Sunday Bulletin

THE ORDER OF WORSHIP FOR
REFORMATION SUNDAY
OCTOBER 25, 2020
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, 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.

THE DEDICATION OF OUR NEW CANDLES
P. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.

P. O God, all of creation bears witness to your love and glory.  Today we offer up before you these new candles that not only bring light to our eyes, but that also remind us that you are the light of the world.

C. Amen.

P. We now set apart and dedicate these candles for service in the Lord’s house, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.

OPENING HYMN:  645 “Built On A Rock” (1-3)
Built on the Rock the Church doth stand,
Even when steeples are falling;
Crumbled have spires in ev'ry land,
Bells still are chiming and calling,
Calling the young and old to rest,
But above all the soul distrest,
Longing for rest everlasting.

Surely in temples made with hands,
God, the Most High, is not dwelling;
High above earth His temple stands,
All earthly temples excelling.
Yet He whom heav'ns cannot contain
Chose to abide on earth with men,
Built in our bodies His temple.

We are God's house of living stones,
Builded for His habitation;
He through baptismal grace us owns
Heirs of His wondrous salvation.
Were we but two His name to tell,
Yet He would deign with us to dwell,
Built in our bodies His temple.

THE INVOCATION
P. We begin this day of Reformation celebration in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.


THE OPENING SENTENCES
P. Come to him a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God's sight, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

C.    For it stands in Scripture:  “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

P.    To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe:

C.    “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,” and, “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.”

P.    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people, in order that you might proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous
    light.

HYMN:  645 “Built On A Rock” (4-5)
Here stands the font before our eyes
Telling how God did receive us;
Th' altar recalls Christ's sacrifice
And what His supper here gives us;
Here sound the Scriptures that proclaim
Christ yesterday, today, the same,
And evermore our Redeemer.

Grant, then, O God, where'er men roam,
That, when the church bells are ringing,
Many in saving faith may come
Where Christ His message is bringing:
"I know Mine own, Mine own know Me;
Ye, not the world, My face shall see.
My Peace I leave with you." Amen.

THE  PRAYER FOR THE DAY
Lord God, Creator of all, we gather to celebrate your ongoing reformation of us and our spirits.  You have given us your Son that we may not die and you have given us your Word for nourishment.  Give us the Spirit of freedom in your truth, that we may always stand firm on your Word of truth and always be bold in proclaiming it.  In Jesus' name, AMEN.

A PSALMIC RESPONSE (Hymn 575, My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less)
My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; No merit of my own I claim, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

 P. No one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ.  The stone which the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing, and it is amazing in our eyes.

Where darkness veils his lovely face, I rest on his unchanging grace;
In ev’ry high and stormy gale my anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.
 
P. Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.  The rain fell, the floods come, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.
 
His oath, his covenant, his blood sustain me in the raging flood; When all supports are washed away, he then is all my hope and stay.  On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking  sand.
 
 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

 When he shall come with trumpet sound, oh, may I then in him be found, Clothed in his righteousness alone, redeemed to stand before the throne! On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is
sinking sand.

THE CREED
P. Do you believe in God the Father?

C. Yes, I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

P. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God?


C. Yes, 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.

P. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit?

C. Yes, 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.

THE FIRST LESSON:  Revelation 14:6-7
 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth — to every nation, tribe, language and people.  He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.”  

THE SECOND LESSON:  Romans 3:19-28
    Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.  Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.
But now a righteousness from God, apart from law,
 has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify.  This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood. He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished —  he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.
  Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of faith.  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.  


HYMN:  657 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (1-2)
A mighty fortress is our God
A sword and shield victorious;
He breaks the cruel oppressors rod
And wins salvation glorious.
The old satanic foe
Has sworn to work us woe.
With craft and dreadful might
He arms himself to fight.
On earth he has no equal.

No strength of our can match his might.
We would be lost, rejected.
But now a champion comes to fight,
Whom God Himself elected.
You ask who this may be?
The Lord of hosts is he,
Christ Jesus, mighty Lord,
God’s only Son, adored.
He holds the field victorious.

THE GOSPEL LESSON:  John 8:31-36
    To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.  Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
  They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”  
Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.    

