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
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY OF PENTECOST, SEPTEMBER 13, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
THE HOLY SUPPER
The Common Service
(Front part of the hymnal, page 15)
95 LAP 173 311 339 (verse 1)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 111)
Mark 7:1-8, 14, 15, 21-23
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.
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 fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The Old Testament reading for today
from Deuteronomy talks about the mathematical errors people make with God’s words.
God clearly says: no adding, no subtracting. Our inclination is to do just that.
There are things in Scripture that are hard for us to hear. We would like to take
them away. There are also things in Scripture that we wish God would have said in
the way we would like him to have said them. We wish to add these things. But no
adding and no subtracting! When this is followed and when the people leave God’s
Word like he wrote it and spoke it then it can be said, "Surely this great nation
is a wise and understanding people." May this be true for our country. It doesn’t
seem that it is right now, but may it be this way! The second reading is from Ephesians
6:10-20. This was the Bible study for today. This speaks about the armor of God…armor
provided for our spiritual warfare and our safety. The armor has to be taken in
total. What good would it do for a person, for instance, to have on the breastplate
of righteousness and have the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God) in his hand but
to not be wearing the helmet of salvation? Guess where the devil would then aim
his blows? Remember too that this is armor that is designed by the Lord God himself.
It protects completely and effectively when used as he says it should be used. You’ll
be safe for eternity if you use this armor in the way he says. The Gospel reading
for today from the book of Mark is the sermon text. It talks about Christian cleanliness.
Actually, it maintains that of all people, the Christian is the only one who can
be truly clean.
COUNCIL MEETS TUESDAY — The Church Council meets Tuesday evening at 7:30 p.m.
VOTERS MEET SUNDAY — This is the second of three announcements: There will be a Voters’
Meeting on September 20, right after the worship service. Thank you.
LWMS FALL RALLY
Please mark your calendars! The Lutheran Women's Missionary Society (LWMS) Fall
Rally is scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2009. This year's rally will be held
at Risen Savior Lutheran Church located at 2811 Aftonshire Way in Austin. Rev. Karl
Gurgel will speak on his recent trip to China where he worked with students in Hong
Kong training them for Pastoral Ministry. A sign-up sheet will be available on Sunday,
September 20th and 27th. At that time we will be collecting a mission offering.
NOTE: This rally is not just for the ladies! All interested members and friends
of Cross and Crown are welcome to attend. See the flyer posted in the fellowship
center for more details. Please contact Karen Gappmayer if you have questions.
WORKING TRIP TO ARIZONA — Perhaps some of you were absent last Sunday and didn’t
have the opportunity to read the following. Please read it and talk to Pastor Hartzell
about it if you would like. You may have suggestions on how to make this mission
trip a better experience for those who are going to be doing it. Here is the announcement:
Our WELS Kingdom Workers group is planning to make a special mission trip to Peridot,
Arizona the third week in January. Any couples or individuals in our congregation
are welcomed and invited. The tentative plans are to go for eight days. That would
include the travel getting there and back again. The purpose of the trip would be
to clean up and repair and reconstruct things and replace roofs (shingles) and paint
the oldest mission effort of our church. This work among the Apaches began in 1893.
There will be the chance for you to hear this special story of our mission work
in the evening presentations. You will have the chance to visit Apache believers
and worship with them. It is the belief of those who are organizing this that it
will be a life altering event for all those who go along. It would be a wonderful
chance for you to encourage the workers who sometimes feel that their fellow believers
have marooned them at Peridot and San Carlos. And most importantly, it will be a
chance to encourage our Apache brothers and sisters in their faith. Everyone who
goes will be on their own. There is a good possibility that there will be matching
funds from WKW. There are motels in Globe, twenty miles away. There will be some
chance for some to stay on site. It is nine hundred miles there and nine hundred
miles back. But the road is good! Interstate 10 is easy driving. The speed limit
is 80 mph in the daytime. We will be going in a big convoy and that will be fun,
although you can go on your own schedule too. Think about it. Maybe you would be
able to go.
Please remember your prayer list this morning. Thank you.
BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY — There will be Bible study this Wednesday evening. We are
studying Luther’s Large Catechism and will be studying infant baptism. This is
particularly important for us to know and understand because many Christians around
us do not believe in infant baptism and think it wrong for us to practice it. Please
come and study this very important teaching. Our study begins at 7:30.
BIBLE STUDY THURSDAY — There will be Bible study on Thursday morning at 10:00. We
are beginning the book of Daniel. Someone asked about studying the book of Revelation.
Someone else mentioned studying one of the Old Testament prophets. The book of
Daniel is a combination of both of these things. Daniel was a unique Old Testament
prophet who spoke in the same language (in many instances) of things that the Apostle
John did too when he wrote his Revelation. Please come and join us.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith,
BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD,
which taketh away the sin of the world.
This is now the foundation of our faith, that we know where our sins are laid; for
the Law loads them upon our conscience, presses them upon our bosom, but God lifts
them away from us and places them upon the shoulders of the Lamb. For while they
lay upon me and upon the world, we were lost; for sin is too powerful and too mighty.
And God says, "I know that thy sins are too heavy to bear, therefore behold, I place
them upon my Lamb and take them from thee. This thou must believe; for then art
thou free also from sin. Sin has two places only where it may rest: either upon
thyself, so that it hangs upon thy neck, or it rests upon Christ, so that thou art
free and may be saved...." (Dr. Martin Luther)