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
Twentieth Sunday of Pentecost — October 18, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
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)
GOD’S NUMBER ONE
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
And He spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and
not to faint.
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
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.
OUR NEWEST COMMUNICANT MEMBER
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.
ON THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS BY PASTOR
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)