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

 

SEVENTH SUNDAY OF EASTER, MAY 24, 2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

—  DIVINE SERVICE  —

THE EUCHARIST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liturgy

The Common Service

(Front part of the hymnal, page 15)

 

 

 

Hymns

610     LAP 231     370     505 (verse 5)

 

 

 

Psalm

(Please see bulletin insert.)

 

 

 

Sermon Text

Luke 24:50-53

(Please see bulletin insert.)

 

 

 

Sermon

JESUS BLESSES US

         1.  IT MAKES US LOOK TOWARD HEAVEN

         2.  IT CAUSES US TO WORSHIP HIM

         3.  IT BRINGS CONTINUOUS PRAISE IN HIS CHURCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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].

 

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.

 

 

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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.  Thank you!

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY

 

This is the seventh Sunday of Easter.  The readings are a continuation of the Scripture readings we have been following for the last weeks.  We reverse in time in the reading from Acts and read in chapter 1:15-26 how the apostles chose someone to replace Judas.  This is a somber reading in some ways.  Judas died violently by his suicide.  The church had to get over this trauma…first that Judas would do what he did and second that he would end his life in this way.  We still have to witness the gory details of the suicide today.  But bad things could not stop the growing of the fledgling church.  God was with his people and his church.  The march to eternity had begun!  In the second lesson for this Sunday from 1 John 4:13-21 John continues the discussion of what true love is.  We are capable of understanding true love because our God has loved us in this true way and because he loved us first.  Once again God places his condition and requirement in all his Christian’s lives:  "Whoever loves God must also love his brother."  The Gospel reading for today comes from this same writer John.  In the Gospel of John, 17:11-19 we hear Jesus praying what we call his "High Priestly Prayer."  In these verses he is praying specially for his disciples.  (In the verses just prior to this reading Jesus prays for himself.  In the verses just after our reading Jesus prays for all believers.)  Jesus makes reference in the prayer to Judas.  Judas was no doubt there and heard Jesus pray these words.  Imagine hearing God pray for you and then going right out and doing the evil.  Jesus is still praying for us at his Father’s right hand.  We can well pray too, "Deliver us from evil."