Welcome to Christ the King Church!

We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod. We are committed to the mission of proclaiming to the world the message of God’s reconciling work revealed in Jesus Christ and proceeding in the Spirit of God.
Our faith calls us to be an inclusive community welcoming people of all cultures, races, sexual orientations, and gender identities.
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Summer Book Reviews

summer book reviews 2013The summer book reviews are a beloved tradition as an educational offering on Sundays at 9:45 a.m. during the summer months. The schedule thru June is:

May 31: Michael Pullara: Arms of Little Value by G.L. Lamborn

June 7: Michele Shonbeck (Executive Director of Christian Community Service Center):

Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America by Linda Tirado

June 14: Steven Bryant: The Crusades: A History (Third Edition) by Jonathan Riley-Smith

June 21: CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services – presentation or book review TBA

June 28: Marec Bela Steffens: The Treasure Chest by Johann Peter Hebel

Adult Catechesis June 5 and 6

membership1Adult Catechesis is the church’s way of keeping the faith alive in the ears of the faithful. For that reason everyone is invited to use the class to renew and deepen their understanding. It is also the regular way to membership in the congregation.

We meet on Friday evening, June 5, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the parsonage at 2342 Rice Boulevard (corner of Greenbriar Drive). Parking is available on the Rice Village Animal Hospital lot beginning at 6:30 p.m. Just cross Greenbriar Drive to the parsonage.

On Saturday, June 6, we meet at the church in the 2nd floor council room from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Materials are provided as well as lunch. Parking is available on the Rice University stadium lot, Entrance 13A on Greenbriar.

The Sermon for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 17, 2015 (Confirmation)

Robert.Moore.2011_2Robert G. Moore, Senior Pastor
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas

Readings (NRSV) and Psalm (ELW):
Acts 1:15–17, 21–26
Psalm 1 The LORD knows the way of the righteous. (Vs. 6)
1 John 5:9–13
John 17:6–19

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Dear brothers and sister, dear confirmands, we have dedicated this day to the rite of confirmation for these our children who are children no more, but young adults. The gospel casts light on this day and helps us to understand what we mean by confirmation. Jesus had been speaking to his disciples before his arrest and execution when he turns his face upwards and prays to God whom he most often addresses as Father.

14I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but I ask you to protect them from the evil one. 16They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 17Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. (John 17:14-17)

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Sunday Forum

Sunday ForumMay 17 Of Demons and Evil Spirits
presented by Matthias Henze
In the Gospels we read that Jesus confronts various demons and drives them out. They immediately recognize Jesus before anybody else knows who he is. The Evangelists take for granted that the reader is familiar with these evil forces, but when we turn to the Hebrew Bible for help we find that ancient Israelite authors have little to say about them.

This talk explores the origins of the beliefs in demons and evil spirits. The rich literature of the late Second Temple period attests to a wide array of speculations about the origin, nature, and function of demons and evil forces. We find incantations against demons and liturgies for exorcism among the Dead Sea Scrolls. Demons had a major impact on Christianity and continue to be live and well in some Christian circles today.

May 24: Congregational Meeting, no Sunday Forum
There will be a special congregational meeting May 24 between the early and late worship services. We will present the capital campaign totals and the council’s plan for use of the funds. The congregation will be asked to approve a construction financing plan.

May 31: Summer Book Reviews begin

 

The Sermon for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 10, 2015

Robert.Moore.2011_2Robert G. Moore, Senior Pastor
Christ the King Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas

Readings (NRSV) and Psalm (ELW):
Acts 10:44–48
Psalm 98 Shout with joy to the LORD, all you lands. (Ps. 98:4)
1 John 5:1–6
John 15:9–17

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

In Tuesday’s New York Times a column by David Brooks appeared under the title, What is Your Purpose? Brooks poses these questions for the American context:

Every reflective person sooner or later faces certain questions: What is the purpose of my life? How do I find a moral compass so I can tell right from wrong? What should I do day by day to feel fulfillment and deep joy? (The New York Times, May 5, 2015)

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