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Weekly Bulletin

February 4, 2024 - 5th 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!  

The Son of God, Christ Jesus, Makes Us a New Creation 

The Lord alone “is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Is. 40:28). He “sits above the circle of the earth” and “stretches out the heavens like a curtain” (Is. 40:22). Yet, His almighty power is demonstrated chiefly by His mercy and compassion. “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength” (Is. 40:29). The only begotten Son of the Father, the very Word by whom all things were made, becomes flesh and takes all the poverty and weakness of our sin and death upon Himself, bearing it in His body to the cross. As He dies for us there, He also raises us up, a new creation, in His resurrection from the dead. Thus, by the preaching of this Word, He heals “many who were sick with various diseases,” and He casts out “many demons” (Mark 1:34, 39). And His preaching continues through those whom He has sent, who are “entrusted with a stewardship” to “preach the gospel” (1 Cor. 9:16–17). Thus, we are set free by the Word of Christ, and we exercise our freedom in loving service to others.

Collect of the day:

O Lord, keep Your family the Church continually in the true faith that, relying on the hope of Your heavenly grace, we may ever be defended by Your mighty power; 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:  Isaiah 40: 21 - 31       1 Corinthians 9: 16 - 27              Mark 1: 29 - 39

HYMNS:    690,  398,  849 (during offering),  693

 

Presiding Minister (P):  Rev. Jack Hetzel  

Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane

Acolyte: Nathan

Sound System: Philip  

Webmaster:  Michael Haeussler

Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie

Altar Guild:  Irene

PRAYER INTERCESSION: Leslie; Anne; Sherran; Herta; Viena; Minnie, Will Justin & Grace; Corinne

Friends and Fellow Christians: Family of Gertrud (funeral service Jan 21 at noon at Thornton Funeral Centre, Oshawa; Rory; Matthew and Megan; Lynda; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Bev; Elizabeth; Mary (David’s mother), Stu; Doug & family; Carolyn; Rose; Jason; Skye

Mission Prayers for February:  Rev. Dr. David Somers-Montreal, Quebec; Rev. Walta Clercius-LCC’s French Ministries in Quebec; Rev. Frank Morgre-Sainte-Foy (Quebec City); Rev. Razafy Razandrakoto- Sherbrooke, Quebec.

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:  Exodus 34:29-35     2 Cor. 3:12-13 (14-18); 4:1-6       Mark 9: 2-9

SILAS: was a fellow worker in the Lord’s vineyard together with St. Peter and St. Paul.  He was imprisoned for the sake of the gospel with Paul in Philippi. Instead of being anxious about his life in prison, he and Paul were thankful that God considered them worthy to suffer for His sake.  They sang and prayed and rejoiced in their Saviour in the darkest of circumstances (Acts 16:25ff). Silas is remembered this Sat. Feb. 10 and pray for all church workers that they might not lose heart but walk in the light of Christ without fear.

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. 

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

THANK YOU:  To my brothers and sisters in Christ, I want to thank you all for your prayers and gifts. It has been very much appreciated.  Blessings, Debbie Moorhouse

 

SHROVE TUESDAY:   On February 13th, Volunteers needed to help out and setup and food; needed potatoes 1 10lbs bag, syrup 2 and pancake mix 2 ; sausages 2  and or 2 bacon.   Please contact office or mark board  to let us know if attending and donation put in kitchen by February 10th.   Leave your name and phone number, on voicemail,  so we can communicate any changes. See whiteboard in narthex Blessings, Ladies of Grace.

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

Monday                                                            JACOB (ISRAEL) PATRIARCH

Tuesday                             9:30am               Quilting

                                               7:30pm               Council

Wednesday                      9:30am               Bible study

Saturday                                                          SILAS, FELLOW WORKEROF ST PETER AND ST PAUL

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

                                            10:30am               Divine Service

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