Sunday Bulletin

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2021            17h SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
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.)

AN ORDER OF MORNING SERVICE

WORDS OF GREETING

THE HANDSHAKE OF CHRISTIAN PEACE

OPENING HYMN: 794 “The Lord, My God, Be Praised”

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

C. Amen.

THE OPENING SENTENCES
P. Let us adore our heavenly Father, who created us, who sustains us, who loves us with an 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.

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 wisdom 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 for reflection.)

THE CONFESSION OF SINS
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.
(Turning to the congregation the pastor continues.)
P. I now ask you before God who searches the heart:
 Do you sincerely confess that you have sinned against God and deserve his punishment?

C. I do confess.

P. Do you heartily repent of your sins committed in thought, word, and deed?

C. I do repent.

P. Do you promise that with the aid of the Holy Spirit you will amend your sinful life?

C. I do promise.

P. Almighty God, in his mercy, has given his Son to die for you, and for his sake forgives you all your sins.  As a called and ordained servant of the Word, I therefore, forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


THE FIRST LESSON: Jeremiah 11:18-20
  Because the LORD revealed their plot to me, I knew it, for at that time he showed me what they were doing.  I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; I did not realize that they had plotted against me, saying, “Let us destroy the tree and its fruit; let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more.”  But, O LORD Almighty, you who judge righteously and test the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance upon them, for to you I have committed my cause.  
 
THE SECOND LESSON: James 3:13 - 4:10
  Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.  But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.  Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.  For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.
  But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.
  What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?  You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.  When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
  You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.  Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?  But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
  Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.  Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.  


THE GOSPEL LESSON: Mark 9:30-37      
  They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were,  because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.”  But they did not understand what he meant and were afraid to ask him about it.
  They came to Capernaum. When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?”  But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest.
  Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
  He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms, he said to them,  “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”  
        
THE SERMON HYMN: 730 “What Is The World To Me”

THE SERMON: “Who’s On First”
    text: Mark 9:35

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 Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life eternal. Amen.

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.

THE INSTALLATION OF SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS  
P. Dear Friends, our Lord has called you into service in this place, Christ The King Lutheran Church. He has blessed you with His gifts and equipped you with skills to carry out His work among His people. This is indeed a challenge and a wonderful privilege! God has not said that your task will be easy. But He promises to sustain you as you bring to the children and adults the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ. Be assured that you do not labor alone but with the constant presence of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, “I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever” (John 14:6).  I ask you now in the presence of this congregation, “DO YOU WILLINGLY ACCEPT THE TASK OF WORKERS IN GOD’S KINGDOM, ASSURED THAT OUR LORD WILL GUIDE AND SUPPORT YOU AS YOU CARRY OUT HIS WILL AND WORK?”

Teachers:  I DO WITH THE HELP OF GOD.

P. The task and blessings of sharing the faith through God’s Word belongs to every member of our congregation. I now ask the congregation, DO YOU JOYFULLY AND WILLINGLY SUPPORT THE WORK OF THESE FAITHFUL LABORERS AS THEY SHARE THE  GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST WITH THE MEMBERS OF CHRIST’S BODY HERE AT CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH?”

C. We give God glory for the sharing of His Word among us and pledge our joyful and faithful support to those He has chosen to lead us in this task.

P. Lord, we pray for our teachers and our learners. Through Your Holy Spirit bless the preaching, teaching and hearing of Your Holy Word. Empower us, here in our congregation and in the schools, high schools, colleges, and seminaries throughout our church, to be grateful and faithful in Your Word and work. Give us joyful hearts and increase our love for one another. Bless us, and for Jesus’ sake help us to be a blessing to others.

C. Heavenly Father, show us the way to better serve you. For Jesus’ sake continue to share with us the Spirit’s presence. Help us to celebrate both our unity in Christ and the diversity of gifts with which you have blessed us individually. In your mercy and grace forgive us when we fall, and lead us joyfully to know and do your will. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

P. We go in peace. Amen.

THE PRAYER 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.

For life and health, for love and friendship, and for the goodness and mercy that have followed us all the days of our life

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. For all those who are sick or sorrowing; for those whom we now name before you and for those we name in our hearts; that you would bring healing, strength, comfort, and peace in accordance with your good and gracious will.
(Personal prayers are now brought before the Lord.)

P. Heavenly Father ...

C. We trust in your abundant mercy, O God.

P. For all the blessings of this life, the small as well as seemingly more significant

C. We thank you, O God.

ALL: 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 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 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 WORDS OF INSTITUTION

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

C. Amen.

PRE COMMUNION HYMN:  “Now The Silence” (910)
Now the silence, Now the peace,
Now the empty hands uplifted;
Now the kneeling, Now the plea,
Now the Father’s arms in welcome;
Now the hearing, Now the power,
Now the vessel brimmed for pouring;
Now the body, Now the blood,

Now the joyful celebration;
Now the wedding, Now the songs,
Now the heart forgiven leaping;
Now the Spirit’s visitation,
Now the Son’s epiphany,
Now the Father’s blessing.
Now.  Now.  Now.

THE DISTRIBUTION
HYMN: 635 “O Gracious Lord, I Firmly Am Believing”
             724 “If God Himself Be For Me”

POST COMMUNION HYMN:  “Sent Forth By God’s Blessing” (643)
Sent forth by God’s blessing, Our true faith confessing,
The people of God from his dwelling take leave.  
The supper is ended.  Oh, now be extended
The fruits of this service in all who believe.  

The seed of his teaching, Receptive souls reaching,
Shall blossom in action for God and for all.  
His grace did invite us, His love shall unite us
To work for God’s kingdom and answer his call.


THE BLESSING
P. May the God of peace be with you always.  And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless.  He who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.  Go in peace.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: 924 “Lord, Dismiss Us With Your Blessing”

 
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