Grace Lutheran Church Oshawa
540 Cromwell Ave. + Oshawa, Ontario + L1J 4V4 + Phone: 905-728-4381 + email: email@example.com
Palm Sunday Mar 25, 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 Son of David Ascends His Throne and Reigns in Love from His Cross
The Son of David comes in a 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 14:18), 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 rein over us in love with forgiveness of His cross.
Collect of the Day
Almighty and everlasting God, You sent Your Son, our Savious 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 Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Procession of Palms (insert)
Divine Service continues on page 192
READINGS: : Processional Gospel John 12: 12-19 Zechariah 9:9-12 Philippians 2:5-11 Mark 15:1-47
HYMNS: 435, 438, 444(offering), 634, 550, 699, 441
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.
Members of Grace: Jane; John; Paula; Debbie; Fran; Dennis; June; Olga; Edith; Sherran; Herta; Eugene & Margaret; Betty; Jeannie; Claudette; Isabelle; Jim; Anne; Catherine; Monika
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, Minnie
Confirmation: Maximillian is welcomed to the altar of God this morning through the rite of confirmation. We rejoice in our gracious God who has given such faith to his children!
ALTAR GUILD: will meet after Lenten service on Wednesday March 21. This meeting is important for all guild members because a new set up of the altar will be introduced as well as a rehearsal for Maundy Thursday.
CHURCH COUNCIL: will meet on Tuesday 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!
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.
Smart City Challenge: The City of Ishawa invites you and your congregation to the Smart Cities Challenge Lakeview Community Open House, happening this coming Monday the 26th of March at the South Oshawa Community Centre! Details can be found in the attached flyer. There will be pizza and beverages served starting at 6pm. We invite you to spread the word about this open house to your community! To learn more about the Smart Cities Challenege, visit www.oshawa/ca/scc(copy of shelf)
***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 April 1, 2018: They were afraid, you know? (Mark 16:1-8); Speaker of the Lutheran Hour Rev. Dr Dale A. Meyer. It takes a lot to overcome fear, a lot of words, in fact in a lifetime of words. Let this Easter Day be a new beginning of trusting Jesus' words of resurrection and life!
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
HISTORIC, AUTHENTIC CHRISTIAN RADIO... You can listen to Lutheran experts teach on topics like: Apostolic Succession, 5th Century Missionary to Ireland Saint Patrick, The Lord's Supper, 2 Samuel and more. Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR 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
EASTER BREAKFAST SIGNUP: Helpers needed. Please remember to take your dishes home to wash. This will save time for so members can make it to 10:30 service. Thank you
FOSTER PARENTS NEEDED: They are "Kids First Inc" a treatment foster care organization licensed by the Ontario Ministry for Children and Youth Services and what a wonderful organization! Please see the information on the resource shelf in the narthex, or contact For more information:705-324-5655 firstname.lastname@example.org; kidsfirstincteam.wixsite.com/kids; https://www.facebook.com/kidsfirstincteam/@kidsfirstincteam
APRIL CALENDAR: Please email/or put on whiteboard calendar, your inserts for the calendar by March 25th. This is a very busy week for the office staff. Blessings, Thank you Debby and Lorna
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.
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 email@example.com
Birthday Lunch: There will be no birthday lunch in March as we will have Easter breakfast
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/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday 7:30pm Elders Meeting
Maundy Thursday 7:30pm Divine Service followed by Stripping of the Altar
Good Friday 10:30am Service
Holy Saturday 7:00pm Easter Vigil
Sunday (v) 7:00am Easter Sunrise Service
8:00am Easter Breakfast
10:30am Divine Service