2nd Midweek Lenten Service - Feb. 24

WED. FEBRUARY 24, 2021
2nd MID-WEEK LENTEN SERVICE
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
PASTOR: Rev. Harry M. Krolus
CHURCH:  410-356-3400                             CELL: 410-707-7663
SCHOOL:  410-356-3488                             
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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THE CHURCH YEAR - THE TIME OF EASTER
Lent and Its Season
Begins on Ash Wednesday.
Ends with midday prayer on Holy Saturday.
The resurrection of Jesus is our great salvation.  To prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection (Easter), the Church sets aside a period of preparation.  In AD 325, the Council of Nicaea recorded the first reference to the specific number of days for Lent:  forty.  This forty-day preparation was first prescribed for baptismal candidates and became known as Lent (from the Old English word for “spring”).  During this period, the candidates were examined in preparation for Baptism at the Easter (or Paschal) Vigil.  Later, these forty days were associated with Jesus’ forty days in the desert prior to His temptation (Matthew 4) and with the forty years the children of Israel spent in the wilderness (Numbers 14:34) and became a period of preparation for every Christian.
                               -TREASURY OF DAILY PRAYER (9,10)
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THE OFFERING The offering will not be collected during the service, but may be placed in the offering plate either before or after worship.

We also accept offerings electronically.  If you prefer, or are worshipping using Facebook Live, you may use PayPal, as found on our website (ctklchurch.org) or Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ctklclcms) to submit your offerings.

OPENING HYMN: 420 “Christ The Life Of All The Living” (1,2)
Christ, the Life of all the living, Christ, the death of death, our foe,
Who, Thyself for me once giving To the darkest depths of woe: Through thy suff'rings, death, and merit I eternal life inherit. Thousand, thousand thanks shall be, Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.
Thou, ah! Thou, hast taken on Thee Bonds and stripes, a cruel rod; Pain and scorn were heaped upon Thee, 0 Thou sinless Son of God! Thus didst Thou my soul deliver From the bonds of sin forever. Thousand, thousand thanks shall be, Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.

THE INVOCATION
P.     In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.

APPROACHING THE WORD
P. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

C. The word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.

P. Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.

C. The Lord sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.


P. “The word that goes forth from my mouth shall not return to me empty,” says the Lord.

C. “It shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

OPENING PRAYER
P. Heavenly Father, during this Lenten season we will follow our Lord’s pat to the cross. Lead us to repent of our sins. Forgive us for Jesus’ sake and, with the help of your Spirit, lead us to walk in the path of your holy commandments. Bless our study of your Word so that we might better know your love and your will for us. Hear our prayer in Jesus’ name.

C. Amen.

THE PSALM FOR THE DAY:  From Psalm 16
P. Protect me, O God; I trust in you for safety.

C. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; all the good things I have come from you.”

P. I praise the Lord, because he guides me, and in the night my conscience warns me.

C. I am always aware of the Lord’s presence; he is near, and nothing can shake me.

P. And so I am thankful and glad, and I feel completely secure,

C. because you protect me from the power of death.

P. I have served you faithfully,

C. and you will not abandon me to the world of the dead.

P. You will show me the path that leads to life.

C. Your presence fills me with joy and brings me pleasure forever.
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TONIGHTS STUDY: REJECTION

I.     What does it mean to be rejected?

II.     John 1:9-11
A.     Why would the world not know or recognize Jesus?

B.        What does it mean when it says that his own would not receive him?

III. Luke 4:23-30
A.    Why did the people of Nazareth get so rilled up?

B.     What did they try to do to Jesus?

IV.   John 5:16-18
Why were the Pharisees so intent on killing Jesus?

B.     Why were they so blind to the signs that showed Jesus to be to true Messiah?

V.    Matthew 12:9-14
What trap do the Pharisees try to set for Jesus?

B.     Why are the Pharisees so intent on killing Jesus?



VI.  John 6:57-69
   What did Jesus share in this passage that cause some to question whether or not they should follow him?

B.     Why did some of Jesus’ followers leave?

VII.    Things To Ponder
  A.     What would attract people to Jesus according to John 4:41-42 and John 14:10-11?

B.    What are some of the reasons people today reject Jesus?

C.     What assurance to we find in 2 Timothy 2:8-13, and what awaits those who reject him?

D.    What does this tell us about our calling to bear witness?
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HYMN: 420 “Christ The Life Of All The Living” (6,7)
Thou hast suffered great affliction And hast borne it patiently, Even death by crucifixion, Fully to atone for me; Thou didst choose to be tormented That my doom should be prevented. Thousand, thousand thanks shall be, Dearest Jesus, unto Thee.
Then, for all that wrought my pardon, For Thy sorrows deep and sore, For Thine anguish in the Garden, I will thank Thee evermore, Thank Thee for Thy groaning, sighing, For Thy bleeding and Thy dying,
For that last triumphant cry, And shall praise Thee, Lord, on high.
    
A RESPONSIVE READING
P. Surely he has born our griefs

C. And carried our sorrows:

P. Yet, we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

C. But, he was pierced for our transgressions;

P. He was crushed for our iniquities;

C. Upon him was the punishment that brought us peace,

P. And with his wounds we are healed.

C. We all, like sheep, have gone astray;

P. We have turned, everyone, to his own way;

C. And the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

CLOSING PRAYER
Lord Jesus, you were despised and rejected, a man of sorrows acquainted with grief. Yet, you willingly suffered it all for the sake of our salvation. By the power of your Spirit, we have been called to confess you as Lord and Savior. You are the promised Messiah. Help us to be faithful in our confession of the truth so that we might receive the crown of life when our course is through. In your precious name we pray. Amen.

THE BENEDICTION
P. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord lead you as you take up your cross to follow him. The Lord grant you salvation and guide your feet in the way of peace.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN:  439 “O Dearest Jesus” (4-6)
What punishment so strange is suffered yonder! The Shepherd dies for sheep that loved to wander; The Master pays the debt His servants owe Him, Who would not know Him.
The sinless Son of God must die in sadness; The sinful child of man may live in gladness; Man forfeited his life and is acquitted; God is committed.
There was no spot in me by sin untainted; Sick with sin’s poison, all my heart had fainted; My heavy guilt to hell had well-nigh brought me, Such woe it wrought me.
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LENTEN WORSHIP SCHEDULE

3rd Mid-Week Lenten Service, Wednesday, March 3rd
Worship/Devotion at 7:00 p.m.

4th Mid-Week Lenten Service, Wednesday, March 10th
Worship/Devotion at 7:00 p.m.

5th Mid-Week Lenten Service, Wednesday, March 17th
Worship/Devotion at 7:00 p.m.


6th Mid-Week Lenten Service, Wednesday, March 24th
Worship/Devotion at 7:00 p.m.

Palm Sunday Worship, Sunday, March 28th
Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 1st
Worship at 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday, April 2nd
Worship at 7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 4th
Easter Sunrise Worship Service at 6:00 a.m.
Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt at 9:00 a.m.
Easter Celebration Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.

 
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