September 17, 2023 - 16th 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!
Forgiving as the Lord Forgives Us
In settling His accounts with us, our Lord acts not with anger, but with compassion. He does not imprison us as we deserve, but He forgives all our debts and releases us (Matt. 18:23–27). Therefore, our Lord bids each of us to have “mercy on your fellow servant” and “forgive your brother from your heart” (Matt. 18:33, 35). By the Lord’s forgiveness of our sins, we are free to forgive those who sin against us, because He has been handed over to the jailers
in our stead and He has paid our entire debt with His lifeblood. Whether we live or die, we “are the Lord’s” (Rom. 14:8). Since we all will “stand before the judgment seat of God,” we are not to despise our brother (Rom. 14:10), but gladly forgive him. By the grace of God, our brother also “will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand” (Rom. 14:4). Though we daily sin against each other, the Lord intends “to bring it about that many people should be kept alive” (Gen. 50:20). Jesus speaks kindly by His Gospel and promises: “I will provide for you and your little ones” (Gen. 50:21).
Collect of the day:
O God, our refuge and strength, the author of all godliness, hear the devout prayers of Your Church, especially in times of persecution, and grant that what we ask in faith we may obtain; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: Setting Three on page 184
The Introit for Proper 19A is found on the insert and sung responsively by half-verse.
READINGS: Genesis 50: 15 – 21 Romans 14: 1 – 12 Matthew 18: 21-35
HYMNS: 760, 501, 845
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: Anne & Bill; Sherran; Herta; Viena; Gwenda; Betty
Friends and Fellow Christians: 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; family of Mitchell especially wife Ryshie; Jean; Rev. Darryl; Doug & 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Sunday (g) 9:30am Sunday School and Bible study
10:30am Divine Service – (Proper 20)
Next Sunday’s Readings: Isaiah 55:6-9 Philippians 1:12-14, 19-30 Matthew 20:1-16