(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







Service of the Word

(Front part of the hymnal, page 38)




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(Front part of the hymnal, page 119)



Sermon Text

Psalm 106:14-15

        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.











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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]

(Acts 10)






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

          upon Thee.  

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.


(Psalm 86)



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.