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Weekly Bulletin

June 2, 2024 - Second Sunday after Pentecost

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!  

Christ Jesus Is the Sabbath Rest that Remains for the People of God Forevermore 

The Lord brought the sons of Israel out of Egypt “with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm,” in order to give them rest (Deut. 5:15). When He commanded them to “observe the Sabbath day,” therefore, it meant not doing “any work” but resting in His works (Deut. 5:12, 14). So has the same Lord, Jesus Christ, come in the flesh to fulfill the Law and to become our Sabbath Rest. As David “entered the house of God,” and not only “ate the bread of the Presence” but “also gave it to those who were with him” (Mark 2:26), the Lord Jesus entered the Holy of Holies as our great High Priest, in order to feed us with His flesh as the true bread of the Presence of God. As “lord even of the Sabbath,” He works “to do good,” to heal and “to save life” (Mark 2:28; 3:2, 4). He brings us out of sin and death and gives us rest in His own crucified and risen body. Though it is given “in jars of clay,” the life of Jesus is thereby manifested in our bodies (2 Cor. 4:7–11).

Collect for the day:  Eternal God, Your Son Jesus Christ is our true Sabbath rest, help us to keep each day holy by receiving His Word of comfort that we may find our rest in Him, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

ORDER OF SERVICE: Setting Three page 184. The Introit is sung or spoken  responsively by half-verse. sb

Readings:  Deuteronomy 5:12–15   2 Corinthians 4:5–12     Mark 2:23–28 (3:1–6)

 

Hymns: Opening Hymn :  569   Hymn of the day: 668 Closing Hymn: 692

Presiding Minister (P):  Rev. Kevin Fast                                             Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane

Acolyte:  Christine                                                                                     Sound System: Philip/ Nathan

Webmaster Mike Haeussler                                                                 Secretary: Debby

Altar Guild: Carolyn & Christa   

 

PRAYER INTERCESSION: 

PRAY FOR:  Ed; Eloise (hip/shoulder); Robert; Sherran; Herta; Phil; Minnie; Corinne (nee Tim); Albina; Irene; Scott

 

Friends and Fellow Christians:  Rev. Basil Christi (heart attack); Matthew & Megan; Lynda; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Kristy; Chris; Susan; Heather; Waldtraut; Kathy; Bev; Elizabeth; Mary (David’s mother), Carolyn (Medina,OH); Rose; Jason; Skye

MISSION PRAYERS FOR JUNE:  (Canada) Rev. Dr. David -Quebec and Montreal; Rev. Walta Clercius Asst. French Ministries in Quebec; Rev. Frank Morgret Holy Trinity in Sainte-Foy Quebec City; Rev. Razafy Razandrakoto Evangelical Lutheran Church of Reconciliation in Sherbrooke, Quebec.; Rev. David Milette l’Eìglise lutheìrienne du Bon Berger (Good Shepherd Lutheran Church) in Moncton, New Brunswick. MISSIONS IN CAMBODIA- Rev. Romass Svell

Next Sunday’s Readings:  Genesis 3:8–15      2 Corinthians 4:13—5:1         Mark 3:20–35

THANK YOU:  Sincere thanks to all the ladies who came out and made our Mother, Daughter, Sister luncheon a success.  A special thanks to Spider Jones who was very enlightening and a joy listen too.  Donated food was a true blessing to all who attended. The generous support to our mission projects thru the mites donated, was much appreciated.  Thanks to all who helped clean up. Also, a thanks to our sisters who joined us from Cobourg, and Clarington to make the day a success.  Blessings, Diane

THANK YOU: To all my brothers and sisters in Christ, thank you for all your prayers and well wishes. There are angels among us and the power of prayer is amazing. I am truly blessed, thank you.  Irene

BIRTHDAYS And Anniversaries for June; see on back of June calendar, copies available on table at back of church. (July and August are on the table too.  Contact office if I need to update it, throughout the summer.

Elders meeting set for Tuesday June 3rd @ 07:00 pm

Ask the Pastor: Today we celebrate a Biblical doctrine that is not expressed in so many words. Scripture is clear that we worship one true God (Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4; 1 Tim. 2:5) who is Triune, having three persons (Mt. 28:19-20; 2 Cor. 13:14). Reason cannot comprehend the Trinity, yet belief in it is a central article of the Christian Faith. The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God. However, the Father is neither the Son nor the Holy Spirit, the Son is neither the Father nor the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son.

