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Sunday, MAY 27, 2018                               HOLY TRINITY SUNDAY
PASTOR: Rev. Harry M. Krolus
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WELCOME to everyone who is worshiping with us today. We are glad that you are here!  We pray that your worship experience here at Christ The King is spiritually uplifting and rewarding.  If you are visiting, please sign our guest book and introduce yourself to Pastor Harry.
(Please turn off all cell phones, beepers, pagers, etc. before worship begins.)




OPENING HYMN: 818 “In Thee Is Gladness”

P. We lift up our hearts to the Lord!  We praise you, our Father; Giver of all things.  We acknowledge you as Creator and Source of all that is.

C. Lord God, you made us!  You have poured out your bounty upon us.  You have opened your hand and satisfied the needs of every living thing!

P. We praise you, Jesus, Son of God and Son of Man.  You are the Lamb of God; the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

C. Lord Jesus, you have gone to the cross for us, and by your death and resurrection, You have made it possible for us to be restored to life.  You have opened your hands, loved us, embraced us, and made us your own!

P. We praise you, Spirit of God, our Counselor and Lord of Life.  You were sent from the Father and the Son to call us to faith and to new life.

C. Holy Spirit, you are the Giver of Life.  You breathe in us, and we are made new.  You open your hands, and we are recreated, redesigned, and remodeled.  Open our hearts, we pray, that we may walk in your way, praising you in all things and serving you with gladness!

RESPONSE:  “Oh That I Had A Thousand Voices” (811)
Oh, that I had a thousand voices
To praise my God with thousand tongues!
My heart, which in the Lord rejoices,
Would then proclaim in grateful songs
To all, wherever I might be,
What great things God has done for me.

P. We confess our sins together.

C. O Lord our God, you call us to life in you, and to follow you.  Sometimes, we flatly refuse.   Forgive our arrogance, O Lord, and remodel us once again for service in your Kingdom.
    O Lord our God, you call us to life in you and to follow you.  Sometimes, we say “yes,” but mean “no.” Forgive our foolish and dishonest games, O Lord, and remodel us once again for service in your Kingdom.
    O Lord our God, you call us to life in you and to follow you. Sometimes, we say “yes,” and mean “yes,” but wander off and do our own thing anyway.  Forgive our weakness, O Lord, and remodel us once again for service in your Kingdom.

P. We all like sheep have gone astray; we each have turned to our own way.

C. But, the Lord laid on Christ the iniquity of us all.

P. He bore our griefs.

C. He carried our sorrows.

P. He was wounded for our transgressions.

C. He was bruised for our iniquities.

P. We have good news to share with one another!  Because of Jesus Christ our Savior, because of his suffering, death, and resurrection; we are really free!  Our sins are forgiven!  Our Savior even gives us the power we need to live for him, to follow him, and to serve in his Kingdom.

RESPONSE:  “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow” (805)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, O heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

P. Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;

P. worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

C. The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD thunders over the mighty waters.

P. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is majestic.

C. The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars; the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.

P. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.

C. The voice of the LORD strikes with flashes of lightning.

P. The voice of the LORD shakes the desert; the LORD shakes the Desert of Kadesh.

C. The voice of the LORD twists the oaks and strips the forests bare. And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”

P. The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD is enthroned as King forever.

C. The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

THE FIRST LESSON: Isaiah 6:1-8
  In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple.  Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.  And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”  At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
  “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
  Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar.  With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
  Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
 And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”  

THE SECOND LESSON: Acts 2:14, 22-36
  Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.
  “Men of Israel, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know.  This man was handed over to you by God’s set purpose and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross.  But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him.  David said about him: “‘I saw the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.  Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will live in hope,  because you will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let your Holy One see decay.  You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.’
  “Brothers, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day.  But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne.  Seeing whatwas ahead, he spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to the grave, nor did his body see decay.  God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact.  Exalted to the right hand of God, he has  received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.  For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.”’
  “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”  

  Now there was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a member of the Jewish ruling council.  He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the miraculous signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
  In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.”
  “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!”
  Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.  You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
  “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked.
  “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things?  I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.  I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things?  No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven — the Son of Man.  Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,  that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  

THE SERMON HYMN: 827: “Hark, The Voice Of Jesus Calling”

THE SERMON: “Send Who?”
text: Isaiah 6:8

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth and of all that is seen and unseen.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;  He suffered death and was buried; On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven, And is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.  He has spoken through the Prophets. I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church.  I acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.


