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

 

Ninth Sunday of Pentecost, August 2, 2009

 

 

—  DIVINE SERVICE  —

 

 

Liturgy

Morning Praise (Matins)

(Front part of the hymnal, page 45)

 

 

 

Hymns

336     382     LAP 262     367 (verse 1)

 

 

 

Psalm

23

(Congregation sings Hymn 360)

 

 

 

Sermon Text

Jeremiah 23:1-6

 

 

 

Sermon

TRUE SHEPHERDS CARE

 

         1.  SHEEP—GODS SHEEPHAVE NEEDS

         2.  SHEEP—GODS SHEEPHAVE FEARS

         3.  SHEEP—GODS SHEEPHAVE A FUTURE

 

 

 

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.  It is our prayer that you will be strengthened in your understanding of God's saving love in Jesus.  If you would like to know more about our church and beliefs, please contact Pastor Hartzell at (512) 869-PRAY (7729).

 

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.

 

 

 

PRAYER IN THE EARLY CHURCH

 

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

(Hebrews 4)

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY

 

This is the ninth Sunday after Pentecost.  The Old Testament reading for today is from the Prophet Jeremiah (23:1-6).  In a way these words provide a critique of all pastors and ministers.  Those who pastor and minister hold a sacred position.  They are to be in the place of the Lord God himself.  They are to "care" for the sheep…the people.  Your pastor this morning surely needs to take these words seriously.  In the setting of a shepherd also comes a wonderful statement about Jesus.  He is "the Lord our Righteousness."  This is how our heavenly Father now sees us.  He sees us as he would see Jesus himself.  The second reading is from Ephesians 2:13-22.  Last week we heard about the wonderful teaching of predestination…getting to your destination before you get there.  Among other things, this section talks about our being strangers and aliens.  That’s the way Christians are and feel in this world.  Remember how Abraham and the patriarchs longed for a city with foundations whose builder and architect is God.  But in Jesus we find our true citizenship.  We are Christian!  We have a place.  We have a culture.  We have a community.  We have the promise of heaven.  In Mark 6:30-34, we hear the first part of the account of Jesus feeding the five thousand men (plus the women and the children).  This section just stays with the first part of that account and tells that the people were without a shepherd and Jesus taught them and provided for them.  This follows the theme for this Sunday about the Good Shepherd.

 

 

PASTOR AWAY THIS WEEK — Pastor and Delora will be in Arizona this week.  They leave tomorrow morning and will return on Saturday afternoon.  Should there be an emergency of some kind in Pastor Hartzell’s absence: contact the elders (Lyndon Stearns, Dennis Falk, and Marvin Mueller).  President Matt Stump would also be able to help.

 

 

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES — In Pastor Hartzell’s absence, there will be no Wednesday evening Bible study this week or Thursday morning Bible study.  Those two studies will continue the week of August 9.

 

 

PRAYER LIST READY — Please remember your prayer lists this morning.  Thank you.

 

 

 

HOW TO STAY SAFE IN THE WORLD TODAY

 

   1. Avoid riding in automobiles because they are responsible for 20% of all fatal accidents.

   2. Do not stay home because 17% of all accidents occur in the home.

   3. Avoid walking on streets or sidewalks because 14% of all accidents occur to pedestrians.

   4. Avoid traveling by air, rail, or water because 16% of all accidents involve these forms of transportation.

   5. Of the remaining, 32% of all deaths occur in hospitals.  So, above all else, avoid hospitals.

 

BUT,

 

   You will be pleased to learn that only .001% of all deaths occur in worship services in church, and these are usually related to previous physical disorders.  Therefore, logic tells us that the safest place for you to be at any given point in time is at church!

   And...Bible study is safe too.  The percentage of deaths during Bible study is even less.

 

SO,

Attend church,

and read your Bible

IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE!

 

(From The Internet, via a member)