Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany Jan 28, 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 Lord Calls Us to Himself by the Preaching of Repentance in His Name
When “the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time,” sending him to preach judgment against the great city of Nineveh, “Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD” (Jonah 3:1, 3). By this preaching, the people were brought to repentance. Because they “believed God,” as He spoke to them through His prophet, “they turned from their evil way” and were spared “the disaster that he had said he would do to them” (Jonah 3:5, 10). St. Paul also warns that “the appointed time has grown very short” (1 Cor. 7:29). Therefore, while we live in this world and deal with it, we are not to cling to it, nor put our trust in it, for “the present form of this world is passing away” (1 Cor. 7:31). Rather, give “your undivided devotion to the Lord” (1 Cor. 7:35). When our Lord Jesus Christ comes and is proclaimed in the Gospel, “the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:14–15). Therefore, He still calls men and sends them to become “fishers of men” with the net of that Gospel (Mark 1:17).
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: Diving Service Setting Three page 184.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse and is found on the insert.(B)
READINGS: : Jonah 3: 1 – 5, 10 1 Corinthians 7:29-31 (32-35) Mark 1:14–20
HYMNS: 394, 842, 849 (offering), 620, 533, 819
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: Delores and family upon the death of her son Brian; Rev. Rick; Barb; 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: next Sunday because Pastor will be away attending the installation of Rev. Robert Bugbee at First Lutheran, Windsor, ON. Today, Rev. Timothy Teuscher will be installed as President of Lutheran Church Canada at St. James, Winnipeg, MB. Reg will be attending representing the East District of LCC’s Board of Directors. We pray for God’s blessings upon these pastors and all who travel.
NICARAGUA FOOD HAMPERS: On Friday, Jan. 5, a team of volunteers left Toronto for Managua, Nicaragua to help support the Lutheran church in holding Vacation Bible Schools and building projects to proclaim God’s mercy in Christ Jesus. The team will also give food hampers to many impoverished families. If you would like to purchase a hamper, envelopes are available on the left side of the table in the narthex. It’s not too late. Serving on this team are Anna and Ann. We also pray for their safe time and travel in addition to God’s blessing upon his Word of salvation.
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.
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 4, 2018; “Life Up Your Eyes on High and See: Who Created These?” (Isaiah 40:21-31); Speaker of the Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer; There’s much in science that witnesses to God. Dr. Meyer says telescopes and microscopes can further evangelism more than soap boxes.
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 to be collected. Bill and Carolyn will be running this program.
MISSION QUILTS: We start back to work on the Mission Quilts for CLWR on Tuesday, January 30 at 9:00 until noon. Remember NO quilting experience is required. We tie the quilts. There are many stages to getting a quilt made - why not come and see what all is involved in making a quilt. If You can't come out but would sew up the cut blocks for us at home, That would really be appreciated. Please , just speak with Minnie or Ann. See you Tuesday.(Not sure who they are, Ask an usher to introduce you.)
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
FREE FAMILY FUN DAY EVENT coming up on Mon. Feb. 19, downtown Oshawa, see poster for details.
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.
CONGREGATIONAL LUNCHEON: We will be having a member of the Canadian Blood Services coming today to our Birthday luncheon to give information on blood donations. Please Donate. See the Parish Nursing Board for more information.. Thank you Jane
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
FOOD BANK: Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank AND ALSO on the birthday lunches. See Jane Ibbott if you want to be on the call list for food donations. Next birthday lunch Jan. 28, 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 followed by birthday luncheon
Tuesday 9:00 am Quilting – All are welcome
Wednesday 9:00 am Matins & Bible Study
Saturday St Vincent’s Kitchen
Sunday (g) 9:30am Bible Class/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service