Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost September 11, 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.
Jesus Christ Is the Great Shepherd of His Sheep
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Tim. 1:15). As He had mercy on Paul, in order to “display his perfect patience” (1 Tim. 1:16), so also does He seek out His sheep “from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness” (Ezek. 34:12). To deliver His flock, He “will seek the lost, … bring back the strayed, … bind up the injured, and … strengthen the weak” (Ezek. 34:16), and “they shall no longer be a prey” (Ezek. 34:22). He sets over them one great Good Shepherd, the Son of David, who “shall feed them and be their shepherd” (Ezek. 34:23). For Christ Jesus is the one man who, “having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them,” would “leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it” (Luke 15:4). When He finds the lost one and brings it home rejoicing, “the angels of God” and all the company of heaven rejoice with Him, with great joy (Luke 15:7, 10).
Collect of the Day
Lord Jesus, You are the Good Shepherd, without whom nothing is secure. Rescue and preserve us that we may not be lost forever but follow You, rejoicing in the way that leads to eternal life; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
ORDER OF SERVICE: page 151 (Proper 18) The Introit on the insert is sung responsively by half verse.
Readings: Ezekiel 34: 11-24 1 Timothy 1: (5-11) 12-17 Luke 15: 1-10
HYMNS: 915, 609, 781(offering), 710, 711, 740, 716
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: Margaret; Albina; Rev. Allen; Edith; David; Ryan; Kristen; Kim; Asser; Maria & Gheorghe; Sharon; Brian; Autumn; Susan; Mary; Hans & Sonya; Sherran & Larry; Heather; Konrad & Herta; Gene; Rob & Debbie; Lucie; Claudette; Andre & Micheline; George & Waldtraut; Suzanne, Will; Keith
MATINS AND BIBLE STUDY: returns starting Wednesday September 14 at 9:00 am. We will continue with a study on our liturgy. Please join us.
INSTALLATION SERVICE: of Rev. Vasilios Christoforidis (a.k.a. Basil Christi) as Associate Pastor of Christ Our King Lutheran Church, Mississauga (2150 Dundas St. W) is today at 4:00pm. Thanks be to our gracious God for sending another labourer into his harvest.
SAINTS ALIVE: is back and meets on Wednesday September 14th at 12 noon. All are welcome to join us. Please contact Reta for more information.
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.
NICARAGUA MISSION PROJECT: The (LCC) team continues to prepare for VBS in and around Leon for a trip set for January 2017. Needed are extra-large wheeled suitcases, in good working order, to carry craft supplies. Contact Ann if you have one to donate, or for more information on this mission project. Stay tuned for more events in support of the Lutheran church in Nicaragua. Plans for a fun night are in the making – details to follow.
LADIES OF GRACE LWMLC will be meeting on Sept. 13th at 7:30 pm at the church to plan the new season. Please come and tell us what you would like to do. More Bible studies, more dinners out, more fun nights? We need your input. Thanks and God bless, Carolyn
QUILTING: Starts September 27th@9am; everyone welcome; No experience necessary.
SUNDAY SCHOOL: we will kick off our 2016/2017 year with Rally Day on Sept. 18th@9:30 am. Join us downstairs after service as we host coffee hour.
EVANGELISM TEAM: Our first meeting is on September 12th, 2016 5:30 pm
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.
ELDERS MEETING - Tuesday Sept 13th @ 07:30 pm. Discussion of the Lutheran Witness article on Closed Communion.Reg, Elder
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 – Sep 11, 2016
Today (g) 10:30am Divine Service (C)
Monday 5:30pm Evangelism Team meeting
Tuesday 9:30am Pastors’ Conference, Our Saviour, Etobicoke
7:30pm Elders Meeting
Wednesday 9:00am Matins and Bible Study
Noon Saints Alive
Thursday 10:00am Circuit Counsellors’ meeting, Kitchener
Sunday (g) 9:30am Adult Bible Study/Sunday School and Rally
10:30am Divine Service (C)
4:00pm Installation of Rev. Christoforidis, COK, Miss