Seventeenth Sunday of Pentecost Oct 1, 2017
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 Cross of Christ Opens to Us the Way of Repentance to Life with God
The way of the Lord is righteous and just: “the soul who sins shall die” (Ezek. 18:4). However, because the Lord has “no pleasure in the death of anyone” (Ezek. 18:32), He calls sinners to repentance and faith in His gracious forgiveness of sins. The man who is thus turned away from his wickedness, who henceforth lives by the grace of God, “shall surely live; he shall not die” (Ezek. 18:28). This way of repentance has been opened for us by the cross of Christ. In the righteousness of faith and love, “he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death” (Phil. 2:8), and He was vindicated in His resurrection from the dead. Indeed, “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name” (Phil. 2:9). He has given us this name in our Baptism into Christ, in whom we now “shine as lights in the world” (Phil. 2:15). He uses the authority that He has received from His Father (Matt. 21:23–27) to preach a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, by which even “the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God” (Matt. 21:31–32).
Collect of the Day
Almighty God, You exalted Your Son to the place of all honour and authority. Enlighten our minds by Your Holy Spirit that, confessing Jesus as Lord, we may be led into all truth; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Rite of Holy Baptism page 268.
The Introit is sung responsively by half-verse and if found on the insert.(P21a)
Divine Service continues with The Kyrie on page 152.
The Psalm (127) is found on the insert and is sung responsively by half-verse.
READINGS: : Ezekiel 18: 1–4, 25–32 Philippians 2: 1–4 (5-13)14–18 Matthew 21: 23–27 (28–32)
HYMNS: 593, 655, 857 (offering), 629, 813, 598
Presiding Minister (P): Rev. Jack Hetzel Assisting minister (A) lay: Shane
Organist/Pianist: Paula Acolyte: Christine
Sound System: Anna/Philip Webmaster: Michael
Secretary: Iulia (Tues am), Debby (Thurs pm) Parish Nurse: Jane
Bible Class and Sunday School
Since the Lord’s Supper gives the forgiveness of sins in the body and blood of Christ to all who believe the words “given and shed” and is also a celebration of oneness in faith, we ask that only those who have professed such faith publicly in a Lutheran Church-Canada (or Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod) congregation come to the Lord’s Altar. Everyone intending to commune for the first time is kindly asked to speak with the Pastor prior to the service.
PRAYER INTERCESSIONS: Hannelore (died Wed. Funeral Service Thurs. at 11:00am at church); Kathy (Pastor’s mother); Paula; Annette; Debbie & Stephanie; Ivy (Gina’s mother); Jumna; Christine; Fran & Irwin; Dennis; June; Rev. Kurt; Olga; Monika; Edith; Asser; Gheorghe; Sharon; Debby; Brenda; Autumn Susan; Mary; Sherran & Larry; Heather ; Herta; Gene & Margaret; Albina; Betty; Lucie; Andre & Micheline; Jeanine; George & Waldtraut; George & Jeannie; Rev. Delmar & Mardelle; Claudette; Isabelle; Denise.
BAPTISM: of Finnley Robert this morning brings great joy to the whole family of God as we welcome him. Finnley is the third son of Jen and Patrick. Serving as sponsors are Brianne and Chris. God bless you all on this happy day!
FUNERAL SERVICE: for Hannelore Weber is planned for this Thursday, October 5, 11:00am at Grace. Visitation is Wed. Oct. 4, 7:00 – 9:00pm at de Stefano Funeral home on Taunton Road, Oshawa as well as 10:00am at church. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. We pray that God would comfort Andy and his family with the certainty of salvation for all who trust in Christ Jesus, our dear Saviour.
TORONTO CIRCUIT REFORMATION SERVICE: is planned for Sunday October 29th at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Etobicoke, and beginning at 4 p.m. The guest preacher will be Rev. Ron Mohr, East District Mission Executive. The service will be followed by a dinner. More details regarding this will be forthcoming.
PRAYER CHAIN: Paula, our Evangelism Team Leader, has restarted the prayer chain for anyone who is in need of help. Once a request is either brought to her and/or from Pastor, she will call the prayer chain members, who will only have knowledge of a person in need of support and prayers. All will be confidential, unless otherwise instructed by you. Please call, we’re here for you. Paula
SAINT VINCENT’S KITCHEN: if anyone would like to help with our team it's the 4th Saturday of every month. You can Contact Charlie and Christine Farnell at 905-263-8497 or St. Vincent’s kitchen at 905-434-7543; ask for Valerie Moreton. People can come in the morning for prep, or in the afternoon for serving, busing or drying dishes. Or to help close. Morning times 9-12 Afternoon 2-5 Evening 5-7.
