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SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019                          6th  SUNDAY OF EASTER
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
PASTOR:  Rev. Harry  M. Krolus
CHURCH:  410-356-3400                           HOME: 410-871-0712
SCHOOL:  410-356-3488                     CELL: 410-707-7663
MUSIC DIRECTOR:
Church email:  ctklclcms@yahoo.com
Church Web Site:  ctklchurch.org        School Web Site:  ctkaschool.org
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THE CHURCH YEAR - THE TIME OF EASTER
Easter
Begins with evening prayer on Holy Saturday.
Ends with midday prayer on Pentecost.
Easter is a victory celebration, a time for all Christians to proclaim boldly their faith in a risen and victorious Savior.  For the early Christians, Easter was not merely one day, it was (and is) a whole season that also includes the celebration of Jesus’ ascension.  The fifty days between Easter and Pentecost, known as the Great Fifty Days, was the first liturgical season observed in the first three centuries of the Church.  This fifty-day celebration is a week of weeks, renewed in the last decades by emphasizing the Sundays as being “of Easter.”  The season’s length is fitting because we are dedicating one seventh of the year to the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.
TREASURY OF DAILY PRAYER (11)
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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.)

WORDS OF GREETING

THE HANDSHAKE OF CHRISTIAN PEACE

OPENING HYMN: 475 “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice And Sing”

THE INVOCATION
P. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.

C. And also with you.

THE CONFESSION OF SINS
P. God invites us to come into his presence and worship him with humble and penitent hearts. Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us.

C. Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions.  I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good.  For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity.  But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray:  Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.

P. God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.  Therefore, as
    a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.

THE FIRST LESSON: Acts 16:9-15
During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.”  After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
  From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day on to Neapolis.  From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.
  On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there.  One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.  When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.  


THE SECOND LESSON: Revelation 21:9-14, 21-27
  One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”  And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.  It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.  It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.  There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.  The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.
  I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty
and the Lamb are its temple.  The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.  The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.  On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there.  The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.  Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.  

CHILDREN TIME

THE GOSPEL LESSON: John 16:23-33
In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.
  “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.  In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.  No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.  I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.”
  Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech.  Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.”
  “You believe at last!” Jesus answered.  “But a time is coming, and has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”  

A CONFESSION OF FAITH:  The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of His father before all worlds.  God of God, Light of Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, By whom all things were made; Who for us men
and for our salvation came down from heaven And was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary And was made man; And
was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.  He suffered and was buried; And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; And ascended into heaven, And sits at the right hand of the Father; And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead; Whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit, The Lord and Giver of Life, Who proceeds from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,  Who spoke by the Prophets.  And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church.  I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins, And I look for the resurrection of the dead, And the life of the world to come.  Amen.

HYMN: 677 “For All The Saints” (1,2,7,8)

THE SERMON: “Who Will Enter?”
text: Revelation 21:27

THE OFFERING
We now accept offerings electronically.  If you prefer, you may use your phone and go to our website (ctklchurch.org) or facebook page and submit your offering through PayPal.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYERS


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.

CELEBRATING 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.  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”.
 
ADMONITION TO COMMUNICANTS
P. As we approach the Lord’s table, we confess our belief in the Triune God, and that in this Sacrament we are receiving the precious body and blood of our Savior Jesus Christ, together with the bread and the wine for the forgiveness of sins and the strengthening of faith. Come to the Lord’s supper with thanksgiving; gratefully accepting his invitation and asking his blessing upon your reception.

THE WORDS OF INSTITUTION

THE DISTRIBUTION
HYMNS: 623 “Lord Jesus Christ, We Humbly Pray”
             580 “The Gospel Shows The Father’s Grace”

A CLOSING PRAYER
All:  Thank the Lord and sing his praise.  Tell everyone what he has done.  Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear his name.  He renews his promises and leads his people forth in joy with shouts of thanksgiving.  Alleluia! Alleluia!  Amen.


THE BLESSING
P. My brothers and sisters, go in peace.  Live in harmony with one another.  Serve the Lord with gladness.  And may he be your peace.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: 921 “On What Has Now Been Sown”
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STEEL DOORS
The steel entry doors by the kitchen need to be replaced. They have undergone numerous repairs over the past few years and it has become increasingly difficult keeping them functioning as they should. The cost is $4,000. Please contribute to this effort that we might replace these doors sooner rather than later. Thank you.