Grace Lutheran Church Oshawa
540 Cromwell Ave. + Oshawa, Ontario + L1J 4V4 + Phone: 905-728-4381 + email: email@example.com
Feb 5, 2023 - 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. Communicant members are asked to fill out a communion card found in the pew racks and place it in the offering plates.
The Righteousness of Christ
Jesus warns that “unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:20), but He also calls His imperfect people “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world” (Matt. 5:13, 14). That’s because the Lord Jesus came
not to abolish the Law or the prophets, “but to fulfill them” (Matt. 5:17) in perfect faith and love. Since He does and teaches all of God’s commandments, He is “called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:19). God manifests His “demonstration of the Spirit and of power” in “Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor. 2:2–4), and through the preaching of the Gospel He gives His “secret and hidden wisdom” (1 Cor. 2:7). Christ gives this perfect righteousness to His people, and it leads them to true fasting, which is “to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps
of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free” (Is. 58:6) and “to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house” (Is. 58:7).
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 on page 184
Introit is found on the insert and is sung responsively by half-verse.
READINGS: Isaiah 58: 3-9a 1 Corinthians 2: 1-12 (13-16) Matthew 5: 13 - 20
HYMNS: 904, 842, 781
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Kathy
PRAYER INTERCESSION: Anne & Bill; Fran; Sherran; Herta; Bob & Lucy; Grant; Heeger family upon the death of Les’ father Frank; Sally
Friends and Fellow Christians: Lutheran Church in Ukraine; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Allison; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Kylene (friend of Gina’s); Rev. Ron Mohr; family/friends of Al Zoldy who went home on Jan. 28.
Mission Prayers for February: Reverend Anastacio - Nicaragua, Reverend Angel Antonio Salazar Macías - Nicaragua, Rev. Deaconess Carmen Matinez - Nicaragua, Deaconess Fatima Lopez Zepeda - Nicaragua
OFFERING ENVELOPES: are available on the shelf outside of the office for anyone who needs any. Please help yourselves.
LENT: On March 1, 2023, I will be printing a calendar where Pastor has posted a daily devotional bible verse for you. Any thoughts or questions on these verses, you can email Pastor or call him. Blessings to all over the Easter season.
DURHAM REGION PLANNING MEETING: regarding severance of land for property sale will take place on February 13 at 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in viewing the meeting you can do so at https://www.eventstream.ca/events/durham-region.
This Week under Grace
Today (g) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Sunday (g) 9:30am Bible study and Sunday school
10:30am Divine Service
Next Sunday’s Readings: Deuteronomy 30: 15-20 1 Corinthians 3: 1-9 Matthew 5: 21-37