November 5, 2023 - All Saints' 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!
Saints Are Blessed in the Eternal Presence of Christ
“A great multitude … from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages,” cry out, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne” (Rev. 7:9–17). Faith-filled saints from every place and time, with unified voices, eternally magnify the Lamb of God. As His beloved children, we, too, “shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:1–3). Joined with the throng of angels and a myriad of saints, we shall “serve him day and night in his temple” (Rev. 7:9–17). In our earthly tension vacillating between saint and sinner, faith and doubt, sacred and profane, we earnestly seek Jesus to calm our fears, comfort our spirits and forgive our sins. The Holy Spirit through faith in Christ propels us forward, fortifying us in Word and Sacrament, to our eternal home. In the midst of our constant struggle as believers, we need to be blessed. And so we are. The poor in spirit, the meek, the hungry, the thirsty, the merciful, the pure and the persecuted are all blessed, and we will most certainly inherit the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 5:1–12).
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 7: (2-8) 9-17 1 John 3: 1-3 Matthew 5: 1-12
HYMNS: 813, 677, 733 (during offering), 941
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 Aina
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 November: Rev. Jesùs Alberto Domínguez-Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in Realejo.; Rev. Carlos Manuel Amador - missionary pastor in the community of Villa Nueva; Rev. Guillermo Zùniga - pastor in the Lutheran Church Jesus Christ King of Kings in the City of Granada.; Rev. Geronimo Francisco Cano- pastor in the Lutheran Church Cristo Vive in the Cristo Rey community and in El Calvario Lutheran Church.
NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS: Casey, Fred, Bob, Susan, Lily, Owen, Elizabeth, Randy, Herta, Minnie, Eloise, Heidi, Roweena, Jeff, Wally
NOVEMBER ANNIVERSARIES: Fred & Sheri
REMEMBERING ALL SAINTS: In joyful expectation of the resurrection to life eternal, we remember before the Lord our departed family and friends who have gone before us in faith and all those who are in our hearts and minds this day. The following dear ones have died in the faith since last years’ remembrance:
Gwenda Erhard Lucille Heinz John Miriam April Wolfgang
INSTALLATION OF CHURCH OFFICERS:
Elders: Owen Aho, Reg Tiegs, Dave Moulds, Shane Kelly
President & Director: Mike Haeussler
Secretary & Director: Irene Haight
Treasurer & Director: Leslie Dunlop
Financial Secretary & Director: Wendy Scully
Trustees: Gina Heeger, Debby Miller, Philip Hetzel, David Bebee
Auditors: Iulia Preda, Phil McLean
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. Put in your calendar for Dec 2, Ladies of Grace Christmas fellowship more details to come next week. We will be having a Christmas raffle for a beautiful Quilt to raise money for our missions/seminary... Tickets start today after church. $2 or 3/$5 Draw December 17th by Pastor. Blessings.
SEMINARY GUILD: Seminary Guild Membership is currently due. The fee is $10.Please give to Carolyn.
CHRISTMAS MEMORY TREE for those who have been called home by our Father. We are gathering ornaments in memory of a member of Grace or a loved one. You can place it on the tree in the entrance of the Church. On the ornament, please label in memory of…If you wish to take it home after Christmas you may do so, or donate your ornament for the years to come. (Rev. 7:17)
FOOD BANK: Our food cabinet is running low on food; please drop off non-perishable food so we can support our church and community.
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 (w) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
4:00pm Kingston Mission – Rev. Bryans
Tuesday 9:30am Quilting
Wednesday 9:30am Bible Study
Thursday 4:00 pm Christmas Tree setup.
Sunday (g) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Next Sunday’s Readings: Amos 5:18–24 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 Matthew 25:1–13ext Sunday’s Readings: Amos 5:18–24 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 Matthew 25:1–13