Pentecost 2022

SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2022                                            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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WORDS OF GREETING

THE EXCHANGE OF CHRISTIAN PEACE

OPENING HYMN: 837 “Lift High The Cross”

A TIME FOR PRAISE

THE INVOCATION
P. We begin our worship this day in the name of the Father, who created us; in the name of the Son, who has saved us from sin; and in the name of the Holy Spirit, who keeps us in the one true
    faith.

C. Amen.

THE OPENING SENTENCES
P.    As many are led by the Spirit of God,

C. They are the Sons of God.

P.    Our Lord Jesus said, ”The Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name!

C.    He shall teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance.

P.    He shall testify of me.

C.    He will guide you into all truth, and he shall glorify me.”

P.    Come, Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of your faithful people;

C.    And kindle them in the fire of your love.

RESPONSIVE PRAYER
P.  Let us pray for the gift of the Holy Spirit, that he may open our eyes to the truth that Jesus is our living Lord and Savior and that we may always walk in the light of that truth.

C. Lord God, grant us your Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ, your     Son, our Lord.

P.    Let us ask God to send his Holy Spirit into the hearts of all men, that the whole world may be brought out of the darkness of sin into the light which only Christ can give, that they too may receive forgiveness of sins and life everlasting.

C. O God, send forth your Spirit, and turn away many from darkness to light.

P. Let us pray to God for the blessings of his Spirit, of wisdom and knowledge, of grace and prayer, of power and strength, of sanctification and the fear of God.

C. Grant us the blessings of your Spirit, O God.

P. Let us also ask God to produce in us the fruits of the Spirit. The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

C. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

  ALL:  Amen.

THE FIRST LESSON:  Genesis 11:1-9
  Now the whole world had one language and a common speech.  As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.
  They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them
thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.  Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”
But the LORD came down to see the city and the tower that the men were building.  The LORD said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them.  Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.” So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city.  That is why it was called Babel — because there the LORD confused the language of the whole world. From there the LORD scattered them over the face of the whole earth.  

THE SECOND LESSON:  Acts 2:1-21
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.  Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.  They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.  All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.  When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.  Utterly amazed, they asked: “Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans?  Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?  Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs — we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!”  Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”
Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
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.  These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning!  No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:  “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your
sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.  Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.  I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.  The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.  And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’  

VOLUNTEER TIME

THE GOSPEL LESSON:  John 14:23-31
    Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.  He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
  “All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.  I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe.  I will not speak with you much longer, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me, but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.
 “Come now; let us leave.   

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

THE HOMILY:  “Love Is ...”  
        Text:  John 14:23

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.

PERSONAL RENEWAL

THE HYMN:  685 “Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus”

(THE CONGREGATION STANDS)

P. Sisters and brothers in Christ: through the sacrament of baptism God's Spirit was poured out upon us.  On the day of our confirmation, we affirmed for ourselves the faith in which we were baptized.

C. Today we come to renew our commitments and confirmation vows in each other's presence to Jesus who has saved us, the Spirit who has given us new birth, and the Father who loves us with an everlasting love.

P. And so I ask you, will you turn away from the powers of sin and Satan?

C. We renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin.

P. Will you let the Spirit use you as his ambassadors to your communities and to the world?

 C. By faith, we accept the freedom of the cross and power of God’s Spirit that gives us the power to resist evil and to do what is good and right in the sight of God, even when it’s difficult to do so.

P. Will you proclaim the good news and live as disciples of Jesus
    Christ?

C. We confess Jesus Christ as our Savior, put our whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as our Lord, in union with the church which Christ has opened to people of all ages, nations, and races!

P. Will you be living witnesses to the gospel, individually and together, wherever you are, and in all that you do?

C. We will remain faithful members of Christ's holy church and of this congregation and serve as Christ's representatives in the world.

P. Will you continue to profess the Christian faith as contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments and as expressed in the Lutheran Confessions?


C. We affirm and vow to live the faith of Scripture as we put our trust in God, the Father Almighty; in Jesus Christ, his only Son; and in the Holy Spirit, one God now and forever.

P. Will you commit yourself to the work of this congregation in the mission of the Gospel by freely giving of your talent and treasure to the work of building the Lord’s kingdom?

C. We acknowledge Jesus to be our Lord as well as our Savior and pledge to be faithful workers in a vineyard that is ready for the harvest.

P. Will you be attentive to your worship life and frequent the Lord’s Supper, as is the will of our God?

C. We recognize the importance of worship and participating in the Lord’s Supper.  These are precious gifts from God to be given high priority in our lives.

P. Do you take the responses of your confirmation affirmation seriously, committing yourselves to the actions necessary to back up your words?

C. Yes, we take our affirmation seriously and will sincerely strive to keep our word and walk in the way of the Lord as we have promised.

P. The Almighty and most merciful God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless and keep you.

C.  Amen.

THE 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.


THE CELEBRATION OF 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. Lift up your hearts.

C. We lift them up to the Lord.

P. Let us give thanks for his glory.

C. We give thanks; we rejoice in his presence.

P. Thanks and praise be to you, O Father, who sent your only Son into the world to be a man, born of a woman, to die for us on a cross that was made by us.

C. He came for us, help us to accept his coming.

P. He walked among us, a man, on our earth, in our world of conflict, and commanded us to remember his death, his death which gives us life, and to wait for him until he comes in glory.

C. We remember his death:  We live by his presence; we wait for his coming.

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

THE RESPONSE
P. Send down on us, O Father, the Spirit of life and power, glory and love, that in this Holy Communion we may be made one with him, and he with us, and that we may remain faithful members of his body until we eat with him in his heavenly kingdom.         

C. Come, risen Lord, live in us that we may live in you.

P. Now with all the faithful who ever were, are, and will be, with all creation in all time, with joy we say:


ALL: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, all space and all time show forth your glory now and always.  Amen.

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

C. Amen.

THE DISTRIBUTION
      HYMNS:  618 “I Come, O Savior, To Thy Table”
                      633 “At The Lamb’s High Feast We Sing”
                      563 “Jesus, Thy Blood And Righteousness”

THE THANKSGIVING  (stand)
P. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

C. And his steadfast love lasts forever.

ALL: My soul, gives thanks to the Lord; all my being, bless his holy name.  My soul, gives thanks to the Lord, and never forgets his blessings.  It is he who forgives all your guilt, who heals every one of your ills, who redeems your life from the grave, who crowns you with love and compassion, who fills your life with good things, renewing your youth like an eagle’s.  Give thanks to the Lord, all his works, in every place, where he rules.  My soul, gives thanks to the Lord!  Give praise to the Father Almighty, to his Son, Jesus Christ, the Lord, to the Spirit who dwells in our hearts, both now and forever.  Amen.

P. Go, serve the Lord, you are free.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN:  621 “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

 
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