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 WORSHIP SERVICE

 

ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

August 16, 2020                     10:45 Worship Service

 

WELCOME & GREETINGS OF PEACE

 

OPENING HYMN:  “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”

O for a thousand tongues to sing
My great Redeemer’s praise,
The glories of my God and King,
The triumphs of His grace.

My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad,
The honors of your name.

The name of Jesus charms our fears,
and bids our sorrows cease;
Sings music in the sinner’s ears,
Brings life, and health, and peace.

He breaks the power of canceled sin,

He sets the prisoner free;
His blood can make the foulest clean;
His blood avails for me.

Look to the Lord, who did atone

For sin, O fallen race.

Look and be saved through faith alone,

Be justified by grace.

See all our sins on Jesus laid;

The lamb has made us whole.

His soul was once on off’ring made

For ev’ry human soul.

To God all glory, praise, and love

Be now and ever giv’n

By saints below and saints above,

The Church in earth and heav’n.

 

INVOCATION

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

People:      Amen.

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION

Pastor:       Humble yourselves then before God, confess your sins to Him, and implore His forgiveness.

People:      O almighty God, merciful Father, I, a troubled and penitent sinner, confess to You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your present and eternal punishment. By nature, I am a sinful creature. By thought, word, and deed, I have continually transgressed Your Law. For the sake of the sufferings and death of Your Son, Jesus Christ, be gracious and merciful to me, a penitent and contrite being. Forgive me all of my sins, and grant me the power of Your Holy Spirit that I may amend my sinful life.

Pastor:       God be gracious to you and strengthen your faith.

People:      Amen.

Pastor:       As you believe, so let it be. As a called and ordained servant of Christ and by His authority, I therefore 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 and everlasting Father, You give Your children many blessings even though we are undeserving. In every trial and temptation grant us steadfast confidence in Your loving-kindness and mercy; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, 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:   Numbers 21:2-9         

Then Israel made this vow to the Lord: “If you will deliver these people into our hands, we will totally destroy their cities.” The Lord listened to Israel’s plea and gave the Canaanites over to them. They completely destroyed them and their towns; so the place was named Hormah. They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

Reader:     This is the Word of the Lord.       

People:      Thanks be to God.

 

EPISTLE READING:                     Romans 11:1–2a, 13–15, 28–32        

I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel: 13 I am talking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I take pride in my ministry 14 in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people to envy and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection brought reconciliation to the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 28 As far as the gospel is concerned, they are enemies for your sake; but as far as election is concerned, they are loved on account of the patriarchs, 29 for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable. 30 Just as you who were at one time disobedient to God have now received mercy as a result of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now become disobedient in order that they too may now receive mercy as a result of God’s mercy to you. 32 For God has bound everyone over to disobedience so that he may have mercy on them all.

Reader:     This is the Word of the Lord.       

People:      Thanks be to God.

(Please Stand)

 

RESPONSIVE PSALM:                  Psalm 67

Pastor:       May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations.

People:      Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You!

Pastor:       Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.

People:      Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You!

Pastor:       The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us.

People:      God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear Him!

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.

 

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 in 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.

HOLY GOSPEL:                              John 3:1-17

Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.” Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. 10 “You are Israel’s teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man. 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Pastor:      This is the Gospel of Our Lord.               

People:     Praise to You, O Christ

 

SERMON HYMN: “Christ Be My Leader”

Christ be my leader by night as by day;
safe through the darkness for he is the way.
Gladly I follow, my future his care,
darkness is daylight when Jesus is there.
              Christ be my teacher in age as in youth,
              drifting or doubting, for he is the truth.
              Grant me to trust him, though shifting as sand,
              doubt cannot daunt me; in Jesus I stand.
Christ be my Savior in calm as in strife;
death cannot hold me, for he is the life.
Nor darkness nor doubting nor sin and its stain
can touch my salvation: with Jesus I reign.

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.

 

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

 

COMMUNION HYMN:  “There Is a Redeemer”

There is a Redeemer- Jesus, God’s own Son,

Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, Holy One.

Chorus                 Thank You, O my Father, for giving us Your Son,

                              And leaving Your Spirit till the work on earth is done.        

 Jesus, my Redeemer, name above all names,

Precious Lamb of God, Messiah, O for sinners slain.  Chorus

 

When I stand in Glory, I will see His face;

There I’ll serve my King forever in that holy place.    Chorus

 

DISTRIBUTION

  

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:  “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness”

Praise the one who breaks the darkness
with a liberating light.
Praise the one who frees the prisoners,
turning blindness into sight.
Praise the one who preached the Gospel,
healing every dread disease,
calming storms and feeding thousands
with the very bread of peace.

Praise the one who blessed the children
with a strong yet gentle word.
Praise the one who drove out demons
with a piercing two-edged sword.
Praise the one who brings cool water
to the desert's burning sand.
From this well comes living water,
quenching thirst in every land.

Praise the one true love incarnate:
Christ who suffered in our place.
Jesus died and rose for many
that we may know God by grace.
Let us sing for joy and gladness,
seeing what our God has done.
Praise the one redeeming glory,
praise the One who makes us one

DISMISSAL  

Pastor:     Go in peace. Serve the Lord.      

People:    Thanks be to God!