Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost September 25, 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.
Our Help Is Not in Worldly Riches
“The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side,” and “the rich man also died and was buried” (Luke 16:22). The poor man Lazarus, who knew many bad things on earth, began to be comforted forever, whereas the rich man, after a lifetime of good things, began to be “in anguish” (Luke 16:25). Therefore, “woe to those who are at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1), for “the revelry of those who stretch themselves out shall pass away” (Amos 6:7). The wealthy are urged “not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches,” but “to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share” (1 Tim. 6:17–18). Covetous desire for what God has not given is idolatry and “a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Tim. 6:10). Contentment belongs to faith, by which the Christian has “great gain” in godliness (1 Tim. 6:6).
Collect of the Day
O God, You are the strength of all who trust in You, and without Your aid we can do no good thing. Grant us the help of Your grace that we may please You in both will and deed; 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 6: 1-7 1 Timothy 6: 6-19 Luke 16: 19-31
HYMNS: 730, 708, 845 (offering), 619, 673, 801
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; Autumn; Susan; Mary; Hans & Sonya; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Konrad & Herta; Gene; Rob & Debbie; Lucie; Claudette; Andre & Micheline; George & Waldtraut; Suzanne, Will; Keith; Brenda
DEDICATION OF WHITE ALTAR PARAMENTS: this morning before the Prayer of the Church. Thanks to Gina and Les for purchasing the material and fringe and to Verna for masterfully sewing them. The paraments are made of ornate cloth that adorn the altar and the different colours express liturgically the theme of the church year around the life of Christ.
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.
MISSION TO MADAGASCAR: Rev. Jeffrey and Michele Kuddes thanked us for supporting this mission work in Africa in a cordial letter posted on the narthex bulletin board. You can reach him via email Jeffrey.email@example.com Rev. Kuddes led worship on Aug. 14 and presented the work of the Malagasy church after service.
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.
CONGREGATION LUNCH: today downstairs after service. We will celebrate June, July, August, and September baptism anniversaries, birthdays, and wedding anniversaries. Please come down for a delicious lunch and cake!
NICARAGUA MISSION PROJECT: The (LCC) team continues to prepare for VBS in and around Leon for a trip set for January 2017. Thank you to those who donated wheeled suitcases to carry craft supplies with us to Nicaragua! Ann is in urgent need of help putting together craft kits. If you can volunteer some time (an hour would be very helpful) please see Ann. Plans are underway for a fundraiser to be held on November 5, 2016 here at Grace. Stay tuned for more details.
LADIES OF GRACE LWMLC For more information about us, please contact Carolyn
QUILTING: Starts September 27th@9am; newcomers welcome--no experience necessary. October dates: 4, and 18 and 25 starting at 9:00am.
We will also have a Work Day on October 11th putting together school kits and baby bundles.
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
Today (g) 9:30am Adult Bible Study/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service (C)
Congregational Luncheon following service
Tuesday 9:00am Quilting
Wednesday 9:00am Matins and Bible Study
Thursday ST. MICHAEL & ALL ANGELS
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.