October 15, 2023 - 20th 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!
Clothed in the Righteousness of Christ, We Partake of His Wedding Feast
By His cross and resurrection, the Lord has swallowed up death forever, and by His Gospel He “will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth” (Is. 25:8). Therefore, “let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Is. 25:9). On the mountain of the Lord of hosts — in His Church on earth, as in the kingdom of heaven — He has made “for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wine” (Is. 25:6). It is the royal “wedding feast” of the Son of God, “and everything is ready” (Matt. 22:1, 4). Thus, His servants are sent into the highways and byways to invite and gather as many as they find, “both good and bad,” to fill the wedding hall with guests (Matt. 22:8–10). In Holy Baptism, He clothes them all in the “wedding garment” of His own perfect righteousness (Matt. 22:11). Therefore, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God,” and “rejoice in the Lord always” (Phil. 4:4–6).
Collect of the day:
Almighty God, You invite us to trust in You for our salvation. Deal with us not in the severity of Your judgment but by the greatness of Your mercy; 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 25: 6-9 Philippians 4: 4-13 Matthew 22: 1 - 14
HYMNS: 875, 510, 774 (during offering), 633
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); Gina; Anne & Bill; Sherran; Herta; Viena; Reg & Gail; Levi
Friends and Fellow Christians: Dan; 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 cancelled Wed due to the Pastors’ conference.
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: Quilting is now every Tuesday morning starting at 9:30 am. All are invited to come out. No quilting experience is needed.
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
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.
GREETINGS: from Ed who is homebound and sends his greetings to you. You can encourage him in faith and to keep in touch.
SHOEBOX CHRISTMAS PROGRAM: Volunteer needed to help run the Shoebox Christmas Program. Collection Week is November 13-19. See office for program instruction.
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
Tuesday 9:00am Quilting
10:00am Winkel of Toronto Circuit Pastors
Wednesday 9:30am Bible study
Saturday 9:00am Council Retreat
Sunday (g) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service
Next Sunday’s Readings: Isaiah 25: 6-9 Philippians 4:4-13 Matthew 22: 1-14