Fourth Sunday in Lent Mar 11, 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.
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: Diving Service Setting Three page 184.
The Gloria on page 187 and the Alleluias are omitted during Lent.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse and is found on the insert.(B)
READINGS: : Numbers 21: 4 - 9 Ephesians 2: 1 - 10 John 3: 14 - 21
HYMNS: 915, 571, 425 (offering), 744, 580, 918
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
Wednesday Lenten Service: at 7:30pm
NICARAGUA FOOD HAMPERS: can be purchased using the envelopes in the narthex.
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.
NEW WINDOWS: in the nave now complete the window replacement. Thanks to Reta Curran for her donation and all who helped for the installation and clean-up. All the windows look great and will add energy cost savings. Thanks again.
SAINTS ALIVE: There will be no saints alive for March.
MISSION QUILTS: Quilting for March will be 13 and 20, No quilting in holy week.
LADIES OF GRACE: In memory of our sister in Christ Irja, the ladies of grace donated $50 to The Ontario District LWML Memoria Fund. Carolyn
***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 - March 18; “Thrown into the Arms of God” (Mark 10:32-45); Speaker of the Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer The desire to advance your own interests can alienate you from others and God. Serving others without thought of reward is God’s way forward for followers of Jesus..
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
POP TAB COLLECTION: Thank you to Bill and Carolyn who will keep this collection going: We are still collecting used stamps, outer milk bags, (scissors, pencil sharpeners, rulers, and pencils) for school kits and Canadian tire money. No more Campbell soup labels. Thank you, blessings
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
ANNUAL RENEWAL OF LUTHERAN WITNESS: This year’s total is $31.30 Canadian. I have just been made aware I was in the past giving U.S.A. dollars. Sorry…. Cheque made out to Grace Lutheran Church Oshawa.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 9:00am Quilting
9:30am Toronto Pastors in Bradford
Wednesday 7:30 pm Lenten Service
Sunday (v) 9:30am Bible Class/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service