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Weekly Bulletin

March 10, 2024 - Fourth 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 Is Lifted Up on the Cross so that We May Look to Him and Live 

The people sinned by speaking “against God and against Moses,” and the Lord called them to repentance by sending fiery serpents, which “bit the people, so that many people of Israel died” (Num. 21:4–6). When the people confessed their sin, the Lord provided a means of rescue from death. He instructed Moses to “make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole,” so that “if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live” (Num. 21:8–9). Thus, God sent His Son into the world, in the likeness of our sin and death, and lifted Him up on the pole of the cross, that whoever looks to Him in faith “may have eternal life” (John 3:14–16). By His cross, “the light has come into the world,” not for condemnation, but “that the world might be saved through him” (John 3:17–19). While we “were dead in the trespasses and sins” in which we once lived (Eph. 2:1), God loved us, calling us to repentance and raising us up with Christ to live “with him in the heavenly places” (Eph. 2:4–6).

Collect of the day:

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, Your mercies are new every morning; and though we deserve only punishment, You receive us as Your children and provide for all our needs of body and soul.  Grant that we may heartily acknowledge Your merciful goodness, give thanks for all Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience; 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 page 184. 

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

The Gloria on page 187 and the Alleluias are omitted during Lent.

                

Readings:  Numbers: 21:4-9         Ephesians: 2:1-10       John 3: 14-21

HYMNS:    425,  571,  915 (offering),  702

 

Presiding Minister (P):  Rev. Jack Hetzel  

Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane

Acolyte: Victor

Sound System: Philip  

Webmaster:  Michael Haeussler

Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie

Altar Guild:  Lynn

PRAYER INTERCESSION: Ingrid (Funeral March 15), Viena (Funeral Feb 27); Sherran; Herta; Minnie; Phil; (recovering from heart surgery); Minnie; Corinne; Albina; Marshall

Friends and Fellow Christians: Rev. J. Asmus (hip surgery March 1); Rev. Basil Christi (heart attack); Matthew & Megan; Lynda; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Kristy; Melissa; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Bev; Elizabeth; Mary (David’s mother), Carolyn (Medina,OH); Rose; Jason; Skye

Mission Prayers for March: Rev. Luis Antonio Dias Turcios – Chinandega, Nicaragua, Rev. Cesar Augusto Galeano – Santa Patricia, Nicaragua, Rev. Silvio Modesto Sánchez Osaba - Villa 15 de Julio community, Nicaragua, Rev. Henry Evelerth Ramirez – Leon, Nicaragua, Rev. Angel Antonio Salazar Macías – Nicaragua

BIRTHDAYS for March: Danielle, Liane, Grant, Leslie, Aidan, Beatrice, Sanjiv

 

ANNIVERSARYS for March: Philip & Rosa 

 

Next Sunday’s Readings:  Jeremiah: 31:31-34    Hebrew: 5:1-10     Mark: 10: (32-34) 35-45

WEDNESDAY LENTEN SERVICES: are at 7:00pm.

 

A DIVINE CALL: from St. Peter’s in Stratford was extended to Pastor Hetzel and on Nov 26 he accepted it.  Please pray for Pastor, that the Lord would bless his move and his ministry there and for Grace Lutheran Oshawa that our gracious Lord would provide a faithful Shepherd to guide and feed His flock to life eternal.  Pastor Hetzel’s last Sunday will be Easter Sunday.

 

LUNCHEON FOR PASTOR & LISA: A luncheon will be held after service on Palm Sunday, March 24th, 2024 in honour of Pastor and Lisa. All are welcome to attend. Pastor’s final service at Grace will be Easter Sunday, March 31st, 2024. His Installation Service will be at St. Peter’s in Stratford on Saturday, April 13th, 2024 at 11:00am. All are welcome to attend.

 

MEMBER RECORDS:  It’s that time of year to review our records and update any changes; I will be putting in your mailbox an update form to complete. I will also attach a copy to the bulletin distribution email.  If you want to be added to the email bulletin and calendar distribution list, let the office know. By email or leave us a message.   Please return form by April 1, 2024.  Thank you, blessing, Debby

 

INGRID HEPNER: died suddenly on Feb. 28 at the age of 51.  Her funeral is Friday March 15, at the Oshawa Funeral Home.  Our Lord Jesus welcomes home all his beloved into His eternal presence. 

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY DOXOLOGY SEMINAR: Risen Christ Lutheran Church in Mississauga will be presenting “Theology of the Body”, a DOXOLOGY seminar, on Saturday, April 20, 2024 starting at 9:00 a.m, on human sexuality and transgenderism. Registration is due by April 5, 2024. For more information and to register please go to: www.risenchrist.lutheranchurchcanada.ca.

 

LADIES OF GRACE “CUP OF BLESSINGS”: The Ladies of Grace have chosen to support a servant event for the upcoming LWMLC Convention entitled “Cup of Blessings”, which will be donated to a women’s shelter. A list of items required for the cups is on the back table beside the bulletin. Please note that you do not have to contribute all of the items listed; contribute what you can. Your contribution can be given to either Carolyn or Diana by May 8th, 2024. Any donations will be gratefully appreciated.

 

GUILD DAY: Guild Day at St. Catharine's will be held on Apr. 13th starting at 8:45 am. Carolyn McLeod will be sending in registration and driving so if you wish to go please let her know. Cost with luncheon is $25. Speaker will be Pastor Miskis from St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Mississauga.

FOOD BANK:  Our food cabinet is running low on food; please drop off non-perishable food so we can support our church members, our Seminary students (1/2) and community.

 

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 office@gracelutheranoshawa.net

This Week under Grace  

Today (v)            9:30am              Bible study and Sunday School

                            10:30am             Divine Service

Tuesday            9:30am              Quilting

                              7:00pm             Elders meeting

Wednesday    7:00pm              Lenten Service (no Holy Communion)

Friday                1:30pm              Funeral for Ingrid Hepner at Oshawa Funeral Home

Sunday (v)        9:30am              Bible study and Sunday School                     

                           10:30am              Divine Service

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