Gulf Coast Synod Hosting Houston Ecumenical Prayer Service

Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Christ the King Church

Christ the King Church is the location for this year’s Ecumenical Prayer Service hosted by the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Christians from at least eleven denominations and institutions will come together to pray for the unity of the church and our mission to the world. Given the theme of rescue and welcome to the stranded and lost in our world, Chaplain Tom Edwards of the Houston International Seafarers Center will deliver the sermon.

Bishop Mike Rinehart will speak words of welcome. Our choirs will join the Gospel Choir of Holy Family Catholic Church. We encourage all members and friends to attend the service on Thursday evening and show our usual Lutheran and Christ the King hospitality. There will be a reception in the narthex after the service.

Daily Devotions for the Week of Prayer January 18-25

The Lutheran-Muslim “Scriptural Reasoning” Group Continues

Tuesday, January 21, 6:00 p.m.
Come join this dynamic group of Lutherans and Muslims from the Blue Mosque here at CTK, in the 2nd floor council room, beginning with a wonderful Halal meal. We’ll read and discuss parallel texts from The Bible and the Qur’an while deepening understanding of our own and our neighbors’ faith. See Pastor Duane for further info.

Longest Night -Service of Hope and Comfort

Saturday, December 21, 6:00 p.m.

This contemplative worship offers time for remembering, sharing our hurting places with God, and preparing our hearts for the coming of Christ.

Join others for whom the Christmas season is bittersweet to hear scripture, offer prayers for healing and wholeness, and to sing hymns that acknowledge God’s presence with those who mourn and grieve, with those who suffer, and with those who struggle. God is the light shining in our darkness.

We encourage you to make friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues aware of this time of prayer and reflection meant to address the death of loved ones and other significant losses in life. Healing Blessing with Laying on of Hands, and Holy Communion are part of the service.

All are welcome! The service will be followed by a brief time for light refreshments and fellowship.

Bach Vesper for Advent: Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.

Bach Vespers for Advent on Sunday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. will feature our Bach Choir and Orchestra presenting Bach’s Cantata 36 “Schwingt freudig euch empor.” Also featured will be hymns of the season, organ settings of the chorale “Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland,” motets by Handl, Hassler, and a rare gem from the period of the Mexican Baroque by an anonymous composer! Please join us for this always popular seasonal observance. Vespers is preceeded by a talk in the parish hall at 5:15. A wine and cheese reception follows. Free will offering will be received.