Sunday Bulletin

SUNDAY, JANUARY 17, 2021                 2nd SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
PASTOR:  Rev. Harry  M. Krolus
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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 electronic devices before worship begins; or, if you are using a Bible app to enhance your worship experience or to use PayPal, 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 offerings.

WORDS OF GREETING

THE EXCHANGE OF CHRISTIAN PEACE
P. As we celebrate our unity in the Lord, we pause for a moment in order to “greet” one another with the peace that Jesus came to bring. We all say together.

C. God’s peace be with you. Amen.

OPENING HYMN: 367 “Angels From The Realms Of Glory”
Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o'er all the earth: Ye who sang creation's story, Now proclaim Messiah's birth.
Refrain: Come and worship, come and worship; Worship Christ, the newborn King.

Shepherds in the field abiding, Watching o'er your flocks by night, God with us is now residing, Yonder shines His Infant Light. [Refrain]
Sages, leave your contemplations, Brighter visions beam afar; Seek the great Desire of nations, Ye have seen His natal star. [Refrain]
Saints before the altar bending, Watching long in hope and fear, Suddenly the Lord, descending, In His temple shall appear. [Refrain]
All creation, join in praising God the Father, Spirit, Son. Evermore your voices raising To the eternal Three in One. [Refrain]

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

C. Amen.

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

C. Who made heaven and earth.

THE CONFESSIONS
P. Let us now confess our sin to God, our merciful Father.

ALL: Almighty God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Maker of all things, Judge of all people, we admit and confess our sinfulness. We have turned away from each other in our thinking, speaking and doing. We have done the evil you forbid and have not done the good you demand. We do repent and are truly sorry for these our sins. Have mercy on us, kind Father, because of the obedience of our Brother, Jesus Christ, your Son. Forgive us all that is past, and with the power of the Holy Spirit move us to serve you faithfully. Set our feet upon the new path of life, and build your kingdom here through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


P. God has promised forgiveness of sins to those who repent and
    turn to him. May he keep you in his grace by the Holy Spirit, lead you to greater faith and obedience, and bring you to live with him forever, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

C.    Amen.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

THE FIRST LESSON: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
  The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions.
  One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place.  The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.  Then the LORD called Samuel.
 Samuel answered, “Here I am.”  And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
 But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down.
  Again the LORD called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
 “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.”
  Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD: The word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
  The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”
 Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy.  So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
  The LORD came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!”
 Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”  

THE SECOND LESSON: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
  “Everything is permissible for me” — but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me” — but I will not be mastered by anything.  “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food” — but God will destroy them both. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.  By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also.  Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall
I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never!  Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will be-come one flesh.”  But he who unites himself with the Lord is one with him in spirit.
  Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.  Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.  

THE GOSPEL LESSON: John 1:43-51
  The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
  Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.  Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote — Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
  “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
 “Come and see,” said Philip.
  When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.”
  “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
 Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
  Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
  Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You shall see greater things than that.”  He then added, “I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”  

THE PROCLAMATION OF FAITH
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth and of all that is seen and unseen.
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through Him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;  He suffered death and was buried; On the third day He rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven, And is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.  He has spoken through the Prophets. I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church.  I acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

HYMN: 698 “May We Thy Precepts, Lord, Fulfill”
May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfill And do on earth our Father's will As angels do above; Still walk in Christ, the living way, With all Thy children and obey The law of Christian love.
So may we join Thy name to bless, Thy grace adore, Thy pow'r confess, From sin and strife to flee. One is our calling, one our name, The end of all our hopes the same, A crown of life with Thee.
Spirit of life, of love and peace, Unite our hearts, our joy increase, Thy gracious help supply. To each of us the blessing give In Christian fellowship to live, In joyful hope to die.
 
THE SERMON: “Why Wait?”     
    text: 1 Corinthians 6:20

AN OFFERING SONG (Take My Life, That I May Be vss. 1&4 # 783)
P. As this would be our normal spot for the offering, we take time to remember our gifts to the Lord, as he is the source of all that we have.

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.

RESPONSIVE PRAYERS
P. Almighty and everlasting Lord, we thank you for entrusting to us your holy Word. Its light shines in the darkness of this world to enlighten us, to strengthen us, to change and remodel us by the grace of Christ.

C. Hear our prayer of thanksgiving.

P. We pray for all people according to their needs.  We also remember to pray for ourselves.
(A moment for personal petitions.)

