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

 

 

Liturgy

Service of Word and Sacrament

(Front part of the hymnal, page 26)

 

 

 

Hymns

403      LAP 158     152     474 (verse 3)

 

 

 

Psalm

126

(Front part of the hymnal, page 113)

 

 

 

Sermon Text

Luke 4:31-37

(Please see bulletin insert for text.)

 

 

 

Sermon

JESUS OF NAZARETH

    1.  I KNOW WHO YOU ARETHE DEVILS SAY

    2.  I KNOW WHO YOU ARETHE UNBELIEVERS SAY

    3.  I KNOW WHO YOU ARETHE BELIEVERS SAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3800 SHELL RD., GEORGETOWN, TEXAS 78628-9204

PASTOR:  (512) 635-1910                           CHURCH:  (512) 869-7729

PARSONAGE:  (512) 868-0347                            E-MAIL:  cclc@thegateway.net

www.crossandcrownlutheranchurch.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 [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:

 

 

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.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

SERMON TEXT

Luke 4:31-37

 

 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 faith.  

 

(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."