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Weekly Bulletin

March 24, 2024 - Palm Sunday

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!  

The Son of David Ascends His Throne and Reigns in Love from His Cross 

The Son of David comes in gentle humility, “sitting on a donkey’s colt,” yet as the King of Israel “in the name of the Lord” (John 12:13–15). He comes to be lifted up in glory on the cross in order to cast out “the ruler of this world” and draw all people to Himself (John 12:23–32). The Church is thus called to “rejoice greatly,” because her King comes with salvation, and “he shall speak peace to the nations” (Zech. 9:9–10). As He is anointed “beforehand for burial” (Mark 14:8), He also ascends His royal throne as “the King of the Jews” by way of His Passion (Mark 15:2, 17–19, 26). He goes “as it is written of him,” wherefore “you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power” (Mark 14:21, 62). For the glory of God is love, which crescendos in the humble obedience and voluntary self-sacrifice of the Son of God for the salvation of sinners. So, God the Father has “highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name” (Phil. 2:9), that He might reign over us in love with the forgiveness of His cross.

Collect of the day:

Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, to take upon Himself our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross.  Mercifully grant that we may follow the example of His great humility and patience and be made partakers of His resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

A time of silence is observed to highlight the contrast between Jesus’ triumphal entry and His passion. Meditate on how quickly the singing of “Hosanna” turned to shouts of “Crucify him. 

The service continues with the readings, Hymn of the Day, Sermon and then Offertory on page 192.

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:  Philippians 2: 5 – 11    Mark 15: 1 – 47

HYMNS:    (insert),  438, 531 (offering),  560   

Sunday School Choir: Ride On, Ride On in Majesty,  Rejoice in the Lord always directed by Lisa Hetzel

 

Presiding Minister (P):  Rev. Jack Hetzel  

Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane

Acolyte: Christine

Sound System: Philip  

Webmaster:  Michael Haeussler

Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie

Altar Guild:  Lynn

PRAYER INTERCESSION: PRAY FOR:  Christa (father George Chelaru died in Bucharest, Romania); Ingrid (Funeral March 15); Sherran; Herta; Phil; Minnie; Corinne; Albina (surgery March 23); Marshall; Irene

Friends and Fellow Christians: Crystal (tests); Rev. J. Asmus (hip surgery March 1); Rev. Basil (heart attack); Matthew & Megan; Lynda; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Kristy (breast cancer treatments); Melissa;  Chris; Susan; Heather; Waldtraut; Kathy; Bev Maleske; Elizabeth; Mary (David’s mother), Carolyn (Medina,OH); Rose & Tom; 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: Isaiah 25: 6-9, 1 Corinthians 15:1-11, Mark 16: 1-8

 

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 follows the voters meeting today 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 for TODAY 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

 

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: www.risenchrist.lutheranchurchcanada.ca.

 

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.

 

MOTHER/DAUGHTER LUNCHEON:  Mark your calendars Ladies for May 18.  You are invited to our Mother/Daughter/Sister Luncheon on May 18. Check your mailbox for your invitation; we will be inviting other societies too.  Rsvp May 11.

 

QUILTING: CANCELLED until April 2nd.

 

LAND SALE: There will be a public meeting from the Oshawa Committee of Adjustment on March 27 to consider the application for temporary servicing easement as part of the land severance to allow for the eventual severance and sale of the land. The details are in your mailbox including date and time for the public meeting if anyone is interested to attend. 

 

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 office@gracelutheranoshawa.net

This Week under Grace  

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

                                   10:30am            Divine Service, Voter’s meeting

                                                                 Pastor Hetzel & Lisa’s Farewell Luncheon

Thursday                 7:00pm             Holy Communion followed by Stripping of Altar

Friday                     10:30am             Good Friday Service

Sunday (v)               9:30am             Bible study                 

                                  10:30am             Easter Sunday service

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