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
Eleventh Sunday of Pentecost, August 16, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
Service of the Word
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(Front part of the hymnal, page 119)
In the desert they gave in to their craving;
in the wasteland they put God to the test.
So he gave them what they asked for,
but sent a wasting disease upon them.
I. WRONG CRAVINGS BRING SPIRITUAL SKINNINESS
II. RIGHT CRAVINGS BRING SPIRITUAL SATISFACTION
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
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:
- 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.
PRAYER IN THE EARLY CHURCH
On the morrow as they went on their journey and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went
up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour [noon]
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
This is the eleventh Sunday after Pentecost. The Old Testament reading for today
is from the book of Exodus, chapter 16:2-15. This is the account of the manna and
the quail. The children of Israel are in the wilderness. They are not happy. They
are questioning God’s goodness. They are remembering things that weren’t ever there
and using these things to challenge Moses’ leadership. You can see many possible
themes in this reading: our thanklessness, God’s graciousness in spite of our thanklessness,
God’s support, daily bread, spiritual bread. This reading sets the situation for
the sermon text this morning from Psalm 106 which is God’s own commentary on this
section of Exodus. The Epistle lesson is from Ephesians 4:17-24. This is the basis
for the Bible study that was held this morning. The title in the NIV Bible for this
section is "Living as Children of Light." Our God here uses the picture of taking
something off and putting something else on. Dressing yourself is something that
you do with your mind on the task. To get dressed without thinking at all about
the process or the clothing leads to sartorial trouble. (That means that a man who
isn’t thinking when he gets dressed is going to end up with odd combinations that
will just not look good.) The Gospel for this Sunday is from John 6:24-35. This
is the companion reading for the Exodus 16 reading described above. Jesus here claims
to be (and is!) the bread of life. The one who eats of this bread is truly satisfied.
He lives forever.
Sharon and Doug Bartz
....were received into communicant membership in our church this past Sunday. Both
completed the instruction course of our church. We welcome them into our fellowship.
God bless them in our midst and may we be a blessing to them.
SAN ANGELO TODAY — Pastor Hartzell and Dennis Falk will be going to San Angelo after
the service today. Pray for their safety in traveling there and pray for the faithful
group that will be there in worship this afternoon. Thank you.
For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive;
and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call
Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer;
and attend to the voice of my supplications.
In the day of my trouble I will call upon Thee:
for Thou wilt answer me.
Please remember your prayer list this morning. Thank you.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASS — There will be Bible study this Wednesday evening. We are
studying in the Lord’s Prayer…the third and fourth petitions. The fourth petition
is our favorite. It is the one-petition out of seven that talks about our getting
things and having things of this life…things of an earthly nature like clothing,
money, house, car, etc. What is the proper balance in our praying? What should
we pray for in regard to earthly things? How should we pray?
THURSDAY BIBLE CLASS — There will be Bible study on Thursday morning at 10:00. We
are at the end of the book of Genesis. Jacob is in Egypt with his sons. Chapter
49 is that poignant chapter that describes the blessings (or lack thereof) that go
to the individual sons.