Thank you for joining this online worship time for Sunday, June 6, 2021 Today the religious leaders accuse Jesus of working for Beelzebul, the chief of devils,. And his family think he is “out of his mind.” Yet Jesus continues to welcome all people in God’s love. He tells a parable to explain that he has plundered the house of the strong man, Satan, and freed all of us from the forces of evil. We will also ask God for blessing at the start of this year’s hurricane season.
Today in his letter to the Romans, St. Paul declares that we are all full heirs of
God’s inheritance, and thus full partners with Christ in the family business.
Worship Video - Sunday, May 23, 2021
The Day of Pentecos https://youtu.be/laxg9_4H8Qg Thank you for joining this online worship time for Sunday, May 23, 2021 – the Day of Pentecost. Today we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit to the disciples, as they begin speaking in other languages so others can each understand in their own native tongues. Let the Spirit speak to your heart, and may the Spirit fill with you hope and joy as you tell others about God’s mighty acts of love for all people.
Worship Video - Sunday, May 16, 2021
The Ascension of Our Lord https://youtu.be/2dgmZrPd-u4 Welcome to this online worship time for Sunday, May 16, 2021 – the seventh of seven Sundays in the season of Easter. Today we observe the Ascension of Our Lord, which officially falls forty days after Easter Sunday, which happened this year last Thursday, May 13th. Jesus has gone, but God has not abandoned us. Jesus promises the disciples, “You will be my witness in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Welcome to this online worship time for Sunday, May 9, 2021 – the sixth of seven Sundays in the season of Easter. We thank God for the love we know from mothers and fathers, and brothers and sisters, friends and family. Today Jesus again places priority on love, as he says, “Love one another, as I have loved you.”
Welcome to this online worship time for Sunday, May 2, 2021 – the fifth of seven Sundays in the season of Easter. Today we here another of Jesus’ “I AM” statements. We remember he said, “I AM the way, the truth, and the life,” and “I am the bread of life,” and last week we heard him say, “I AM the good shepherd.” Today he says, “I AM the vine, and you are the branches.” “We love because God first loved us.”
Worship - Sunday, April 25, 2021 https://youtu.be/1wf845UFAC0 Welcome to this online worship time today, the 4th Sunday of Easter, April 25, 2021 – the fourth of seven Sundays in the season of Easter. Today’s lessons support the familiar theme of the Good Shepherd. We hear in the familiar 23rd Psalm that “The Lord is my shepherd,” and in the Gospel reading from John, Jesus declares that he is “the Good Shepherd.”
Welcome to this online worship time today, the 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 18, 2021 – the third of seven Sundays in the season of Easter. Today, Jesus meets the disciples in their fear and confusion and says to them “Peace be with you. It is I, myself.” He explains God’s Messiah suffers at the hands of the world yet continues to love them. Then Jesus sends his disciples to proclaim repentance that leads to forgiveness to all nations.
Worship - Sunday, April 11, 2021 https://youtu.be/WgyJzROi8g8 Welcome to this online worship time today, the 2nd Sunday of Easter, April 11, 2021 – the second of seven Sundays in the season of Easter. Today, as is usual for the Sunday after Easter Sunday, we meet Thomas, wrongly labeled as the Doubter. Thomas makes a stronger response than any other disciple in the New Testament with his profession, “My Lord and my God!”
Worship - Sunday, April 4, 2021
Easter Sunday https://youtu.be/x8KjGJyhlj4 He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia! Today begins our seven-week long season of Easter, in which we continueto celebrate our new life in Christ and strive to live always as Easter people, children of the Resurrection.
Holy Week Schedule
Worship - Sunday, March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday https://youtu.be/rraGejWzHxk Today we join the celebration of Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey, with palm branches waving around him. We soon move through the week and hear the story of the cross from Mark’s Gospel, told through a narration of nine different voices. Also today, St. Paul tells the early Christians in Philippi to think the way Jesus thought, and follow his actions of love in humble service to and with others.
Worship - Sunday, March 21, 2021 https://youtu.be/z_JDrjDRPFQ Thank you for joining this online worship time for Sunday, March 21, 2021, the 5th Sunday in Lent. Today some Greeks as to see Jesus, and Jesus speaks about his coming death as a seed which gives up its life inhe ground in order to produce even greater results. He also says he will be lifted up from the world – on the cross, then also at Easter and finally at his ascension to heaven.
Worship - Sunday, March 14, 2021 https://youtu.be/vBe09ArG2JE Thank you for joining this online worship time for Sunday, March 14, 2021, the 4th Sunday in Lent.Today we hear two very familiar Bible passages, each rich in God’s message of grace and mercy:from St. Paul in Ephesians, “You have been saved by grace,” and from Jesus in the Gospel of John,“God so loved the world that he gave his only son.”
Worship - Sunday, March 7, 2021 https://youtu.be/3z8vkxstsVo Early in John’s gospel, Jesus enters the temple in Jerusalem during Passover and reacts to the commercialism he finds. He throws out the merchants and the money changers, and pledges to re-build the temple in his body, through his resurrection from the dead.
Worship - Sunday, February 28, 2021 https://youtu.be/pwpjhYF3jM8 After Peter calls Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, Jesus tells his disciples that he must undergo great suffering and be killed, and after three days rise again. Peter strongly disagrees that this will happen to Jesus, and Jesus turns to rebuke Peter, saying, “Get behind me, Satan!”
Worship Video - Sunday, February 21, 2021 https://youtu.be/067CGLtqi8s Welcome to worship for Sunday, February 21st, 2021, the First Sunday in Lent. After his baptism, the Spirit drives Jesus to the wilderness, where he confronts threats from the devil and the wild beasts, while angels serve him.
Ash Wednesday Worship Video
February 17, 2021 https://youtu.be/6uXPln9LetY Thank you for joining this online worship time for Ash Wednesday, February 17th, 2021. Hear today the words of the prophet Joel: Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.
Worship Video - Sunday, February 14, 2021 https://youtu.be/EHJnWnlc6JM Welcome to this online worship time for Sunday, February 14th, 2021, the Sunday of the Transfiguration. Jesus goes up a mountain with Peter, James, and John, where his face and
clothing begin to shine before them, and Moses and Elijah join them. The disciples are terrified, not knowing what to do, when a voice from a cloud says, “This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!”
Worship Video - Sunday, February 7, 2021 https://youtu.be/se1Dj36egiA Welcome to this online worship time for Sunday, February 7th, 2021, the Fifth Sunday of the season of Epiphany. Today we continue to follow Jesus through the first chapter of Mark. He leaves the synagogue with two sets of brothers: Simon and Andrew, and James and John. He goes to the house of Peter and Andrew and finds Peter’s mother-in-law sick with a fever. Jesus takes her by the hand and lifts her up. The fever leaves her and immediately begins to serve them.
Worship - Sunday, January 31, 2021 https://youtu.be/yaZw8siXl8E Thank you for joining us in this online worship for Sunday, January 31st, 2021,
the Fourth Sunday of the season of Epiphany. Today Jesus goes to worship
in the synagogue at Capernaum and teaches with authority, not like the scribes.
He also meets a man with an unclean spirit at worship. The spirit confronts Jesus,
Jesus casts it out of the man, to the crowd’s wonder and amazement.
Worship - Sunday, January 24, 2021 https://youtu.be/Wf5tY-6Rb-0 Thank you for joining us in this online worship for Sunday, January 24th, 2021, the Third Sunday of the season of Epiphany. Today Jesus meets four fishermen along the Sea of Galilee: Peter and Andrew, and James and John. He calls them to “Come follow me, and I will make you fishers of people.”
Worship Video - Sunday, January 17, 2021 https://youtu.be/CSlXQSKEAMA Jesus calls Philip to be a disciple saying, “Follow me.” Philip finds Nathaniel, who famously says, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip says simply, “Come and see.”
Worship - January 10, 2021 (re-posted) Thank you for joining this digital worship service for Sunday, January 10th, 2021, the Baptism of Our Lord. We hear the story from the Gospel of Mark of the baptism of Jesus in the river Jordan by John the baptizer. The heavens are torn apart and a dove descends on Jesus. A voice from heaven declares, “You are my Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Re-posted this video after detecting a slight error in the original post.)
We are resuming worship services in the sancturary again.
Sunday, October 4, 2020, at 9:00am
If you are uncomfortable attending worship service, remember we will still provide a weekly video, posted on Facebook and on YouTube (or on DVD if more convenient for you). These videos will include a sermon recorded live at the worship service and be available later in the day on Sundays, instead of Saturday evenings.
We will continue to use the following guidelines to help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19. We are implementing these guidelines to help reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19 but we all know it is impossible to totally eliminate the risk.
All high-touch services (door handles, tops of pews, altar rail, etc) will be sanitized prior to the service. A greeter will be at the front door to welcome you and ensure that we are socially distanced outside and in the entryway before entering the sanctuary.
Please wear a face mask, if you have one. We will have extras available at the door. The narthex will only be used for going to and from the restroom.
Hand sanitizer and disposable face masks (if you did not bring one) will be on the table as you enter. NO bulletins will be printed as we will primarily be using the large projector screen.
Ushers will help you to a pew with a marker that indicates designated seating. This is to ensure that we are all spaced out in the sanctuary.
Singing and talking loudly has been shown to spread droplets into the air. so we encourage you to keep your face mask on during the service. There will be music and videos for us to listen to during the service.
For communion, ushers will indicate when it is time for your pew to go to the front using the center aisle. At the alter rail there are 6 positions (3 on each side of the sanctuary) marked off with decorative towels. After the bread and wine are placed on the rail, you may move forward for communion. To minimize everyone touching the altar rail surfaces, we will not be kneeling.
At the end of the service, ushers will help us all to be socially distanced as we exit the church. Fellowship will be outside in front of the church.
Christmas Eve Worship Video https://youtu.be/b619EDjyLMM Thank you for joining this virtual worship for Christmas Eve, 2020. We celebrate the birth of Jesus with a worship time full of familiar Christmas carols. Our service also includes a special prayer for opening presents, remembering our most generous God’s gift of grace and mercy, just when we need it most.
Worship Video for December 27, 2020
With the diligent work of First Lutheran Church in Galveston and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston, the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod has prepared a worship service for the First Sunday of Christmas, December. Click the link below to watch this video: https://youtu.be/HP3CfSxqOfI The worship video includes lessons, carols and special music. Bishop Mike Rinehart is preaching and presiding. The sermon is three short reflections after each of three texts. This service will also be live-streaming from First Lutheran, Galveston's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FLCGalveston) on Sunday December 27, 2020, at 10:00 a.m.
Worship - Sunday, December 20, 2020 Thank you for joining this digital worship service for Sunday, December 20th, 2020, the 4th Sunday of Advent. We are right upon the darkest part of the year, and our Advent wreath is fully ablaze with all four candles lit. Today the angel Gabriel comes to visit Mary and says the ominous phrase, “Do not be afraid, Mary.” The holy messenger assures Mary that God is about to do a great, new thing, and she will have a part in it.
We light the third candle of Advent, the pink (or rose) colored candle as a glimpse of joy at the prospect that soon God’s love will truly bring a new reality to us. Today we meet John the Baptist again, who points out the light that is coming which no darkness will overcome.
Worship - December 6, 2020 https://youtu.be/Yfs8PSETRPQ We light the second candle of Advent, and we look for light; we look for hope. We hear the words from the prophet Isaiah, “Comfort, comfort my people” God will make a way in the wilderness to come us, and the Gospel writer Mark leads us into the beginning of the Good News of Jesus.
Worship - November 29, 2020 https://youtu.be/Hc8iOpvvo2s Thank you for joining this digital worship service for Sunday, November 29, 2020, the 1st Sunday of Advent. As our world gets darker, we look for light;
we look for hope. Today we light one candle and hear Jesus remind us to watch, to wait, and to keep working.
Worship - November 22, 2020
Today is Christ the King Sunday, the last Sunday in the church calendar and the day we recognize the reign of Christ over all of history. In today’s worship we will travel through a full year of church seasons, recognizing the power of God’s presence in all times and places. We will also hear the last words Jesus spoke in public as he tells his familiar story about separating the sheep and the goats. Click the link below to start the video: https://youtu.be/9Yw2pWS6qPE
Worship Video - November 15, 2020 Today we near the end of Jesus’ public ministry, and we hear him tell the familiar story of the three servants who receive five talents, two talents, and one talent. Click the link below to view the worship: https://youtu.be/1PC5nfbN4Ig
Worship Video - November 8, 2020 Today Amos tells us that God takes no delight in Israel’s worship but rather prefers to “let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Click the link below to view the worship: https://youtu.be/PYEs6LBq0qE
The following gatherings are still suspended until further notice:
Christ Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. We are one of God's mission outposts. We believe we are saved by the grace of God through our savior Jesus Christ and inspired to do good works and worship through the Holy Spirit.