Fifth Sunday of Easter May 14, 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.
The Lord Jesus Christ Is the Way, the Truth and the Life\
The risen Lord Jesus alone is “the way, and the truth, and the life,” and we come “to the Father” only through Him (John 14:6). God is thus “glorified in the Son,” and those who believe in Him will do the works of Christ because He goes to the Father for us (John 14:12–14). Stephen, “a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 6:5) and “doing great wonders and signs among the people” (Acts 6:8), did the works of Christ. When he was falsely accused and put to death, he “gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God” (Acts 7:55). Fixing his hope there, he commended his spirit to the Lord Jesus and prayed for his murderers. In the same way, all the baptized are called to follow the example of Christ Jesus by faith. Though He was “rejected by men” in the sight of God, He is “chosen and precious” (1 Peter 2:4). He is the chief cornerstone of the Father’s “spiritual house,” and we are built upon Him as “living stones” (1 Peter 2:5).
Collect of the Day
O God, You make the minds of Your faithful to be of one will. Grant that we may love what You have commanded and desire what You promise, that among the many changes of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found; 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: Rite of Holy Baptism is on page 268.
The Introit found on the insert is sung responsively by half verse.
The service continues with the kyrie page 152. “This Is the Feast” is sung on page 155.
Introit (sung responsively by half-verse)
Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a | new song,*
his praise in the assembly of the | godly!
I will extol you, O LORD, for you have | drawn me up*
and have not let my foes rejoice | over me.
O LORD my God, I cried to | you for help,*
and you have | healed me.
O LORD, you have brought up my soul | from Sheol; *
you restored me to life from among those who
go down | to the pit.
Sing praises to the LORD, O | you his saints,*
and give thanks to his | holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a | lifetime. *
Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes
with the | morning.
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.
Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a | new song,*
his praise in the assembly of the | godly!
READINGS: Acts 6:1–9; 7:2a, 51–60 1 Peter 2:2–10 John 14:1–14
HYMNS: 590, 633, 526 (offering hymn), 644, 722, 912, 797
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: 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
BAPTISM: of Luke James, son of Michael and Kirsten brings us much joy this morning as our Lord Christ welcomes him to his family. Luke was born on Mon. April 17. Serving as sponsors are Laura and Michael. His grandparents are James, Marg & Dave and Pastor & Lisa Hetzel.
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
VBS PIE: All are welcome to join us after the service for a Coffee and Pie fundraiser. All funds go towards our VBS this July. See TABLE for details. 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
LADIES OF GRACE: Many thanks from the Ladies of Grace for the donations for our Workday. We assembled 29 layettes and 47 school kits which will be shipped to CLWR by Home Hardware to Winnipeg. To continue our mission work in the fall, the ladies of Grace will require the following items; For school kits: coloured construction paper, rulers, erasers and blunt nose scissors. For Baby bundles: receiving blankets, sleepers, sweaters, face cloths and undershirts. Thank you for your continued support.
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.
MISSION QUILTS: We are quilting on the following days: May 9 at 9:00 am. No experience required, so please feel free to join in. Minnie and Ann
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 BIBLE TRANSLATORS OF CANADA: Please see calendars for April/May 2017and exciting new project “a Bible House”. Annual dinner and meeting is on May 12, 2017; see details on table.
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.
THANK YOU: To my Grace family. I was so moved by the out pouring of love , the plaque and warm wishes. Grace will always be in my prayers and I will visit as often as I can. Once again thanks and God bless you all.
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.
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.
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: NEEDED - Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank AND on the birthday lunches. Next Birthday lunch is – May 28, 2017.
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; Start thinking about 2017 dates for meetings and events. Enter on calendar in narthex on table. Thank you.
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Bible Class /Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service(C) followed by VBS Pie
Wednesday 9:00am Matins and bible study
Sunday (w) 9:30am Bible Class /Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service (C)