Weekly Bulletin

Second Sunday of Easter       April 8, 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 Risen Christ Breathes His Peace in the Holy Absolution

The crucified and risen Lord Jesus appeared to His apostles on the first Easter Sunday. He “came and stood among them,” and with His Word and the wounds in “his hands and his side,” He granted them His peace (John 20:19–20). He sent them as ministers of the Gospel in His name to bestow the life-giving Holy Spirit for us and for His whole Church through the forgiveness of sins (John 20:21–23). Through this apostolic ministry, He calls us to believe that He “is the Christ, the Son of God,” so that by such faith we “may have life in his name” (John 20:31). The apostles “have seen and heard” this divine life manifested in the flesh of Christ, and those who succeed them in this apostolic ministry now proclaim that same Absolution to us, so that we “too may have fellowship” with the risen Christ, with the apostles and “with one another” (1 John 1:1–7). The one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church lives by “their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus,” and all who believe this Word are “of one heart and soul,” because in Him they truly have “everything in common” (Acts 4:32–33).

Collect of the Day

Almighty God, grant that we who have celebrated the Lord’s resurrection may by Your grace confess in our life and conversation that Jesus is Lord and God; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

ORDER OF SERVICE:   Divine Service Setting Three on page 184.

                   The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse on the insert. B

​READINGS:   :    Acts 4: 32-35       1 John 1:1 – 2:2                   John 20: 19 - 31

HYMNS:   464,  471(women 2,4 –men 3,5),  851(offering),  461,  473,  480

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

Sunday 9:30am

Holy Communion:

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:

Members of Grace: Mike & family whose mother died; Jane; John; Paula; Debbie; Fran; Dennis; Olga; Edith; Sherran; Herta; Eugene & Margaret; Betty; Jeannie ; Claudette; Isabelle; Jim; Anne; Monika; Alicia; Delores

 

Friends of Grace:  Rev. Richard; Autumn; Chris;  Susan; Mary; Larry; Heather; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; George; Rev. Delmar & Mardelle; Denise; Kathy & Jack; Ada; Christine; Asser; Gheorghe; Alice; Sharon; Landon; Tammy; Barb

OUR SYMPATHY: to Michael and family, whose mother, Catherine, died on Holy Saturday.  The funeral service was held on Wed. at Christ Lutheran in Harrow, ON.  Our Risen Lord Jesus has defeated eternal death and has bound his church together into His glorious Life.

 

CHURCH COUNCIL: will meet on Tues. April 10 at 7:30pm.  Bill has stepped down as chairman and Mike has stepped in.  We are grateful for Bill’s long service as chairman of the congregation!  The next voters’ assembly meeting is called for Sun. April 22 after service

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 on the 4th Saturday of every month, contact Charlie and Christine Farnell at 905-263-8497 or St. Vincent’s kitchen at 905-434-7543; ask for Valerie Moreton. Help is needed for prep in the morning (9-noon), serving in the afternoon (2-5pm), or closing (5-7pm).

 

WWW.LUTHERANHOUR.CA. CHAM 820/AM SUN. 8:00 - April 15- “Peace to You”-

(Luke 24:36-49); Speaker of the Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer; Christians often say, “The Lord be with you.” What does that look like? And how do you know Jesus is indeed with you? Jesus’ visit to His first disciples shows us the how and what of confidence in Christ.

 

OFFERING COUNTERS: are needed for 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.

 

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

 

ALTAR  EASTER  LILLIES: were donated by Diana in memory of her parents: Florence and Elroy.

 

LADIES OF GRACE: will be hosting the Toronto Zone LWML Spring Rally on April 14th beginning at 9:30.  Our guest speaker is Rev. Jim Keller from Lutheran Bible Translators. All are invited to attend.  Lunch will be served by the Ladies of Grace.  Registration Fee is $2.00 which helps offset the cost of the lunch.  Please advise Diana if you plan on attending.  Numbers are required to ensure enough lunch for all.  NEEDED: we need wash clothes and someone to sew school bags to hold school kits.

 

MEN'S BREAKFAST: The April men's breakfast will be on Saturday April 21 at 7:30 am.

 

COURSE: For those of you who did part one one of this course. Dr. John Maxfield returns for Part Two of his well-received Quest course at Concordia Lutheran Seminary starting on Wednesday, April 11. For more information is posting on bulletin board in Narthex.

 

SPECIAL TORONTO CIRCUIT MEETING:  As a result of the decision taken at the Synodical convention in October 2017 regarding restructuring of Synod, it is necessary to amend the bylaws of the East District Corporation. A series of circuit meetings has been arranged in order to explain the proposed changes being proposed to the bylaws and to get comments from members.  The circuit meetings are open to everyone. In particular, pastors and congregation delegates should make a point of attending these meetings, as they will be required to vote on acceptance of the bylaw changes as part of the October 2018 District Convention. A summary document plus the draft bylaw, including explanatory notes, are posted on the district web site. It would be beneficial for attendees to the circuit meetings to bring a copy of the 2015 District Handbook for reference purposes and/or to download the information from the website. For more information, contact: East District Board chairman, Reg;  Toronto Circuit London- Saturday June 2 - 10:30 A.M. Christ Our King Lutheran Church 2150 Dundas St. W., Mississauga 905-822-8931

 

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 office@gracelutheranoshawa.net

Birthday Lunch: Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank AND ALSO on the birthday lunches.  NEXT: Birthday Lunch April 29th, 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 (w)               9:30am                                Bible Class/Sunday School

                                10:30am                              Divine Service

Tuesday                  7:30pm                               Council meeting

Wednesday             9:00am                              Matins and Bible Study

Saturday                  9:30am                              LWML Spring Rally at Grace, Oshawa

Sunday (w)             9:30am                               Bible Class/Sunday School        

                                10:30am                              Divine Service

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