Thanksgiving Eve 2022

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2022
THANKSGIVING EVE WORSHIP
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 tonight. 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 either to enhance your worship experience or to contribute your offering, please enable the do not disturb function on your phone.)

OPENING HYMN: 892 “Come, Ye Thankful People Come”

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

C. Amen.

ACKNOWLEDGING OUR DAILY BREAD
(Using Hymn 895 “Now Thank We All Our God”)
P. All who have brought loaves of bread may now bring them forward to place them on the altar.
(After the loaves have been placed on the altar the Pastor continues.)

P. Give us this day our daily bread.

C. God gives daily bread, even when we do not pray for it, even to those who do not deserve it.

P.  Give us this day our daily bread.

C.    We ask in this prayer that God would help us to realize his goodness, and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

Now thank we all our God with hearts and hands and voices.
Who wondrous things has done, in whom his world rejoices,
Who, from our mother’s arms, has blest us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

P.    Give us this day our daily bread.

C.     Daily bread includes everything we need for this life such as:

Men:  food and clothing, home and property;
Women:  a devoted family and an orderly community;    
Men:  work and income, and a good reputation;    
Women:  good government, peace and health;

ALL:    and true friends and neighbors.

Oh may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us,
And keep us in his grace and guide us when perplexed,
And free us from all harm in this world and the next.

P.    Man shall not live by bread alone, but  by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God.

C.    Jesus Christ is the Word of God, made flesh for us.  He is the Bread of Life.

P.    Give us this day our daily bread.

C.    God gives daily bread, even to those who do not deserve it.  We ask in this prayer that God would help us to realize his goodness, and to receive our daily bread with thanksgiving.

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given,
The Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven,
The one eternal God, whom earth and heav’n adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.


THE PRAYER FOR THE DAY    
We give thanks, heavenly Father, for the way you have revealed your gracious heart through countless gifts and the wonders of creation.  We offer special thanks for the gifts of caring and sharing exchanged in the lives of those gathered here.  All of these gifts are represented in the loaves that now lay upon your altar.  We pray this night that our thanksgiving always be reflected in the way we live our lives as we show our gratitude to you in kindness and service to others.  In Jesus name we pray.  Amen.

THE FIRST LESSON:  Deuteronomy 8:1-10
Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers.  Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.  He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.  Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.  Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.  Observe the commands of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and revering him.  For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land --a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; a land where bread will not be scarce and you will lack nothing; a land where the rocks are iron and you can dig copper out of the hills.   When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you.

Praise  God, from whom all blessings flow!
Praise him, all creatures here below!
Praise him above, ye heav’nly host!
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost!

THE SECOND LESSON:  Philippians 4:6-20
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable --if anything is excellent or praiseworthy --think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me --put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.   I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.   I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.   I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.   I can do everything through him who gives me strength.   Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.   Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need.   Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account.   I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.   And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.   To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

O Lord, your works are manifold!
In wisdom you have made them all.
Your creatures all your grace behold:
You give them food whene’er they call.


THE GOSPEL LESSON:  Luke 17:11-19
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.   As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance  and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"   When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed.   One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.   He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him --and he was a Samaritan.   Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?   Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"   Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."             

O Lord, your works are manifold!  
In wisdom you have made them all.
Your creatures all your grace behold:
You give them food when’er they call.

THE PSALM:    Psalm 100
P. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

C. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
 
P. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

C. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.

P. For the LORD is good

C. His love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.  

A CONFESSION OF FAITH
ALL:  I believe that God has created me and all that exists.  He has given me and still preserves my body and soul with all their powers.  He provides me with food and clothing, home and family, daily work, and all I need from day to day.

God also protects me in times of danger and guards me from every evil.  All this he does out of fatherly and divine goodness and mercy, though I do not deserve it.

Therefore, I ought to thank and praise, serve and obey him. This is most certainly true.

