Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost       Nov 12, 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 Gospel Prepares Us for Our Heavenly Bridegroom’s Coming

The Day of the Lord is “darkness, and not light” (Amos 5:18, 20) for all who trust in their own righteousness and piety. The Lord will not accept their “burnt offerings and grain offerings,” nor will He look upon their “peace offerings” (Amos 5:22). Instead, He desires a heart of faith that trusts in Him, which lets “justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” (Amos 5:24) in love for the neighbor. In order for the “lamps” of our lives to burn brightly with such love, we must be filled with the “oil” of forgiveness through faith in our Bridegroom, Jesus Christ (Matt. 25:1–4). Therefore, as we await His coming, wisdom directs us “to the dealers” (Matt. 25:9), that is, to the ministers of His Gospel. Thus we wait upon the Lord, and we “encourage one another with these words” (1 Thess. 4:18). Waking or sleeping, we are prepared to meet Him when He comes “with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God,” and “we will always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16, 17).

Collect of the Day

Lord God, heavenly Father, send forth Your Son to lead home His bride, the Church, that with all the company of the redeemed we may finally enter into His eternal wedding feast; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

ORDER OF SERVICE:   Diving Service  Setting One  page 151.

              The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse and is found on the insert.(P27A)

              There is no Communion this morning.  The Service concludes on page 162.

 

​READINGS:     :  Amos 5: 18 – 24           1 Thessalonians 4: 13 – 18        Matthew 25: 1 - 13

HYMNS:   594,  516,  515(offering),  801

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

Sunday 9:30am

Holy Communion:

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; Brenda; 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; Lisa and Pastor

 

PASTOR AWAY:  for the next three weeks on holidays.  If there is an emergency, please contact one of the elders/deacons.

 

PRAYER CHAIN:  Paula, our Evangelism Team Leader, has restarted the prayer chain for anyone who is in need of help.  Once a request is either brought to her and/or from Pastor, she will call the prayer chain members, who will only have knowledge of a person in need of support and prayers. All will be confidential, unless otherwise instructed by you. Please call, we’re here for you. Paula.

 

VOTERS ASSEMBLY:  approved the budget for 2018 last Sunday.

 

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 at 905-263-8497 or St. Vincent’s kitchen at 905-434-7543; ask for Valerie. 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.

 

WWW.LUTHERANHOUR.CA. CHAM 820/AM SUN. 8:00 November 19, 2017 “The Reckoning”      (Matthew 25:14-30); Speaker of the Lutheran Hour: Rev. Dr. Dale A. Meyer; You hear little talk about the “Fear of God” anymore, but if you don’t in some way fear your Creator who judges you down to your inmost being, why would you love your only Savior whom He sends you?  A message about fearing and loving God. 

 

LADIES OF GRACE:  Ladies of Grace are inviting all the ladies in the congregation to their Christmas Social to be held in the church basement on November 27th, 2017 starting at 5:30 with a meet and greet followed by a Pot Luck Supper at 6:00 p.m. with entertainment following the meal. Ladies are asked to please sign their name to the sheet in the Narthex and also please indicate which item you will bring for the supper.  This information is required so that we can ensure that we have seating for all who will be attending.

THANK YOU:  To everyone who contributed supplies and your time, to our mission project. Your support  make it possible to ship 59 School Kits and 50 Baby Bundles. God bless you, Minnie

 

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.  This week's topics include: Ways To Not Celebrate the Reformation's Quincentenary, All Saints' Day, The Three Men in the Fiery Furnace, Media Coverage of Religion and more.  You can listen to what you want when you want at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.

 

DENISE HOUSE AND CORNERSTONE DONATIONs:  We are going to take children’s and women’s gently used clothing to Denise house and men’s to Cornerstone. Also small household items. So if you are cleaning out your home and closets, think of donating to those in need.  Place in plastic bags and label them.  Put them under the brown cupboard in the narthex. Thanks Jane

 

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.

 

CHRISTIAN  SENIOR LIVING HOMES  -200 Glen Hill Dr. S Whitby; see posters and calendar of events on table.

 

NAIROBI NEWS: If your following Pr. Kuddes & Michele-Please click for newsletter-https://gallery.mailchimp.com/0976e44ed5efdb31e8f6c9dbd/files/12578677-2000-414d-b136-23798c27841f/Nairobi_News_3.pdf

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL: Our mission project for 2017, see bulletin insert. Blessings, Your Sunday school staff.

East District Lutheran Young Adult Retreat . . .  (Nov 3-5)

East District Lutheran Young Adult Retreat . . .  (Nov 3-5)

 

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.

CHURCH PHONE DIRECTORY – I know some of you are eager to get started on your Christmas cards.  Please take a few minutes to review your name  and all information in your household.  Write in updates or fill out a form.  Please complete by November 1, 2017.  If you want an electronic copy email the office. Thank you

 

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 office@gracelutheranoshawa.net

 

 

BIRTHDAY LUNCH & 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

Tuesday                   7:30 pm                               Ladies of Grace Meeting

Friday                         *****                                 Pastor starts vacation till Dec 3rd

Saturday                  7:30 am                               Men’s Breakfast

Sunday (g)               9:30am                                 Bible Class/Sunday School

                                10:30am                                Divine Service

Weekly Bulletin

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