Apr 2, 2023 - 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 service of Palm Sunday, beginning with the procession of palms, reflects the contrasting attitudes toward Jesus that were on display during the days leading up to His crucifixion. The acclamation of the people, “Hosanna to the Son of David. Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,” clearly reveals that they hailed Jesus as the messianic king. Yet only days later, our Lord would hear the cry “Crucify!” This contrast is reflected on this day as the joy of His triumphal entry into Jerusalem gives way to the somber remembrance of His passion. The extended reading from the passion narrative sets before the faithful all that our Lord did on our behalf. Thus is the Church prepared to enter Holy Week – the most important week of the entire Church Year. (quoted from the Luther Service Book – Altar Book)
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.
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: Philippians 2: 5 – 11 Matthew 26:1 – 27:66
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: Gail
PRAYER INTERCESSION: Anne & Bill; Fran (died March 3) & Irwin; Sherran; Herta; Lucy; Reg; Minnie and Willie; Carolyn
Friends and Fellow Christians: Joan (Carolyn’s sister, heart attack) ; Lynda (Bowmanville hospital); 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
APRIL CALENDAR: is available on the table at back of church. Check out the daily devotional Bible verses for you.
LADIES OF GRACE 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 Gatluak; contact Diana Grant 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.
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. 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.
THANK YOU: My health has returned due to the care of my doctors, my wife Gail and your answered prayers. Thank you. Reg
This Week under Grace
Today (v) 9:30am Sunday school and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Holy (Maundy) Thursday (w) 7:00pm Communion Service
Good Friday 10:30am Service
Sunday (w) Easter Breakfast
10:30am Divine Service
Next Sunday’s Readings Acts 10:34-43, Colossians 3:1-4, Matthew 28:1-10