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
FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, MAY 10, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
Service of Word and Sacrament
(Front part of the hymnal, page 26)
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(Front part of the hymnal, page 91)
WHO IS THE PROPHET TALKING ABOUT?
3800 SHELL RD., GEORGETOWN, TEXAS 78628-9204
PASTOR: (512) 635-1910 CHURCH: (512) 869-7729
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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.
U THE EUCHARIST U
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.
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
This is the fifth Sunday of Easter. The first lesson is from Acts 8:26-40. We have
been reading in this book since Easter. This is the story of how the Christian Church
spread into all the world after Jesus’ death and resurrection. This is the account
of Philip talking to the Gentile man from Ethiopia who was reading in the book of
Isaiah. In this reading, God provided a question and then he provided an answer.
The sermon for today will be talking about that. In the reading of 1 John 3:18-24
our God speaks to us about what he has done…and about what he wants us to do. He
first of all wants us to believe Jesus. This is his command: to believe in the name
of his Son, Jesus Christ. It does not stop here, however. It goes on to state what
God wants us to do. To love one another as he commanded us. The verse just before
this reading says we love our neighbor by sharing our material possessions with him.
Jesus tells us to keep his commandments. He says here to love him "with actions
and in truth." The Gospel from John 15:1-8 is a continuation of this same topic
of what God does and what God wants us to do. It goes on to speak about us being
branches that bear good fruit. But everyone knows, and we must know it too, that
no branch can bear fruit unless it is tied to the vine and to the root. So we can
do nothing unless we do it in Christ and by his power.