May 28, 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!
The Risen Lord Jesus Pours Out the Holy Spirit
The Lord took “some of the Spirit” that was on Moses “and put it on the seventy elders” of Israel (Num. 11:25), and they “prophesied in the camp” (Num. 11:26). In the same way, our risen Lord Jesus poured out His Holy Spirit at the Feast of Pentecost — the 50th day and the “Eighth Sunday” of Easter. When “a sound like a mighty rushing wind” and “tongues as of fire appeared” and rested on each of the 12 apostles, “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit” and proclaimed “the mighty works of God” (Acts 2:2–4, 11). The Lord Jesus grants this same Spirit to His Church on earth to proclaim Him glorified on the cross and risen victorious from the grave for us sinners. From His open heart, our crucified and risen Lord pours out His Holy Spirit in “rivers of living water” (John 7:38) and invites everyone who thirsts to come to Him and drink freely (John 7:37). Through this life-giving work of the Holy Spirit, we hear our pastors “telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God” (Acts 2:11), and “everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21).
Collect of the day:
O God, on this day You once taught the hearts of Your faithful people by sending them the light of Your Holy Spirit. Grant us in our day by the same Spirit to have a right understanding in all things and evermore to rejoice in His holy consolation; 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.
READINGS: Numbers 11: 24 - 30 Acts 2: 1 - 21 John 7: 37 - 39
HYMNS: 768, 497, 947
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
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. 30th Anniversary of LWML Canada on June 18th, 2023. We would like to invite the congregation to join us after the service for coffee and cake. Those who wish to acknowledge the LWML Canada anniversary with a donation to mites can do so by putting their donation in a mite envelope found at the back of the church. If you wish a tax receipt be sure to include your name, address and phone number and LWML Canada will issue you a receipt at the end of the year. God bless and hope you will come to celebrate with us on June 18th. - Diana Grant, President, Ladies of Grace
June Birthdays: Michael, Rose, Lara, Sherran, Kegan, Matthias, Lisa, Debbie, Nathan
This Week under Grace
Today (r) 9:30am Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Monday PENTECOST MONDAY
Tuesday PENTECOST TUESDAY
Sunday (w) 9:30am Bible study
10:30am Divine Service – The Holy Trinity
4:00pm Kingston Mission service
Next Sunday’s Readings: Genesis 1:1 - 2:4a Acts 2:14a, 22 - 36 Matthew 28: 16-20