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

 

Fourth Sunday of Easter, May 3, 2009

 

 

—  DIVINE SERVICE  —

 

 

Liturgy

Morning Praise (Matins)

(Front part of the hymnal, page 45)

 

 

Hymns

278     169     201     451

 

 

Psalm

23

(We sing Hymn 375)

 

 

Sermon Text

Acts 4:23-33

 

 

Sermon

HOW TO FACE THE ENEMIES’ THREATS

 

J   PRAY

K   REMEMBER

L   SPEAK BOLDLY

 

 

 

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).

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

—  FOR THY NAME'S SAKE  —

 

O Lord our God! cause us to lie down in peace, and raise us up again to life, O our King!  Spread over us the tabernacle of Thy peace; strengthen us before Thee in Thy good counsel, and deliver us for Thy Name’s sake.  Be Thou for protection round about us; keep far from us the enemy, the pestilence, the sword, famine, and affliction.  Keep Satan from before and from behind us, and hide us in the shadow of Thy wings, for Thou art a God Who helpest and deliverest us; and Thou, O God, art a gracious and merciful King.  Keep Thou our going out and our coming in, for life and for peace, from henceforth and for ever!

[An ancient prayer of the synagogue.]

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY

 

This is the fourth Sunday of Easter.  (Time flies!)  Continuing in the readings from Acts, we will once again find our sermon text here today.  This section of Acts 4:23-33 speaks of how God’s people reacted to the threats of the enemies of Jesus and his Father.  These enemies were still there.  We even know four of their names: Annas, Caiaphas, Alexander, and John.  They had the power on their side to persecute and kill.  They would use this power too.  But God’s people had a wonderful way of dealing with the threats of the enemies.  This is what our sermon will discuss this morning.  The reading from 1 John 3:1,2  is short but sublime.  It reminds us to consider how great God’s love is to each of us.  He has written us into his will!  There is no poor person in church today.  The Gospel for this Sunday is in John 10:11-18.  Jesus here claims to be our Shepherd…the Good Shepherd.  We are sheep.  We are those unlovely creatures that demand so much care and help.  But one thing we can do well:  we can recognize our Shepherd’s voice.  This reading of the Gospel of John inspires us to sing about the Good Shepherd in the 23 Psalm which is what Hymn 375 describes.  "The King of Love my shepherd is, Whose goodness fails me never; I nothing lack if I am his, And he is mine forever."