HYMNIC RESPONSE: 790 “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” (1,4,5)

THE SERMON:  “Thankful Hearts, Thankful Life”
text:  Deuteronomy 8:10

HYMN: 893 “Sing To The Lord Of Harvest”

THE OFFERING

A PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING
P.     Gracious and merciful Lord, your gifts are new each day.  We are grateful for the gifts you provide through your creation and continued work in our lives.  Lord, we pray to you

C. in living thanks.

P. Almighty God, bless and prosper the harvest of our land.  Provide health and strength to the crops along with favorable weather for their sustenance.  Father, we ask that you would grant wisdom to the farmers who tend the land.  Lord, we pray to you

C. in living thanks.

P. O Father, you have placed us in a land of plenty.  Help us constantly to remember that all we have comes from your hand.  Remind us of the great need to share our blessings with our neighbors.  Lord, we pray to you

C. in living thanks.

P. Heavenly Father, protect and defend those you have called to protect and defend others.  Place your hand of blessing upon all government leaders that they may faithfully fulfill their vocations.  Provide peace throughout our land.  Send your holy angels to protect police, firefighters, soldiers and all other public servants.  Lord, we pray to you

C. in living thanks.

P. O Lord, promote health and healing according to your good and gracious will.  Be with all who are sick, suffering or hospitalized.  You alone bless your children with health and you alone have the power to restore health.  Lord, we pray to you

C. in living thanks.

P. Gracious God, you are the author of all blessings.  Help us to remember what you have done for us through Christ Jesus.  Grant us your Holy Spirit so that our lives might be transformed into lives of living thanks.  In your precious name we pray.

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 BENEDICTION
P. God has blessed us, he blesses us even now; and he will continue to bless us in the future.


C. May we receive the Lord’s blessing with thanksgiving and serve him with gladness.

ALL:  Amen.

P. We go now in the peace and joy of the Lord.

C. Amen.

THE CLOSING HYMN: 785 “We Praise You O God”

AS WE LEAVE
P. Every family that placed a loaf of bread on the altar is now welcome to come forward and take a different loaf home.

C. We are mindful that God does indeed give us our daily bread and that we are all God’s gift one to another.
(As the service is now ended, the loaves of bread may now be retrieved.)

HAVE A BLESSED THANKSGIVING!

As we take time to reflect this Thanksgiving, we remember the many blessings we have received by the hand of our God.  We are mindful, and thankful, that we have been blessed with such a warm and loving congregation.  That long-ago feast of Pilgrims and Native Americans serves now as a symbol of our common membership in the human race; and as a mandate “to do justice, to love kindness and to walk humbly” (Micah 6:8) with our Creator and Redeemer.  
After our Thanksgiving celebration, Advent begins Sunday, November 27.  Advent is that special season in the church year that prepares us to celebrate Christmas with Jesus at the heart and center.
May we always be thankful for all of the blessings that we receive by God’s gracious hand.  And, may we always be most thankful for our greatest blessing of all, the gift of our Savior.
-Pastor Harry

THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION
“It has seemed to me fit and proper that God should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.  I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”
-Abraham Lincoln, 1863



2022 CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

Sunday, November 27 - 1st Sunday In Advent
Service of the Greens at 10:30 AM
Wednesday, November 30
1st Mid-Week Advent Service at 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 4 - 2nd Sunday In Advent
Worship with Communion at 10:30 AM
Family Christmas Dinner at 12:00 PM

Wednesday, December 7
2nd Mid-Week Advent Worship Service at 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 11 - 3rd Sunday in Advent
Worship with Communion at 10:30 AM
Christmas Caroling at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14
3rd Mid-Week Advent Worship Service at 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 17
Sunday School Dress Rehearsal at 9:00 AM

Sunday, December 18 - 4th Sunday In Advent
Children’s Christmas Program at 10:30 AM

Saturday, December 24 - Christmas Eve
Family Christmas Eve Candlelight Choral at 7:30 PM

Sunday, December 25 -  Christmas Day
Christmas Day Worship at 10:30 AM

Sunday, January 1 -  1st Sunday After Christmas
New Year’s Day Worship

 
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