Sunday April 18 Outdoor Worship

11:00 am Worship service and Online
Drive-through distribution of Holy Communion from 12:30-1:30 pm
Readings       Bulletin     Sermon 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer composed a famous hymn that we have sung often. “He comes to us as one unknown.” Yes, this happens. Jesus said it would be so. He comes unknown in the clothes of the hungry, the lonely, the neighbor from anywhere for whom our talents and gifts are intended by God. But this is not the only way Christ comes to us. He comes to us as one who is known, if yet unexpected. That is how the disciples received him even a third time after the resurrection. Christ shows his wounds. He eats their food. He rehearses his life story and purpose. They are his witnesses. So are we. Pastor Larson shares how so as we continue to celebrate Easter this Sunday at 11am online via YouTube and Facebook. and physically gathered outside. Jesus Christ is and will be with us.
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Sermon for Sunday, April 18, 2021

Duane Larson
Sermon for B Easter 3
Based on Luke Acts 3:12-19 [20-21] and Luke 24:36b-48

Some of you know the Harvard Business School’s acronym advice for long-range planning. The acronym is BHAG. When you think long-range, think BHAG: Big Hairy Ambitious Goal. Maybe Harvard got this popular acronym by plagiarizing God’s plans. Plagiarizing is bad. Likely it is okay to plagiarize from God as long as you don’t claim you are God when doing so. Maybe that is a challenge for some Harvard folk, but we do pray for God’s will to be done! So, don’t worry, BHAGgy! Continue reading

This Weekend with Bach Society Houston

Bach: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin, Part III

Galveston performance, held in person: Saturday, April 17, 2021 | 3:30 P.M.
Historic First Lutheran in the Heart of Galveston    2415 Winnie Street, Galveston

Performance online: Sunday, April 18, 2021 | 3:30 P.M.
*This event will be streamed online only – via our Youtube and Facebook pages*
Entry free for both events, offering accepted on our website

J.S. BACH      Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1001      Partita in B Minor, BWV 1002
Rick Erickson, Conductor      Kurt Johnson, Violin      Maria Lin, Violin
Members of the Bach Orchestra Maria Lin and Kurt Johnson present the final performance of the complete sonatas and partitas for solo violin, which are among the most beautiful and technically demanding in the repertoire

New and Final Week Night Class with Pastor Duane Reading together: The Faith of a Physicist

Thursday evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., April 22- May 13

Members and friends of CTK are invited to join Pastor Larson in a Zoom class on Thursday evenings reading one of the most influential recent texts that constructively puts Christian theology in conversation with contemporary science, The Faith of a Physicist by John Polkinghorne. It is a serious read. We will be introduced to waves of various theologians and scientists along the way, all of them concerned (as are we) about how to understand and state the faith in a way that fits the 21st century scientific mind. Continue reading

Items Needed for GO BAGS for Families Seeking Asylum

BakerRipley’s Immigration and Citizenship Program is providing legal orientations and assistance to families seeking Asylum in the United States, as well as addressing basic needs for families immediately upon their arrival to Houston. This is where they need our help!

During the next few months, we will host an ongoing donation drive to create basic needs “go bags” for recently arrived families. Many of these families have not eaten a full meal, showered, or changed clothes in several days before their arrival to Houston, and these “go bags” will serve as a tremendous support to get families connected to basic needs and food as they start to take the next steps of settling into Houston.
We are seeking donations for the following items:

  • Toiletries, New backpacks, New unisex sweatshirts and t-shirts, Diapers (any size), Baby wipes, Masks, Hand sanitizer, New undergarments (socks/underwear)

There are two ways you can support with donations, either by

Thank you for your support of our neighbors in need