Day of Thanksgiving October 9, 2016
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.
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. 8:3). 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 17:14). Of the 10 cleansed, only one expresses thanksgiving 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 blessing 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, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Setting One page 151. (Proper 20) The Introit on the insert is sung responsively by half verse.
Readings: Deuteronomy 8: 1 – 10 Philippians 4: 6 – 20 Luke 17: 11-19
HYMNS: 892, 785, 789 (offering), 846, 782, 895
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel-on vacation Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Anna/Laura/Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Ann (Tues) Debby (Thurs 1-3:30)
PRAYER INTERCESSIONS: Fred; Margaret; Albina; Rev. Allen; Edith; David; Ryan; Kristen; Kim; Asser; Maria & Gheorghe; Sharon; Autumn; Susan; Mary; Hans & Sonya; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Konrad & Herta; Gene; Rob & Debbie; Lucie; Claudette; Andre & Micheline; George & Waldtraut; Suzanne, Will; Keith; Brenda
CONGRATULATIONS: to Brad and Alyx at the birth of their first child, a daughter, Abigail, who was born on Aug. 14 and will be re-born by water and God’s word next Sun. Congratulations to Rev. Darren and Jennifer at the birth of their fourth child, a daughter Ellie Lynn in Airdrie Alberta. Jeniffer is the daughter of Aina.
MATINS AND BIBLE STUDY: takes place every Wednesday morning at 9:00 am. We will continue with a study on our liturgy. All members are welcome to join in.
NICARAGUA MISSION PROJECT: The (LCC) team prepares for VBS in and around Leon for January 2017. Thank you to Frank and Sandy for putting together the craft kits! On Sat. Nov. 5th at 5:30 pm, here at Grace, we are having a fund raiser with dinner. Please join in. If you would like to help, see the sign-up sheet in the Narthex. The offering will go directly to purchase VBS and construction materials. For more information, see Ann.
LADIES OF GRACE LWMLC: For more information about us, please contact Carolyn. See note below for date for work day. October 11, 2016.@ 9am
MEALS ON WHEELS: is looking for volunteers to deliver the meals in Oshawa. To sign up or for more information call (905) 430-5614 extension 225 and ask for Diane.
QUILTING: Newcomers welcome--no experience necessary. October dates: 18 and 25 starting at 9:00am. We will have a Work Day on Oct 11th assembling school kits & baby bundles.
DONATIONS NEEDED 2016: We need donations for Lady of Grace projects (layettes and school bags, more detail to come); We are also in great need of furniture pads. Our floors look so fabulous!! Almost everything needs pads. So if the next time you’re in the $dollar store please pick up a package; round ones are for chairs and square or rectangles for cabinets. Just drop them off on the secretaries desk. Thanking you so much in advance for your support.
THE LUTHERAN HOUR BROADCASTS: Hear inspirational messages every Sunday on Hamilton CHAM 820/am at 8:00 AM. Streaming audio and pod-casts at www.lutheranhour.ca.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: is in need of the following: paper towel rolls (by Oct 7), full size empty Pringle potato chip cans (by Oct 23), and toilet paper rolls (+100 needed by Nov. 13). Please help us by bringing in your “empties” and placing them in the Sunday School box found in the Narthex. Thank you!
LOST AND FOUND: if you can’t read this announcement, you are probably looking for a pair of glasses found Tues. morning in the parking lot.You can pick them up in the narthex next to the church office door.
THANK YOU: to everyone for the kindness and prayers offered up on behalf of Fred who successfully underwent surgery on Tuesday.
HISTORY OF OUR GRACE CHURCH: Our library is going to feature a book of the month. For the month of October, a photo album with newspaper clippings and all kinds of historical items concerning Grace Lutheran Church is featured. You can find it on top of the white book case in the narthex. Enjoy reading some history of how God’s grace has been working among us!
CAMPBELL LABELS: please submit all Campbell labels by Dec. 1, 2016. This program that has provided us with supplies for school kits is ending in January 2017. Labels can be placed in the wooden box just outside the church office.
HOLY LAND TOUR 2017 (Feb 26 – Mar 7, 2017) You are invited to join Rev. James Luke, Intercultural Minister & GTA Missionary in LCC, East District, on this special 10-day trip to the Holy Land. This is the third trip that Pastor Luke will be leading, an excellent opportunity to walk in Jesus’ steps. For more information contact Rev. James Luke at 905-451-2581. (flyer available at - select calendar/Feb 2017).
ANNUAL OCTOBERFEST LUNCHEON (Oct 16) Grace Lutheran Church, Kitchener, invites everyone to our annual Oktoberfest Luncheon on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 12:00 noon (immediately following service). This is a FaithLife event and free-will offering will be matched up to $500. The proceeds after expenses will go towards our Choir Loft Improvements. Mark your Calendar! Invite your friends! Please call the church office to reserve a seat. 519-742-7431.
EAST DISTRICT LUTHERAN YOUNG ADULTS Are you a young adult looking to connect with other Lutherans your age? Would you also like to read, learn and reflect on God’s Word with others? If so, EDLYA (East District Lutheran Young Adults) is for you! From July 29th to August 1st there will be a camping retreat at Springwater Conservation Area near St. Thomas. If you have any questions about the retreat or just about EDLYA in general, don’t hesitate to email your Toronto circuit representative, Kevin Lee, at email@example.com. You can also check out edlya.ca for further details and registration.
CHURCH FUNDRAISER: Sometimes we just need a card to say thank you, hope your doing ok, or congratulations or even Merry Christmas. We will have a rack with cards for all occasions. Take a card just put a donation in the tin on the rack. All funds for our debt reduction. If you have a stack of cards at home; that you want to donate. Please just put on the rack in the right category. I will have ready for November 1st, 2016.
Thank you to all who have already donated to get us started. Debby
This Week under Grace – October 9, 2016
Today (w) 9:30am Adult Bible Study/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service (C)
Monday THANKSGIVING DAY
Tuesday 9:00am Ladies of Grace Work Day
9:30am Toronto Circuit Pastors at here at Grace
7:30pm Church Council
Wednesday 9:00am Bible Study
12 Noon Saints Alive
Sunday (w) 9:30am Adult Bible Study/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service (C)
FOOD BANK: Please continue to make your food donations to help those in need in our church, community and our Seminary. Thank you
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: There is a folder in the 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; and 3rd Sunday of each month for calendar. Or email your dates and events to firstname.lastname@example.org; Start thinking about 2016 dates for meetings and events. Enter on calendar in narthex. Thank you.