Grace Lutheran Church Oshawa
540 Cromwell Ave. + Oshawa, Ontario + L1J 4V4 + Phone: 905-728-4381 + email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mar 12, 2023 - 3rd 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. Communicant members are asked to fill out a communion card found in the pew racks and place it in the offering plates.
We Worship the Father in Spirit and Truth
Though the Lord had brought them out of Egypt, “all the congregation of the people of Israel” grumbled against Him because “there was no water for the people to drink” (Ex. 17:1). Despite their quarreling, the Lord graciously provided for them. He did not strike the people for their sins, but by the hand of Moses He struck the rock instead and brought forth water for the people. In the same way, living water flows from the pierced side of Christ at “about the sixth hour” (John 4:6; 19:14), when He is lifted up on the cross for the sins of the world. He is “the gift of God” (John 4:10), the well from which the Holy Spirit is poured out and becomes in His people “a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:14). By this grace in which we stand, being at peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, we “worship the Father in spirit and truth” (John 4:23). “We rejoice in hope of the glory of God” because “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Rom. 5:2, 5).
Collect of the day:
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy, be gracious to all who have gone astray from Your ways and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of Your Word; 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: Exodus 17: 1-7 Romans 5: 1-8 John 4: 5-26 (27-30, 39-42)
HYMNS: 648, 823, 849
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 and Irwin; Sherran; Herta; Lucy; Reg; Minnie and Willie; Bea; Carolyn
Friends and Fellow Christians: Emil; 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
WELCOME: Norman and Gwenda to our Grace family. We are glad that our Lord has brought us together again as we grow in faith. The Parkers are parents of Lynn.
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.
READING MATERIALS: Please take some time in the next few weeks to review some of the Lutheran magazines and various other resources; The Canadian Lutheran cost a lot to print and mail. Only 8 copies last mailing were used. Our cew batch is here and there is 35 of them… Please take one home there are some very good articles and stories in them. This is the official magazine of our church body, Lutheran Church Canada.
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: Isaiah 42: 14-21 Ephesians 5: 8-14 John 9: 1-41