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 Common Service
(Front part of the hymnal, page 15)
610 LAP 231 370 505 (verse 5)
(Please see bulletin insert.)
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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
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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 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."