All Saints Day Sunday November 6, 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.
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 everlasting God, You knit together Your faithful people of all times and places into one holy communion, the mystical body of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant us so to follow Your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that, together with them, we may come to the unspeakable joys You have prepared for those who love You; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Setting One page 151. The Introit on the insert is sung responsively by half verse.
Readings: Revelation 7: (2-8) 9 – 17 1 John 3: 1 – 3 Matthew 5: 1 - 12
HYMNS: 594, 677, 676 (offering), 644, 473, 940
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Anna/Laura/Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Ann (Tue.) and Debby (Thurs 5-7)
PRAYER INTERCESSIONS: Family of Armand; Marshall; Thelma; family of Severin; Rev. Greg; Pres. Paul; Bill; Fred; Margaret; Albina; Rev. Allen; Edith; David; Ryan; Kristen; Kim; Asser ; Gheorghe; Sharon; Autumn; Susan; Mary; Hans & Sonya; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Konrad & Herta; Gene; Rob & Debbie; Stephanie; Lucie; Claudette; Andre & Micheline; George & Waldtraut; Suzanne; Will; Keith, Brenda; Mother of Paula; Uncle and Mother of Sherry.
ALL SAINT’S DAY: 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.
William Rudolf Emil
MATINS AND BIBLE STUDY: takes place every Wednesday morning at 9:00 am. We continue with a study on our liturgy. All members are welcome to join in.
LLL ANNIVERSAY: This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the Lutheran Laymen's League (formed Oct. 1917), and the Lutheran Hour (began broadcasting Oct. 2, 1930). Today, the Lutheran Hour is heard weekly on 1600 radio stations, reaching 51 million people, in over 50 countries worldwide!
NICARAGUA MISSION PROJECT: join us for TAPAS on Sat. Nov. 5th at 5:30 pm, here at Grace. This fund raiser, with dinner and silent auction, is to support LCC’s Nicaragua Mission. All donations (free will offering) go directly for the purchase of VBS and construction materials. A sign-up sheet for meal donations is posted in the Narthex. Don’t be afraid of TAPAS—there are plenty of North American dishes being served! Venido para la diversion! For more information, see Ann.
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: Tuesdays Nov. 8, 15, 22, 29 at 9:00am. Newcomers welcome--no experience necessary.
DONATIONS NEEDED 2016: We continue to accept donations for layettes and school bags. Thank you for donating a number of furniture pads to help protect our newly polished floors!
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: Will now have enough toilet paper rolls-THANK YOU! We are collecting toiletries for a community project. More details to follow. A list of needed items is available on our Sunday School box in the Narthex. We thank you for your continued support!
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 historical items concerning GLC 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. The current program that has provided supplies for school kits is ending in Jan. 2017. Place labels in the wooden box 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).
CHURCH FUNDRAISER: Sometimes we need a card to say thank you, hope you’re doing okay, congratulations, or even Merry Christmas. We will have a rack with cards for all occasions. Take a card and put a donation in the globe tin on the rack. All funds are for our debt reduction fund. If you have a stack of cards at home that you want to donate, place them on the rack in the right category. I will have the cards ready for Nov. 1st, 2016. Thank you to all who have already donated to get us started. Debby
OFFERING COUNTERS: we are looking for volunteers to assist in counting weekly offerings. Currently counting is done by just a few members of the congregation. It is a rather simple task carried out on a computer. Please give this request consideration to lighten the load on our Financial Sec’y Wendy.
SPECIAL NEEDS FUND: The special needs fund has been depleted, and the church council has approved that it be reactivated, to help church family members in need. Please consider how you've been blessed, and can assist in building up this fund once again. This should be over and above your normal weekly offerings. Thank you for sharing with those in need .
90th ANNIVERSAY FOR GRACE L.C.: Our 90th Anniversary is fast approaching, and we would like some of your expertise in the matter, please let Gina know if you are interested in joining the organizing committee.
GREETERS: A welcoming smile and a firm handshake is a warm invitation to our Grace family. Please sign up for either whole month or a few Sundays or if you notice no one is there at 10:15 am. Please step in an Greet! See sign up form on bulletin board.
NEEDED: A second large artificial Christmas tree. If you have one your no longer using, please bring it in so we can also have on in the Church this year. Thank you.
EVANGELISM: “Mission You” is a course offered by district in Kitchener on Saturday Nov 12th, 2016 @ 8:30 am. Anyone wanting to attend this enlightening course for spreading the good news to the un-churched. Please call Paula. God bless.
THANK YOU: to my Grace family for all your Prayers and good wishes for my 80th birthday. God bless Viena
THANK YOU: A thank you card was received from the Lutheran Theo. Seminary Students for our Donation of food for their pantry. See card on Bulletin board.
This Week under Grace – November 6, 2016
Today (w) 9:30am Adult Bible Study
10:30am Divine Service (C)
Tuesday 9:00am Quilting
7:30pm Elders meeting
Wednesday 9:00am Matins and Bible Study
Noon Saints Alive
Sunday (g) 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.