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
Sixteenth Sunday of Pentecost, September 20, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
Service of the Word
(Front part of the hymnal, page 38)
230 476 379 358 (verses 6,7)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 120)
BE STRONG IN JESUS!
3800 SHELL RD., GEORGETOWN, TEXAS 78628-9204
PASTOR: (512) 635-1910 CHURCH: (512) 869-7729
PARSONAGE: (512) 868-0347 E-MAIL: email@example.com
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
Watch therefore, and pray always for strength that you may able to escape all these
troubles that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 21)
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
This is the sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The Old Testament reading for today
is from the Prophet Isaiah. He says, "Don’t be afraid." He says, "Do not fear."
President Roosevelt during the Second World War said, "The only thing to fear is
fear itself." Whether he was right in saying that or not, we will not say. God
does give us many reasons to not be afraid. He tells us to be strong. He makes
it possible for us to be strong. And the way he does all these wonderful things
is that he gives us the Savior. He gives us Jesus. When Isaiah says the words,
"…he will come to save you" he uses the very word that is Jesus’ name. Jesus is
this One who comes to save. That is even what his name means. The second reading
for today is from the book of James (1:17-27). Essentially, what James is saying
to us all as Christians is, "Don’t just stand there, do something!" It is the same
Jesus who empowers us and enables us to "will and to do" of his good pleasure. Look
at all the things we are invited to do! And the Gospel reading for today is the
story of Jesus healing a man who was deaf and unable to speak correctly. Both of
these afflictions are mentioned in the reading from Isaiah 35. Both of these afflictions
go away because of Jesus. As you will hear today in the sermon, without Jesus you
can neither hear nor speak. Those two related abilities in our lives are touched
today by the power of Jesus.
VOTERS MEET AFTER CHURCH — There will be a Voters’ Meeting today after the church
service. Voters, please stay and help us.
THE DAY OF TRUMPETS
SPECIAL SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY
This next Sunday we will have a special service arrangement that will follow the
Jewish celebration of the month of September which is the seventh month in the Jewish
calendar. It is in this month that the Jews of today celebrate Rosh Hashanah (September
19) and Yom Kippur (September 28). Rosh Hashanah means "Head of the Year" and is
the day the Jews of today call their new year. Yom Kippur is the "Day of Covering"
or the "Day of Atonement." On top of it all, there is the Yom Teruah (The Day of
Trumpets). This day is associated today with Rosh Hashanah. The idea of trumpets
and the celebration of trumpets comes from the Old Testament command of God at Sinai
(Exodus 23:24). We hope you will be edified by the special service this next week.
Come and hear the trumpet!
LWMS FALL RALLY SIGN-UP
On a table in the narthex, you will find the sign-up sheet for the Saturday, October
3rd LWMS Fall Rally. This year's rally will be held at Risen Savior Lutheran Church
located at 2811 Aftonshire Way in Austin 78748 (512-280-8282). Registration is at
9:00 AM. The Rally is concluded at 1:00 PM with lunch and fellowship. Please indicate
on the sign-up sheet if you will be staying for lunch and if babysitting service
will be needed. Also, there is a container for our free will offerings that will
go to support mission work. The sign-up sheet and free will offering collection
will be available Sunday, September 20 & 27th. All interested members and friends
of Cross and Crown are invited to attend. Please come! This is a good way to support
the mission efforts of the Lutheran Women's Missionary Society (LWMS) as they help
spread the message of our Savior, JESUS! Contact Karen Gappmayer if you have questions.
VBS IN DECEMBER
Something for you to be thinking about. We are planning (if we get help and volunteers)
to have a two day Bible school on December 21 and 22 (Monday and Tuesday before Christmas).
This two day session will parallel the VBS we had this summer. The children will
be out of school for the Christmas recess at that time. We hope to have a good turnout
(maybe limiting our group to twenty-five so that we can properly take care of them,
taking into account our help and the size of our facility). This would be a good
chance for us to be able to tell the children the true meaning and story of Christmas.
They could learn some good Christian Christmas songs. We could make some meaningful
projects. Maybe this effort would also encourage some to come to our Christmas Eve
and Christmas Day services. In addition, we are considering having a special hour-long
class in the afternoon for teenagers on those same two days. We hope to go into
some detail about the story of Christmas and possibly the history and geography of
it with the chance for in-depth discussion. So those are some of our hopes right
now for the season that will be upon us before we know it. Please pray that the
Lord would prosper our efforts to get the message out about his birth. If you would
consider helping with refreshments or with teaching and supervision or possibly with
transportation, please contact Pastor Hartzell. Thank you!
THE LORD IS NIGH UNTO ALL THEM THAT
CALL UPON HIM,
TO ALL THAT CALL UPON HIM IN TRUTH.
Please remember your prayer list this morning.
BIBLE STUDY WEDNESDAY — There will be Bible study this Wednesday evening. We are
studying Luther’s Large Catechism and will be studying the Lord’s Supper. 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. The first part of the book is the historical account
of Daniel being taken to Babylon. It is historical. It is political. It is inspirational.
It is about God’s people doing hard things in trying situations. It is about the
Christian witness and testimony. It is about courage. It is about diligence. So…join
us in studying all these very important things.