1st Sunday after Christmas December 29, 2019
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 Undergoes a New Exodus in Order to Save His People from Their Sins
Herod’s efforts to destroy the little Lord Jesus anticipate the cross for which He was born. In response to Herod’s edict, Joseph must “take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt” (Matt. 2:13). But the Lord does not abandon the Holy Family there. He brings about salvation for all people, just as He “had spoken by the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I called my son’” (Matt. 2:15). With might and strength, God accompanies His people, causing “his glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses” (Is. 63:12). Now through Jesus, even our afflictions are borne by Christ on the cross. “He redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them” (Is. 63:9). All of this is accomplished by God’s might so that we, too, are claimed as members of His family. For we “receive adoption as sons” in the only begotten Son, Christ Jesus, even as He became like us by His conception and birth of the woman. Thus redeemed by Christ, no longer slaves of sin and death but beloved children and heirs of God, we pray in Jesus’ name: “Abba! Father!” (Gal. 4:4–6).
Collect of the Day
O God, our Maker and Redeemer, You wonderfully created us and in the incarnation of Your Son yet more wondrously restored our human nature. Grant that we may ever be alive in Him who made Himself to be like us; 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 sung responsively by half-verse on the insert. (Series A)
READINGS: : Isaiah 63: 7 - 14 Galatians 4: 4 - 7 Matthew 2: 13 - 23
HYMNS: 352, 389, 353 (offering), 374, 624, 546
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Lorna Tue, Debby Fri
Members of Grace: Lori; Fran; Heinz & Irmgard; Albina; Dennis; Jane; Debbie & Stephanie; Sherran; Herta; Betty ; Alannah; Anne; Bob; Ray; Viena; Fred; Phil ; Carolyn; Sandy’s uncle Jim died. His funeral was on Wed. in Lindsay.
For Friends and Fellow Christians: Marlene; Soraya; Lili; Jeannie; Donna & Walter; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut ; Mardelle; Gheorghe ; David; Anne and family; Corrina; Elina; Lilia, mother of Rosa (in Columbia); Parker family (death of Bob and dying son Mark); family of deceased John; family of deceased Al; Christina and daughter Maria; Diana who gave birth to her third child, a girl on Dec. 13. (Diana is Kathy’s daughter)
PRAYER CHAIN: for anyone who is in need of prayer. The prayer chain members will be called with your confidential request. Only the name will be made known to the prayer chain unless instructed otherwise. Please call Paula.
LLC - NEW!: Starting Sunday, January 5 LCC will join together weekly praying for our missions and ministries at home and abroad. There is a new Missionairy each week.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: Invite your grandchildren and neighbourhood children to come and hear the wonders of our God through His saving Word. It starts at 9:30am every Sunday in the lower level at the end of the hall. God bless our teachers, Iulia Preda and Lisa Hetzel as well as all our children who believe in Jesus.
TALK RADIO FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON...You can listen to Christmas hymn studies on "From Heaven Above to Earth I Come," "Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising," "We Praise You, Jesus, at Your Birth," "Let All Together Praise Our God," and "From East to West." Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL and hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken. You can listen at your convenience at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
LUTHERAN HOUR: Hear this inspirational message on CHAM 820 AM at _8AM –
December 29- “Dreams” (Jeremiah 23:24)- Guest Speaker: Pastor John Nunes; We end the year with a very inspiring message from Pastor John Nunes.
ST VINCENT’S KITCHEN: If anyone would like to help with our team that helps to feed the homeless and destitute, call Charlie or Christine Farnell at 905-263-8497. Your help would be appreciated on any shift every 4th Saturday of every month.
MISSION QUILTS: In 2019, we shipped a total of 93 quilts and 1 blanket to Canadian Lutheran World Relief. This was possible because of the help of people in our community. A heart-felt thank you to everyone that supported the project. May you all have a Blessed Christmas. We will be back working on this Mission Project on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. See you then. If you have any questions concerning this Mission Project please don`t hesitate to speak with Minnie or Ann.
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 Mark Hersey or one of the elders.
COMMUNION REGISTRATION: in place of the communion cards in the pew racks to register for the Lord’s Supper, beginning next Sunday, please sign your name on the list beside the guest book by the doors to the sanctuary. The cards left in the pews are for the guests and visitors to fill out. Your registration helps to keep track of members who are communing and those who are not so that we can visit them and find out why they would be undernourished. Also, it helps us to know how many wafers and how much wine is needed.
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: may be placed in the holder outside the office door and for the monthly calendar. Items for the Bulletin are due by Wednesday of each week by noon and 3rd Sunday of the month for calendar. You can email the info to firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOD DONATIONS: To make our birthday luncheons a success we need your help. Contact Jane or Debby; We also need members to be on our Emergency Funeral Support Call List for food donations. Please contact Debby Miller by office email or office voicemail to be added to the List. Thanks and blessings
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
This Week under Grace
Today (w) 9:30am Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday Eve of the Circumcision & Name of Jesus
Wednesday Circumcision and Name of Jesus
Saturday 1:00pm Marriage of Tiberiu Preda & Kathryn Bushby, Barrie
Sunday (w) 9:30am Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service