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
Thirteenth Sunday of Pentecost, August 30, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
Morning Praise (Matins)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 45)
240 369 379 588 (verses 5-7)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 64)
First Lesson: Prov. 9:1-6
Second Lesson: Eph. 5:15-20
Gospel: John 6:51-58
LIVE THE WISE LIFE
3800 SHELL RD., GEORGETOWN, TEXAS 78628-9204
PASTOR: (512) 635-1910 CHURCH: (512) 869-7729
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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
[Ananias speaks to St. Paul:] The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou
shouldest know His will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of His
mouth. For thou shalt be His witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
And now why tarriest thou? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling
on the name of the Lord.
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
This is the thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The Old Testament reading for today
is from the book of Proverbs 9:1-6. Wisdom is likened to a woman who makes a wonderful
meal and invites everyone to come in. God is of course wise. Romans 16:26 says,
“To the only wise God.” And our God is like the woman here in Proverbs because he
invites people to come and join in his meal of wisdom. The fear of the Lord is the
beginning of wisdom. All wise things are God’s. All foolish and weak and harmful
things are the devil’s. (You can read further on in this same chapter 9 and see
that foolishness is also inviting people to her banquet.) The prophet portrayed
Jesus as standing and beckoning “all day long” for people to come to him. One more
thought: being a believer is the wisest thing you will ever do. God grant you strength
and desire to do it! The second lesson for today is from Ephesians 5:15-20. This
will serve as the sermon text. You can see where the sermon theme is coming from
when you read the first verse, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise
but as wise.” You can also see with those words how they connect with the reading
from Proverbs. The Gospel for this day is from the book of John 6:51-58. This is
a continuation of the words about Jesus being the Bread of Life. He is the main
course at the banquet of wisdom. What a satisfying meal it is! How wise you are
to go there and eat!
THANKS TO DENNIS AND MATT — Special thanks to Dennis Falk for leading the Bible study
and proclaiming the Word in the sermon today. Thanks to Matt Stump for leading the
liturgical part of our service today. Dennis is an elder in our congregation and
Matt is the president. Thanks to both for their work today.
PASTOR HARTZELL IN SAN ANTONIO — Pastor Hartzell is preaching in Our Savior’s Congregation
in San Antonio this morning. As circuit pastor he needs to visit the other congregations
in the circuit. This was the one Sunday that was possible for him to be with the
believers in Our Savior’s. Pastor Hartzell is sorry that he is not able to be with
you on this day of special fellowship.
FELLOWSHIP MEAL TODAY — The potluck meal today is specially dedicated to our new
members: Sharon and Doug Bartz and Tom Gappmayer. These are the new members in
our congregation since the last special meal we had. God bless our new members and
God give all of you a happy and blessed day. Please stay and eat with everyone.
There is plenty of good food. The company is good too! Please stay.
WINKEL CONFERENCE TOMORROW — Pastor Hartzell will be meeting with the pastors of
the Capital Circuit at Risen Savior tomorrow. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss
matters pertinent to our Synod and to study God’s Word. One item of study tomorrow
will be the two covenants of God: The Abrahamitic Covenant and the Sinaitic Covenant.
One was a one-sided covenant and the other was a two-sided covenant.
PRAYER LIST READY — Please remember your prayer list this morning and during the
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY — There will be Bible study this Wednesday evening. We are
studying in the Lord’s Prayer, finishing up the petitions and the ending song of
praise. Bible study begins at 7:30.
THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY — 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. This is essentially
the same announcement you read last week but we talked about divorce and the land
of God’s holy land (two separate studies) and so delayed the study of the end of
the book of Genesis until this week.