Grace Lutheran Church Oshawa
540 Cromwell Ave. + Oshawa, Ontario + L1J 4V4 + Phone: 905-728-4381 + email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nov 28, 2021
Welcome back 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 sign the communion book at the entrance of the church.
The Lord Jesus Comes in Humility to Redeem Us
The season of Advent focuses on the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and this first Sunday establishes this theme for the rest of the season. The Son of God came long ago to be our Savior, “a righteous Branch” descended from David (Jer. 33:15). As He then came into Jerusalem, riding on a lowly donkey to sacrifice Himself for the sins of the world (Luke 19:28-40), so does He come to His Church today in the humility of Word and Sacrament to deliver the fruits of His Passion: the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. He absolves us and establishes our hearts “blameless in holiness before our God and Father” (1 Thess. 3:13). The same Lord Jesus, who came to Jerusalem then and who comes to us now in peace, will come again with power and great glory on the Last Day. Then there will be “distress of nations in perplexity,” with “people fainting in fear.” Yet, as we anticipate that great and terrible day, He bids us to rest securely in Him: “Raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near” (Luke 21:25, 26, 28).
COVID 19 PROTOCOL FOR WORSHIP: While we are here to rejoice in God’s house, we still have to follow the rules for social distancing; wearing a mask and sanitizing hands on your way in and out of church. If you are wearing gloves, please dispose of them at home. Please take your masks and bulletins home to limit exposure and the amount of recycling for the church. A detailed description of worship guidelines is on the small table with the bulletin and offering plates.
Collect of the day:
Stir up Your power, O Lord and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Diving Service Setting Three page 184. (Sung)
The Introit is spoken by the Pastor (S:C Ps 89:6,14-16, 18 Antiphon Zech. 9:9b)
During Advent the Gloria in Excelsis on p. 187 is omitted.
READINGS: Jeremiah 23: 5 - 8 1 Thessalonians 3: 9-13 Luke 19: 28 - 40
HYMNS: 659, 332, 331
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Debby Acolyte: Christine
For Members of Grace: Irmgard fell asleep in Jesus Nov. 24; Hans; Fran; Dennis; Sherran; Anne; Ray; Bob; Aina's son Eric, wife Lauren and her father.
For Friends and Fellow Christians: Frank (heart surgery); Doris (wife of Rev. Konny Hahn in palliative care); Marli; Alice; Berti; Terry (heart attack); Norma; Etelka’s mother; Marlene; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Mardelle; Corrina; Kathy; Annette; Marg’s nephew Joe and Michelle upon the death of their unborn daughter and her brother-in-law Dale (cancer). Mission Prayers for November: Rev Guillermo Zùniga Casado-of Granada; Rev. Hei Va-Cambodia; Deaconess Paubla Ermisenda Zapata-Nueva Gerusalén; Deaconess Srey Muay-Southeast Asia.
PRAYER REQUEST: If you have any spiritual need for prayers, please call Pastor Hetzel at the office (905) 728-4381.
**IRMGARD: fell asleep in Christ this past Wed. morning at the age of 89. Irmgard is the wife of Heinz and the mother of 5 boys. Her funeral service is planned for Mon. Nov. 29 at 1pm at Grace. Masks are required and we will social distance for the service. Viewing is arranged at McIntosh-Anderson-Kellam Funeral Home, 152 King Street East Oshawa for this afternoon, Sun. Nov. 28 from 2 – 5pm. In order to pay your respects at the funeral home you must call to register at (905) 433-5558. Rejoice O daughter of Zion, see your king comes to you, righteous and bringing salvation!
ADVENT: season begins today! The Advent Mid-week Services are offered on Wed. Dec. 1, 8, and 15 beginning at 7pm. Come Quickly Lord Jesus!
REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE: Please record any maintenance work in the trustees log on the wall by the office including details of the work done and the date. Any receipts from contractors or inspection reports please copy so I can put in the maintenance manual. This will help the trustees in the future. Thank you, blessing, Debby email@example.com
MORE TOPICS, MORE GUESTS, MORE JESUS…Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. This weeks topics include: The Advent Hymn “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending,” Encouragement for Christians in World of Darkness, A Lutheran View of Transgenderism, The Socialist Attack on the Family, Jesus’ Transfiguration and more. You can listen at your convenience at issuesetc.org, the LPR mobile app and your favorite podcast provider.
GRACE AUTOMATED CALL SERVICE: is a computer generated program that delivers a message through the phone and computer. The church number will be displayed. If you wish not to receive these messages, please call the church office. Thanks to those who donated it to keep everyone updated.
NEXT SUNDAY’S SCRIPTURE READINGS: Malachi 3: 1 – 7b, Philippians 1: 2 – 11, Luke 3: 1-14 (15-20) in case you would like to read ahead and prepare for the divine service.
CHRISTMAS FLOWERS: Thank you to the following members who contributed to our Christmas flowers: Bea and Owen; Minnie and Willi in memory of Willi’s brother and sister; Verna in memory of her husband Jim; and Carolyn in memory of her husband Bill.
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dates for events and bulletin inserts may be placed in the holder outside the office door, there will be no printed calendar at this time; Bulletin items are due by Wednesday of each week. You can email the info to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD PANTRY: onations welcome, Please contact the office 905-728-4381 to see when someone will be in church if you need to drop off or pick up to deliver other than on Sunday.
REFERENCE MATERIALS: We have a new reference booklet of who is who from LCC; “Together One”. 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.
INDIVIDUAL HOLY COMMUNION: during these days of separation from covid and illness or in any hunger of our Lord’s body and blood, you can make arrangements with Pastor to receive the Lord’s Supper. Please call him at the church office.
This Week under Grace
Today (b) 9:00am Online Sunday School
9:30am Bible Class (downstairs)
10:30am Divine Service
Monday 1:00pm Funeral of Irmgard Albrecht
Wednesday 7:00pm Mid-week Advent Service following the order of Vespers
Sunday (b) 9:00am Online Sunday School
9:30am Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service