4th Sunday in Lent Mar 31, 2019
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.
Jesus Christ Has Reconciled Us to the Father
God the Father has opened His heart to us in love. While we were “still a long way off,” He saw us and “felt compassion” (Luke 15:20). Therefore, He gave His only begotten Son for us, making “him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Cor. 5:21). By the ministry of reconciliation, He runs to us, embraces us in mercy and clothes us with His glory as beloved sons in Christ Jesus. And so we give thanks unto the Lord our God, who has taken away our sins and turned His anger from us (Is. 12:1). Because He has become our salvation, our strength and our song, we “will trust, and will not be afraid” (Is. 12:2).
Collect of the Day
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul. Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; 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: Divine Service is on page 184.
The Introit is spoken responsively by half-verse on the insert. The Alleluias are omitted in Lent.
READINGS: : Isaiah 12: 1 – 6 2 Corinthians 5: 16 - 21 Luke 15: 1 – 3, 11 - 32
HYMNS: 609, insert, 915 (offering), 636, 422, 725
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Kirsten Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Anna/Philip Webmaster: Michael
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.
Members of Grace: Delores; David; June; Monika; Albina; Dennis; Jane; John; Debbie & Stephanie; Olga; Edith; Sherran; Herta; Betty; Anne; Hans; Bob
Friends and Fellow members of the Church: Rev Richard; Jeannie; Linda; Donna and Walter; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Mardelle; Asser; Gheorghe; Bob; Andre & Micheline; Ed & LoriAnne
Lenten Service: Every Wednedsay at 7:30pm. Come and take advantage of this extra service and be blessed!
BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON: follows the service today. Come and enjoy a meal while giving thanks to God for His blessings among us. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank located in the file cabinets under the coat rack in the narthex. Please sign up for Easter Breakfast on the signup board.
FAIR LINEN CLOTH: has been prepared by Verna Nelson and is blessed in the service today. This beautiful cloth symbolizes the linen which the women used to wrap the body of our Lord when He was laid in the tomb.
LUTHERAN HOUR: Hear this inspirational message on CHAM 820 am at _ 8:00 am- April 7 -“The Darkness Has Not Overcome It” (John 12:37-50) ;Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler; God works through the darkness to overcome the darkness. Even in history’s darkest moment, the light is still shining.
ALTAR CRUCIFIX: came from the altar of the old Albert Street church. It was in the library for a time but has been restored to the chancel as comfort for all and the content of all our preaching which is nothing other than Christ crucified. See how the body of our Lord on His cross changes everything!
DECLARING TO YOU THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD...Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week's teachings include: The Book of Zephaniah, Jesus Is Rejected at Nazareth, The Sacrament of Holy Baptism, Coveting and more. You can listen live or at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app.
FINANCIAL HELP FOR LINDA LANTZ: Due to a serious infection, Linda Lantz, wife of Rev. Kurt Lantz of Resurrection Lutheran Church, St. Catharines, required amputation of her leg below the knee. Linda is currently undergoing in-patient physiotherapy and eagerly looks forward to going home. However, the parsonage, owned by Resurrection, is not handicap accessible, thus requiring immediate renovations to allow for Linda's return. The pastors of the Niagara Circuit have pledged to help raise funds to assist Resurrection, who find these unanticipated renovations a great fiscal challenge. We invite our siblings in Christ across the District to prayerfully consider helping Resurrection and the Lantz family with donations to the Resurrection Parsonage Renovations. Donations can be mailed to Resurrection Lutheran Church, 400 Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines, ON L2T 3L2. Any cheques should be made out to Resurrection Lutheran Church, indicating “Parsonage Renovations” in the memo line.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Please prayfully consider volunteering your time in 2019 to a service at Grace. Jane needs a partner for birthday luncheons. There is opportunity to serve on Altar Guild, help with Spring cleaning, Gardening/grass cutting and other Special Events. Find a partner so you can trade off every other month or week. Please see Debby,Secretary, who will connect you with a contact.
LWML DONATIONS NEEDED: The ingathering for the Ontario District Convention will be to support Friendship House. This is a local organization which supports men during their time of need. Anyone wishing to help support this in gathering can contribute items that friendship house has indicated they can use and which have been indicated in our bulletin. All items collected will be taken to the convention in June, and presented to friendship House during the in gathering ceremony held at the convention. The boxes for contributions can be found in the entrance. Any support from the congregation for this in gathering would be greatly appreciated.
Blessings, Diane, President, Ladies of Grace.
THE REFUGE has been able to serve the hungry, homeless and hurting youth in our community for 20 years! Since opening in 1999, every year The Refuge serves between 17,000 - 18,000 meals and snacks, sees 425-450 different youth come through our doors, who use our programs and services between 9,000-10,000 times. We couldn't do this without your support, and we can't do it again without you! Saturday, June 1st, 2019; Helping the Homeless is a PIECE of CAKE! Tickets are $75 each ($25 tax receipt & $25 in "CAKE" money to be used towards the auction). Table of 8 is $500 ($200 tax receipt & $100 in "CAKE" money to be used towards the auction).Seating is limited - be sure to get your tickets before they sell out! Order your tickets by calling The Refuge at 905-404-2420 ext: 224 Or send your donation. See Debby and I will forward the email to you.
SEMINARY STUDENT: Ladies of Grace are collecting donation for our Seminary Student. These donations help him in his pursuit towards serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. If you would like to also donate, please give your donation to Carolyn in the evelope in your mailbox. Blessings Carolyn.
LADIES OF GRACE will be holding their potluck breakfast on Saturday April 6th, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. We encourage all the women of the congregation to come out and enjoy breakfast and a devotion with us.We will be discussing the upcoming LWMLC Ontario District Convention in June. Hope to see many of you this upcoming Saturday; Diana, Ladies of Grace President
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
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 (v) 9:30am Bible Class and Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service followed by birthday luncheon
Tuesday 9:00 am Quilting
Wednesday 7:30pm Lenten Service
Saturday 9:30 am Ladies of Grace Potluck breakfast/meeting
5th Sun Lent(v) 9:30am Bible Class and Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service