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

 

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY OF PENTECOST, SEPTEMBER 27, 2009

 

 

—  DIVINE SERVICE  —

WITH HOLY COMMUNION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FEAST OF TRUMPETS

 

INTRODUCTION

March was the first month of the Jewish year.  March corresponds with the month Nisan.  We hear about this month: This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year. Exodus 12:2  Tishri, corresponding with our month September, is the seventh month.  This is the month that began with the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah).  September (Tishri) was the month that God commanded his people to go to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles.  This was the week-long celebration when God’s people lived in tents and shelters and remembered their years in the wilderness.  It is in this same month of September (Tishri) that Rosh Hashana (The Head of the Year) is celebrated, followed by Yom Kippur (The Day of Atonement).  On the ten days between these two celebrated days, the Jews prepared themselves by self-examination in what they called "The Days of Awe."  The great day of Atonement was coming. God was going to cover their sins.

 

Our service today is set in the Jewish commemoration of the month of September (Tishri).  The trumpet today reminds us that God is talking.  Traditionally the trumpet was blown 100 times in the service called Yom Teruah.  Today we are going to hear trumpet blasts too.  These trumpet sounds will remind us of important things.  God is talking.  We want to come into his presence and know the word that says, Be still and know that I am God.  (Psalm 46:10)

 

OPENING HYMN

Earth and All Stars (verse 3)

 

Trumpet and pipes!  Loud clashing cymbals!

Sing to the Lord a new song!

Harp, lute, and lyre!  Loud humming cellos!

Sing to the Lord a new song!

He has done marvelous things.

I, too, will praise him with a new song!

 

SCRIPTURE

M. On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.  (Leviticus 23:24)

 

COMMENTARY

 

THE FIRST TRUMPET

THE TRUMPET SIGNALING GODS WORD

 

SCRIPTURE

 

M. On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast.  Everyone in the camp trembled.  Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain.  Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because the Lord descended on it in fire.  The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, the whole mountain trembled violently, and the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder.  Then Moses spoke and the voice of God answered him.  (Exodus 19:16-19)

 

COMMENTARY

 

RESPONSIVE READING (Please rise)

 

M. Then God spoke the First Commandment:

C. You shall have no other gods.

M. Then God spoke the Second Commandment:

C> You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God.

M> Then God spoke the Third Commandment:

C> Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.

M. Then God spoke the Fourth Commandment:

C. Honor your father and mother, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.

M. Then God spoke the Fifth Commandment:

C. You shall not murder.

 

M. Then God spoke the Sixth Commandment:

C. You shall not commit adultery.

M. Then God spoke the Seventh Commandment:

C./ You shall not steal.

M. Then God spoke the Eighth Commandment:

C. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

M. Then God spoke the Ninth Commandment:

C. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.

M. Then God spoke the Tenth Commandment:

C. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his workers or his animals or anything that belongs to your neighbor.

 

HYMN

The Ten Commandments Are the Law  (By Martin Luther; verses 1,11)

 

The Ten Commandments are the law

Which Israel heard in holy awe.

In smoke and fire from Sinai

The voice of God shook the sky.

Have mercy Lord!

 

God gave these laws to show therein,

O child of man, your life of sin,

And help you rightly to perceive

How unto God you should live.

Have mercy, Lord!

 

THE SECOND TRUMPET

THE TRUMPET SIGNALING REPENTANCE

 

SCRIPTURE

 

M. When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not take warning and the sword comes and takes his life, his blood will be on his own head.  Since he heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning, his blood will be on his own head.  If he had taken warning, he would have saved himself.  But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.  (Ezekiel 33:1-6)

 

COMMENTARY

 

HOLY COMMUNION

 

Personal Preparation for Holy Communion

(Front part of the hymnal, page 156)

 

Hymn

What Is This Bread?  (Sung by Mark Rolloff)

 

What is this bread?

Christ’s body risen from the dead:

This bread we break.

This life we take

Was crushed to pay for our release.

Oh, taste and see the Lord is peace.

 

What is this wine?

The blood of Jesus shed for mine;

The cup of grace

Brings his embrace

Of life and love until I sing!

Oh, taste and see the Lord is King.

 

So who am I,

That I should live and he should die

Under the rod?

My God, my God,

Why have you not forsaken me?

Oh, taste and see the Lord is free.

 

Yet is God here?

Oh, yes! By Word and promise clear.

In mouth and soul

He makes us whole

Christ, truly present in this meal.

Oh, taste and see the Lord is real.

 

Is this for me?

I am forgiven and set free!

I do believe

That I receive

His very body and his blood.  

Oh, taste and see the Lord is good.

 

 

Consecration of the Host

 

Distribution

 

Distribution Hymn 310

I Come, O Savior, to Your Table

 

THE THIRD TRUMPET

THE TRUMPET OF RESURRECTION DAY

 

SCRIPTURE

 

M. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet.  For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.  When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory.  Where, O death, is your victory?  Where, O death, is your sting?"  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God!  He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  (1 Corinthians 15:51-57)

 

COMMENTARY

 

HYMN 219

Lord, When Your Glory I Shall See

 

WITH THE TRUMPETS’ SOUND IN OUR EARS…

 

SCRIPTURE

 

M. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.  (I Corinthians 15:58)

 

HYMN (Please rise)

Jesus Christ Is Risen Today (verse 4)

 

Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!

Praise eternal as His love, Alleluia!

Praise Him, all you heav'nly host, Alleluia!

Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Alleluia!

 

OFFERING

 

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HYMN

God’s Word Is Our Great Heritage

 

God’s Word is our great heritage

And shall be ours forever;

To speak its light from age to age

Shall be our chief endeavor.

Through life it guides our way;

In death, it is our stay.

Lord, grant, while worlds endure,

We keep its teachings pure

Throughout all generations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U  HOLY COMMUNION  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!

 

 

 

 

 

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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 [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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A GREAT VOICE

 

I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.

(Revelation 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY

 

The service today is set in the setting of the Jewish month of September.  You perhaps have noticed on your calendar that Rosh Hashana (the head of the year) happened on September 19.  Yom Kippur is celebrated tomorrow (September 28).  These festivals and the one at the first of the month called Yom Teruah had trumpets in their commemoration.  We want to follow this today and use Biblical texts that talk to us about the use of trumpets.  Our service today will follow these texts and this traditional theme of the Hebrew month of September.  The trumpet is God’s instrument!  He is going to use it one day!  You are going to hear his trumpet from your graves…or from where you stand.  God bless you in your worship this morning!

 

 

PASTOR IN WISCONSIN — Pastor Hartzell will be in Wisconsin for the Seminary Board of Control meeting this week.  He will leave this afternoon and return Wednesday evening late.

 

 

LWMS FALL RALLY — In the narthex there is a sign-up sheet for the rally to be held this Saturday at Risen Savior Lutheran Church, 2811 Aftonshire Way, Austin 78748 (512-280-8282).  Registration is at 9:00 AM.  The Rally concludes 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.  All are invited to attend (men and women).  Contact Karen Gappmayer (635-4519) if you have questions.

 

 

ALTAR GUILD —  The Altar Guild meets October 10th at 10:00.a.m.

 

 

WEEKDAY BIBLE STUDY — Wednesday's class is cancelled and will meet a week from this Wednesday with the continuation of the study of Luther’s Large Catechism.  Thursday's class will meet this week at 10:00 a.m. and study Daniel, chapter 3, the chapter about the fiery furnace of Nebuchadnezzar.