Twenty Second Day after Pentecost October 16, 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.
Faith Clings to the Word and Promises of God and Perseveres in Prayer
“Left alone,” Jacob wrestled through the night with the Lord, “until the breaking of the day” (Gen. 32:24). Though “Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him” (Gen. 32:25), he would not let go until the Lord blessed him. At times we, too, strive with God; He strives with us and blesses us by grace. So Jesus teaches us “always to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Jesus speaks of “a judge who neither feared God nor respected man” and of a widow “who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary’ ” (Luke 18:2–3). Because of her persistence, the judge agreed to “give her justice” (Luke 18:5). Our Lord dispenses justice generously and swiftly, giving “justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night” (Luke 18:7). He does so according to the Gospel. Therefore, His ministers are to persevere faithfully in their vocation, in what they “have learned and have firmly believed” (2 Tim. 3:14). On the basis of “the sacred writings” (2 Tim. 3:15), they are to “preach the word” at all times and not lose heart (2 Tim. 4:2).
Collect of the Day
O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, You have commanded us to pray and have promised to hear us. Mercifully grant that Your Holy Spirit may direct and govern our hearts in all things that we may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of Your name; 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: The Rite of Holy Baptism page 268. The Service continues with the Kyrie page 152.
Readings: Genesis 32:22-30 2 Timothy 3:14-4:5 Luke 18: 1-8
HYMNS: 593, 734, 773 (offering) 623, 722, 924
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: Bill; 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
HOLY BAPTISM: Abigail June Marie is baptized this morning into God's family. What a joy to see this wonder in the making! We rejoice with her parents Brad and Alyx and sponsors Catherin and Dan.
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.
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.
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.
THANK YOU: to everyone who assembled kits on Tues. morning. We were able to assemble 37 baby bundles and 34 school kits. Thanks again.
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 www.lcceast.ca - select calendar/Feb 2017).
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
OFFERING COUNTERS: We are looking for volunteers to assist in counting the offerings. Currently the counting is carried out by just a few members of the congregation. It is a relatively simple task carried out on a computer. Please give this request serious consideration to help lighten the load on our financial secretary 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. Thankyou for sharing with those in need .
LCC RESTRUCTURING: Stage Four in our church wide discussions will take place next Sunday at 4:00pm at Risen Christ in Mississauge. Rev. Bill Ney, chairman of the Commission on Constitutional Matters and Structure will lead our discussion. Everyone is invited. For more information, speak to Pastor.
This Week under Grace – October 16, 2016
Today (g) 9:30am Adult Bible Study/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service (C)
Tuesday 9:00am Quilting
9:30am Toronto Circuit Pastors here at Grace
Wednesday 9:00am Bible Study
Sunday (g) 9:30am Adult Bible Study/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service (C)
4:00pm LCC Restructuring forum at Risen Christ, Mississauga
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.