 

Trinity Sunday is a celebration of all that God has revealed himself to be and all that he does. We recall with joy his work of creation, redemption, and sanctification, giving thanks that he has made us his and will bring us to heaven. We also may take time to consider his divine ‘attributes’ (those characteristics peculiar to him). As you examine his attributes, you’ll see that some of them may also be applied to people— especially to Christians—yet they are fully and perfectly realized only in our Triune God. Some of them are included in today’s column. We know from the Bible that God is ETERNAL (without beginning or end), for Ps. 90:2 says, “From everlasting to everlasting you are God.” He is IMMUTABLE (unchanging); “I the Lord do not change” (Mal. 3:6). God is also OMNIPOTENT (almighty, all powerful), since he says, “I am God Almighty” (Gen. 17:1) and OMNISCIENT (all-knowing), as Peter confessed in John 21:17, “Lord, you know all things.” We also believe that he is OMNIPRESENT (present everywhere at the same time) from passages such as Jer. 23:24:

 

“’Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord.”

 

God also tells us that he is HOLY (sinless and hating sin); “I, the Lord, your God, am holy” (Lev. 19:2). He is JUST (completely fair and desiring that right always be done), as Deut. 32:4 confesses: “A God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”

 

 Important especially for fallen mankind are the final two attributes listed today. God is MERCIFUL (full of pity and compassion) and “His tender mercies are over all his works” (Ps. 145:9). He is also GRACIOUS (loving beyond measure and without first being loved), for “God is love” (1 John 4:8).

 

When we study all that God reveals about himself, we realize our error of too often limiting him. By not fully believing all that God is, we “downsize” him, making him smaller and weaker—less “Godly” in our own minds—than he really is. Such happens when we define God according to a few of his attributes, rather than confessing all that he shows himself to be. Thus, some who call themselves Christian focus only on his mercy or his grace. They refuse to believe that God truly hates sin and commands the death of sinners. Such a position not only denies much of Scripture, it also makes a mockery of Christ’s work of atonement, because if God doesn’t condemn sinners, then why did he send his Son to suffer and die in our place?

 

Others practice what has sometimes been called “Gospel- shouting” Christianity. Actually, “Gospel” has no place in their religion, since they focus almost exclusively on the holiness, majesty, and power of God. They try to scare people into belief, rather than fully proclaiming the sweet Gospel message of his grace and mercy, his love for us in Christ Jesus. The Gospel is ignored and the Law is over-emphasized.

 

Still, God is not defined by ‘averaging’ his attributes and finding some comfy middle ground. Instead, he is proclaimed in the language of extremism: He is absolutely holy, just, merciful, gracious, and all the rest. We fully teach his wrath at fallen mankind trying to live without him, mistreating and neglecting each other. We just as fully teach that he forgives all sins because of Jesus Christ and will bring all believers to live with him in heaven.

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS:  may be placed in the holder outside the office door and for the monthly calendar.  They are due by Wednesday of each week.  Calendar events are due by the 3rd Sun of the month.  Email the info to gracelutheranoshawa.office@gmail.com

 

FOOD BANK:  Our food cabinet is doing well. Please drop off non-perishable food so we can support our church members, our Seminary students (1/2) and community.

IMPORTANT -  Please make sure when you leave the church that the door locks and is pushed tight.

 

MEMBER RECORDS:  Thank you to those who have completed the church record update form.  If you have not had a chance to complete it, Please take some time to complete these for me.   I have to do a full review of the data base. Thank you so much. The form is by the mailboxes. I will also attach a copy to the bulletin distribution email.  If you want to be added to the email bulletin and calendar distribution list, let the office know. By email or leave us a message Thank you, blessing, Debby

EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CONTACT AN ELDER OR LEAVE A MESSAGE ON THE CHURCH PHONELINE 905-728-4381

Worship Services: The services dates and times going forward as follows:

 

June, July and August @ 11:15 am with Holy Communion - Vacancy Pastor Rev. Dr. Kevin Fast

 

This week @ Grace:

Sunday (w)              11:15am             Divine Service(C)

Tuesday                     9:30am             Quilting (Last one till September)

                                       7:00 pm            Elder’s Meeting

Sunday (r)                11:15am             Divine Service (C)

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