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Sunday, July 15, 2018                               8th Sunday After Pentecost
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
PASTOR: Rev. Harry M. Krolus
CHURCH:  410-356-3400                   HOME: 410-871-0712
SCHOOL:  410-356-3488                     CELL: 410-707-7663
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Church email:  ctklclcms@yahoo.com
After Care email: ctkkids@hotmail.com
Church Web Site:  ctklchurch.org           After Care Web Site:  ctkaftercare.org
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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.)

WORDS OF WELCOME

THE HANDSHAKE OF CHRISTIAN PEACE

THE INVOCATION
P. We begin our worship this day in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.

THE CALL TO WORSHIP
P.  We celebrate your world, Divine Creator.        

C. The sun and moon, the live oak and the bird of paradise, the drops of water, the clear sky and the cleansing wind.                    
P. We celebrate your order, Divine Planner.                    
C. Summer, winter, spring and fall, night and day, month and year-- a time for everything.    
                
P. We celebrate your truth, Divine Wisdom.                    
C. Carried by sages, prophets, martyrs and poets, and fully revealed in Jesus of Nazareth.
                    
P. We celebrate your kindness, Divine Friend.        

C. Lifting up the fallen, embracing us in our weakness, surrounding us with beauty.    
                
P. We celebrate your presence, Divine Companion.        

C. A song in our hearts and hope in our steps, joy in our soul and peace in our words.                

OPENING HYMN: 902 “Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now”

THE CONFESSION OF SINS
P. Rejoicing in the knowledge that God seeks to save and not punish, we confess our sins together before God our merciful Father.

ALL: Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions.  I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good.  For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity.  But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray:  Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

P. God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.
    
THE PSALM FOR THE DAY: Psalm 85:8-13
P. I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints — but let them not return to folly.

C. Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.

P. Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.

C. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.

P. The LORD will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.

C. Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.

OUR CONFESSION OF FAITH
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell, the third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.  Amen.

THE LESSONS FOR THE DAY
 
THE FIRST LESSON: Amos 7:7-15
  This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand.  And the LORD asked me, “What do you see, Amos?”
 “A plumb line,” I replied.
 Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.  “The high places of Isaac will be destroyed and the sanctuaries of Israel will be ruined; with my sword I will rise against the house of Jeroboam.”
  Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message to Jeroboam king of Israel: “Amos is raising a conspiracy against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words.  For this is what Amos is saying: “‘Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will surely go into exile, away from their native land.’”
  Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there.  Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.”
  Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees.  But the LORD took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’  


THE SECOND LESSON: Ephesians 1:3-14
  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will — to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.  In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.  And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,  to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment — to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
  In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.  And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,  who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession — to the praise of his glory.  

THE GOSPEL LESSON: Mark 6:14-29
  King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, “John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.”
  Others said, “He is Elijah.”
 And still others claimed, “He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.”
  But when Herod heard this, he said, “John, the man I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!”
  For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married.  For John had been saying to Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.”  So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to,  because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.
 Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee.  When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.
 The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.”  And he promised her with an oath, “Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.”
  She went out and said to her mother, “What shall I ask for?”
 “The head of John the Baptist,” she answered.
  At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: “I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a platter.”
  The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her.  So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison,  and brought back his head on a platter. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother.  On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.  

SERMON HYMN: 577 “Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast”

THE SERMON: “The Voice Of Amos”
text: Amos 7:7-15

THE OFFERING

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS

CELEBRATING THE LORD’S SUPPER
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. Our Lord Jesus has given us a holy supper in which we receive his true body and blood for the forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of our faith.  In this supper, we celebrate the gift of his redemption, we bear witness to the fellowship we share as confessors of the truth, and we proclaim his death until he returns.

C. Praise to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  In love, he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

THE WORDS OF INVITATION
P. The gifts of God for the people of God.

C. Amen.

THE DISTRIBUTION
Hymns: 619 “Thy Body, Given For Me, O Savior”
             555 “Salvation Unto Us Has Come”

A CLOSING PRAYER
We give thanks, Almighty God, that you have refreshed us with this holy supper.  We pray that through it you will strengthen our faith in you and increase our love for one another.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

THE BLESSING
P. May our gracious God who has given us rebirth in holy baptism bless you in all that you do, and may he guide you in all of his ways.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: 537 “Beautiful Savior”