Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost       Nov 19, 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.

God’s Gift of Forgiveness Engenders Our Forgiveness of Others

The Day of the Lord is “near and hastening fast,” and it will be “a day of distress and anguish, a day of ruin and devastation” (Zeph. 1:14, 15). The Lord will search out and punish “the men who are complacent” concerning His Word, “who fill their master’s house with violence and fraud” (Zeph. 1:9, 12). Then all their works and efforts will be for nothing: “Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them” (Zeph. 1:13). But those who fear, love and trust in the Lord are “good and faithful” stewards of His property (Matt. 25:21). They live by faith in His free gift of forgiveness, and they multiply His goods in the loving forgiveness of their neighbor, and “the master of those servants” settles His accounts with them by the gracious reckoning of His Gospel (Matt. 25:19). Likewise, “God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:9). Therefore, let us also “put on the breastplate of faith and love” in our dealings with one another (1 Thess. 5:8).

Collect of the Day

Almighty and ever-living God, You have given exceedingly great and precious promises to those who trust in You.  Dispel from us the works of darkness and grant us to live in the light of Your Son, Jesus Christ, that our faith may never be found wanting; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

ORDER OF SERVICE:   Diving Service  Setting One  page 151.

              The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse and is found on the insert.(P28)

 

​READINGS:     :  Zephaniah 1: 7 – 16                  1 Thessalonians 5: 1 – 11          Matthew 25: 14 - 30

HYMNS:   914,  508,  784(offering),  516, 665, 733,

Presiding Minister (P):  Rev. Jack Hetzel                                          Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane

Organist/Pianist: Paula                                                                      Acolyte: Christine

Sound System: Anna/Philip                                                              Webmaster:  Michael

Secretary: Iulia (Tues am), Debby (Thurs pm)                                Parish Nurse: Jane 

Bible Class and Sunday School

Sunday 9:30am

Holy Communion:

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: Paula; Annette; Debbie & Stephanie; Jumna; Christine; Fran & Irwin; Dennis; June;  Olga; Monika; Edith; Asser;  Gheorghe; Sharon; Brenda; Autumn; Susan; Mary; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Herta; Gene & Margaret; Albina; Betty; Lucie; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; George & Jeannie; Rev. Delmar & Mardelle; Claudette; Isabelle; Denise; Kathy & Jack; Jim; Ada; Connor; Lisa and Pastor

PASTOR AWAY:  for the next three weeks on holidays.  If there is an emergency, please contact one of the elders/deacons.

Thank you to our guest Pastor today Rev Neville Mirtschin we are blessed to have you both with us today.

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.

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 at 905-263-8497 or St. Vincent’s kitchen at 905-434-7543; ask for Valerie. 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.

WWW.LUTHERANHOUR.CA. CHAM 820/AM SUN. 8:00 November 26, 2017 “Show Me”    (Matthew 25:31-46) Speaker of the Lutheran Hour: Rev. Ken Klaus; In Lerner and Loewe’s musical, My Fair Lady, Eliza is being wooed with words by weak and wimpy suitor.  She comments: “Don’t talk of stars, burning above if you’re in love, show me.  Tell me not dreams, filled with desire if you’re on fire, show me.” In Jesus’ description of Judgment Day, the Savior goes on record: true love needs to show itself in action. 

LADIES OF GRACE:  Ladies of Grace are inviting all the ladies in the congregation to their Christmas Social to be held in the church basement on November 27th, 2017 starting at 5:30 with a meet and greet followed by a Pot Luck Supper at 6:00 p.m. with entertainment following the meal. Ladies are asked to please sign their name to the sheet in the Narthex and also please indicate which item you will bring for the supper.  This information is required so that we can ensure that we have seating for all who will be attending.

Dates for quilting: November   21 & 28; everyone welcome, no experience necessary.

LWML wish to extend a heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to Mites last Sunday.  Donation received, which did not require a tax receipt, Amounted to $260.55.  This money will be forwarded to the Ontario District LWML to support the mission projects which were selected at our 2016 Ontario District Convention. Diana, President, Ladies of Grace.

THANK YOU:  To everyone who contributed supplies and your time, to our mission project. Your support made it possible to ship 59 School Kits and 50 Baby Bundles. God bless you, Minnie

 

YOUR LIFELINE TO THE LUTHERAN WORLDVIEW... Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL.  You can listen to what you want when you want at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.

 

DENISE HOUSE AND CORNERSTONE DONATIONS:  We are going to take children’s and women’s gently used clothing to Denise house and men’s to Cornerstone. Also small household items. So if you are cleaning out your home and closets, think of donating to those in need.  Place in plastic bags and label them.  Put them under the brown cupboard in the narthex. Thanks Jane Ibbott

 

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 . Contact Wendy for training. If you do not know who she is; ask an usher to introduce you.

CHRISTMAS MOVIE IN THEATRES:  See poster on table in narthex for details. Children’s movie. Starts Nov. 17th. Playing at Whitby; Landmark cinemas. http://www.thestar-tix.ca/

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Our mission project for 2017, see bulletin insert. Blessings, Your Sunday school staff.

CANADIAN LUTHERAN WORLD RELIEF:  CLWR gifts from the heart catalogue provides meaningful and tangible gifts that will share God’s love with the world.  No matter which gift you choose, the gifts you give will save and change lives.  See catalogues on table in atrium for your personal ordering.. Not processed through office.

ADVENT DINNER:  Will be held on Dec. 9th @ 5:30 pm @ church. Please sign up on the white board with you dish you are bring and help out with setup and clean up.  More hands to help gets everyone to leave together. Please fill out the set reservation form so we know how many to setup for.

 

SAINTS ALIVE: The Saints Alive luncheon is at the Mandarin restaurant on Tues. Dec. 5th @ 1130 am and costs $16.99. People need to call Carolyn to let her know how many are going as she needs to book it ahead of time. I will be away.

 

BIRTHDAY LUNCHEON: The birthday luncheon is on November 26th. All are welcome. Don’t forget your donation for the food bank. Thank you

CHURCH PHONE DIRECTORY – I know some of you are eager to get started on your Christmas cards.  Please take a few minutes to review your name  and all information in your household.  Write in updates or fill out a form.  Please complete by November 19, 2017.  If you want an electronic copy email the office. Thank you.

 

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS:  There is a 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 office@gracelutheranoshawa.net

FOOD BANK:  Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank AND ALSO on the birthday lunches. Next birthday lunch will be last week of November.  See Jane if you want to be on the call list for food donations.

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 or give to a friend. 

 

This Week under Grace

Today (g)                   9:30am                                Bible Class/Sunday School

                                10:30am                                 Divine Service

Tuesday                  9:30 am                                 Quilting                                                               

Wednesday             ****                                      NO MATINS while Pastor is away.

Saturday                                                                St. Vincent’s kitchen

Sunday (g)               9:30am                                Bible Class/Sunday School

                                10:30am                                Divine Service

                                                                               Birthday Luncheon

Weekly Bulletin

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