October 22, 2023 - 21st Sunday after Pentecost
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 Are Recreated in the Image of God by the Cross of Christ
Plotting against Jesus, the Pharisees attempted “to entangle him in his words” by asking about the payment of taxes to Caesar (Matt. 22:15). The Lord pointed to coins required for the tax, and He answered that we should “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matt. 22:21). But if coins bearing the image of Caesar should be rendered to him, then man — who is made in the image of God — must be rendered to the Lord. That tax is paid for us by the Lord Jesus, the image of God in the flesh, by His self-offering on the cross. And from His cross, as the Lord’s anointed, He reigns as the true Caesar over all nations “from the rising of the sun and from the west” (Is. 45:6). The Lord once called and anointed Cyrus “to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings” (Is. 45:1). Now by the preaching of the Gospel, “in power and in the Holy Spirit” (1 Thess. 1:5), foreigners from all over the world are “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God” (1 Thess. 1:9–10).
Collect of the day:
O God, the protector of all who trust in You, have mercy on us that with You as our ruler and guide we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, 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: Isaiah 45: 1 - 7 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10 Matthew 22: 15 - 22
HYMNS: 966, 940, 781 (during offering), 797
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
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; Levi, Debbie
Friends and Fellow Christians: 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 at 9:30am.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see Diana Grant if you have any questions.
QUILTING: Ladies of Grace quilters will be meeting every Tuesday morning at 9:30 to make quilts. Please come out and help if you can, no experience required.
LWML LAYETTES: We are going to be putting together layettes at our November meeting. We require receiving blankets in order to complete these layettes. Anyone wishing to donate layettes can do so by giving them to either Carolyn McLeod or myself. - Diana President Ladies of Grace
LADIES GUILD: Ladies Guild Membership is currently due. The fee is $10. Please give to Carolyn.
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.
SHOEBOX CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Volunteer needed to help run the Shoebox Christmas Program. Collection Week is November 13-19. See office for program instruction.
PASTOR DARRYL STEFANIK: died on Friday, October 6 and was buried on Sunday, October 15. In honour of her husband, Cornelia Stefanik would like to invite friends and also our circuit pastors and congregations to a visitation on Sunday, October 22, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2027 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord! (Revelation 14:13).
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.
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 email@example.com
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 (g) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Monday ST. JAMES OF JERUSALEM, BROTHER OF JESUS, MARTYR
Tuesday 9:00am Quilting
Wednesday 9:30am Bible study
Saturday ST. SIMON & ST. JUDE, APOSTLES Toronto LWML rally-Christ Our King
Sunday (r) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service for Reformation Day (observed)
Next Sunday’s Readings: Revelation 14:6-7 Romans 3:19-28 John 8: 31-36