May 21, 2023 - Fifth Sunday of Easter
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!
Our Lord Jesus Is with Us in the Upper Room of His Church on Earth
On the night when He was betrayed, our Lord Jesus prayed for His apostles and His Church on earth. “The hour” had come when the Father would glorify His Son by the cross (John 17:1). Through the shedding of His blood, He would bring forgiveness for the sins of the world, and in His resurrection and ascension He would unite all Christians with the Father “that they may be one” with God (John 17:11). He manifested His name to the apostles and gave them the words of the Father to speak in His name. The apostolic witness of His cross and resurrection (Acts 1:21–22) gathers disciples together “with one accord” into the one Body of Christ (Acts 1:14). “Devoting themselves to prayer,” they wait upon the Lord in “the upper room” (Acts 1:13–14), the place of His Holy Supper. Strengthened by the Gospel, Christians bear the cross of Christ in patience and peace, rejoicing to share in His suffering, in order that they “may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:13).
Collect of the day:
O King of glory, Lord of hosts, uplifted in triumph far above all heavens, leave us not without consolation but send us the Spirit of truth whom You promised from the Father; for You live and reign with Him 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.
READINGS: Acts 1: 12 - 26 1 Peter 4: 12-19; 5: 6-11 John 17: 1 - 11
HYMNS: 553, 539, 650
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Verna and Julie
PRAYER INTERCESSION: Anne & Bill; Sherran; Herta; Lucy; Minnie and Willie; Viena; Albina
Friends and Fellow Christians: family/friends of John (died on April 18); Joan; Ed (prostate cancer); Lynda; Les’ cousin Mike (non-Hodgkins lymphoma); 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 May: Rev. Asefa Aredo – Winnipeg, Manitoba; Lay Missionary Javed Khan and his wife, Nighat – Windsor, Ontario; Chaplain Dongjoo (DJ) Kim – Regina, Saskatchewan; Pastor Peter Gatluak – Hamilton, Ontario
VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY: May 21 after service to discuss our land purchase offer only.
POT-LUCK PICNIC: is planned for Sunday June 11. Please join our Sunday School outdoors after church and bring a dish to pass and lawn chairs. Bottled water and chips are provided along with games for the children. It’s not too early to pray for a sunny day. Everyone is welcome.
LADIES OF GRACE: End of the year Gathering is on June 10th at Swiss Chalet at Stevenson and 401; pay your own; rsvp to office 905-728-4381 by June 1st. all are welcome. Bring your mites for May and June. Blessings
CALL SERVICES: Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary, St. Catharines announced that their annual Call Service will take place at Grace Lutheran Church (213 Linwell Rd, St. Catharines, ON) on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at 4:00 p.m. EDT. For those who cannot attend in person, the service will be live-streamed on their YouTube Channel. (ConcordiaLutheransem). During the service, Trey, Jason (our adopted sem student) and Nigel will be certified to be called into the holy ministry and will receive their congregational placements in the service. Concordia Lutheran Seminary Edmonton is planning their call service on May 26.
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Saturday 4:00pm CLTS Call service
Sunday (r) 9:30am Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Next Sunday’s Readings: Numbers 11: 24-30 Acts 2:1-21 John 7: 37 – 3