WANTED SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS: We would ask that you prayerfully consider serving your Lord Jesus as a Sunday school teacher. This service to God is such a blessing and you are in The Word continually! The children are delightful and God ensures that you as a teacher learn from the kids as well. Please give this prayerful consideration. Speak to Paula or Carolyn if you have any questions or worries! We will mentor you until you are comfortable on your own. Thank you.
WWW.LUTHERANHOUR.CA. CHAM 820/AM SUN. 8:00 AM October 8- Canadian Thanksgiving Special: Message by LCC President Rev. Robert Bugbee; “Thanksgiving is Today” (Psalm 95:1-7)
LCC CONVENTION: October 1 This month fellow Lutherans from across Canada will gather at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Kitchener for Lutheran Church—Canada’s 11th triennial convention…and you can be part of it! 1) Friday, October 13 - Opening Divine Service at Historic St. Paul’s in downtown Kitchener, at 7:30 p.m. 2) Saturday, October 14 - Reformation Intersections concert at Grace Lutheran Church, at 7:30 p.m. 3) Sunday, October 15 at 8:30 p.m. Meet and Greet for President Bugbee, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2nd floor, in appreciation for his service to the national church over the past 12 years 4) October 13-16 Convention business sessions at the Crowne Plaza. The schedule is available at www.lcc2017.ca.
LWML: This is the year of the 500th reformation, come to the Ontario District LWML Retreat and learn about the “Women of the Reformation”. The retreat is Oct. 20-21, 2017 at the Sunbridge Hotel Cambridge(Hespler). Registration is $75 for both days and you make your own room reservation with the hotel. When making your reservation advise them that you are part of the LWML Retreat to get the best room rate. Registration forms are available from Diana. Hope to see you all at this inspiring retreat. Blessings, Diana, President of Ladies of Grace.
MISSION QUILTS: Dates for October are 3,10,17,24,31, everyone welcome, no experience necessary.
CHURCH GROUNDS CLEAN-UP: We need your help
#1 cut the grass around the church until the end of Oct. See Philip, Owen, or Ed. to gain access to the mowers in the garage.
#2. To help in moving all the logs from the trees which were cut down in July to the portable/parking lot to be completed by mid-Sept. in the evening. Contact Ed /Owen
#3 Remove the large shrub hiding the church sign on the outside of the church.
#4 Clean up branches from the trees cut down. We need five to six men. Thanks for your help.
TALK RADIO FOR THE THINKING CHRISTIAN...You can listen to expert guests discuss topics like: Christian Engagement with the World, Why Congregational Membership Matters, The Vocation of Singleness, The Doctrine & Practice of Closed Communion, Elijah & the Prophets of Baal and more. Issues, Etc. is a radio talk show hosted by LCMS Pastor Todd Wilken and produced by Lutheran Public Radio in Collinsville, IL. You can listen on-demand at www.issuesetc.org and on the Lutheran Public Radio mobile app.
DENISE HOUSE AND CORNERSTONE DONATIONs: We are going to take children’s and women’s gently used clothing to Denise house and men’s to Cornerstone. Also small household items. So if you are cleaning out your home and closets, think of donating to those in need. Place in plastic bags and label them. Put them under the brown cupboard in the narthex. Thanks Jane
MEN'S BREAKFAST: the October men's breakfast will be on Saturday October 14 at 7:30 am at the church.
THANK YOU: Thank you to those who planned and brought food for the 500th anniversary celebration. A special thanks for the tremendous work of Gina and Wendy.
OFFERING COUNTERS: We are looking for volunteers to assist in counting weekly offerings on Sundays. Currently counting is done by just a few members of the congregation. It is a rather simple task carried out on a computer. Please give this request consideration to lighten the load on our Financial Sec’y Wendy
BIRTHDAY LUNCH & FOOD BANK: Don’t forget to bring non-perishable food items for the food bank AND on the birthday lunches. Next birthday lunch will be October 29th, 2017. See Jane if you want to be on the call list for food donations.
BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS: There is a 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 by noon and 3rd Sunday of each month for calendar. Or email your dates and events to firstname.lastname@example.org
REFERENCE MATERIALS: Please take a few moments over the next few Sundays to review our Church business and community bulletin board; and other resource materials on the tables/shelve and racks in the narthex. Please take some home
OFFICE PHONE: We are back up and running!!!! Just a few account issues to clear up, but functional!
This Week under Grace
Today (g) 9:30am Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service
Tuesday 9:00 am Quilting
Wednesday 9:00am Devine Service and Bible Study©
Thursday 11: 00 am Funeral for HANNELORE WEBER
Sunday (g) 9:30am Bible Class
10:30am Divine Service