Mar 26, 2023 - 5th 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!
Jesus Christ Is the Resurrection and the Life
The illness and death of Lazarus happened “that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4). Jesus’ miracle of raising Lazarus prompted His arrest and crucifixion, whereby He would die “for the nation” and gather “into one the children of God who are scattered abroad” (John 11:51–52). As He called Lazarus from the tomb and commanded others to “unbind him, and let him go” (John 11:44), Jesus also calls us and releases us from the bondage of sin and death. We would not “submit to God’s law,” nor could we “please God” (Rom. 8:7–8), but “he condemned sin” in His own flesh so “that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us” (Rom. 8:3–4). Now through the Gospel, “the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells” in us (Rom. 8:11). His Word breathes His Spirit into our mortal flesh, animating us with His own life. As His ministers preach according to His divine command, the Lord Jesus calls us from the grave into the good land that He gives us (Ezek. 37:12, 14).
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 on page 184
Introit is found on the insert and is spoken responsively by half-verse. The Gloria and Alleluias are omitted during Lent.
READINGS: Ezekiel 37: 1-14 Romans 8: 1-11 John 11: 1-45 (46-53)
HYMNS: 685, 430, 552
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Lynn
PRAYER INTERCESSION: Anne & Bill; Fran (died March 3) & Irwin; Sherran; Herta; Lucy; Reg; Minnie and Willie; Bea; Carolyn
Friends and Fellow Christians: Lynda (LH-O); Les’ cousin Mike; Lutheran Church in Ukraine; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Allison, Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Kylene (friend of Gina’s); Rev. Ron Mohr;
Mission Prayers for March: Reverend Un Songim – Cambodia, Reverend Bun Sopeab (Boon So‐Peeb) – Cambodia, Deaconess Neak Mav (Nee‐ak) – Cambodia, Deaconess Hem Horm - Cambodia
MARCH CALENDAR: is now available on table at back of church. Check out the daily devotional Bible verses for you.
EASTER BREAKFAST: Hi everyone, we are going to gather this year for Easter Breakfast. It has been so long since we were able to due to COVID. We are going to keep it light as not sure how many will attend (we are going to set for 40). Please add your name to the signup sheet on the white board if you would like to donate or volunteer to help with setup and cleanup. At the end of the breakfast all your perishable donations should be taken home; this will make for faster cleanup.
LADIES OF GRACE: Our upcoming events for your calendar: MARCH 26th, we will be have a luncheon to meet our new Seminary Student Jason and his wife Camille. All are welcome; APRIL 15 – Monthly Ladies of Grace meeting; APRIL 22nd – Guild day, St Catharines, Registration $18(incl. lunch) due by April 19th, 2023. Contact Carolyn McLeod if you will be attending. APRIL 29th – Spring Rally @ Risen Christ, Mississauga . Grace to bring a Dessert. Guest Speaker, Pastor Gatulak; contact Diana for more information. MAY 6TH – LWML CANADA Seminar – this open to all ladies of Grace our Topic for this seminar is from Isaiah 61:3, “Oaks of the Righteousness” . Registration is $40 (inl. Light breakfast & Lunch), Tillsonburg, ON @9:30 am; Registration forms are in Debby’s mailbox
This Week under Grace
Today (v) 9:30am Sunday school and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Wednesday (v) 7:00pm Lenten service
Sunday (v) 9:30am Bible study and Sunday school
10:30am Divine Service
Next Sunday’s Readings: Ezekiel 37:1-14 Romans 8: 1-11 John 11: 1-45 (46-53)