September 24, 2023 - 17th 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!
Disciples Live in Their Vocations by Grace through Faith in Christ
Those who are sent as “laborers for his vineyard” (Matt. 20:1) depict the wide diversity of vocations to which the disciples of Christ Jesus are called. Whatever our particular stations in life may be, we are called to live and serve by faith in His promises. Our labors do not merit anything before Him,
for He is already generous to one and all without partiality. In mercy, He has chosen to bear “the burden of the day and the scorching heat” on our behalf, to make us equal to Himself and to give us what belongs to Him, that is, the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 20:12–15). This way of the Lord is foolishness to the world and foreign to our thoughts, but He draws near, so that “he may be found” (Is. 55:6), “have compassion” and “abundantly pardon” (Is. 55:7). So it is that we are found in Christ Jesus, and He is honored in our bodies, “whether by life or by death” (Phil. 1:20), by “fruitful labor” (Phil. 1:22) or by suffering. It is by faith in His forgiveness that our works are “worthy of the gospel” (Phil. 1:27).
Collect of the day:
Lord God, heavenly Father, since we cannot stand before You relying on anything we have done, help us trust in Your abiding grace and live according to Your Word; 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 for Proper 20A is found on the insert and sung responsively by half-verse.
READINGS: Isaiah 55: 6-9 Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30 Matthew 20: 1-16
HYMNS: 869, 555 (st 1 – 6), 827
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel
Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Sound System: Philip
Webmaster: Michael Haeussler
Office Secretary: Debby and Leslie
Altar Guild: Leslie
PRAYER INTERCESSION: family/friends Gwenda (called home Sept. 19); Anne & Bill; Sherran; Herta; Viena; Betty
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 September: Rev. Dr. David Somers – Quebec, Rev. Walta Clercius – Quebec, Rev. Frank Morgret – Quebec, Rev. Razafy Razandrakoto – Quebec
SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS: Travis, Julia, Anna, Michael, Abigail, Brandon, Hannah, Diana
SEPTEMBER ANNIVERSARIES: Michael & Lorrie 50th, Wally & Rose 57th , Sanjiv & Roweena 35th, Reg & Gail 50th
SUNDAY SCHOOL: and Bible study is at 9:30am.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY: at 9:30am. We will be studying the upcoming Scripture readings.
ONTARIO DISTRICT CHRISTIAN GROWTH RETREAT: All the ladies of the congregation are invited to join us on October 13 & 14, at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre to study God's word and be uplifted by inspiring guest speakers. Registration forms are available from Diana or from the LWML Canada website. Registration must be received by Doris before Sept. 5th.
LWML SUNDAY: LWML Sunday will be held on October 1st this year. We encourage everyone to contribute to our Mite Offering in support of the Mission Projects supported by LWML Canada.
QUILTING: Quilting is now every Tuesday morning starting at 9:30 am. All are invited to come out no quilting experience is needed.
ITEM LOST: If anyone was cleaning or borrowed the large silver urn, orange coffee and beige tea urns, please return the power cords. We cannot find them.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: to help paint the offices. If interested please leave a message at the church.
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 one of the elders.
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.
OCTOBER CALENDAR: Please fill in the dates and times of meetings or events on Calendar for October on the whiteboard. Thank you. Debby
ALTAR FLOWERS: Given to the glory of God and in memory of Gwenda Parker by her family.
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
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.
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 7:00pm Elders’ meeting
Wednesday 9:30am Bible study
Friday ST. MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS
Sunday (g) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service – (Proper 21) LWML Sunday
Next Sunday’s Readings: Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32 Philippians 2:1-4, 14-18 Matthew 21:23-27