New Year's Eve 2020

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2020    NEW YEAR’S EVE
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
PASTOR: Rev. Harry M. Krolus
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WELCOME to everyone who is worshiping with us tonight. 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 electronic devices before worship begins; or, if you are using a Bible app to enhance your worship experience or to use Pay Pal, please enable the do not disturb function on your phone.)

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 offering.

OPENING HYMN:  384 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”
Of the Father's love begotten
ere the worlds began to be,
he is Alpha and Omega,
he the Source, the Ending he,
of the things that are, that have been,
and that future years shall see,
evermore and evermore!

O that birth forever blessed,
when the Virgin, full of grace,
by the Holy Ghost conceiving,
bore the Savior of our race;
and the babe, the world's Redeemer,
first revealed his sacred face,
evermore and evermore!

This is he whom heav'n-taught singers
sang of old with one accord,
whom the Scriptures of the prophets
promised in their faithful word;
now he shines, the long expected;
let creation praise its Lord,
evermore and evermore!


O ye heights of heav'n, adore him;
angel hosts, his praises sing:
all dominions, bow before him
and extol our God and King;
let no tongue on earth be silent,
ev'ry voice in concert ring,
evermore and evermore!

Christ, to thee, with God the Father,
and, O Holy Ghost, to thee,
hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
and unwearied praises be,
honor, glory, and dominion
and eternal victory,
evermore and evermore!

THE INVOCATION
P.  We begin our worship this New Year’s Eve in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. AMEN.

THE OPENING SENTENCES
P.  Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary, the devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
C.  But you, O LORD, have mercy on us.  Thanks be to God!

P. Our help is in the name of the Lord.

C. Who made heaven and earth.

AN ACT OF ADORATION
P. Let us adore our heavenly Father, who created us, who sustains us, who loves us with everlasting love and gives us the light of the knowledge of his glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

C. We praise you, O God; we acknowledge you to be the Lord.

P. Let us glory in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who though he was rich, yet for our sake became poor; who in every respect was tempted as we are, yet without sinning; who went about doing good and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom; who became obedient unto death, even death on a cross; who died and is alive forevermore; who has opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers; who is seated at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father; who will come again; as Judge and King.

C. You are the King of glory, O Christ.

P. Let us rejoice in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life, by whom we are born into the family of God, and made members of the body of Christ; whose witness confirms us, whose wisdom teaches us, whose power enables us to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.

C. All praise to you, O Holy Spirit.
(Silence)

AN ACT OF CONFESSION
P. O God our Father, since you have set forth the way of life for us in your beloved Son, we confess with shame our slowness to learn of him, our failure to follow him our reluctance to bear the cross.

C. Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

P. Forgive us the poverty of our worship, our neglect of fellowship and of the means of grace, our hesitating witness for Christ, our evasion of responsibility in your service, our imperfect stewardship of your gifts.

C. Have mercy on us and forgive us, O God.

P. Forgive us that so little of your love has reached others through us, that we have been thoughtless in our judgments, hasty in condemnation, grudging in forgiveness, slow to seek reconciliation, unwilling to help our neighbors as we ought.
C. Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

All: Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out our transgressions. Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity, and cleanse us from our sin.  Create in us clean hearts, O God, and put a new and right spirit within us.


THE FIRST LESSON:  Isaiah 43:18-19
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.

THE SECOND LESSON:  James 1:17-21
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.  My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

THE GOSPEL LESSON:  Luke 2:25-32
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.  It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.  Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:  "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.  For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."

THE APOSTOLIC CREED
I believe in God, the Father, the Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.  

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.  He suffered and was crucified under Pontius Pilate.  He died and was buried.  He descended into hell, and the third day he rose again.  He entered into heaven and is seated at the right hand of God the Almighty Father.  He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life eternal.  Amen.

HYMN:  610  “Lord Jesus, Think On Me”
Lord Jesus, think on me
And purge away my sin;
From earthborn passions set me free
And make me pure within.

Lord Jesus, think on me,
By anxious thoughts oppressed;
Let me your loving servant be
And taste your promised rest.

Lord Jesus, think on me
Amid the battle's strife;
In all my pain and misery
O be my Health and Life.

Lord Jesus, think on me
Nor let me go astray;
Through darkness and perplexity
Point out your chosen way.

Lord Jesus, think on me
That, when this life is past,
I may the eternal brightness see
And share your joy at last.

THE HOMILY  “Looking Ahead”
text:  Philippians 3:13-14

AN ACT OF THANKSGIVING
P. Almighty God, we lift up our hearts in gratitude to you, and for all your loving kindness we bless your holy name.

C. We praise you, O God.

P. For the wonder and beauty of the world; and for all things true and honorable, just and pure, lovely and gracious.

C. We praise you, O God.

P. For the gift of Jesus Christ, your only begotten Son; for the grace and truth which came by him; and for his obedience unto death, even death on a cross.

C. We praise you, O God.


P. For his glorious resurrection and ascension to your right hand, and for his kingdom and glory and everlasting dominion.

C. We praise you, O God.

P. For the Holy Spirit, the Counselor, the Lord and Giver of life; for your Holy Church throughout the world, for all the means of grace; and for the fellowship of the redeemed in heaven and on earth.

C. We praise you, O God.

P. Glory, thanksgiving, and praise be to you, O Father Almighty, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

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.

THE BLESSING
P. May the blessings of the Lord be with you now and always.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN:  733 “Our God, Our Help In Ages Past”
O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home;

under the shadow of your throne
your saints have dwelt secure.
Sufficient is your arm alone,
and our defense is sure.

Before the hills in order stood,
or earth received its frame,                                                                                                                                                                   from everlasting you are God,
to endless years the same.

A thousand ages in your sight
are like an evening gone,
short as the watch that ends the night
before the rising sun.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
soon bears us all away.
We fly forgotten, as a dream
dies at the op’ning day.

O God, our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
still be our guard while troubles last,
and our eternal home.


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