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

 

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY OF PENTECOST, OCTOBER 25, 2009

 

 

 

 

—  DIVINE SERVICE  —

THE BLESSED SUPPER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liturgy

The Common Service

(Front part of the hymnal, page 15)

 

 

 

 

Hymns

340     260     304     474 (verse 3)

 

 

 

 

Psalm

90

(Front part of the hymnal, page 99)

 

 

 

 

Sermon Text

Mark 10:17-27

 

 

 

 

Sermon

GOD DOES THE IMPOSSIBLE

 

 

 

 

3800 SHELL RD., GEORGETOWN, TEXAS 78628-9204

PASTOR:  (512) 635-1910                           CHURCH:  (512) 869-7729

PARSONAGE:  (512) 868-0347                            E-MAIL:  cclc@thegateway.net

www.crossandcrownlutheranchurch.org

 

 

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.

 

 

 

U  THE BLESSED SUPPER  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!

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY

 

This is the twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost.  The Old Testament reading for today is from Amos 5:6,7, 10-15.  Essentially God is speaking against untruth.  This is a particularly positive message for us in our postmodern world.  That is what we hear: "There is no absolute Truth."  But there is absolute Truth.  Jesus claimed to be that Truth.  "I am the way, the Truth, and the life," he said.  One of the places the lack of Truth shows up is in courts.  That is what this reading from Amos particularly targets.  The epistle reading is from Hebrews 3:1-6.  This has the wonderful counsel of fixing your thoughts on Jesus.  Just imagine how different our days would be if we would have our thoughts fixed on Jesus all day long!  This section from Hebrews 3 was the text for the Bible study this morning.  The sermon text is the reading from Mark 10:17-27.  You and I don’t need a god who can’t do anything.  We don’t even need a god who can do some things.  We need the only God who can do impossible things.  If things are possible, then perhaps we don’t need God at all.  But if our problems are impossible for us to solve (and they are), then we need the only true God who can do all things…even those things that are impossible.

 

 

SPECIAL REFORMATION SERVICE — Don’t forget that this coming Sunday, November 1, we will have our special Reformation service at Holy Word in Austin at 4:00.  Please see the bulletin insert.

 

 

CLEAN UP, CUT UP, GREEN UP — Special thanks to those who are keeping our campus cleaned up and mowed.  The grass looks better than it has ever looked.  We’re thankful to the Lord for the rain…and for the mowers.

 

 

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 confession.  Confession is part of our liturgical services.  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 5 which talks about the strange writing on the wall and what it meant…and what it still means.

 

 

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WHEN PASTOR FORGIVES OUR SINS

 

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)

 

If you believe the word of the [pastor] when he absolves you (that is when he looses you in the name of Christ and in the power of His words, saying, "I absolve you from your sins"), then your sins are assuredly absolved also before God, before all angels and all creatures—not for your sake, or for the {pastor's] sake, but for the sake of the very Word of Christ, who cannot be lying to you when He says, "Whatever you loose . . . shall be loosed."  Should you, however, not believe that your sins are truly forgiven and removed . . . By such disbelief you make your God to be a liar when, through His [servant], He says to you, "You are loosed from your sin," and you retort, "I don't believe it," or, "I doubt it."  As if you were more certain in your opinion than God is in His words, whereas you should be letting personal opinions go, and with unshakeable faith giving place to the word of God spoken through the [pastor].  For if you doubt whether your absolution is approved of God and whether you are rid of your sins, that is the same as saying, "Christ has not spoken the truth, and I do not know whether He approves His own words, when He says to Peter, 'Whatever you loose . . . shall be loosed.'"

 

(Dr. Martin Luther, 1519)