Experience a Peaceful Healing During Contemplative Worship

Saturdays at 6:00 p.m.
submitted by CTK members Larry Foust and Christine Wagener

Christ the King Lutheran Church distinguishes itself in many ways, one of which is its commitment early every Saturday evening to an ecumenical form of worship created in the 1940’s by Roger Schütz in France after the occupation by Nazi Germany had ended. The Taize approach to worship is soft, quiet, meditative, and peaceful. The music, albeit sung in many languages, emphasizes simple biblical phrases and is repeated in a soothing fashion. It is yoga, marathon running, blood pressure treatment, and anti-anxiety medication all rolled into a one hour shared worship service before your Saturday evening festivities begin. Come and experience it. Relax. Wrap yourself in its comfortable arms. Come and experience God’s Peace and healing in a new way.

Sermon for C Trinity Sunday June 16, 2019

Duane Larson, Senior Pastor

Based on John 16:12-15
Despite our common practice suggesting otherwise, it is difficult for rational people to speak “Christianly” about God. Ninety-Nine-point nine percent of the time we speak as if God were not in the room. Sooner or later we will embarrass ourselves; like saying something about someone, then all the facial expressions you see lead you to realize and say, “She is standing right behind me now. Isn’t she!” That moment is what we call “awkward.” Continue reading

Seventh Sunday of Easter June 2, 2019

Karin Liebster, Associate Pastor

1 Samuel 12:19-24
Psalm 97
Revelation 22:12-14, 16-17, 2-21
John 17:20-26

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

That they may all be one, … so that they may be one, … that they may be completely one. (John 17:21, 22, 23)

Well, that’s not gonna work. Or?

Jesus’ prayer to God in the presence of the disciple-followers on their last night together is a 26 verse long string of short phrases about the relationship of Jesus with God and with us, sort of rolled up to a round ball of relationship, including glory, knowing, truth, love and unity. Basic things in terms of divine-human relationship and salvation.

“That they may all be one,” this dream of unity has been and still is widely used in ecumenical prayer services and in the official dialogues between churches. The words are the motto of the United Church of Christ, formed in 1957, their icon showing a cross and crown planted on top a globe, with “United Church of Christ” and “that they may all be one” written around it. Continue reading

Leisurely Summer Writing Circle

Those interested in writing their family stories are invited to a Summer Writing Circle. In these informal sessions, participants will choose their own story themes or explore other writing interests such as personal essays or fiction. No previous writing experience is required. The sessions will be facilitated by Anna Fay Williams, published writer and teacher. The sessions will be held on Fridays from 1:30 to 3:30 pm ( will not meet again until June 14) at CTK third floor conference room. For further information and participation, please contact Anna Fay.

Sixth Sunday of Easter May 26, 2019

Karin Liebster,  Associate Pastor

Joel 2:21-27,  Psalm 67,   Revelation 21:10, 22 – 22:5, John 14:23-29

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

Church is changing. Have you noticed?
It’s changing in many ways.
Membership in the ELCA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is now to about 3.4 million. When I joined the ELCA about 20 years ago, it was over 4 million. Christianity overall is on the rise, especially on the African, Asian and Latin American continents. Ethiopia, Kenya, and Tanzania each have more Lutherans than the United States. Continue reading