SUNDAY BULLETIN

SUNDAY, MARCH 3, 2024                         3rd SUNDAY IN LENT
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.
(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 HANDSHAKE OF CHRISTIAN PEACE

OPENING HYMN: 427 “In The Cross Of Christ I Glory”

THE CALL TO WORSHIP
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.

THE CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS
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: Exodus 20:1-17  
  And God spoke all these words:  “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.  “You shall have no other gods before me.  “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.  “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.  “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.  “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.  “You shall not murder.  “You shall not commit adultery.  “You shall not steal.  “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.  “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”  

THE SECOND LESSON: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
  Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.  Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
  Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.  But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.  He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things — and the things that are not — to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.  It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God — that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.  Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”  

VOLUNTEER TIME

THE GOSPEL LESSON: John 2:13-23   
  When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem.  In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.  So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.  To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!”
  His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”
  Then the Jews demanded of him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”
  Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
  The Jews replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?”  But the temple he had spoken of was his body.  After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the Scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

THE SERMON HYMN: 425 “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross”


THE SERMON: “Getting The Point”
text: John 2:20-21

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.

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 OFFICERS
P. Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Holy Scripture tells us that the twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the Word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” You have chosen to fill specific positions of responsibility in this Congregation. As such, you are to work with me, the minister of Word and Sacrament, that our life together in Christ may be pleasing in His sight.

    You are to assist the ministry of Word and Sacrament in the areas in which you have been elected or appointed and are to see that the temporal affairs of the congregation are properly administered and the proper support is provided those who serve this Congregation. You are to assist in caring for the poor and sick, in cultivating harmony among the members, in promoting the general welfare of the Congregation and in furthering the Kingdom of God here and throughout our neighborhoods and the world.

     Nor should you forget that, while holiness of life and work is the way of all who trust in Christ, it is especially important that you, as office bearers in His Church, show yourselves in all things, by word and example, a pattern of good works and Christian devotion.

    In the presence of God and of this Congregation I therefore ask you:

    Do you accept the offices entrusted to you and do you promise to discharge your duties faithfully, trusting in the Lord and conforming yourself to His Word in accordance with the faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church?

R. YES, WITH THE HELP OF GOD.

P. May our almighty and most merciful God enlighten and strengthen you in your office that you may be good and faithful stewards, to the glory of His name, and the good of His people.

    Go then, in the name of the Lord, be steadfast and unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for your labor in the Lord is never in vain. The Almighty and most merciful God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit bless you and preserve you.

R.    AMEN.

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 prayers)

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 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, accept the Bible as God’s authoritative Word, and believe that the body and blood of the risen Christ are really present in the bread and wine; given 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”.
THE UNIVERSAL GREETING OF PEACE
P. The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C. And also with you.

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION


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

C. Amen.

THE DISTRIBUTION
    Hymn: 429 “We Sing The Praise Of Him Who Died”  
430 “My Song Is Love Unknown”
528 “Oh, For A Thousand Tongues To Sing”
        
THE POST COMMUNION CANTICLE  (p. 181)  
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.

THE DISMISSAL
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.

THE BENEDICTION
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: 435 “Come To Calvary’s Holy Mountain”


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REMAINING LENTEN AND EASTER WORSHIP SERVICES

Wednesday, March 6
6:30 p.m. Soup and Sandwich
7:30 p.m. Worship

Wednesday, March 13
6:30 p.m. Soup and Sandwich
7:30 p.m. Worship

Wednesday, March 20
6:30 p.m. Soup and Sandwich
7:30 p.m. Worship

Sunday, March 24
Palm Sunday Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 28
Maundy Thursday Worship at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29
Good Friday Worship at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 31
Easter Sunrise Worship Service at 6:00 a.m.
Sunday School Easter Egg Hunt at 9:00 a.m.
Easter Celebration Worship Service at 10:30 a.m