CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH

THE LUTHERAN CHURCH - MISSOURI SYNOD

440 STONEVILLE RD.  485-4432 

Amanda Stacy,DCE                                            402) 650-3132

WORSHIP SERVICE

 

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Saturday Worship                              5:00 p.m.

Sunday Late Worship                        10:45 a.m.

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TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

      October 22nd, 2023     10:45 Worship Service

 

 

WELCOME & GREETINGS OF PEACE

 

OPENING HYMN:   “I Am Trusting Thee, Lord Jesus”

I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus, Trusting only Thee;

Trusting The for full salvation, Great and free.

I am trusting Thee for pardon; At Thy feet I bow,

For Thy grace and tender mercy Trusting now.

I am trusting Thee for cleansing In the crimson flood;

Trusting Thee to make me holy By Thy blood.

I am trusting Thee to guide me; Thou alone shall lead,

Ev’ry day and hour supplying All my need.

I am trusting Thee for power; Thine can never fail.

Words which Thou Thyself shalt give me Must prevail.

I am trusting Thee, Lord Jesus; Never let me fall.

I am trusting Thee forever And for all.

 

INVOCATION & OPENING SENTENCES

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

People:      Amen.

Pastor:       My help comes from the Lord,

People:      who made heaven and earth.

Pastor:       The Lord will keep you from all evil;

People:      He will keep your life.

 

CONFESSION & ABSOLUTION 

Leader:      Let us confess our sins to God our Father.

People:      Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

Leader:      In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins. To those who believe in Jesus Christ he gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit. May the Lord, who has begun this good work in us, bring it to completion in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

People:      Amen.

 

SALUTATION

Leader:      The Lord be with you.

People:      And also with you.

Leader:      Let us pray.

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Leader:        Almighty God, Your Word and will are accomplished despite the enemies of Your purpose and through the unlikely means of those indifferent to You. Encourage us when we are quick to judge and slow to believe, that we may never forget the triumph of Your saving purpose in Your Son; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

People:      Amen       

 

OLD TESTAMENT READING:   Isaiah 45:1-7  

Thus says the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him that gates may not be closed: “I will go before you and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the Lord, the God of Israel, who call you by your name. For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you by your name, I name you, though you do not know me. I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun and from the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things.

Reader:   This is the Word of the Lord.                              

People:   Thanks be to God.

 

EPISTLE READING:                            1 Thessalonians 1:1–10         

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Reader:    This is the Word of the Lord.                      

People:    Thanks be to God.

 

RESPONSIVE PSALM:                  Psalm 96:1-9

Leader:      Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!

People:      Sing to the Lord, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.

Leader:      Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!

People:      For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods.

Leader:      For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the Lord made the heavens.

People:      Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Leader:       Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!

People:      Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts!

Leader:      Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!

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.

Leader:      Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth!

 

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 22:15-22

Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. 16 And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone's opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19 Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20 And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21 They said, “Caesar's.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” 22 When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.

Leader:     This is the Gospel of Our Lord.                

People:     Praise to You, O Christ  

 

CHILDREN’S SERMON

 

SERMON HYMN:  “When Peace, like a River”

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way;

When sorrows, like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul

It is well with my soul,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate

And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well with my soul,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

He lives-oh, the bliss of this glorious thought;

My sin, not in part, but the whole,

Is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more.

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well with my soul,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

And, Lord, haste the day when our faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,

The trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend;

Even so it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

 

SERMON

 

THE GIVING OF OUR OFFERINGS TO THE LORD  

 

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: “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.

 

DISMISSAL  

Pastor:      Go in peace. Serve the Lord.     People:   Thanks be to God!