Cross and Crown Lutheran Church
Pastor Eric Hartzell
Sunday Worship, 10:15 AM; Bible Class & Sunday School, 9:00 AM
Wednesday Bible Class, 7:30 PM; Thursday Bible Class, 11:00 AM
Organists: Delora Hartzell and David Widiger
--- WORSHIP SERVICE ---
April 19, 2009
The Second Sunday of Easter
The Common Service ( p. 15, Christian Worship)
Hymns: 340 348 154 (LAP) 321 vs. 1
Sermon Text: Acts 3:12-20
It’s Still Jesus
WELCOME TO ALL!
All of us at CROSS AND CROWN LUTHERAN CHURCH invite you to worship with us regularly.
If you would like to know more about our church and beliefs, please contact Pastor
Hartzell at (512) 869-PRAY
3800 Shell Rd., GEorgetown, Texas 78628
PASTOR: (512) 635 1910 PASTOR’S OFFICE: (512) 869 7729
PARSONAGE: (512) 868 0347 E-MAIL: email@example.com
WELCOME TO ALL!
All of us at Cross and Crown Lutheran Church invite you to
worship with us regularly. If you have comments or suggestions regarding our service,
or if you would like to know more about our church and beliefs, please contact Pastor
Hartzell at 869 7729.
It is our prayer that you will be strengthened in your understanding of God’s saving
love in Jesus.
If there is any way that we can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to call
on us. We offer:
- Sunday school for children
- Sunday and two weekly Bible studies
- A Vacation Bible School
- An Adult Vacation Bible School (one week a year)
- Confirmation classes for adults and children
- A no-obligation course teaching the basics of Christianity, at your convenience
- Special opportunities to serve in various church groups
- Regular meetings for fellowship within our membership.
If you do not have a church home, please consider learning more about our family
of believers that we call Cross and Crown Lutheran Church.
---A member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
This is the second Sunday of Easter. The first reading for today is from the New
Testament. The book of Acts tells us how the church grew after Jesus’ death on the
cross. This reading comes at the time of the healing of the lame man. Peter and
John went into the temple to pray. It was 3:00 in the afternoon. The Bible tells
us this. It also tells us through this story that the message of the first evangelists
was, “It’s still Jesus.” This reading will serve as our sermon text for this morning.
The second reading is from the first letter of the Apostle John (1 John 5:1-6).
A very important verse is the one that says that it is only through belief in Jesus
that you or I can be saved. This cuts to the chase in our world too. There are
many who say there are many ways to be saved. But there is only one, and it is through
Jesus. The reference to water and blood here seems to be referring to Jesus’ baptism
and to his dying for us as those two great ways in which it became especially clear
he was our Savior. The third reading is from the Gospel of John, 20:19-31. This
is that wonderful post Easter account that describes the gentle way Jesus dealt with
his disciple Thomas’ unbelief. He pays all believers today a compliment when he
says, “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” We pray that
this will be the case for us too. We still believe in Jesus even though we haven’t
seen him yet.
There will be Bible study this Wednesday evening at 7:30. We are continuing our
basic review of the Christian faith by looking at key points that Martin Luther made
as to the importance of teaching believers and reviewing their instruction with them.
The Christian life is a process. Just as companies realize that they need their
employees to be in ongoing instruction and learning so that they remain on the cutting
edge of their work, so Christians too need to be on the cutting edge of the Christian
life and experience and that happens only through ongoing study and learning.
There will be Bible study this Thursday morning at 10:00. We will study Genesis
25 and 26. This section of Scripture looks at Isaac’s life. Really, Isaac is the
least talked about of the Patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob). These two chapters
are pretty much the extent of our knowledge of this Patriarch. Don’t miss this study
Please remember your prayer lists this morning. Thank you.
We thank Dennis Falk for making the presentation on TILM (Talking In Love to Mormons).
If you have any further interest in this or questions about it, please contact Pastor
Hartzell and he will get more information for you or point you in that direction.
TILM is truly a worthwhile ministry and something that is good for us to be doing.
Pastor Mark Cares has ministered to Mormons for many years now and has done it very
effectively. The Mormons grow in membership every year by about a half a million
people. That is the total membership of the WELS.
Last Sunday was an especially gratifying Sunday. There was the rain before the Sun
City service, but many faithful people still came…and enjoyed the rain in the process!
The people of our church surely did rise to the occasion and everything was prepared
for the service in an excellent way. Thanks to all who worked hard to make the sunrise
service happen in the good way it did. And the service here at church was wonderful
too. The attendance was very encouraging. The singing was good. The music was inspiring.
He’s risen, indeed!
It was our privilege and joy this past Sunday to receive the Jett Family into our
membership. Josh was baptized that was especially meaningful for all of us because
Easter speaks specially about baptism. Josh, Sarah, Hannah, and Lindsey are all
baptized members in our congregation now. Eric and Kelly were received as communicant
members too. Lindsey and her parents are going to continue to study so that Lindsey
can be received as a communicant member too. Thank the Lord for this good thing
and for his goodness to our people and to our congregation.
Tomorrow and Tuesday, the Pastors’ Conference will be meeting at our church. This
is the spring pastors’ conference of the South Central District of our church and
we have the honor of being hosts for it this year. Please help with the meals and
set up if you are able. Contact Marjorie Mueller or Susan Rolloff. Thanks to the
ladies of our congregation for again doing their first class work. Thanks to all
who helped and worked to spruce up the grounds too.
Ladies, please be aware of the sign-up sheets to help at upcoming activities. One
of the sheets is for the Pastors’ Conference that will be held at our church on April
20, 21. Contact Cyndi Alexander for further information
The April luncheon for the ladies of Cross and Crown is scheduled for Wednesday,
April 22 at 11:30. We will meet at Mimi’s Café. Mimi’s Café is located on north
IH35 in Round Rock. Please RSVP to Karen Gappmayer by email or phone by Tuesday,
April 21st. All ladies who are members and friends of CCLS are invited!