(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


Twentieth Sunday of Pentecost   —   October 18, 2009







Service of the Word

(Front part of the hymnal, page 38)






:239     600     601     LAP 302 (verse 3)







(Front part of the hymnal, page 117)





Sermon Text

Genesis 2:18-24











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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:



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.







And He spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.

(Luke 18)















This is the twentieth Sunday after Pentecost.  The Old Testament reading for today is from Genesis 2:18-24.  This is God’s description of the institution of marriage.  Marriage was his great gift to people in this world.  Marriage is the only relic we have left of the world before sin came.  Marriage pre-dates sin.  As we will see in the sermon today, marriage works with the number one.  "They will become one" is the way it is said in the reading.  Remember, marriage is God’s gift to men and women.  God is specially involved in it.  What God has joined together, let man not separate.  Another way of saying that would be, Do not tamper with God’s number one!  The second reading is from Hebrews 2:9-11.  In it we see that Jesus stands in our place.  He suffered for us so that we would not have to suffer.  He did it willingly.  He even did it joyfully.  He did it because he was of our family.  That is a wonderful message from these words: we are in God’s family!  The readings for today all deal with our relationships.  Here we have the family relationship mentioned.  We already read in Genesis about the marriage relationship.  The Gospel reading for today from Mark 10:2-16 takes us back once more to the marriage relationship.  Here Jesus says, "The two will become one flesh.  So they are no longer two, but one."  This is God’s number again.  One.  The number one cannot be improved.  It stands by itself.  As you will see, One is God’s number.






Lindsey Jett was received as a communicant member in our church this past Sunday.  God bless Lindsey and keep her in her faith and witness.



GREETING CARDS  — The Sisters of Cross and Crown have a display of available greeting cards in the Narthex.  They are taking orders now through the 25th of this month and would like all orders in by that date.  They will also be ordering as often as necessary throughout the year.  The cards are really pretty.  There are 12 cards and envelopes to a box and the cost is $8.00 per box.  That is less than $0.70 per card.  There will be a notebook in the Narthex with cards to choose from.  For further information please see Marjorie.



DECEMBER BIBLE SCHOOL — Don’t forget—keep thinking about—our 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!



PRAYER LIST READY — Please remember your prayer list this morning.  Thank you.



WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY — There will be Bible study this Wednesday evening.  We are studying  Luther’s Large Catechism and will be studying the Lord’s Supper again and finishing that before we begin the study of confession.  Please come and study this very important teaching.  Our study begins at 7:30.



THURSDAY BIBLE STUDY — There will be Bible study on Thursday morning at 10:00.  We are studying the book of Daniel.  This Thursday we will study chapter 4 which talks about Nebuchadnezzer’s dream and the fulfillment of the dream.






And I [Jesus] will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  (Matthew 16)


The forgiveness of guilt, the heavenly indulgence, is granted to no one on account of the worthiness of his contrition over his sins, nor on account of his works of satisfaction, but only on account of his faith in the promise of God, "Whatever you loose. . . shall be loosed," etc.  Although contrition and good works are not to be neglected, one is nevertheless in no case to build upon them, but only upon the sure words of Christ, who pledges to you that when the [pastor] looses you, you shall be loosed.  Your contrition and works may deceive you, and the devil will very soon overturn them in [the hour of] death and of temptation, but Christ, your God, will not lie to you, nor will he waver, neither will the devil overturn his words for him.  If you build upon them with a firm faith you will be standing on the rock against which the gates and all the powers of hell cannot prevail.  


(Dr. Martin Luther, 1519)