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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liturgy

The Common Service

(Front part of the hymnal, page 15)

 

 

 

 

Hymns

95     LAP 173     311     339 (verse  1)

 

 

 

 

Psalm

119c

(Front part of the hymnal, page 111)

 

 

 

 

Sermon Text

Mark 7:1-8, 14, 15, 21-23

 

 

 

 

Sermon

CLEAN CHRISTIANS

 

 

 

 

3800 SHELL RD., GEORGETOWN, TEXAS 78628-9204

PASTOR:  (512) 635-1910                           CHURCH:  (512) 869-7729

PARSONAGE:  (512) 868-0347                            E-MAIL:  cclc@thegateway.net

www.crossandcrownlutheranchurch.org

 

 

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 [7729].

 

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:

 

 

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.  Thank you!

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

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

OCTOBER 3RD

 

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.

 

 

PRAYER LIST

 

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.

 

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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)