THE SERMON HYMN:  657 “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” (3-4)
Though hords of devils fill the land, All threatening to devour us, We tremble not, unmoved we stand; They cannot overpower us. Let this world’s tyrant rage; In battle we’ll engage. is might is doomed to fail; God’s judgement must prevail!
One little word subdues him.
God’s Word forever shall abide, No thanks to foes, who fear it; For God himself fights by our side With weapons of the Spirit. Were they to take our house, Goods, honor, child, or spouse, Though life be wrenched away
They cannot win the day.
The kingdom’s ours forever!

THE SERMON:  “A Message From Spalatin”

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.

THE RITE OF CONFIRMATION

THE HYMN:  685 “Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus” (1,4)
Let us ever walk with Jesus,
Follow His example pure,
Flee the world, which would deceive us
And to sin our souls allure.
Ever in His footsteps treading,
Body here, yet soul above,
Full of faith and hope and love,
Let us do the Father's bidding.
Faithful Lord, abide with me;
Savior, lead, I follow Thee.

Let us also live with Jesus;
He has risen from the dead,
That to life we may awaken.
Jesus, you art now our Head,
We are your own living members;
Where you live, there we shall be.
In your presence constantly,
Living there with you forever.
Jesus, let me faithful be,
Life eternal grant to me.

THE READING OF ESSAYS

THE RITE
P. Children of God, our Lord Jesus Christ said; “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I will be with you always, to the very end of the age.” You have been baptized and you have been taught the faith according to our Lord’s command. The fulfillment of his command we now celebrate with thankful hearts, as you, of your own free will, confess the faith into which you were baptized.

Jesus said: ”Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.”

Lift up your hearts, therefore, to the God of all grace and joyfully give answer to what I, in the name of the Lord, as a minister of his church, now ask you.

Do you this day in the presence of God and of the congregation acknowledge the gifts which God gave you in your Baptism?

R. I do.

P. Do you renounce the devil and all his ways?

R. I do.

Do you hold all Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God?  And do you confess that the teachings of our church, drawn from the Old and New Testaments, as you have learned in your confirmation studies, to be faithful and true?

R. I do.

P. Do you intend to remain faithful to the Lord and his church and to suffer all, even death, rather than fall away from your faith?

R. I do so intend with the help of God.

P. Will you support the work our gracious Lord has given to this congregation with a portion of your time, treasure, and talent?

R. I will, with the help of God.

P. Do you intend faithfully to conform all your life to the Word of God; to worship regularly and to come to the Lord’s Supper of-ten; and in faith, word, and action to remain true to God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, even unto death?

R. I do so intend by the grace of God.

THE RECEIVING OF CONFIRMATION VERSES

THE WORD OF INVITATION AND WELCOME
P. Upon this, your profession and promise, I invite you and welcome you as communicant members of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and of Christ The King Lutheran Church.
 Let us pray.
    Lord God, heavenly Father, we thank and praise you for your great goodness in bringing your children, Ryan and Marisca to the knowledge of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, and enabling them to confess his saving name.  Help them to use the gifts you have given them to your glory, and help them to always fight the good fight of faith until you welcome them into your heavenly kingdom.  In the name of Jesus, our victorious Lord and King, we pray.

ALL:  Amen.

THE PRESENTATION OF GIFTS

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

A RESPONSIVE PRAYER
P. Christ has set us free!  Rejoice in him!

C. O glorious Lord, our souls soar in joy to greet you.

P. Sing and dance, share the Good News of your faith.  Use the liberty the Spirit gives.

C. As members of the family of God our lives are boundless.  We proclaim and celebrate our acceptance into God’s house.

P. Christ has set us free.  Call on his name in time of need.

C. He is truly our brother.  To him we can take everything.

P. Let us bring our worries and doubts, our anger and grief, our sins of action and inaction.

C. We ask of Christ his comfort and grace for all that destroys us.

P. Let us bring our joys and blessings, fresh starts and beginnings, friends and family.

C. We offer thanks and praise and ask Jesus’ grace, so that our lives grow in love.

P. Let us offer up our tears and sorrows, our illnesses and pain.  Especially this day we remember,------- and those whom we now name in our hearts before you.
C. We come to Jesus for healing and security in a world of death.  His love, grace, and salvation surround us.