P. From the spiritual storms of life that sometimes rage within us, weakness of faith; lack of spiritual growth; lack of trust in your care; selfishness, pride, and unchristian character; even when you so lovingly have remodeled us in Christ:

C. Good Lord, deliver us.

P. From the daily storms that rage about us in our world, attacks on your teaching and your way of living; attacks on families and children from peers and media; attacks directly, especially on those who have been redesigned by Christ:

C. Good Lord, deliver us.

P. From the physical storms of life that seem always present; perils of weather; quarrels and violence; illness and death; unemployment and job related troubles; helplessness and fatigue:

C. Good Lord, deliver us.

P. For the joys we receive at your hand, both spiritual and temporal; for your forgiveness and love; for Word and Sacrament; for unity and peace; for good government, families, homes, churches, schools, and for one another:

C. Good Lord, receive our thanks!

P. For all the ministries of the Church, for professional church workers and laymen; for parents, teens, and children; for old and young; for missionaries everywhere:

C. Good Lord, receive our thanks, grant to them all, your blessing.

P. For the many opportunities and abilities to love and serve you whom we adore:

C. Good Lord, receive our thanks!

P. For unity in the Church, that we could join together as one, living for him who died and was raised again; and that all who have been redeemed and remodeled by Christ might proclaim and live your grace and Gospel:

C. Good Lord, grant us your Spirit.

P. Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ , our Lord.

C. Amen.

THE LORDS 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.  Also, if for some medical reason you are not able to consume alcohol, grape juice is available. The grape juice is “red” while the wine is “white”.

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

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

C. Amen.

HYMNS:  628 “Your Table I Approach”
Your table I approach; Dear Savior, hear my prayer. Let not an unrepentant heart Prove hurtful to me there.
Lord, I confess my sins And mourn their wretched bands; A contrite heart is sure to find Forgiveness at Your hands.
Your body and Your blood, Once slain and shed for me, Are taken at Your table, Lord, In blest reality.
Search not how this takes place, This wondrous mystery; God can accomplish vastly more Than what we think could be.
O grant, most blessed Lord, That earth and hell combined May not about this sacrament Raise doubt within my mind.
Oh, may I never fail To thank You day and night For Your true body and true blood, O God, my peace and light.


724 “If God Himself Be For Me”
If God Himself be for me, I may a host defy; For when I pray, before me My foes, confounded, fly. If Christ, the head and master, Befriend me from above, What foe or what disaster Can drive me from His love?
I build on this foundation, That Jesus and his blood Alone are my salvation, My true, eternal good. Without Him all that pleases Is valueless on earth; The gifts I have from Jesus Alone have priceless worth.
Christ Jesus is my splendor, My sun, my light, alone; Were He not my defender Before God’s judgment throne, I never should find favor And mercy in His sight But be destroyed forever As darkness by the light.
He canceled my offenses, Delivered me from death; He is the Lord who cleanses My soul from sin through faith. In Him I can be cheerful, Courageous on my way; In Him I am not fearful Of God's great Judgment Day.
For no one can condemn me Or set my hope aside; Now hell no more can claim me; Its fury I deride. No sentence now reproves me, No guilt destroys my peace; For Christ, my Savior, loves me And shields me with His grace.
Who clings with resolution To Him whom Satan hates Must look for persecution; For him the burden waits Of mock'ry, shame, and losses Heaped on his blameless head; A thousand plagues and crosses Will be his daily bread.
From me this is not hidden, Yet am I not afraid; I leave my cares, as bidden, To whom my vows were paid. Though life from me be taken And ev'rything I own, I trust in You unshaken And cleave to You alone.
No danger, thirst, or hunger, No pain or poverty, No earthly tyrant's anger Shall ever vanquish me. Though earth should break asunder, My fortress You shall be; No fire or sword or thunder Shall sever You from me.
No angel and no gladness, No throne, no pomp, no show, No love, no hate, no sadness, No pain, no depth of woe, No scheming, no contrivance, No subtle thing or great Shall draw me from Your guidance Nor from You separate.
My heart with joy is springing; I am no longer sad. My soul is filled with singing; Your sunshine makes me glad. The sun that cheers my spirit Is Jesus Christ, my King; The heav'n I shall inherit Makes me rejoice and sing.

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
P. May the Lord bless you and keep you:  May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you:  May the Lord look upon you with his favor and give you his peace.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: 409 “Hail, O Source Of Every Blessing”
Hail, O Source of ev'ry blessing, Father of our human race! Gentiles now, Your grace possessing, In Your courts obtain a place. Grateful now, we fall before You, In Your Church rejoice to live, See Your glory and adore You, Thankful for the grace You give.
Once far off but now invited, We approach Your sacred throne, In Your covenant united, Reconciled, redeemed, made one. Now revealed to Eastern sages, See the Star of Mercy shine, Myst'ry hid in former ages, Myst'ry great of love Divine.
Hail, O all-inviting Saviour! Gentiles now their off'rings bring, In Your temples seek Your favor, Jesus Christ, our Lord and King. May we, body, soul, and spirit, Live devoted to Your praise, Glorious realms of bliss inherit, Grateful anthems ever raise.


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