Sunday Bulletin

Sunday, JULY 31, 2022                          8th SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
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.
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THE CALL TO WORSHIP
L. Just a taste of something wonderful,

C. Only a glimpse of something magnificent,

L. Just a glimmer of something holy in something so ordinary.

C. Yet, enough to know we are in the presence of God,

L. Enough to cause us to stop and stare in awe,

C. Enough to stir our hearts in wonder,

L. Enough to set our feet to dancing

C. And to prompt our voices to protest and praise.

THE HANDSHAKE OF CHRISTIAN PEACE

OPENING HYMN:  953 “We All Believe In One True God”

AN ACT OF ADORATION
L. 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.
 
L. Let us glory in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, though he was rich, yet for our sakes 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.

L. 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 witness 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.

AN ACT OF CONFESSION
L. 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.

C. Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

L. Forgive us the poverty of our worship, our neglect of fellowship and of the means of grace, our hesitating witness for Christ, our evasion of responsibility in your service, our imperfect stewardship of your gifts.

C. Have mercy on us and forgive us, O God.

L. Forgive us that so little of your love has reached others through us, that we have been thoughtless in our judgments, hasty in condemnation, grudging in forgiveness, slow to seek reconciliation, unwilling to help our neighbors as we ought.

C. Have mercy on us and forgive us, O Lord.

ALL: Have mercy on us, O God, according to your steadfast love;  
according to your abundant mercy blot out our transgressions. Wash us thoroughly from our iniquity, and cleanse us from our
sin. Create in us clean hearts, O God, and put a new and right spirit within us.

THE PSALM FOR THE DAY:  Psalm 100
L. Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.

C. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

L. 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.

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;

C. his faithfulness continues through all generations.

THE LESSONS
The First Lesson:  Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-26
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
  I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.  I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men!  I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. I hated all the things I had toiled for under the sun, because I must leave them to the one who comes after me.  And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will have control over all the work into which I have poured my effort and skill under the sun. This too is meaningless.  So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.  For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.  What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun?  All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.
  A man can do nothing better than to eat and drink and find satisfaction in his work. This too, I see, is from the hand of God, for without him, who can eat or find enjoyment?  To the man who
pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner he gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.  

The Second Lesson:  Colossians 3:1-11
  Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
  Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.  You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.  But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.  Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.  Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.  
The Gospel Lesson:  Luke 12:13-21
  Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
  Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”  Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
  And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop.  He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
  “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
  “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
  “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”  

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.

HYMN: 664 “Fight The Good Fight”

THE SERMON

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 PRAYERS
L. O God, we thank you for your gift of light,

C. but above all, for the light of your glory that shines in the face of your Son.

L. You said, long ago, "Let there be light!" and there was light.

C. You saw the light, and it was good.

L. You chose for yourself a people and gave them, through Moses, the Law

C. that their path might be lighted by its wisdom and truth.

L. And when they preferred to walk in darkness, in the deceptive comfort of darkness,

C. you sent them prophets like Elijah to rebuke them, recall them, save them.

L. Gracious God, we thank you for moments of special illumination granted to whomever you single out for revelation.

C. We thank you for allowing Moses a vision of yourself that made his face shine like the sun.

L. We thank you for letting faithful Elisha witness "the homebound Elijah" in that chariot of fire,

C. confirming him as Elijah's successor, fit to wear the great prophet's mantle.

L. Sovereign God, Creator, Author of Light, we marvel at your graciousness.

C. You allowed your servant John to baptize your Son and to participate in the pleasure you took in him.

L. You permitted Peter, James and John to accompany our Lord to that mountaintop,

C. and to witness his transfiguration -- awed, dazed, but unharmed.

L. Like Moses or Elijah or Peter, powerful witnesses, but mortal humans,

C. we long to bask in his light, to be transformed in his likeness.

L. Help us to recall that, in your divine wisdom, you grant such moments of ecstasy only rarely,

C. and that even Peter, James and John may not remain on the mountaintop with the Lord.

L. Make us thankful for Moses on Sinai, for Elijah's faithfulness, for the witness to your Son's glory shared with us by Peter, James and John,

C. but let us not forget that our mission is not to sun ourselves in your light high above this earth.

L. Confirm us rather in our mission on this planet so much in need of your redemption:


C. our mission to preach the Good News of your reconciling love, to do justice, to show mercy and to walk humbly with you by the light of your glory shining in the face of your Son.

L. And now, O Lord, we bring before your throne of grace those prayers of concern, thanksgiving, and praise that are on our hearts.
(There are now a few moments of personal prayer.)

L. As we have brought these prayers before you, we do so with confidence, knowing that they will be answered according to your good and gracious will.  In Jesus’ name we pray.

C. Amen.

THE BLESSING
L. The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep our hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN:  811 “Oh, That I Had A Thousand Voices” (1,2,5)

 
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