Grace Lutheran Church Oshawa
540 Cromwell Ave. + Oshawa, Ontario + L1J 4V4 + Phone: 905-728-4381 + email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany Feb 4, 2018
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 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: Diving Service Setting Three page 184.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse and is found on the insert.(B)
READINGS: : Isaiah 40: 21 - 31 1 Corinthians 9: 16 - 27 Mark 1:29–39
HYMNS: 663, 398, 846 (offering), 578
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Anna/Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Wed or Thurs 5-7pm): Debby Miller Parish Nurse: Jane
Bible Class and Sunday School
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.
PRAYER INTERCESSIONS: Irja who fell asleep in Jesus last Sun; Paula; Debbie & Stephanie; Jumna; Christine; Fran; Dennis; June; Olga; Edith; Asser; Gheorghe; Sharon; Autumn; Susan ; Mary; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Herta; Gene & Margaret; Betty; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; George & Jeannie; Rev. Delmar & Mardelle; Claudette; Isabelle; Denise; Kathy & Jack; Jim; Ada
NO COMMUNION: today because Pastor is away attending the installation of Rev. Robert Bugbee at First Lutheran, Windsor, ON as their new pastor.
INSTALLATION OF REV TEUSCHER: into the office of LCC synodical president happened last Sunday in Winnipeg. The service is online and can be seen at http://www.lcc2017.ca/
NICARAGUA FOOD HAMPERS: can be purchased using the envelopes in the narthex.
PRAYER CHAIN: for anyone who is in need of help. Once a request is made known, the prayer chain members will be called, who will only have knowledge of a person in need of support and prayers. All will be confidential, unless otherwise instructed by you. Please call Paula.
FUNERAL OF IRJA: was on Friday February 2 at Grace. She died last Sunday at the age of 102. We pray God’s comfort for her family and friends as we look to Jesus our Resurrection and Life.
SAINT VINCENT’S KITCHEN: if anyone would like to help with our team it's the 4th Saturday of every month. You can Contact Charlie and Christine Farnell at 905-263-8497 or St. Vincent’s kitchen at 905-434-7543; ask for Valerie Moreton. People can come in the morning for prep, or in the afternoon for serving, busing or drying dishes. Or to help close. Morning times 9-12 Afternoon 2-5 Evening 5-7.
WWW.LUTHERANHOUR.CA. CHAM 820/AM SUN. 8:00 - February 11; “Was Blind, But Now I See” (2 Corinthians 4:3); Speaker of the Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus; Would you rather be blind or visioned? That’s an easy one. But, how does a spiritually blind person become seeing?
OFFERING COUNTERS: We are looking for volunteers to assist in counting weekly offerings on Sundays. Currently counting is done by just a few members of the congregation. It is a rather simple task carried out on a computer. Please give this request consideration to lighten the load on our Financial Sec’y Wendy . Contact Wendy for training. If you do not know who she is; ask an usher to introduce you.
COPIES OF THE DIVINE SERVICE: anyone who is shut in or has been ill can catch up with mp3 players of the entire service. To sign them out, see Paula or Deb
POP TAB COLLECTION: will continue and is now run by Bill and Carolyn.
MISSION QUILTS: QUILTING: We will begin for 2018 on January 30th then February 20 and 27 will be quilting dates.@ 9am; Ladies of Grace will be meeting on February 6th at 7:30 p.m. All the ladies of the Congregation are invited to attend. Diana, President, Ladies of Grace
EDUCATING A NEW GENERATION OF LUTHERANS... Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL . This week's topics include: Eastern Orthodoxy, Lutheranism vs. Calvinism, The Book of Exodus, The Epiphany Hymn "Hail to the Lord's Anointed," Peter Escapes from Prison and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
FOOD PANTRY: Please take some time over the next few Sunday to drop off a few items for the food pantry, we support the seminary students and our community. Thanks Debby
DEBT REDUCTION 2018 – We are again running a debt reduction campaign and FaithLife will be matching our donation up to $300.00; Ending March 1st. 2018. Thanks, Reg Tiegs.
SUPPORT NEEDED: FOR STROVE TUESDAY Pancake supper for cooking, cleanup and other supplies needed – See sign up board in Narthex.
COUNCIL MEETING: We will have the first council meeting of 2018 on Tuesday February 13th at 7:30 PM.
VOTER’S MEETING: The voters meeting will be held on Sunday February 25th after the birthday luncheon.
MEN’S BREAKFAST: All are welcome, February 10th @7:30 am.
FREE FAMILY FUN DAY EVENT coming up on Mon. Feb. 19, downtown Oshawa, see poster for details.
DURHAM CHRISTIAN HOMES: An opportunity for your parishioners to see the Mattaniah and Hosanna Choirs in concert has come up; they are going to be having a concert on March 31st at Hamilton Place in Hamilton, ON. SEE information on table.
CONGREGATIONAL LUNCHEON: We will be having a member of the Canadian Blood Services coming to our January 28th Birthday luncheon to give information on blood donations. See the Parish Nursing Board for more information.. Thank you Jane Ibbott
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 email@example.com
FOOD BANK: Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank AND ALSO on the birthday lunches. See Jane if you want to be on the call list for food donations. Next birthday lunch Feb 25, 2018
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/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday 9:30am Toronto Pastors’ conference at COK, Mississauga
7:30pm Ladies of Grace
Wednesday 9:00 am Divine Service & Bible Study
Saturday St Vincent’s Kitchen
Sunday (g) 9:30am Bible Class/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service