Seventh Sunday of Easter May 28, 2017
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.
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 the 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: Divine Service, setting one on page 151.
The Introit is sung responsively by half verse and is found on the insert. “This Is the Feast” is sung on page 155.
Introit (sung responsively by half-verse)
I will sing of steadfast love and | justice;*
to you, O Lord, I will make | music.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, | all the earth!*
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with | singing!
Know that the Lord, | he is God!*
It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his | pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his | courts with praise!*
Give thanks to him; | bless his name!
For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures for- | ever,*
and his faithfulness to all gener- | ations.
Glory be to the Father and | to the Son*
and to the Holy | Spirit;
as it was in the be- | ginning,*
is now, and will be forever. | Amen.
I will sing of steadfast love and | justice;*
to you, O Lord, I will make | music.
READINGS: Acts 1:12–26 1 Peter 4:12–19; 5:6–11 John 17:1–11
HYMNS: 564, 539, 652 (offering hymn), 623, 587, 525
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Anna/Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Debby (Wed. 5-7) Parish Nurse: Jane
Pastor Available for Confession & Absolution
Tues. & Thurs. (9am – Noon)
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.
PRAYER INTERCESSIONS: Owen; Scott; Fran; Dennis; Hannelore; June; Bill; Rev. Kurt; Rev. Greg; Olga; Monika; Edith; David; Kim; Asser; Gheorghe; Sharon; Autumn; Susan; Mary; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Konrad & Herta; Gene & Margaret; Albina; Debbie; Betty; Lucie; Claudette; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; Brenda; George & Jeannie; Mardelle; Johanna; Hedwig
PRAYER CHAIN: Paula, our Evangelism Team Leader, has restarted the prayer chain for anyone who is in need of help. Once a request is either brought to her and/or from Pastor, she will call the prayer chain members, 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, we’re here for you. Paula
THANK YOU: My heartfelt gratitude for you concern for not only me, but also for my Mum during these past couple of months of medical challenges. I am truly grateful for your prayers. God is good and does answer prayer. All has gone well with my surgeries and test results. I am recovering much better than I anticipated given what the doctors had originally said. I thank God for his many blessing and mercy. Thank you all for your support. In Christ, Johanna…. (And Lorna)
SAINTS ALIVE: Guest speaker, Jane Ibbott’s Daughter Elizabeth who is a Toronto police officer, will be here to discuss how to protect yourself from phone and door to door scams. ALL are welcome to attend.
Ann's Thanks: Thank you for the big surprise and lovely send off. I thank God that Grace has been my church home since 1988, and for the many blessings I have received and also for the countless memories I will take with me. Your kind and encouraging words and gifts are treasured as we leave Oshawa and make our home in Sarnia. God willing I'll be back for VBS in July. Your sister in Christ, Ann
VBS-WE are also in need of tissue paper different shades of purple, and red and yellow, gold. We need 1 teacher and 4 helpers. Prayerfully consider donating your time this summer. Please let Carolyn know, she will be back by end of May 30. Thank you, VBS Team.
REFORMATION SERVICE EVENT FUND RAISER: ending June 11th will be matched by FaithLife Financial up to $300.00
CONCORDIA SEMINARY ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT: Monday June 5th at Sawmill Golf course in Fenwick, ON $100 reg. Details on table.
GREETERS: A welcoming smile and a firm handshake is a warm invitation to our Grace family. Please sign up for either whole month or a few Sundays or if you notice no one is there at 10:15 am. Please step in and Greet! See sign up form on bulletin board or table in Narthex. Volunteers needed.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR BROADCASTS: Hear inspirational messages every Sunday on Hamilton CHAM 820/am at 8:00 AM. See bulletin board for broadcast topics; Streaming audio and pod-casts at: www.lutheranhour.ca.
GRACE LUTHERAN LIBRARY - BOOK OF THE MONTH - HISTORY OF OUR GRACE CHURCH: Our library is going to feature a book of the month. Please take a few moments and look at the book of the month. You can find it on top of the white book case in the narthex. Enjoy reading some history of how God’s grace has been working among us! Also, take some time to browse through our library for interesting Christian books.
DEFENDING THE FAITH, TEACHING THE TRUTH…Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL. This weeks topics include: The Movie “The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” Responding to Roman Catholic Proof Texts, Martin Luther on Prayer, 4th Century Roman Emperor Constantine and more. You can listen to what you want when you want at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
SPRING CLEANING: Please pick a room or cupboard and come in on any day best for you to clean it. Requirements: just dusting, cleaning spider webs, rodent droppings and washing with a strong cleaner. Bring a mask, gloves and rags. See book on table in Narthex. Please let a trustee or Pastor know if you are coming so someone can be here during day to let you in. Thank you, Trustees
LUTHERAN WITNESS: Its that time for renewal June 2017; put cost with your offering and mark it on the envelop or write a cheque to Grace Lutheran church label Lutheran Witness. 2017 Pricing $15.96/yr +.75/mth = $9 mailing.= $24.96.
WE NEED YOUR HELP: Please take a few minutes and do a check of lights, bathrooms and coffee pot. Hydro and Water are one of our major expenses, so we all need to do our part to keep expenses at bay. Thank you. Trustees.
GRASS CUTTING: Help needed for cutting the grass : Help is required for grass cutting around the church at least once every two weeks. Please consider helping in this over the spring and summer period. If you are interested please contact . Ed
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 to read or to a friend. Summer clean out will be done in July.
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.
LADIES OF GRACE: The Ladies of Grace will meet June 6th, at 7:30pm at the church for a brief meeting to update all news and to have elections.
REFORMATION MEETING: We will be having a meeting on Thursday June 1, 2017@7pm. Thanks Gina
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.
BIRTHDAY LUNCH & FOOD BANK: Please join us for our Birthday Luncheon today after the service.
BULLETIN: We will be going to our one page summer bulletin starting June 4th. Any special announcements will be put on the White board.
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: There is a folder in the 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 *** Please forward if you have any summer announcements for the July & August as soon as possible. Thank you, Debby
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Bible Class /Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service(C) Birthday Luncheon
Wednesday 9:00am Matins and bible study
Thursday 7:00 pm Reformation Meeting
Sunday (w) 9:30am Bible Class /Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service (C)