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Weekly Bulletin

March 17, 2024 - Fifth Sunday in Lent

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!  

In the Holy Sacraments, We Share the Glory of the Cross of Christ 

Jesus catechizes His disciples in the way of the cross, revealing that He will be condemned and put to death “and after three days he will rise” (Mark 10:33–34). But the Twelve do not understand. Instead, they argue among themselves about who will be the greatest, with James and John requesting the places of honor on either side of Jesus in His glory. However, Jesus has come to make Himself the “slave of all” and “to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:43–45). He shares the true glory of His cross with all who are baptized with His Baptism and with those who drink His cup of salvation, the New Testament in His blood (Mark 10:39). By these Holy Sacraments, the Lord makes Himself known to all His people, forgiving their sins “from the least of them to the greatest” (Jer. 31:33–34). Though He is the very Son of God, “he learned obedience through what he suffered” and so became our great High Priest, that we may enter His glory by the way of His sacrifice (Heb. 5:8–10).

Collect of the day:

Almighty God, by your great goodness mercifully look upon Your people that we may be governed and preserved evermore in body and soul; 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.

The Gloria on page 187 and the Alleluias are omitted during Lent.


Readings:  Jeremiah 31: 31-34                 Hebrews 5: 1 – 10       Mark 10: (32-34) 35-45

HYMNS:    435,  430,  857 (offering),  624


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:  Lynn

PRAYER INTERCESSION: Ingrid (Funeral March 15), Viena (Funeral Feb 27); Sherran; Herta; Minnie; Phil; (recovering from heart surgery); Minnie; Corinne; Albina; Marshall; Irene

Friends and Fellow Christians: Rev. J. Asmus (hip surgery March 1); Rev. Basil Christi (heart attack); Matthew & Megan; Lynda; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Kristy; Melissa; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Bev; Elizabeth; Mary (David’s mother), Carolyn (Medina,OH); Rose; Jason; Skye

Mission Prayers for March: Rev. Luis Antonio Dias Turcios – Chinandega, Nicaragua, Rev. Cesar Augusto Galeano – Santa Patricia, Nicaragua, Rev. Silvio Modesto Sánchez Osaba - Villa 15 de Julio community, Nicaragua, Rev. Henry Evelerth Ramirez – Leon, Nicaragua, Rev. Angel Antonio Salazar Macías – Nicaragua

BIRTHDAYS for March: Danielle, Liane, Grant, Leslie, Aidan, Beatrice, Sanjiv


ANNIVERSARYS for March: Philip & Rosa 


Next Sunday’s Readings:  JJeremiah: 31:31-34    Hebrew: 5:1-10     Mark: 10: (32-34) 35-45



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.  Pastor Hetzel’s last Sunday will be Easter Sunday.


LUNCHEON FOR PASTOR & LISA: A luncheon will be held after service on Palm Sunday, March 24th, 2024 in honour of Pastor and Lisa. All are welcome to attend. Pastor’s final service at Grace will be Easter Sunday, March 31st, 2024. His Installation Service will be at St. Peter’s in Stratford on Saturday, April 13th, 2024 at 11:00am. All are welcome to attend.

VOTERS MEETING: has been called by the chairman Michael Haeussler next Sunday, March 24 after service and before the luncheon, to discuss the release of Pastor Hetzel from Grace as Pastor.


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: to assist cleaning up after the luncheon for Pastor & Lisa on Sunday, March 24. Please stay if you are available to help clean up.


MEMBER RECORDS:  It’s that time of year to review our records and update any changes; I will be putting in your mailbox an 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


INGRID HEPNER: died suddenly on Feb. 28 at the age of 51.  Her funeral was on Friday March 15, at the Oshawa Funeral Home.  Our Lord Jesus welcomes home all his beloved into His eternal presence. 


THEOLOGY OF THE BODY DOXOLOGY SEMINAR: Risen Christ Lutheran Church in Mississauga will be presenting “Theology of the Body”, a DOXOLOGY seminar, on Saturday, April 20, 2024 starting at 9:00 a.m, on human sexuality and transgenderism. Registration is due by April 5, 2024. For more information and to register please go to:


LADIES OF GRACE “CUP OF BLESSINGS”: The Ladies of Grace have chosen to support a servant event for the upcoming LWMLC Convention entitled “Cup of Blessings”, which will be donated to a women’s shelter. A list of items required for the cups is on the back table beside the bulletin. Please note that you do not have to contribute all of the items listed; contribute what you can. Your contribution can be given to either Carolyn or Diana by May 8th, 2024. Any donations will be gratefully appreciated.


GUILD DAY: Guild Day at St. Catharine's will be held on Apr. 13th starting at 8:45 am. Carolyn McLeod will be sending in registration and driving so if you wish to go please let her know. Cost with luncheon is $25. Speaker will be Pastor Miskus from St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Mississauga.


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

This Week under Grace  

Today (v)                        9:30am         Bible study and Sunday School

                                       10:30am          Divine Service

Tuesday                        9:30am          Quilting

Wednesday                7:00pm          Lenten Service (no Holy Communion)

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

                                       10:30am          Palm Sunday Divine Service followed by Voters/ luncheon

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