Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 18, 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.
The Lord Is Rich in His Grace and Mercy
Because God, our Savior, “desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim. 2:4), He urges “that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people” (1 Tim. 2:1). Christians should so pray “without anger or quarreling,” but “adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control” (1 Tim. 2:8, 9). For the Lord does not forget “the poor of the land” (Amos 8:4). He remembers them according to the foolishness of the cross. “For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). Though we try to justify ourselves “before men,” God knows our sinful hearts and calls us to repentance (Luke 16:15). Though we are “not strong enough to dig,” and we are “ashamed to beg” (Luke 16:3), He justifies us by His grace and welcomes us into His “eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9). More shrewd than even “the sons of this world” (Luke 16:8), He requires His stewards of the Gospel to bestow forgiveness freely.
Collect of the Day
O Lord, keep Your Church in Your perpetual mercy; and because without You we cannot but fall, preserve us from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; 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 One page 151. (Proper 20) The Introit on the insert is sung responsively by half verse.
Readings: Amos 8: 4-7 1 Timothy 2: 1-15 Luke 16: 1-15
HYMNS: 908, 557, 588 (offering), v. 1 Sunday School, v. 2 All, 563, 534, 793
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 (TBD)
PRAYER INTERCESSIONS: Fred; Margaret; Albina; Rev. Allen; Edith; David; Ryan; Kristen; Kim; Asser; Maria & Gheorghe; Sharon; Brian; Autumn; Susan; Mary; Hans & Sonya; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Konrad & Herta; Gene; Rob & Debbie; Lucie; Claudette; Andre & Micheline; George & Waldtraut; Suzanne, Will; Keith
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.
DEBT REDUCTION: once again we are running a Debt Reduction Campaign ending September 25th, 2016. Faith Life Financial will be matching the donations up to $500.00.
NICARAGUA MISSION PROJECT: The (LCC) team continues to prepare for VBS in and around Leon for a trip set for January 2017. Needed are extra-large wheeled suitcases, in good working order, to carry craft supplies. Contact Ann if you have one to donate, or for more information on this mission project. Stay tuned for more events in support of the Lutheran church in Nicaragua. Plans for a fun night are in the making – details to follow.
LADIES OF GRACE LWMLC For more information about us, please contact Carolyn
QUILTING: Starts September 27th@9am; everyone welcome; No experience necessary.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: we thank our Lord for providing us with His Word and the time we have together to learn about His love for us. Teachers and Helpers installed today: Carolyn, Paula, Ann, Christine, and Stephanie. The Sunday School families are hosting coffee hour downstairs after service. Please come and join us!
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.
September 18 “Be Careful Who Sings Your Praises” (Luke 16:1-15). Speaker: Rev. Greg Seltz
God invites us to take all that He gives us and then put it to work, for others.
September 25 “Unlimited Patience - Almost” (1 Timothy 15-16). Speaker Emeritus: Rev. Ken Klaus. In this life the Lord of perfect patience invites sinners to faith and forgiveness. But remember, it is an invitation for this life only.
This Week under Grace – Sep 18, 2016
Today (g) 9:30am Adult Bible Study/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service (C)
4:00pm Installation of Rev. Christi, COK, Mississauga
Wednesday ST. MATTHEW APOSTLE & EVANGELIST
9:00am Matins and Bible Study
Saturday St. Vincent’s Kitchen
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.