P. Almighty and everlasting Lord, we thank you for entrusting to us your holy Word. Its light shines in the darkness of this world to enlighten us, to strengthen us, to change and remodel us by the grace of Christ.

C. Hear our prayer of thanksgiving.

P. We pray for all people according to their needs.  We also remember
    to pray for ourselves.
(A moment for personal petitions.)

P. From the spiritual storms of life that sometimes rage within us, weakness of faith; lack of spiritual growth; lack of trust in your care; selfishness, pride, and unchristian character; even when you so lovingly have remodeled us in Christ:

C. Good Lord, deliver us.

P. From the daily storms that rage about us in our world, attacks on your teaching and your way of living; attacks on families and children from peers and media; attacks directly, especially on those who have been redesigned by Christ:

C. Good Lord, deliver us.

P. From the physical storms of life that seem always present; perils of weather; quarrels and violence; illness and death; unemployment and job related troubles; helplessness and fatigue:

C. Good Lord, deliver us.

P. For the joys we receive at your hand, both spiritual and temporal; for your forgiveness and love; for Word and Sacrament; for unity and peace; for good government, families, homes, churches, schools, and for one another:

C. Good Lord, receive our thanks!

P. For all the ministries of the Church, for professional church workers and laymen; for parents, teens, and children; for old and young; for missionaries everywhere:

C. Good Lord, receive our thanks, grant to them all, your blessing.

P. For the many opportunities and abilities to love and serve you whom we adore:

C. Good Lord, receive our thanks!

For unity in the Church, that we could join together as one, living for him who died and was raised again; and that all who have been redeemed and remodeled by Christ might proclaim and live your grace and Gospel:

C. Good Lord, grant us your Spirit.

P. Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C. Amen.

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; Give us this day our daily bread; And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil; For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever.  Amen.

P. The Lord be with you.

C. And with you, his servant.

P. Lift up your hearts.

C. We lift them up to the Lord.

P. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C. To do so is both right and proper.

We invite to the Lord’s Table all who have been baptized and believe that the body and blood of the risen Christ is really present in the bread and wine; and that this sacrament is received for the forgiveness of our sins and the strengthening of our faith.  If you prefer the individual cup, please extend one index finger as your hands are folded on the altar railing.  This will alert the communion assistants of your preference.  Also, if for some medical reason you are not able to consume alcohol, grape juice is available in the individual cups. The grape juice is “red” while the wine is “white”.

P. The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C. And also with you.

P. The gifts of God for the people of God.

C. Amen.

PRE COMMUNION HYMN:  “Now The Silence” (910)
Now the silence, Now the peace,
Now the empty hands uplifted;
Now the kneeling, Now the plea,
Now the Father’s arms in welcome;
Now the hearing, Now the power,
Now the vessel brimmed for pouring;
Now the body, Now the blood,
Now the joyful celebration;
Now the wedding, Now the songs,
Now the heart forgiven leaping;
Now the Spirit’s visitation,
Now the Son’s epiphany,
Now the Father’s blessing.
Now.  Now.  Now.


HYMN: 637 “Draw Near And Take The Body Of The Lord”
             724 “If God Himself Be For Me”

POST COMMUNION HYMN:  “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing” (643)
Sent forth by God’s blessing, Our true faith confessing,
The people of God from his dwelling take leave.  
The supper is ended.  Oh, now be extended
The fruits of this service in all who believe.  
The seed of his teaching, Receptive souls reaching,
Shall blossom in action for God and for all.  
His grace did invite us, His love shall unite us
To work for God’s kingdom and answer his call.

P. Father, we thank and praise you for all things...

C. For the giving of your Son to be our Savior;  for the pouring out of your Spirit that we might have faith; for the admonition and direction of your Word; for making us, and remaking us; for life, and life in Christ, and eternal life; for the meal we have shared; for loved ones, friends, and each other; for opportunities to live as your children; and for the privilege of sharing the Gospel.  Empower us, that we may give ourselves to you and to your service.  Amen.

P. Go now in the spirit of our risen Lord.  Seek his will in all things.  And may he guide you and bless you.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: 803 “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee”