Christ the King Lutheran Church
Return to the Lord - A Lenten Series
Ash Wednesday Feb 16 - Maundy Thursday, April 1
In the Book of Joel, the prophet paints a vivid picture of the coming judgment of God, the Day of the Lord. The imagery is bold and terrifying: hordes of locusts swarming over the land and decimating everything. Joel’s prophecy has teeth even today as wars rage, natural disasters and pandemic threaten and destroy, and our culture seems to be unraveling. But right in the middle of this frightening prophetic word, we find a tender invitation from the Lord: “Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and He relents over disaster” (Joel 2:13). God’s invitation and promise finds its fullness in Jesus Christ, who personifies and accomplishes all that God declares.
During this season of Lent, we will consider the theme “Return to the Lord” and examine how the call to return played out in practical ways for the people who walked alongside Christ as He demonstrated and carried out God’s grace and mercy on our behalf, taking God’s wrath upon Himself, setting the stage for God to “turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him” (Joel 2:14).
Worship With Us
How can I worship?
Worship Services are held every Sunday Morning.
8:30 am Traditional Worship
10:45 am Contemporary Worship
Lenten Services are held Wednesday evenings Feb17 through March 24 at 6:30pm.
Lenten and Sunday Worship Services will be broadcasted on
Public Access Channel 8: Sundays @ 8pm & Tuesdays @ 2pm
Radio Program Sundays @ 8am
The Train AM/FM 1170AM & 106.3FM
WCCO 830AM Sundays at 6:05am
KDHL 920AM Sundays at 6pm
KJLY 93.5FM Sundays at 6pm
KJLY 104.5 Sundays at 6pm
Traditional Worship Music
HOW MIGHT GOD PLAN TO USE THIS TRIAL?
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God
know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come
and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
--Philippians 4:6-7 MSG
Service of the Word
Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to God, the Father or our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all mercies, and the god of all consolation. Seek the Lord while he may be found. CAll upon him while he is near. Let the wicked abandon their ways, and the unrighteous this thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord for mercy, to our God, who is generous in forgiving. All you who are thirsty, come to the water. You who have no money, come receive bread, and eat. Coem without paying and without cost, drink wine and milk. Praise be God, the Father of our Lord JEsus Christ, the Father of all mercies, and the God of all consolation.
What does it mean to be an “independent” Lutheran church?
Christ the King Lutheran Church is independent in the sense that it is not a member of a Lutheran synod. Being independent provides the opportunity for us to be very intentional about our Lutheran identity. We seek to be faithful in mission and ministry in accordance with the Lutheran Confessions.
We are independent but not isolated. We have partners in mission and ministry both in the United States and abroad.
As per our Constitution:
ARTICLE 2 — CONFESSION OF FAITH
2.01 Christ the King Lutheran Church of Waseca accepts without exception all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments as a whole, and in all their parts, as the divinely inspired, revealed, and inerrant Word of God, and submits to this as the only infallible authority in all matters of faith and life.
2.02 We accept without reservation and declare adherence to the Symbolic Books of the Lutheran Faith as the presentation and explanation of the pure doctrine of the Word of God and a summary of our faith as a Lutheran Church. This congregation accepts, confesses and recognizes the following as normative for its theology:
a. The ancient ecumenical creeds: The Apostolic, The Nicene, and The Athanasian;
b. The Unaltered Augsburg Confession, The Book of Concord including the Apology of the Augsburg Confession and the Smalcald Articles;
c. Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms, and the Formula of Concord.
ARTICLE 3 — PURPOSE AND NATURE OF THE CHURCH
3.01 The purpose of Christ the King shall be to foster Christian fellowship and love while extending the Kingdom of God by the preaching and teaching of the Word of God and by the administration of the Sacraments according to the Lutheran doctrinal standards (Ref: Article 2 of this Constitution).
3.02 Christ the King Lutheran Church is an assembly of believers among whom the Gospel is preached in its purity and the holy sacraments are administered according to the Gospel. (Augsburg Confession VII)
Christ the King Lutheran Church of Waseca is an independent Lutheran congregation that was founded on November 29, 2009, and was incorporated December 17, 2009. Drawn from other area Lutheran congregations, our congregation coalesced in our years as a diverse group of confessional Lutherans, conscience bound to Holy Scripture.
On Reformation Sunday, October 25, 2009, this small group of less than 50 Lutherans began worshiping at the Waseca County Courthouse East Annex in Waseca. Pastor Ray Peterson came out of retirement and became our presiding minister. Matt Payne was our lay leader and brought us God’s Holy Word each Sunday with Rev. Peterson’s supervision. ln less than 4 months our group had grown to over 90 and we had outgrown our worship space.
In March, 2010, we were blessed with an opportunity to lease the ground floor of a commercial building on Loon Lake (the space had been empty for over 15 years), and this building proved perfect for our needs at the time. We were blessed with continued growth.
In July, 2010, we called our first pastor. Rev. Cary Larson began his ministry with us on August 1, 2010, and our church secretary, Kristy Jenzen, was hired in the fall. By January, 2011, our membership had grown to over 180. A second Sunday worship service was added in October, 2011, when we were routinely worshiping over 130 per Sunday.
Meanwhile Sunday School attendance had grown from 9 to over 40 children in just a couple of years. By 2012 Sunday School enrollment grew to over 50 children and it became necessary to lease additional space in the basement of the building. Worship attendance grew to over 150 by this time which caused us to begin planning for the future. On December 12, 2012, we purchased over 10 acres of land in northwest Waseca for a future church building site. ln 2013, with 250 members, it became clear that we were outgrowing the Loon Lake building. ln August, 2013 we were blessed with the opportunity to purchase our existing church building from the former Evangelical United Methodist congregation in northeast Waseca. With nearly 19,000 square feet our worship and Sunday school space problems were solved and at a price that was more of a gift from the Spirit than a purchase!
ln January, 2012, Pastor Cary said, “Since my arrival, I have heard one constant statement at faith, ‘God grants us what we need when we need it’.” Our current building has been no exception, and Pastor Cary has reminded us that Luke 12:48b states to “Every one to whom much is given, of him will much will be required". As Christ the King moves forward, we pray that God will continue to bless and sustain our congregation!
Now in 2018, the congregation is about 300 members with 60% of the congregation worshipping on any given Sunday. We enjoy a fellowship of proclaiming Christ and Him crucified. We gather around our mission statement...Worshipping Christ, Teaching God’s Truth, Making Disciples and Serving All!
To God Be The Glory!