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
Eighteenth Sunday of Pentecost, October 4, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
Morning Praise (Matins)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 45)
23 256 369 331 (verse 1)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 77)
WHO’S THE GREATEST OF THEM ALL?
3800 SHELL RD., GEORGETOWN, TEXAS 78628-9204
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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
And when they [the disciples] had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled
together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of
God with boldness.
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
This is the eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost. The Old Testament reading for today
is from the Prophet Jeremiah 11:18-20. It can be a prophecy of the coming Savior.
Surely he was "cut off from the land of the living." It can also just be how people
saw God’s representative who in this case happened to be Jeremiah. It maybe doesn’t
seem that it can possibly be this serious today. Is unbelief that serious in eradicating
God’s people? Can it be? But let’s not think that unbelief is getting more civil
as time goes along. It is not. If anything, it is getting more vicious. God is
still strong though and we still trust in him to take care of us…body and soul. The
second lesson is from James 3:13-18. This is a wonderful formula in the world of
human relations on how to get along. It describes where not getting along comes
from. It also shows us wonderful ways to maintain peace and order and tranquility
in our human relationships with each other. The Gospel lesson from Mark 9:30-37
is the sermon text for this morning. We are gong to be particularly looking at the
argument the disciples were having among themselves. They were arguing about who
was the greatest among them. We have a hard time thinking that any among us would
stand up and say in a loud voice, "I’m the greatest." Actually, how would you answer
the question, "Who is the greatest?"
LWMS RALLY — Thanks to those who attended the Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society
meeting in south Austin yesterday. We heard our former synod president Karl Gurgel
speak on the work in China. God bless this good work done among so many people who
are eager to hear the Word and follow Jesus.
Please remember your prayer list this morning. Thank you.
VBS IN DECEMBER — Please continue to remember that we hope to have a two day Bible
school December 21 and 22 (Monday and Tuesday). Our hope is to have morning sessions
on those two days in which we can tell children the true meaning of Christmas, have
them make some meaningful projects, get together in our church, serve others with
good things at this particularly busy time of the year. Please think of someone
to invite. Think about how you can help us. Please do that. Thank you!
PERIDOT MISSION TRIP — Also continue to remember the third week in January (2010)
and the mission trip to Peridot, Arizona to work on the mission station there and
fix things and encourage the workers and Apaches in this work which we began in 1893.
KING OF KINGS LUTHERAN CHURCH
Pastor Chris Esmay at King of Kings Lutheran Church, Alexandria, Louisiana sent a
note of thanks to Pastor Hartzell for our recent gift to them. It reads in part:
The Sunday before last I read your letter to our congregation that accompanied the
generous gift from our brothers and sisters there. It was so spiritual, so uplifting,
so comforting, so encouraging. It was just what we needed at this time. Thank you
so very much for your encouragement. We thank God for you and your people. What
examples you all are for the rest of us of fulfilling the law of Christ! Please
pass along our greetings and deep, deep gratitude to your people.
WEDNESDAY BIBLE CLASS — 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.
THURSDAY BIBLE CLASS — 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. This Thursday we are going to study the famous
and familiar story of the three men in the fiery furnace…chapter 3.