April 18, 2021
Welcome back 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 sign the communion book at the entrance of the church.
COVID 19 PROTOCOL FOR WORSHIP: While we are here to rejoice in God’s house, we still have to follow the rules for social distancing; wearing a mask and sanitizing hands on your way in and out of church. If you are wearing gloves, please dispose of them at home. Please take your masks and bulletins home to limit exposure and the amount of recycling for the church. A detailed description of worship guidelines is on the small table with the bulletin and offering plates.
The Preaching of Repentance and Forgiveness of Sins Makes Us Pure
The risen Lord Jesus taught His disciples “that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead” and “that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations” (Luke 24:46–47). Therefore, St. Peter preaches repentance and forgiveness to the people of Jerusalem. As he proclaims that Jesus fulfilled all that “God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets” (Acts 3:18), he also convicts the people of their sin, because they “delivered over and denied” this Lord Jesus and “killed the Author of life.” Yet God “glorified his servant Jesus” and raised Him from the dead (Acts 3:13–15). St. Peter calls the people to repent, so that their “sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (Acts 3:19–20). Through this forgiveness of sins and by faith in this forgiveness, the Father shows His love for us in order that “we should be called children of God; and so we are” (1 John 3:1). Thus, we hope in Him and are made pure even “as he is pure,” because “he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin” (1 John 3:3, 5).
Collect of the Day
O God, through the humiliation of Your Son You raised up the fallen world. Grant to Your faithful people, rescued from the peril of everlasting death, perpetual gladness and eternal joys; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Diving Service Setting Three page 184. (Spoken)
The Introit is spoken by the Pastor (ps. 30:1-5; antiphon ps. 16:11b sb)
READINGS: : Acts 4:32-35 1 John 1:1 – 2:2 John 20: 19-31
HYMNS: 464, 483, 482
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Debby March Wed – evening 4:45 to 6:45 Altar Guild: Minnie
Sunday 9:00am (virtual)
For Members of Grace: Doug; Hans; Fran; Dennis; Rob, Debbie & Stephanie; Sherran; Anne; Ray; all our shut ins and all who are suffering from depression. 1 Peter 5:6-7.
For Friends and Fellow Christians: Dr. Ken; Terry (Grant’s brother); parents of Etelka; father of Rev. Matthew; Marlene; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Mardelle; Corrina; Rev. Dr. Roger; Kathy; Annette; LCC Missionaries all over the world.
VOTERS ASSEMBLY: will be held next Sunday, April 25 in the nave of the church after service. We will here reports and get ready for the June election of officers. Please observe social distancing for the meeting and wear your masks.
ELDERS MEETING: this Wednesday at 7:30pm in the lower level. We will be welcoming our newest elder David Moulds, who was appointed by church council on April 13. Welcome David and the Lord’s blessings as you serve His church.
PRAYER CHAIN: for anyone who is in need. The prayer chain members will be called with your confidential request. Only the name will be made known to the prayer chain unless instructed otherwise. Call Paula .
*** COVID DURHAM REGION UPDATE: As of Saturday April 3rd, the province has
implemented an emergency limit on occupancy of worship facilities to 15% of its occupancy maximum. The Oshawa Fire Department has set this limit to 228 people on the main floor. Therefore we are restricted to 34 people at our worship services for the next four weeks. If the doors are locked during worship services, we have attained our maximum capacity for worship. Worshippers will be seated on a first come, first served basis.
CHURCH CLEANING VOLUNTEERS: are needed every other week. See signup sheet on the white board. A list of cleaning duties is posted on the white board. Our professional cleaner gave a listing that needs to be done. Not all items on the sheet. Dates needed is May 8th and 22nd. Please contact Gina or Debby, or leave a message on the church answering machine. Thank you.
LADIES OF GRACE LAYETTES - Due to the just announced shutdown Ladies of Grace was cancelled. If the shutdown is lifted we will attempt to meet in May. Once more information on the lifting of the shutdown is released I will set a date for our next Ladies of Grace meeting and putting layettes together. Blessings Diana - President
SEMINARY GUILD: Membership is due $5. Please give to Carolyn. Blessings.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR: online at https://www.lhm.org .
ONLINE SUNDAY SCHOOL: has been meeting and learning of Christ Jesus in the Old Testament. The crafts reflect the lesson and reinforce the theme. You can see what the Sunday School has been doing when you enter the church and see the lovely crafts on the table. For more information contact Iulia or Lisa.
SANCTIFYING YOUR VOCATIONS WITH THE WORD OF GOD…Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This week’s topics include: The TV Series “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” The Historical Reliability of John’s Gospel, The Word “Resurrection” in the Bible, The Calling of the Prophet Isaiah and more. You can listen at your convenience at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.
PORTALS OF PRAYER: Unfortunately we will not have the funds at this time to purchase them. Please pick one up and then you can reuse them. To personally order the second quarter for 2021, phone 1-800-325-3040 by January 10, 2021. You can get an approx. cost in USA$$ in your current Portals of Prayer order forms. It would be faster by phone. You pay annually or you can order a 2 year subscription. Shipping cost is $4/yr small AND $6/yr for medium or large. Its doubles if you buy a 2 year subscription. Call the Debby on Wednesdays if you any questions.
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 email@example.com
FOOD PANTRY is getting low, please contact the office 905-728-4381 to see when someone will be in church for your drop off. Please wipe off each item with a Lysol wipe. Blessings
REFERENCE MATERIALS: We have a new reference booklet of who is who from LCC; “Together One”. 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) 9:00am Online Sunday School
9:30am Bible Study
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday 7:00pm Sunday School meeting
Wednesday 7:30pm Elders meeting
Sunday (w) 9:00am Online Sunday School
9:30am Bible study
10:30am Divine Service followed by Voters Assembly