October 29, 2023 - Reformation Day (observed)
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!
The Son of God Has Set Us Free from Sin and Death by His Grace
“Wisdom is justified by her deeds” (Matt. 11:19), and the true wisdom of God, Christ Jesus, the incarnate Son, justifies us by His deeds. He prepares His way by the preaching of repentance, but He has suffered the violence of the Law and voluntarily handed Himself over to violent men, in order that we may eat and drink with Him in His Kingdom and “remain in the house forever” (John 8:35). He is “a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt. 11:18–19), and He has rescued us by His grace from the slavery of sin and death. By the proclamation of His eternal Gospel “to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people” (Rev. 14:6), “the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law” (Rom. 3:21), “that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). And by the hearing of that Gospel of Christ Jesus, “whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith” (Rom. 3:25), “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31–32).
Collect of the day:
Almighty and gracious Lord, pour out Your Holy Spirit on Your faithful people. Keep us steadfast in Your grace and truth, protect and deliver us in times of temptation, defend us against all enemies, and grant to Your Church Your saving peace; 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: Revelation 14: 6-7 Romans 3: 19-28 John 8: 31-36
HYMNS: 904, 656, 392 (during offering), 644
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: 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
WELCOME REV. HART: Thank you for bringing us God’s Word. God’s blessings to you and your family and may the Lord keep us all steadfast in His Word!
PASTOR HETZEL: is away this weekend preaching at the 110th anniversary of St. Matthew Lutheran, Calgary. May God preserve all who travel.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: and Bible study is at 9:30am.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY: is at 9:30am.
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 Cunningham 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. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord! (Revelation 14:13).
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 (r) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday REFORMATION DAY
Wednesday ALL SAINTS’ DAY
9:30am Bible study
Sunday (w) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service for All Saints’ Day (observed)
Next Sunday’s Readings: Revelation 7: (2-8) 9-17 1 John 3:1-3 Matthew 5: 1-12