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

 

Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 17, 2009

 

 

—  DIVINE SERVICE  —

 

 

Liturgy

Service of the Word

(Front part of the hymnal, page 38)

 

 

Hymns

552 (verse  11)     411     LAP 298     453 (verse 5)

 

 

Psalm

133/134

(Front part of the hymnal, page 115)

 

 

Sermon Text

Acts 11:19-26

 

 

Sermon

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

 

1.  WHEN PEOPLE CALL YOU CHRISTIAN

IT MEANS SOMETHING

         2.  WHEN YOU CALL YOURSELF CHRISTIAN

IT MEANS SOMETHING

 

 

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

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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.

 

 

 

 

A PRAYER OF THE SYNAGOGUE

from the time of

KING of Kings JESUS

 

True it is, that Thou art Jehovah our God and the God of our fathers, our King and the King of our fathers, our Saviour and the Saviour of our fathers, our Creator, the Rock of our salvation, our Help and our Deliverer.  Thy Name is from everlasting, and there is no God beside Thee.  A new song did they that were delivered sing to Thy Name by the sea shore; together did all praise and own Thee King, and say, Jehovah shall reign world without end!  Blessed be the Lord Who saveth Israel.

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY

 

This is the sixth Sunday of Easter.  The reading from Acts 11:19-26 sets the theme for this worship service today.  God caused us to be called Christian.  We read about this in Acts 11 where it says people first called people like us Christians in the little place called Antioch.  It happened in 37 A.D.  The Psalm for today (133) talks about unity among brothers.  You see this unity among the first Christians in our reading from Acts today.  You hear about a Christian named Barnabas.  The second hymn for this morning (552) calls our attention to Barnabas, one of the early leaders of the new Christians.   Look in verse 11 of the hymn for Barnabas’ Godly claim to fame.  You’ll hear it in the reading for today too.  The third hymn (LAP 298) also speaks about people knowing us as Christians because they see the love we share with one another.  This was the special mark of the early Christians.  People who saw them said, “Behold how they love one another.”  The second reading for today is from 1 John 4:1-11.  This is the very place in the Bible that tells Christians to love one another.  This is where we read of our identity.  The last verse of the reading says, “Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”  The Gospel reading for today comes from John 15:9-17.  Jesus said these words on the night he was betrayed.  This was his last request, so to speak.  He wanted---he commanded---that his disciples love one another.  This surely fits the theme for the service too.  Christians are the people who keep this command of Jesus and are known by it.  God inspire us all in his great forgiveness for our sins and in his great love of us.