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 ---
June 28, 2009
The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
(The Common Service, Christian Worship, p. 15)
Hymns: 284 544 369 542 vs. 1
Psalm 92 (Christian Worship, p. 101)
Sermon Text: Mark 4:26-34
THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS LIKE…
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:
- 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 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
A N N O U N C E M E N T S
JUNE 28, 2009
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
This is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost Sunday. The theme of the readings and
the sermon this morning is: The Kingdom of God Is Like… The first reading from Ezekiel
17 describes the Kingdom of God like a transplanted cedar top. The trouble with
transplanting a cedar top and having it grow elsewhere is that cedar’s can’t be transplanted
this way. Some trees can. Willows can, for instance. But not the cedar. But when
God transplants something and says to it, "Grow!" it grows! So the Kingdom of God
is like something that grows because God decrees it to grow. We rejoice at that
fact when we read these words and when we look at the Christian Church in the world
today. The second reading from 2 Corinthians has the "like" idea in it too. Our
life in this world is like a tent. Our life in the world to come is like a solid
building. Heaven is like a castle and a palace and a high and magnificent city.
Heaven is like being home finally after a long journey. The Gospel reading from
Mark takes us back to the plant world and says once more that the Kingdom of God
is like seed planted in the ground or like a small mustard seed which, even though
it is small to start with, grows to become a great and welcomed plant. The idea
the Lord would surely give us is a reminder that he is the one who makes plants grow.
The Church’s growth is by his design and blessing. Period.
LORD OF THE SUN — We were thankful and happy last Sunday (the longest day of the
year) to notice that at 11:15 the light shown once more just on the Word and the
flowers on the altar. Isn’t it an amazing thing that our God even keeps track of
how the light falls through the windows in our church! What a beautiful church we
have. Thank you for helping us to have it this way and keep it this way. Thank
the Lord especially for giving it to us.
PRAYER LIST — Please remember your prayer lists this morning. Thank you.
CHURCH CLEANING SCHEDULED JULY 11th — We want to state an upcoming event that we
hope you will all notice and make plans to participate in. We want to have an inside
church cleaning on July 11. It will start at 9:00. Come with your cleaning supplies…or
just come. We have cleaning supplies at the church. We want to have a special cleaning
of our church in preparation for the Vacation Bible School…and because our church
can benefit from a thorough cleaning. Please come and help. Many hands makes light
VOCATION BIBLE SCHOOL, JULY 20th - 24th — 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 conclusion to the ten commandments. Luther devotes
a section to just standing back and looking at the commandments once we have studied
them. You and I can’t see where we are going if we don’t know where we have been.
This applies to us spiritually anyway. Please come and study with us. We meet
THURSDAY BIBLE CLASS — There will be Bible study this Thursday morning at 10:00.
We will continue our study of Genesis 41-42. This is the continuation of the story
of Joseph. The plot is thickening. God is working through famines to do his wonderful
things. (By the way, he still works through the hard times to bring his good things!)