Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost October 2, 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.
We Walk by Faith, and Not by Sight, in the Peace of Christ’s Forgiveness
We are surrounded by “destruction and violence” (Hab. 1:3) because the Law “is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth” (Hab. 1:4). In fact, the Law cannot rescue us from our enemies; it is our fiercest enemy of all. Therefore, not by sight, experience or feeling, nor by works, “the righteous shall live by his faith” (Hab. 2:4). “Temptations to sin are sure to come” (Luke 17:1), but as often as we sin, the Lord rebukes us, turns us to repentance and forgives us. We pray that He would thus “increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). And indeed, He does! Though we are His “unworthy servants” (Luke 17:10), He prepares His Supper for us, dresses us properly and gives us His body and blood to eat and drink. He appoints pastors for us, “by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:1). For the Gospel brings “life and immortality to light” (2 Tim. 1:10). This we believe. Therefore, “follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard,” by which He guards you “in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:13).
Collect of the Day
O God, our refuge and strength, the author of all godliness, by Your grace hear the prayers of Your Church. Grant that those things which we ask in faith we may receive through Your bountiful 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 One page 151. (Proper 22) The Introit on the insert is sung responsively by half verse.
Readings: Habakkuk 1:1 -4; 2: 1-4 2 Timothy 1: 1-14 Luke 17: 1-10
HYMNS: 902, 587, 857 (offering), 637, 575, 392
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
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
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.
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. See note below for date for work day.
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: 4, and 18 and 25 starting at 9:00am. We will have a Work Day on Oct 11th assembling school kits & 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.
October 9 - “Lord, Give Me What I Need – Give Me Faith!” (Luke 17:11-19)
Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Greg Seltz. You don’t have to settle for what the world hands you. You can live by faith in the Son of God who heals, forgives and restores.
October 16 - "Know This Word -- Your Life Depends on It" (2 Timothy 3:16)
Lutheran Hour Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz. The Bible provides a strategy for survival in an uncertain world. It can break hearts of stone and replace them with living hearts open to God's truth.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: is in need of the following: paper towel rolls (by Oct 7), full size empty Pringle potato chip cans (by Oct 23), and toilet paper rolls (+100 needed by Nov. 13). Please help us by bringing in your “empties” and placing them in the Sunday School box found in the Narthex. Thank you!
EVANGELISM COMMITTEE: is meeting on Tuesday October 4 at 5pm.
LOST AND FOUND: if you can’t read this announcement, you are probably looking for a pair of glasses found Tuesday morning in the parking lot. You can pick them up in the narthex next to the church office door.
THANK YOU: to everyone for the kindness and prayers offered up on behalf of Fred who successfully underwent surgery on Tuesday.
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!
This Week under Grace – October 2, 2016
Today (g) 9:30am Adult Bible Study/Sunday School
10:30am Divine Service (C)
Tuesday 9:00am Quilting
Wednesday 9:00am Divine Service (c) and Bible Study
Sunday (w) 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.