Grace Lutheran Church Oshawa
540 Cromwell Ave. + Oshawa, Ontario + L1J 4V4 + Phone: 905-728-4381 + email: firstname.lastname@example.org
First Sunday in Advent Dec 3, 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.
The Lord Jesus Comes in Meekness and Humility to Save Us
Although we pray that God “would rend the heavens and come down” (Is. 64:1), that He would take vengeance against our enemies, we ourselves “have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment” (Is. 64:6). We have continued in our sins for “a long time, and shall we be saved?” (Is. 64:5). Yet, the Lord does not punish us in anger. He comes in voluntary meekness and humility to save us by His grace. Just as He once came into Jerusalem to sacrifice Himself for us upon the cross (Mark 11:4–8), He still comes to His Church with the fruits of His Passion. By His ministry of the Gospel, we are “enriched in him in all speech and all knowledge,” and so He will “sustain you to the end” (1 Cor. 1:5, 8). Although “heaven and earth will pass away,” His words “will not pass away” (Mark 13:31). As He sends disciples to call us to Himself in the fellowship of His Church, so will He “send out the angels” to gather us and all of His elect “from the ends of the earth” to Himself in heaven forever (Mark 13:27).
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.
The Introit is spoken responsively by half-verse and is found on the insert.(B)
The Gloria in Excelsis is omitted during Advent.
READINGS: Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 Mark 11:1-10 (13:24-37)
HYMNS: 355, 332, 350 (offering), 333, 343, 331
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
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; 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
ADVENT SERVICE: In this blessed Advent Season, we come together for worship on Wednesdays at 7:30pm as we marvel at the glorious revealing of His Grace. What a blessed way to prepare for Christmas!
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 Farnell at 905-263-8497 or St. Vincent’s kitchen at 905-434-7543; ask for Valerie Moreton. 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.
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“Prep Time”(Mark 1:1-3); Speaker of the Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Ken Klaus-Preparing for Christmas is quite different than preparing for Christ. Today’s Lutheran Hour message explores those differences.
LADIES OF GRACE: MISSION QUILTS: To all the ladies that came out so faithfully on Tuesday mornings to work on this mission project for CLWR -"Thank you and God Bless you." Have a blessed Christmas. We'll see you again in January 2018. Minnie & Ann
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.
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.
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 the dish you are bringing and help out with setup and clean up. More hands to help allows everyone to leave together. Please fill out the set reservation form so we know how many to setup for. See Bob after church.
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.
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 email@example.com
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
Wednesday 7:30 pm ADVENT SERVICE –
Saturday 5:30 pm Advent Dinner(see white board for details)
Sunday (g) 9:30am Bible Class/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service