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Weekly Bulletin

November 26, 2023 - Last Sunday of the Church Year

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!  

By the Cross of Christ, We Enter the Kingdom of Our God and Father 

When the crucified and risen Lord Jesus comes to judge the living and the dead, “he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matt. 25:32). “To those on his right,” who have been crucified and raised with Him through repentance and faith in His Gospel, He will grant the blessed kingdom of His Father (Matt. 25:34). Having been justified by His grace, they live unto righteousness in Him (Matt. 25:35–40). But “those on his left,” who trust in themselves and despise their neighbor, will depart “into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt. 25:41). Until that day, the Lord searches for His sheep “as a shepherd seeks out his flock” (Ezek. 34:11–12). Through His preaching of repentance, He disciplines the proud sheep and goats, “the fat and the strong,” but through the preaching of forgiveness He rescues the lost, binds up the injured, strengthens the weak and feeds “the lean sheep” (Ezek. 34:16, 20). In this way, He destroys the power of death in the children of Adam by His cross, so that “in Christ shall all be made alive” by His resurrection (1 Cor. 15:20–26).

Collect of the day:

Eternal God, merciful Father, You have appointed Your Son as judge of the living and the dead.  Enable us to wait for the day of His return with our eyes fixed on the kingdom prepared for Your own from the foundation of the world; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, 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 found on the insert and sung responsively by half-verse

                

​READINGS:  Ezekiel 34: 11-16, 20-24               1 Corinthians 15: 20-28         Matthew 25: 31 - 46

HYMNS: 905,  532,  709 (during offering),  531

Presiding Minister (P):  Rev. Jack Hetzel  

Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane

Acolyte: Nathan

Sound System: Philip  

Webmaster:  Michael Haeussler

Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie

Altar Guild:  Julia and Aina

PRAYER INTERCESSION:  Anne & Bill; Sherran; Herta; Viena; Debbie

Friends and Fellow Christians: Matthew and Megan; Rev. Robert Morley; Joan; Lynda; Les’s cousin Mike; Lutheran Church in Ukraine; Alice; Terry & Brenda; Norma; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Kathy; Bev; Don; Elizabeth; Mary (David’s mother), Stu; Doug & family; 

Mission Prayers for November:  Rev. Jesùs Alberto Domínguez-Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in Realejo.; Rev. Carlos Manuel Amador - missionary pastor in the community of Villa Nueva; Rev. Guillermo Zùniga - pastor in the Lutheran Church Jesus Christ King of Kings in the City of Granada.; Rev. Geronimo Francisco Cano- pastor in the Lutheran Church Cristo Vive in the Cristo Rey community and in El Calvario Lutheran Church.

VOTERS’ ASSEMBLY: is today following the service.

NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS:  Casey, Fred, Bob, Susan, Lily, Owen, Elizabeth, Randy, Herta, Minnie, Eloise; Heidi, Roweena, Jeff, Wally

 

NOVEMBER ANNIVERSARIES: Fred & Sheri 

 

A DIVINE CALL: from St. Peter’s in Stratford was extended to Pastor Hetzel.  He will announce his decision today whether to accept or decline the call.  Please pray for Pastor, Grace Oshawa and St. Peter’s Stratford.

 

CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON: Christmas season is fast approaching; Advent starts on December 3rd.  I am putting together a potluck luncheon on Sat. Dec. 9th from 1-4pm at church. I know it's a busy time for you all but I hope we can connect during this most wonderful time of the church year. The large whiteboard we used in the past has gone astray so I will get a board up end of next week. You can email or call me at home or church to rsvp adults & kids and what you’re bringing, so we are not top heavy in desserts. All dishes will need to be taken home, even disposable ones, with leftovers. Blessings, Debby

 

LADIES OF GRACE QUILTERS: November 28 will be the last day of quilting in 2023. Quilting will resume on January 9th, 2024.  Thanks to all the ladies who have been coming out each week. We will be having a Christmas raffle for a beautiful Quilt to raise money for our missions/seminary. Tickets:  $2 or 3/$5 Draw December 17th by Pastor.  Blessings.

 

LADIES OF GRACE: will be holding their Christmas Fellowship/Pot Luck luncheon December 2nd from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. All the ladies of the congregation are invited to attend. If you plan on attending please contact Diana  by November 26th, to let her know and to tell her what type of dish you will be bringing to share. For those ladies who have Prayer Pals and have a gift for them please also bring that on December 2nd. We look forward to see many of you come out to share the joy of our Saviours birth.

 

CHRISTMAS MEMORY TREE for those who have been called home by our Father. We are gathering ornaments in memory of a member of Grace or a loved one.  You can place it on the tree in the entrance of the Church.  On the ornament, please label in memory of… If you wish to take it home after Christmas you may do so, or donate your ornament for the years to come. (Rev. 7:17)   

 

USHERS NEEDED: We need more volunteers for the ushering team. If you are interested in helping out with this important part of our worship service please talk to one of the elders.

 

SEMINARY GUILD MEMBERSHIP: fee of $10 is due. Please give to Carolyn 

SUNDAY SCHOOL and Bible study are at 9:30am.

 

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY:  is at 9:30am.

 

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS:  may be placed in the holder outside the office door and for the monthly calendar.  Bulletin items are due by Wednesday of each week.  Calendar events are due by the 3rd Sunday of the month.  You can email the info to office@gracelutheranoshawa.net

USHERS NEEDED: We need more volunteers for the ushering team. If you are interested in helping out with this important part of our worship service please talk to one of the elders.

 

CHURCH KEYS:  Members that no longer need their church keys can you please return them to the office; new trustees and some council members are in need of them.  To get new keys cut are costly around $75 per key.  Thank You.  Debby

FOOD BANK:  Our food cabinet is running low on food; please drop off non-perishable food so we can support our church members, our Seminary students (1/2) and community.

This Week under Grace  

Today (g)              9:30am          Sunday School and Bible study

                              10:30am          Divine Service followed by Voters Meeting

Tuesday              9:30am           Quilting

Wednesday       9:30am           Bible Study

Saturday           11:00 am         Ladies of Grace Christmas Luncheon

Sunday (b)          9:30am           Sunday School and Bible study                     

                              10:30am          Divine Service

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