Sunday Bulletin

SUNDAY,  APRIL 11, 2021                         2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER
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.
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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 ( or Facebook page ( to submit your offerings.


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: 480 “He’s Risen, He’s Risen”
He’s risen, He’s risen, Christ Jesus, the Lord; He opened Death’s prison, the Incarnate Word. Break forth, hosts of heaven, in jubilant song, And, earth, sea, and mountain, the paean prolong.

The Foe was triumphant when on Calvary The Lord of creation was nailed to the tree.
In Satan’s domain did the hosts shout and jeer, For Jesus was slain, whom the evil ones fear.

But short was their triumph, the Savior arose, And Death, hell, and Satan He vanquished, His foes; The conquering Lord lifts His banner on high. He lives, yea, He lives, and will nevermore die.

Oh, where is thy sting, Death? We fear thee no more; Christ rose, and now open is fair Eden’s door, For all our transgressions His blood does atone; Redeemed and forgiven, we now are His own.

Then sing your hosannas and raise your glad voice; Proclaim the blest tidings that all may rejoice. Laud, honor, and praise to the Lamb that was slain, With Father and Spirit He ever shall reign.

P. We lift up our hearts to the Lord!  We praise you, our Father; Giver of all things.  We acknowledge you as Creator and Source of all that is.

C. Lord God, you made us!  You have poured out your bounty upon us.  You have opened your hand and satisfied the needs of every living thing!

P. We praise you, Jesus, Son of God, and Son of man.  You are the Lamb of God; the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

C. Lord Jesus, you have gone to the cross for us, and by your death and resurrection, you have made it possible for us to be restored to life.  You have opened your hands, loved us, embraced us, and made us your own!

P. We praise you, Spirit of God, our Counselor and Lord of Life.  You were sent from the Father and the Son to call us to faith and to new life.

C. Holy Spirit, you are the Giver of Life.  You breathe in us, and we are made new.  You open your hands, and we are recreated, redesigned, and remodeled.  Open our hearts, we pray, that we may walk in your way, praising you in all things and serving     you with gladness!

RESPONSE:  “Oh That I Had A Thousand Voices” (811)
Oh, that I had a thousand voices
To praise my God with thousand tongues!
My heart, which in the Lord rejoices,
Would then proclaim in grateful songs
To all, wherever I might be,
What great things God has done for me.

P. We confess our sins together.

C. O Lord our God, you call us to life in you, and to follow you.  Sometimes, we flatly refuse.  Forgive our arrogance, O Lord, and remodel us once again for service in your Kingdom.  O Lord our God, you call us to life in you and to follow you.  Sometimes, we say “yes,” but mean “no.” Forgive our foolish and dishonest games, O Lord, and remodel us once again for service in your Kingdom.  O Lord our God, you call us to life in you and to follow you. Sometimes, we say “yes,” and mean “yes,” but wander off and do our own thing anyway.  Forgive our weakness, O Lord, and remodel us once again for service in your Kingdom.

P. We all like sheep have gone astray; we each have turned to our own way.

C. But, the Lord laid on Christ the iniquity of us all.

P. He bore our griefs.

C. He carried our sorrows.

P. He was wounded for our transgressions.

C. He was bruised for our iniquities.

P. We have good news to share with one another!  Because of Jesus Christ our Savior, because of his suffering, death, and resurrection; we are really free!  Our sins are forgiven!  Our Savior even gives us the power we need to live for him, to follow him, and to serve in his Kingdom.

RESPONSE:  “Praise God, From Whom All Blessings Flow” (805)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, O heavenly host
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

THE FIRST LESSON: Acts 4:32-35
  All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.  With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.  There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.   

THE SECOND LESSON: 1 John 1:1 - 2:2
  That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched — this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.  The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.  We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.  We write this to make our joy complete.
  This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
  If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.
  My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense — Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.  He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.    


THE GOSPEL LESSON: John 20:19-31
  On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
  Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”  And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
  Now Thomas (called Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came.  So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
 But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe it.”
  A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
  Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
  Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
  Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.    

THE SERMON HYMN:  685 “Let Us Ever Walk With Jesus”
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 suffer here with Jesus, To His image e’er conform; Heaven’s glory soon will please us, Sunshine follow on the storm. Tho’ we sow in tears of sorrow, We shall reap in heav’nly joy; And the fears that now annoy Shall be laughter on the morrow. Christ, I suffer here with Thee; There, oh share Thy joy with me!

