1st Week of Advent December 1, 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 Comes in Meekness and Humility to Save Us Now
The Lord Jesus enters Jerusalem “humble, and mounted on a donkey,” riding on “a beast of burden” (Matt. 21:5), as He Himself bears the sins of the world in His body. Now He comes by the ministry of the Gospel to save us from sin, death, the devil and hell. Therefore, we sing, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matt. 21:9). For we are called “to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob,” His holy Church, “that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths” (Is. 2:3). By His Word, we “walk in the light of the LORD” (Is. 2:5). That is to live in love, which “does no wrong to a neighbor” (Rom. 13:10). We “cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light,” for “salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11, 12). Hence, the entire Christian life is a time to wake and watch, “for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming” (Matt. 24:42).
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: : Setting One page 151.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse on the insert. (proper 28)
READINGS: : Isaiah 2: 1 – 5 Romans 13: (8-10) 11 – 14 Matthew 21: 1 - 11
HYMNS: 331, 332, 349(offering), 333, 340, 343
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; David; Albina; Dennis; Jane; Rob, Debbie & Stephanie; Olga; Edith; Sherran; Herta; Betty; Anne; Bob; Ray; Viena; Fred; Phil; Carolyn
For Friends and Fellow Christians: John (deceased father of Rev. Fast); Linda (deceased wife of Rev. Kurt; Marlene; Soraya; Lili; Jeannie; Donna & Walter; Chris; Susan; Heather; George & Waldtraut; Mardelle; Gheorghe; David; Anne and family; Corrina; Elina; Lilia, mother of Rosa; Jason
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.
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 and Lisa as well as all our children who believe in Jesus.
SANCTIFYING YOUR HOBBIES WITH THE WORD OF GOD...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 week's teachings include: Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread, The Advent Hymn "Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding," Old Testament Patriarch Noah, The Psalter and more. You can listen live or on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the LPR mobile app
LUTHERAN HOUR: Hear this inspirational message on CHAM 820 AM at _8AM - December 8 "God's Yes"Speaker: Rev. Dr. Michael Zeigler; Loved and Sent Series - "If we say that God's purpose is simply to take our souls to heaven when we die, we might miss God's bigger 'yes' ... God's 'yes' to putting bodies and souls back together again in the resurrection; God's 'yes' to creation as He intended it to be." (Romans 8:18-39)
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.
LADIES OF GRACE:
# 1 – Ladies of Grace had very successful work days on November 2nd and November 5th. The ladies made 47 school kits and 49 baby bundles for Canadian Lutheran World Relief and 56 baby bundles for Medical Missions for a total of 105 baby bundles. Praise God for the hard working ladies and for all the donations.
#2 – While out and about doing your Christmas shopping be on the lookout for the following items which are need for our School Kits (Living and Learning Kits) Sealed bars of soap, tooth paste (with at least 1 year expiry date), rulers, pencils with erasers (pencil no sharpened) and pencil sharpeners. Thanking you in advance for your assistance in gathering these items so that in January we can once again made up school kits.
ADVENT CHRISTMAS DINNER: We are fast approaching the season. Please join us for our potluck fellowship this Saturday December 7 at 3pm with the meal served at 4pm. The Meat portion will be provided by Grace. See the white board in the narthex to sign up for side dishes. Blessings, Jane.
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. Thanks
MEN'S BREAKFAST: The next men's breakfast will be on Saturday, 14 December, at 8:30 am at the church.
WEDNESDAY ADVENT SERVICE: for the next 3 Wednesdays DEC 4, 11 AND 18,, there will be an additional Vesper service at 7:30pm. Come and hear the wonders of our Lord’s Office of the Keys as we wait for His Final Advent.
DONATIONS FOR ALTER FLOWERS FOR CHRISTMAS: Please see Paula
DECEMBER CALENDAR: Please provide dates for calendar for quilting, Sunday School, and other meetings by 11.28.19
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
This Week under Grace
Today (b) 9:30am Bible Class and Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday 7:30pm Elders
Wednesday 7:30pm Advent Service
Saturday 3:00pm Advent Dinner – Doors Open
Sunday (b) 9:30am Bible Class and Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service