CROSS AND CROWN
EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
(Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod)
Pastor Eric S. Hartzell
Sunday Worship, 10:15 AM; Bible Study & Sunday School, 9:00 AM
Wednesday Bible Class, 7:30 PM; Thursday Bible Class, 10:00 AM
Organists: Delora Hartzell and David Widiger
SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, JUNE 14, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
SACRAMENT OF THE ALTAR
Service of Word and Sacrament
(Front part of the hymnal, page 26)
403 LAP 158 152 474 (verse 3)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 113)
(Please see bulletin insert for text.)
JESUS OF NAZARETH
1. I KNOW WHO YOU ARE…THE DEVILS SAY
2. I KNOW WHO YOU ARE…THE UNBELIEVERS SAY
3. I KNOW WHO YOU ARE…THE BELIEVERS SAY
3800 SHELL RD., GEORGETOWN, TEXAS 78628-9204
PASTOR: (512) 635-1910 CHURCH: (512) 869-7729
PARSONAGE: (512) 868-0347 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 .
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:
- A 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 on the basics of the Christian faith, at your convenience
- 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.
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WE BELIEVE that Jesus comes to us in the Lord’s Supper with his true body and blood
for the forgiveness of our sins. We also believe that in the Lord’s Supper we in
a special way confess the unity we have from a common understanding of God’s Word.
Therefore we ask that if you are not a member of our church that you give us the
opportunity to explain our church’s teaching to you before coming to the Lord’s Supper.
THEN HE went down to Capernaum, a town in Galilee, and on the Sabbath began to
teach the people. They were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority.
In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried
out at the top of his voice, "Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have
you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!"
"Be quiet!" Jesus said sternly. "Come out of him!" Then the demon threw the man
down before them all and came out without injuring him.
All the people were amazed and said to each other, "What is this teaching? With
authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!" And the
news about him spread throughout the surrounding area.
A HARVEST OF ETERNAL LIFE
MAKE NO mistake about this: God is not to be fooled; a man reaps what he sows. If
he sows seed in the field of his lower nature, he will reap from it a harvest of
corruption, but if he sows in the field of the Spirit, the Spirit will bring him
a harvest of eternal life. So let us never tire of doing good, for if we do not
slacken our efforts we shall in due time reap our harvest. Therefore, as opportunity
offers, let us work for the good of all, especially members of the household of the
(Galatians 6. The New English Bible.)
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
This is the second Sunday after Pentecost Sunday. The first reading for today is
from Deuteronomy 5:12-15. Deuteronomy means "the second law." In this book we have
a second recording of God’s law, his Ten Commandments. (The first time he recorded
his Ten Commandments was in Exodus 20.) This particular reading is the statement
God makes about the third commandment. This commandment established the Sabbath.
This was the day God used to establish his teaching of rest. On this day the people
were not to do any work. This was to prepare them for Jesus who would one day say
to them and to us, "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will
give you rest." Heaven is the final and best rest. The second reading is from 2
Corinthians 4:5-12. This reading talks about the preachers of the Word. They are
likened here to clay vessels. The vessel itself is not worth much. What makes it
valuable is what it contains. In this case, the clay vessel contains the Water of
Life. Without the vessel, the Water of Life can’t get to those who need it to live.
This is the special work and value of the ministry. Ordinary men who are clay themselves
carry the message and preach that God is God and Jesus is Jesus. The Gospel reading
for today is from Mark 2:23-28. This speaks of the Sabbath too. Remember that Jesus
is our Sabbath rest. St. Augustine said, "You have made us for yourself and our
hearts are restless until they rest in you." The sermon text for today is from Luke
4:31-37. Christianity is not about faith and belief. It is about that but that
is not the most important thing. Many people have faith. Every false religion requires
faith. Evolution is a teaching that requires much faith on the part of those who
believe it. Christianity is about knowing things. And to say that also requires
us to say that Christianity is about knowing the truth. Remember, Jesus said, "I
am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
TWO BIRTHS ON THE SAME DAY! — The Hartzells returned home safely from the Omaha wedding
on Tuesday morning. That afternoon in San Antonio little (big?) Ethan James Hartzell
was born to Michelle and Jesse Hartzell. He was 9 pounds, 5 ounces and 20 inches
long. His grandfather baptized him shortly after his first birth. Two births on
the same day! God is good. Michelle is doing well. Everything is fine.
SHORT REPORT AFTER CHURCH — Yesterday Dennis Falk and Pastor Hartzell attended the
meeting of the South Central District held at Holy Word. At this meeting the crisis
Synod is facing was discussed. The meeting was to help the delegates who will be
going to the Synod Convention be better prepared to represent our feelings here in
the South Central District. Please hear the short report of our delegate, Dennis
Falk, right after the service today.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL — Please continue to think about Vacation Bible School. We
hope to have this here at our church the week of July 20-24. We will need help with
the actual teaching and project making. We will also need refreshments. And of
course, most important of all, we will need children. Perhaps you can be asking
neighbors of yours. Maybe you can help transport children here for the week. If
you have any questions, please talk to Pastor Hartzell.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASS — On Wednesday evening for Bible study we will be studying
Luther’s Large Catechism…the eighth commandment. This commandment protects our reputation
and our name. What is it that makes human beings so quick to mar and damage other
people’s names? We meet at 7:30.
THURSDAY BIBLE CLASS — There will be Bible study this Thursday morning at 10:00.
We will continue our study of Genesis 37 and 38. This gets us into the story of
Joseph. We will see how he was sold into slavery in Egypt. Then comes the story
of Judah and the shameful thing that he did. God used this shameful event and worked
through it so that eventually his own Son, Jesus, would come in the family of this
Judah. This is what the Christmas story tells us when it says, "…because he (Joseph)
belonged to the house and line of David."