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SUNDAY, MARCH 24, 2019                              3rd SUNDAY IN LENT
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
Lent and Its Season
Begins on Ash Wednesday.
Ends with midday prayer on Holy Saturday.
The resurrection of Jesus is our great salvation.  To prepare to celebrate the Feast of the Resurrection (Easter), the Church sets aside a period of preparation.  In AD 325, the Council of Nicaea recorded the first reference to the specific number of days for Lent:  forty.  This forty-day preparation was first prescribed for baptismal candidates and became known as Lent (from the Old English word for “spring”).  During this period, the candidates were examined in preparation for Baptism at the Easter (or Paschal) Vigil.  Later, these forty days were associated with Jesus’ forty days in the desert prior to His temptation (Matthew 4) and with the forty years the children of Israel spent in the wilderness (Numbers 14:34) and became a period of preparation for every Christian.
                               -TREASURY OF DAILY PRAYER (10)
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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 EXCHANGE OF CHRISTIAN PEACE

OPENING HYMN: 420 “Christ The Life Of All The Living” (1-4)
                                
THE INVOCATION  
P. We begin our worship this morning in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.


THE CONFESSION OF SINS  
P. Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us come before the Lord with sincere hearts and confess our sins to God our Father, asking him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us the forgiveness of our sins.

C. Our help is in the name of the Lord who made heaven and earth.

P. I said, I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.

C. And you forgave the guilt of my sin.

P. Almighty God, our Maker and Redeemer, we poor sinners confess to you that we are by nature sinful and unclean and that we have sinned against you by thought, word, and deed.  We, therefore,
    come before you for refuge, seeking your boundless mercy and grace for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ.

C. Most merciful God, since you have given your only begotten Son to die for us, have mercy on us and for his sake grant us forgiveness of all our sins; and by your Holy Spirit, increase in us true knowledge of you and of your will and true obedience to your word, to the end that by your grace we may come to everlasting life; through Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen.

P. Almighty God, our heavenly Father, has had mercy on us and has given his only son to die for us and for his sake forgives us all our sins.  To those who believe on his name he gives power to become the children of God and has promised them his Holy Spirit.  He that believes has the assurances of God’s promises, the forgiveness of sins and everlasting life.

C. Amen.

THE PSALM FOR THE DAY: Psalm 85
P. You showed favor to your land, O LORD;

C. You restored the fortunes of Jacob.

P. You forgave the iniquity of your people and covered all their sins.

C. You set aside all your wrath and turned from your fierce anger.


P. Restore us again, O God our Savior, and put away your displeasure toward us.

C. Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger through all generations?

P. Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?

C. Show us your unfailing love, O LORD, and grant us your salvation.

P. I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints — but let them not return to folly.

C. Surely his salvation is near those who fear him, that his glory may dwell in our land.
 
P. Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.

C. Faithfulness springs forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven.

P. The LORD will indeed give what is good, and our land will yield its harvest.

C. Righteousness goes before him and prepares the way for his steps.

A HYMN OF PRAISE  (p. 171)
This is the feast of victory for our God.  Alleluia.  Worthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God.  Power and riches and wisdom and strength, and honor and blessing and glory are his.  This is the feast of victory for our God.  Alleluia.  Sing with all the people of God, and join in the hymn of all creation:  Blessing and honor and glory, and might be to God and the Lamb forever.  Amen.  This is the feast of victory for our God.  For the Lamb who was slain has begun his reign. Alleluia. Alleluia.  

THE FIRST LESSON: Ezekiel 33:7-20   
  “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.  When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you will surely die,’ and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will
die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.  But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.
  “Son of man, say to the house of Israel, ‘This is what you are saying: “Our offenses and sins weigh us down, and we are wasting away because of them. How then can we live?”’  Say to them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, O house of Israel?’
  “Therefore, son of man, say to your countrymen, ‘The righteousness of the righteous man will not save him when he disobeys, and the wickedness of the wicked man will not cause him to fall when he turns from it. The righteous man, if he sins, will not be allowed to live because of his former righteousness.’  If I tell the righteous man that he will surely live, but then he trusts in his righteousness and does evil, none of the righteous things he has done will be remembered; he will die for the evil he has done.  And if I say to the wicked man, ‘You will surely die,’ but he then turns away from his sin and does what is just and right —  if he gives back what he took in pledge for a loan, returns what he has stolen, follows the decrees that give life, and does no evil, he will surely live; he will not die.  None of the sins he has committed will be remembered against him. He has done what is just and right; he will surely live.
  “Yet your countrymen say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ But it is their way that is not just.  If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, he will die for it.  And if a wicked man turns away from his wickedness and does what is just and right, he will live by doing so.  Yet, O house of Israel, you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ But I will judge each of you according to his own ways.”  
    
THE SECOND LESSON: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13   
  For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea.  They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.  They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ.  Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered over the desert.
  Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.  Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry.”  We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did — and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.  We should not test the Lord, as some of them did — and were killed by snakes.  And do not grumble, as some of them did — and were killed by the destroying angel.
  These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.  So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!  No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.  
    
CHILDREN TIME
                                                                                                 
THE GOSPEL LESSON: Luke 13:1-9
  Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.  Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?  I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.  Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them — do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?  I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”
  Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any.  So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’
  “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it.  If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”    

THE NICENE CREED  
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 SERMON HYMN: 575 “My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less”
   
THE SERMON:  “Escape”
    text: 1 Corinthians 10:13

THE OFFERTORY

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.

THE CELEBRATION OF THE LORD’S SUPPER (8:30)
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.”

THE INSTITUTION

THE UNIVERSAL GREETING OF PEACE
P. The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C. And also with you.

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

C. Amen.

THE DISTRIBUTION
    Hymns: 438 “A Lamb Goes Uncomplaining Forth”
                 631 “Here, O My Lord, I See Thee Face To Face”

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.

CLOSING PRAYER  
Holy Father, you are the source of all goodness and life.  We ask that you always be with us to guide us and protect us.  We ask that you always rule our hearts and minds by your Holy Spirit, that we may be enabled to serve you constantly.  In Jesus’ name we pray.  Amen.

THE BLESSING
P. May the Lord bless you and keep you:  May the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you:  May the Lord look upon you with his favor and give you his peace.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: 420 “Christ The Life Of All The Living” (5-7)