Worship Announcement August 26 and 27

Worship services will be held as regularly scheduled at Christ the King Lutheran Church today and tomorrow for those who desire to worship and can safely travel. With whomever is able to join us, we will hear and receive of God’s promises and together pray for all who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Rally Day activities will not take place, class pictures will be postponed. We welcome all children to Sunday School with those teachers who can be present to greet everyone and hold class.

We will distribute bibles to the Third graders and offer blessings for school children. We’ll also repeat this on September 3.

Luther League activities on Sunday night are cancelled and rescheduled for September 3 at 6 p.m.

Weather conditions and rain accumulation in West University have not been as challenging as elsewhere in metro Houston, though we do expect much more rain from latter Sunday and thereafter.

We encourage you to practice good judgment, however. If there is flooding in your area or on your route to church, if you have any reservations at all, please remain safely at home. And do please contact Pastor Larson or Pastor Liebster directly if you need emergency pastoral care.

duanelarson@ctkelc.org  karinliebster@ctkelc.org

Pastoral Letter about Charlottesville

Dear Members and Friends of Christ the King Lutheran Church,

I write this pastoral letter to you with a heavy heart, in my own voice and on behalf of my dear ministry colleagues here at Christ the King Church. This admittedly long letter likely meets a similar sadness in you. While there is much in our national society to cause concern, the outbreak of bigotry with violence and death in Charlottesville, VA uniquely has horrified us and made us ashamed.

Racism, anti-Semitism, hatred, and bigotry of any kind are faces of the same evil that Christians are always called to counter with prayer and with care for the neighbor targeted by hate. It is the same evil that each of us reject when we reaffirm our baptismal vows; we “renounce the devil and all the forces that defy God;” “the powers of this world that rebel against God,” and “the ways of sin that draw us from God.” Continue reading

First Guest Speaker for CTK’s Reformation 500 Celebration

On Sunday, September 3, Msgr. Dennis Mikulanis will be the first in a series of outstanding guest speakers for Christ the King Lutheran Church’s Reformation 500 observances. Msgr. Mikulanis will preach at both services on Sunday morning (8:30 and 10:50), speak at the 9:45 a.m. Sunday Forum, and address a luncheon following worship at 12:15 p.m. The luncheon will be open to the public as well as to those unable to attend the morning’s Sunday Forum. An informal luncheon conversation for area clergy and lay leaders is also scheduled for Saturday, September 2, at 11:30 a.m. Continue reading

Teaching the Catechism to Sing- March 19

Erickson, RickJoin us Sunday, March 19 at 9:45 a.m. as Cantor Rick Erickson will lead Sunday Forum in an appreciation of Martin Luther’s hymns on some of the chief pieces of the Small Catechism. The sudden bursting forth of the Lutheran chorale is one of the most thrilling chapters in the history of the Reformation. It began in December of 1523; by late in the summer of the following year, Luther had written twenty-four of the thirty-six hymns that would come from his pen. Martin Luther understood the unique way in which music helped people memorize things. Thus he used it to teach the tenets of our Christian faith.

Sermon for A Epiphany 7 February 19, 2017

Duane LarsonWalter Brueggemann is a contemporary theologian who does not hedge his words. He is one of the most prolific and prophetic preachers alive.  A popular quote of his aligns closely with the point of our scripture lessons today. He says, “The crisis in the church has almost nothing to do with being liberal or conservative; it has everything to do with giving up on the faith and practice of our Christian baptism and settling for a common, generic U.S. identity that is part patriotism, part consumerism, part violence, and part affluence.” Continue reading