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
Third Sunday of Pentecost, June 21, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
Service of the Word
(Front part of the hymnal, page 38)
581 195 194 (verses 1-3) The Lord's Prayer
(Front part of the hymnal, page 86)
OUR FATHER’S WAY (AND DAY)
1. He wants to know where we are
2. He wants to know what we have done
3. He wants us to know who he is
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
PARSONAGE: (512) 868-0347 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.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:
- 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.
A SYNAGOGUE PRAYER
from the time of JESUS
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!
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is His reward.
Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their
....choose you this day whom ye will serve . . . ; but as for me and my house, we
will serve the LORD. (Joshua)
AND . . .
If any of you falls short in wisdom, he should ask God for it and it will be given
him, for God is a generous giver who neither refuses nor reproaches anyone. But
he must ask in faith, without a doubt in his mind; for the doubter is like a heaving
sea ruffled by the wind. A man of that kind must not expect the Lord to give him
anything; he is double-minded, and never can keep a steady course.
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
This is the third Sunday after Pentecost Sunday. The special story for us to hear
today matches the special Sunday that this is. We are going to hear about the Prodigal
Son. How could we not think of this Father on Father’s Day? The sermon text for
this Father’s Day comes in Genesis 3:8-15. This is the first account of the First
Father and his first children. He asks questions. He establishes his identity.
It is a great opportunity we have on this Father’s Day to see how your Father in
heaven acted and was. The second lesson is from 2 Corinthians 4:13-18. This reading
and the reading of the Gospel support the fact that our God is Triune. Two Sundays
ago was Trinity Sunday. This past Sunday we remembered the words of Isaiah 6 where
we heard the angels testifying to the Trinity when they said, "Holy, Holy, Holy,
Lord God of Hosts, whose glory fills the whole earth." So in this reading from second
Corinthians we hear about the Holy Spirit and the awful sin that some commit against
this Spirit that is called the "unforgivable sin." It is unforgivable because it
trashes the forgiveness of God itself. The Gospel reading is from Mark 3:20-35.
The enemies of Jesus leveled a shocking charge against him. They said something
that was not only shocking but silly. They claimed that he was able to cast out
evil spirits because he himself was one. Jesus has a fitting answer for them and
for anyone today with their foolish notions. The fact that Jesus does deal with
evil puts him in a class by himself.
SAN ANGELO MISSION TRIP — Pastor and Mrs. Hartzell and Dennis Falk are traveling
to San Angelo today to meet with the believers there who gather to hear God’s Word
in the little WELS church. Pray for their safety and for the welfare of this small
group of believers who are holding on to the truth and their belief.
PRAYER LIST READY — Please remember your prayer list this morning. Thank you.
CHALLENGING SITUATION IN WELS
FORCED REDUCTION IN MISSIONARY OUTREACH
Special Gifts Needed
We thank Dennis Falk for his good report to us last week about the upcoming Synodical
convention and our church's (the WELS) financial situation. As he pointed out, our
congregation has increased its support of our church at large (Church Mission Offering).
There surely are others in our church at large who are not showing examples of generous
giving, but we don't give to be compared to others. We give because we love Jesus
and our gifts are received first by him. What a wonderful thing it is to be in a
church like ours that values God's Word and its careful learning and instruction.
Our church (the WELS) takes God's Word for us to the nations of the world in a way
we could never do it personally. It alarms us and makes us sad to think that this
good work is being decreased now by 40% because of financial reasons. God move your
heart to give toward the work of our church in ongoing and God-pleasing ways. If
you would like to give a further special gift to retire our Synod's debt, make out
a check with that indicated and it will be sent to our Synod for that purpose. If
you would like to send a special gift to missions, please follow the same procedure.
Thank you very much!
CHURCH CLEANING, JULY 11TH — We want to state an upcoming event that we hope you
will all notice and make plans to participate in. We want to have an inside church
cleaning on July 11. It will start at 9:00. Come with your cleaning supplies…or
just come. We have cleaning supplies at the church. We want to have a special cleaning
of our church in preparation for Vacation Bible School…and because our church can
benefit from a thorough cleaning. Please come and help. Many hands makes light
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL, JULY 20TH-24TH — Please continue to think about Vacation Bible
School. We hope to have this here at our church the week of July 20-24. We will
need help with the actual teaching and project making. We will also need refreshments.
And of course, most important of all, we will need children. Perhaps you can be
asking neighbors of yours. Maybe you can help transport children here for the week.
If you have any questions, please talk to Pastor Hartzell.
BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY — On Wednesday evening for Bible study we will be studying
Luther’s Large Catechism…the ninth and tenth commandments. These commandments are
unique because they deal with something that the other commandments don’t. These
two commandments deal with what goes on in your mind. They deal with your ability
to be content with what you have. What a blessing for those who understand these
two commandments? What joy and peace they have in their lives. We meet at 7:30.
BIBLE STUDY THURSDAY — There will be Bible study this Thursday morning at 10:00.
We will continue our study of Genesis 39-41. This gets into the story of Joseph
and his time in Egypt. It shows that God does indeed reward those who do his will,
never mind how bad things seem to go for them at first.
Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! He teaches me good things, but I don't get
to see him enough to get as smart as him!