Let us also die with Jesus. His death from the second death, From our soul’s destruction, frees us, Quickens us with life’s glad breath. Let us mortify, while living, Flesh and blood and die to sin; And the grave that shuts us in Shall but prove the gate to heaven. Jesus, here I die to Thee There to live eternally.

Let us gladly live with Jesus; Since He’s risen from the dead, Death and grave must soon release us. Jesus, Thou art now our Head, We are truly Thine own members; Where Thou livest, there live we. Take and own us constantly, Faithful Friend, as Thy dear brethren. Jesus, here I live to Thee, Also there eternally.

THE SERMON: “Walking In The Light”     
    text: 1 John 1:5-7

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.

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.

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 time 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.

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.

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”.

P. The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C. And also with you.


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

C. Amen.

    Hymn: 625 “Lord Jesus Christ, Life Giving Bread”    
Lord Jesus Christ, life-giving Bread, May I in grace possess You. Let me with holy food be fed, In hunger I address You. Prepare me well for You, O Lord, And, humbly by my prayer implored, Give me Your grace and mercy.
To pastures green, Lord, safely guide,
To restful waters lead me; Your table well for me provide, Your wounded hand now feed me. Though weary, sinful, sick, and weak, Refuge in You alone I seek, To share Your cup of healing.
O bread of heav'n, my soul's delight, For full and free remission I come with prayer before Your sight In sorrow and contrition. Your rightousness, Lord, cover me That I receive You worthily, Assured of Your full pardon.
I do not merit favor, Lord, My weight of sin would break me; In all my guilty heart's discord, O Lord, do not forsake me. In my distress this comforts me That You receive me graciously, O Christ, my Lord of mercy!

470 “O Sons And Daughters Of The King”
O sons and daughters of the King, Whom heav'nly hosts in glory sing, Today the grave hath lost its sting! Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
That Easter morn, at break of day, The faithful women went their way To seek the tomb where Jesus lay. Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
An angel clad in white they see, Who sits and speaks unto the three, "Your Lord will go to Galilee." Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
That night the Apostles met in fear; Among them came their master dear And said: "My peace be with you here." Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
When Thomas first the tidings heard That they had seen the risen Lord, He doubted the disciples' word. Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
"My pierced side, O Thomas, see, And look upon My hands, My feet; Not faithless but believing be." Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
No longer Thomas then denied; He saw the feet, the hands, the side; "You are my Lord and God!" he cried. Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
How blest are they that have not seen And yet whose faith has constant been, For they eternal life shall win. Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!
On this most holy day of days Be laud and jubilee and praise: To God your hearts and voices raise. Alleluia! alleluia! alleluia!

Thank the Lord and sing his praise; tell everyone what he has done.  Let everyone who seeks the Lord rejoice and proudly bear his name.  He recalls his promises and leads his people forth in joy with shouts of thanksgiving.  Alleluia.  Alleluia.

P. Father, we thank and praise you for all things...

C. For the giving of your Son to be our Savior; for the pouring out of your Spirit that we might have faith; for the admonition and direction of your Word; for making us, and remaking us; for life, and life in Christ, and eternal life; for loved ones, friends, and each other; for opportunities to live as your children; and for the privilege of sharing the Gospel.  Empower us, that we may give ourselves to you and to your service.  Amen.

P. Go now in the spirit of our risen Lord.  Seek his will in all things.  And may he guide you and bless you.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN:  924 “Lord, Dismiss Us With Your Blessing”
Lord, dismiss us with Your blessing; Fill our hearts with joy and peace; Let us each, Your love possessing, Triumph in redeeming grace. O refresh us, O refresh us, Trav'ling through this wilderness.
Thanks we give and adoration For Your Gospel's joyful sound. May the fruits of Your salvation In our hearts and lives abound. Ever faithful, ever faithful To Your truth may we be found.
Savior, when Your love shall call us From our struggling pilgrim way, Let not fear of death appall us, Glad Your summons to obey. May we ever, may we ever Reign with You in endless day.

Our midweek Wednesday Bible Study will resume this Wednesday, April 14, at 7:00 p.m. on Facebook Live.

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