P. Let us praise the Lord with up raised hands and voices.  For he is God and he is with us, now and evermore!

C. Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Praise the Lord!  Praise his name forever!  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 THANKSGIVING
P.    The Lord be with you.

C.    And with you, his servant.

P.    Lift up your hearts.

C.    We lift them up to the Lord.

P.    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C. To do so is both right and proper.

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 WORDS OF INVITATION
P. The gifts of God for the people of God.

C. Amen.

THE DISTRIBUTION
HYMNS:  644 “The Church's One Foundation”
The church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
she is his new creation by water and the word.
From heav’n he came and sought her to be his holy bride;
with his own blood he bought her, and for her life he died.

Elect from ev’ry nation, yet one o’er all the earth,
her charter of salvation one Lord, one faith, one birth:
one holy name she blesses, partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses with ev’ry grace endued.

Though with a scornful wonder this world sees her oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder, by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping; their cry goes up: “How long?”
and soon the night of weeping shall be the morn of song.

Through toil and tribulation and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation of peace forevermore;
till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union with God, the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion with those whose rest is won.
Oh, blessed heav’nly chorus! Lord, save us by your grace,
that we, like saints before us, may see you face to face.

622 “Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared”
 Lord Jesus Christ, You have prepared
This feast for our salvation;
It is Your body and Your blood,
And at Your invitation
As weary souls, with sin oppressed,
We come to You for needed rest,
For comfort, and for pardon.

Although You did to Heav’n ascend,
Where angel hosts are dwelling,
And in Your presence they behold
Your glory, all excelling,
And though Your people shall not see
Your glory and Your majesty
Till dawns the judgment morning.

Yet, Savior, You are not confined
To any habitation;
But You are present even now
Here with Your congregation.
Firm as a rock this truth shall stand,
Unmoved by any daring hand
Or subtle craft and cunning.

We eat this bread and drink this cup,
Your precious Word believing
That Your true body and Your blood
Our lips are here receiving.
This word remains forever true,
All things are possible with You,
For You are Lord Almighty.


Though reason cannot understand,
Yet faith this truth embraces;
Your body, Lord, is even now
At once in many places.
I leave to You how this can be;
Your Word alone suffices me;
I trust its truth unfailing.

Lord, I believe what You have said;
Help me when doubts assail me.
Remember that I am but dust,
And let my faith not fail me.
Your Supper in this vale of tears
Refreshes me and stills my fears
And is my priceless treasure.

Grant that we worthily receive
Your Supper, Lord, our Savior,
And, truly grieving o’er our sins,
May prove by our behavior
That we are thankful for Your grace
And day by day may run our race,
In holiness increasing.

For Your consoling supper, Lord,
Be praised throughout all ages!
Preserve it, for in ev'ry place
The world against it rages.
Grant that this sacrament may be
A blessèd comfort unto me
When living and when dying.

THE FINAL BLESSING
P. The Light of freedom shines and gleams, a sight incredibly glorious.

C.     Spirit and mind awake and sing, flowing with the soundless rush to greet the One who is the Truth, who is the Way to life.

P.    Reformation has occurred and is occurring, as souls take flight to seek Christ’s light, and grace and love.

C.    Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Our Savior is here!  He is Light, and Life, and Freedom!


P.    Praise the Lord; he has delivered his people.

C.    Blessed be God!

P.    The Lord blesses us and keeps us.

C.    He encompasses us, yet releases us.

P.    He baptizes us in his grace and peace.

C.    He sets us free!

P.    Go and serve the Lord with joy. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C.    Amen.  Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN:  715 “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me”
Jesus, Savior, pilot me,
Over life's tempestuous sea;
Unknown waves before me roll,
Hiding rock and treach'rous shoal;
Chart and compass come from Thee:
Jesus, Savior, pilot me!

As a mother stills her child,
Thou canst hush the ocean wild;
Boist'rous waves obey Thy will
When Thou say'st to them, "Be still!"
Wondrous Sov'reign of the sea,
Jesus, Saviour, pilot me!

When at last I near the shore,
And the fearful breakers roar
'Twixt me and the peaceful rest,
Then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me,
"Fear not, I will pilot thee!"


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