if you have not already paid. Hope to see everyone on March 2nd at 9:30 a.m. potluck breakfast. Blessings,
Diana, President, Ladies of Grace
DURHAM CHRISTIAN BOOKSTORE: They have moved to Oshawa on Simco; beside the Polish Club. 524 Simcoe St S, Oshawa, ON, L1H 4J8, 905-623-9955. At checkout let them know you are a member of Grace Lutheran Oshawa. I setup our account with them. Church items and for personal. Blessings. Debby Miller
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.
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