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 —
Morning Praise (Matins)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 45)
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(We sing Hymn 375)
HOW TO FACE THE ENEMIES’ THREATS
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
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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.
— 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."