Grace Lutheran Church Oshawa
540 Cromwell Ave. + Oshawa, Ontario + L1J 4V4 + Phone: 905-728-4381 + email: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 14, 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 Lord Jesus Comforts Us with the Preaching of His Resurrection
“The God who … gives to all mankind life and breath and everything” (Acts 17:24–25) wants all people to seek Him that they might “feel their way toward him and find him” (Acts 17:27). But in our sinful ignorance, we humans turn instead to idols “formed by the art and imagination of man” (Acts 17:29). Therefore, God appointed the Man of Righteousness, Jesus Christ, and “has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead” (Acts 17:31). Because He lives, we also live (John 14:19) in His forgiveness, and thus we love Him and keep His commandments (John 14:15). While the risen Lord prepares us for His ascension, He will not leave us “as orphans” (John 14:18), but He gives “another Helper,” the Holy Spirit, to be with us forever (John 14:16) through the preaching of “Jesus and the resurrection” (Acts 17:18). Because He “suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous” (1 Peter 3:18), we “honor Christ the Lord as holy” and are always “prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks” for the reason for our hope (1 Peter 3:15). Our Baptism “now saves” us “as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21).
Collect of the day:
O God, the giver of all that is good, by Your holy inspiration grant that we may think those things that are right and by Your merciful guiding accomplish them; 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: Acts 17: 16 - 31 1 Peter 3: 13 - 22 John 14: 15 - 21
HYMNS: 526, 556 (women only st. 5, 7 - men only st. 6, 8), 821
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; Carolyn (surgery April 19); Gwenda; 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.
Happy Mother’s Day!
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
Thursday (w) 10:30am Ascension Day Service
Sunday (w) 9:30am Sunday school
10:30am Divine Service
Next Sunday’s Readings: Acts 1: 12-26 1 Peter 4: 12-19; 5:6-11 John 17: 1-11