CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH

THE LUTHERAN CHURCH - MISSOURI SYNOD

440 STONEVILLE RD.  485-4432

Pastor Thomsen                                                                                 Amanda Stacy, DCE

(906) 250-2132                                                                                   (402) 650-3132

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DRIVE IN SERVICE

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

September 27, 2020               10:45 Worship Service

 

WELCOME & GREETINGS OF PEACE

 

OPENING HYMN:   “Jesus Shall Reign”

Jesus shall reign where'er the sun
Does its successive journeys run;
His kingdom stretch from shore to shore,
Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

To Him shall endless prayer be made,
And endless praises crown His head;
His name like sweet perfume shall rise
With ev’ry morning sacrifice.

People and realms of every tongue
Dwell on His love with sweetest song;
And infant voices shall proclaim
Their early blessings on His name.

Blessings abound where'er He reigns:
The pris’ners leap, unloose their chains,
The weary find eternal rest,
And all who suffer want are blest.

Let ev’ry creature rise and bring
Honors peculiar to our King;
Angels descend with songs again,

And earth repeat the loud amen.

INVOCATION & OPENING SENTENCES

Pastor:       In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:      Amen.

Pastor:       The Lord lifts up the humble;

People:      He casts the wicked to the ground.

Pastor:       Remember Your mercy, O Lord, and Your steadfast love

People:      for they have been from of old.

Pastor:       Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;

People:      according to Your steadfast love, remember me, for the sake of Your goodness, O Lord!

 

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION

Pastor:       O almighty God, merciful Father,

People:      I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

Pastor:       Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

People:      Amen.

SALUTATION

Pastor:       The Lord be with you.

People:      And also with you.

Pastor:       Let us pray.

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Pastor:       Almighty God, You exalted Your Son to the place of all honor and authority. Enlighten our minds by Your Holy Spirit that, confessing Jesus as Lord, we may be led into all truth; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:      Amen.

                 

(Please be seated)

OLD TESTAMENT READING:   Ezekiel 18:1-4, 25-32

The word of the Lord came to me: “What do you people mean by quoting this proverb about the land of Israel: “‘The parents eat sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge’? “As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel. For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die. 25 “Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Hear, you Israelites: Is my way unjust? Is it not your ways that are unjust? 26 If a righteous person turns from their righteousness and commits sin, they will die for it; because of the sin they have committed they will die. 27 But if a wicked person turns away from the wickedness they have committed and does what is just and right, they will save their life. 28 Because they consider all the offenses they have committed and turn away from them, that person will surely live; they will not die. 29 Yet the Israelites say, ‘The way of the Lord is not just.’ Are my ways unjust, people of Israel? Is it not your ways that are unjust? 30 “Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. 31 Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, and get a new heart and a new spirit. Why will you die, people of Israel? 32 For I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!

Reader:     This is the Word of the Lord.       

People:      Thanks be to God.

 

EPISTLE READING:                     Philippians 2:1-4, 14-18

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Reader:     This is the Word of the Lord.       

People:      Thanks be to God.

 

(Please Stand)

 

RESPONSIVE PSALM:                  Psalm 25:1-10

Pastor:       In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.

People:      I trust in you; do not let me be put to shame,   nor let my enemies triumph over me.

Pastor:       No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame, but shame will come on those who are treacherous without cause.

People:      Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.

Pastor:       Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

People:      Remember, Lord, your great mercy and love, for they are from of old.

Pastor:       Do not remember the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways; according to your love remember me, for you, Lord, are good.

People:      Good and upright is the Lord; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.

Pastor:       He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.

People:      All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful toward those who keep the demands of his covenant.

All:            Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Pastor:       In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.

 THE APOSTLES’ CREED

                  I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.

            And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary; Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; The holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; The forgiveness of sins; The resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

HOLY GOSPEL:                              Matthew 21:23-27

Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus replied, “I will also ask you one question. If you answer me, I will tell you by what authority I am doing these things. 25 John’s baptism—where did it come from? Was it from heaven, or of human origin?” They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Then why didn’t you believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin’—we are afraid of the people, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We don’t know.” Then he said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

Pastor:       This is the Gospel of Our Lord.               

People:     Praise to You, O Christ

 

SERMON HYMN:   “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light”

I want to walk as a child of the light
I want to follow Jesus
God sent the stars to give light to the world
The star of my life is Jesus

Refrain  In Him there is no darkness at all
               The night and the day are both alike
               The Lamb is the light of the city of God
               Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus

I want to see the brightness of God
I want to look at Jesus
Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path
And show me the way to the Father     Refrain


I'm looking for the coming of Christ
I want to be with Jesus
When we have run with patience the race
We shall know the joy of Jesus             Refrain

SERMON

 

PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH

 

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.

 

BENEDICTION

Pastor:       The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and  give you peace.        

People:      Amen.

  

CLOSING HYMN:    “O Bless the Lord, My Soul”

O Bless the Lord, my soul!

Let all within me join

And aid my tongue to bless His name

Whose favors are divine.

O bless the Lord, my soul,

Nor let His mercies lie

Forgotten in unthankfulness

And without praises die!

‘Tis He forgives thy sins;

‘Tis He relieves thy pain;

‘Tis He that heals thy sicknesses

And makes thee young again.

He crowns thy life with love

When ransomed from the grave;

He that redeemed my soul from hell

Hath sov-‘reign pow’r to save.

He fills the poor with good;

He gives the suff’rers rest.

The Lord hath judgments for the proud

And justice for th’oppressed.

His wondrous works and ways

He made by Moses known,

But sent the world His truth and grace

By His beloved Son.

DISMISSAL   

Pastor:      Go in peace. Serve the Lord.      

People:    Thanks be to God!