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Weekly Bulletin

October  8, 2023 - Thanksgiving Sunday

 

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!  

We Praise God for Sustaining Life in and through His Word

The nation resounds with thanksgiving for the earth’s bountiful harvest, crops of wheat and grains, all beneath the canopy of God’s almighty care. But “man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD” (Deut. 8:1–10). The Church is the vessel through which the Word of God penetrates the world with its Law and Gospel. It is this divine Word that proclaims Jesus as the sole source of life, health and wholeness. It is Jesus who heals lepers with His Word: “Go and show yourselves to the priests” (Luke 17:11–19). Of the 10 cleansed, only one expresses thanksgiving back to Jesus. But true gratitude proceeds from a heart sustained by faith. Jesus bids this one Samaritan to “rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” So also, we are sent from the Divine Service, bolstered in our faith by baptismal and Eucharist blessings to be thankful in our circumstances of plenty and hunger, abundance and need (Phil. 4:6–20).

Collect of the day:

Almighty God, Your mercies are new every morning and You graciously provide for all our needs of body and soul.  Grant us Your Holy Spirit that we may acknowledge Your goodness, give thanks for Your benefits, and serve You in willing obedience all our days; 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:   Deuteronomy 8: 1 – 10                       1 Timothy 2: 1 – 4                  Luke 17: 11-19

HYMNS:   894,  785,  789 (during offering), 895

Presiding Minister (P):  Rev. Jack Hetzel  

Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane

Acolyte: Christine

Sound System: Philip  

Webmaster:  Michael Haeussler

Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie

Altar Guild:  Julia and Lynn

PRAYER INTERCESSION:  family/friends Gwenda (called home Sept. 19); Anne & Bill; Sherran; Herta; Viena

Friends and Fellow Christians: Dan; 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; Rev. Darryl; Doug & family; Spence family

Mission Prayers for October: Rev. Van Ravy – Cambodia, Rev. Heng Kim Hai (Hi) – Cambodia, Rev. Rochom Binh (Rock-om) – Cambodia, Rev. Romass Svell – Cambodia, Rev. San Ran - Cambodia

OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS:  Etelka; Doreen, Viena, Anne, Margaret, Laura, Connor, David, Amy, Briana, Kirsten, Norm, Bea, Vincent, Michael

 

OCTOBER ANNIVERSARIES: David & Lynn

 

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

 

WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY:  is cancelled Wed due to the Pastors’ conference.

 

ONTARIO DISTRICT CHRISTIAN GROWTH RETREAT: All the ladies of the congregation are invited to join us on October 13 & 14, at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre to study God's word and be uplifted by inspiring guest speakers.  Registration forms are available from Diana Grant or from the LWML Canada website.  Registration must be received by Doris Schaeffer before Sept. 5th.

LWML TORONTO ZONE FALL RALLY: Christ Our King Lutheran Church in Mississauga will be hosting the LWML Toronto Zone Fall Rally on Saturday, October 28. The theme will be Joy and will include guest speakers Poya Zamani and Rev. Kurt Lantz. Opening Devotion starts at 9:30am. Visiting Societies to bring a dessert. Please RSVP by October 21 to Barb Jurgens 905-823-7622 or email barbjurgens@gmail.com. Please see Diana Grant if you have any questions.

 

QUILTING: Quilting is now every Tuesday morning starting at 9:30 am.  All are invited to come out.  No quilting experience is needed.

 

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.

 

CANADIAN LUTHERAN: copies are available on the back shelf in the atrium. An article about Dan is featured on page 21 regarding his time as Vicar in Kitimat.

FOOD BANK:  Our food cabinet is running low on food; please drop off non-perishable food so we can support our church and community.

 

ALTAR FLOWERS:  Given to the glory of God and in memory of Gwenda by her family.

 

GREETINGS: from Ed who is homebound and sends his greetings to you.  You can encourage him in faith and to keep in touch.

 

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

 

SHOEBOX CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Volunteer needed to help run the Shoebox Christmas Program. Collection Week is November 13-19. See office for program instruction.

 

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

 

LUTHERAN BATTLE FOR THE BIBLE SERIES… How did the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod defend itself 50 years ago from a liberal approach to the Bible?  Issues, Etc., a radio talk show and podcast produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL, recently interviewed several guests about the Lutheran battle for the Bible.  You can listen to the entire series at your convenience at issuesetc.org/battleforthebible.

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

This Week under Grace 

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

                                  10:30am            Divine Service

Wednesday           9:30am             Bible study

                                    7:30pm             Council meeting

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

                                  10:30am            Divine Service

Next Sunday’s Readings: Isaiah 25: 6-9      Philippians 4:4-13      Matthew 22: 1-14

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