August 7 Bulletin

SUNDAY, AUGUST 7, 2022             9th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
PASTOR:  Rev. Harry  M. Krolus
CHURCH: 410-356-3400                                        CELL:  410-707-7663
Church email: ctklclcms@yahoo.com
Church Web Site:  ctklchurch.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.
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THE INVOCATION
L. 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
L.  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.                    
L. We celebrate your order, Divine Planner.                    
C. Summer, winter, spring and fall, night and day, month and year--a time for everything.    
                
L. We celebrate your truth, Divine Wisdom.                    
C. Carried by sages, prophets, martyrs and poets, and fully revealed in Jesus of Nazareth.    
                
L. We celebrate your kindness, Divine Friend.    
        
C. Lifting up the fallen, embracing us in our weakness, surrounding us with beauty.                    

L. 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
L. 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.

L. 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 people of God, and disciples of Jesus Christ, we can celebrate and affirm the forgiveness we have received through faith.

C. Amen.
    
THE PSALM FOR THE DAY: Psalm 33:12-22  
L. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he chose for his inheritance.

C. From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind;

L. from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth —

C. he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do.

L. No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.

C. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.

L. But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

C. to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.


L. We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

C. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name.

L. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O LORD,

C. even as we put our hope in you.

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: Genesis 15:1-6
  After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”
  But Abram said, “O Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”  And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
  Then the word of the LORD came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.”  He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars — if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.  

THE SECOND LESSON: Hebrews 11:1-16
  Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what
we do not see.  This is what the ancients were commended for.
  By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
  By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.
  By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.  And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
  By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.
  By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.  By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.  For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
  By faith Abraham, even though he was past age — and Sarah herself was barren — was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.  And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
  All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.  People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.  If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.  Instead, they were longing for a better country — a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.  

HYMN: 718 “Jesus, Lead Thou On”

THE GOSPEL LESSON: Luke 12:22-34
  Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than
clothes.  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
  “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!  And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.  For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.  But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
  “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.    

SERMON HYMN: 733 “O God, Our Help In Ages Past” (1-3)

THE SERMON

THE OFFERING

AN OFFERING SONG (783)
Take my life, that I may be consecrated, Lord, to thee;
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.

Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use every pow’r as thou shalt choose.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS

THE LORD’S PRAYER
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.


CLOSING PRAYER  
Holy Father, you are the source of all goodness and life.  We ask that you always be with us to guide us and protect us.  We ask that you always rule our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit, that we may be enabled to serve you constantly.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

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

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: 733 “O God, Our Help In Ages Past” (4-6)

 
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