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
TWELFTH SUNDAY OF PENTECOST, AUGUST 23, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
THE HOLY SUPPER
The Common Service
(Front part of the hymnal, page 15)
LAP 18 433 105 256 (verse 4)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 80)
IT’S HARD TO EAT RIGHT
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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 HOLY SUPPER 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 twelfth Sunday after Pentecost. The Old Testament reading for today
is from the book of I Kings 19:3-8. This is the story of Elijah in his spiritual
funk after he prevailed over the false prophets of Jezebel on Mount Carmel. You
wouldn’t think that Elijah would have been so poor and low at this time but he was.
He needed to eat something that would sustain him and God provided the food. This
idea of eating sustaining food comes out in our readings for today and in the sermon.
The Epistle lesson is from Ephesians 4:30-5:2. These words describe the Christian
life both with regard to what a Christian does not do and with regard to what a Christian
does. It gives us the guideline to "be imitators of God." This is what children
do. This is the way we learn. Imitation is the sincerest flattery. The Gospel
reading for today is from John 6:41-51. This provides the sermon text for today.
The theme according to the direction of these words is: It Is Hard to Eat Right.
You might agree to that in your physical life. It is definitely something that
applies to our spiritual lives because in the verses just after these words we hear,
"On hearing it, many of Jesus’ disciples said, 'This is a hard teaching. Who can
KINGDOM WORKERS MEET — There will be a WELS Kingdom Worker meeting at Holy Word this
afternoon. The meeting is at 2:00. Matters pertinent to special mission work in
our area and district will be discussed. The Kingdom Workers work as a secondary
agency of our church. This is an organization of lay people who do mission work
on their own. Please come and join us if you can.
PRAYER LIST READY — Please remember your prayer list this morning. Thank you.
POTLUCK HONORING NEW MEMBERS — Please remember the potluck this coming Sunday. We
will be honoring our newest members, Tom Gappmayer and Doug and Sharon Bartz. The
Church will provide the fried chicken, so we request that you sign-up for dishes
in keeping with the picnic theme. (see sign-up sheet in the Narthex). There will
be homemade ice cream, fun and games! Enjoy the meal and enjoy your fellow Christians
and get to know them better.
SISTERS' PROJECTS — The Sisters of Cross and Crown, with the support of the congregation,
has voted to provide a donation to two mission congregations and one mission school.
Mighty Fortress Lutheran Church — Dallas, GA
Crossroads Lutheran Church — Chicago, IL
East Fork Lutheran School — White River, AZ
There will be a basket at the potluck for a free will offering. This is a wonderful
opportunity for our congregation to share our blessings with those who are helping
to spread the message about our Savior, Jesus Christ. If you have any questions,
please contact Janet Stump or Karen Gappmayer. See you on August 30th!
BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY — There will be Bible study this Wednesday evening. We are
studying in the Lord’s Prayer…the fifth and sixth petitions. God puts a condition
on forgiveness in the fifth petition and this is something that is very hard for
us to do. The sixth petition asks God essentially to keep us from evil. Bible study
begins at 7:30.
BIBLE STUDY THURSDAY — There will be Bible study on Thursday morning at 10:00. We
will finish up the book of Genesis. This book in summary states the reasons for
the rest of the Bible. Please come to study with us if you are able.