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:  Amy Berg, Delora Hartzell, David Widiger

 

LAST JUDGMENT SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2009

 

 

 

 

—  DIVINE SERVICE  —

THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liturgy

Service of Word and Sacrament

(Front part of the hymnal, page 26)

 

 

 

Hymns

250     209     120     219

 

 

 

Psalm

90

(Front part of the hymnal, page 99)

 

 

 

Sermon Text

John 5:19-24

 

 

 

Sermon

JUDGMENT DAY IS REALLY GOING TO HAPPEN

 

        A. GODS SAVING WORK ENDS

          B. JESUS’ JUDGING WORK BEGINS

            C. GODS ETERNAL CARE CONTINUES

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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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-third Sunday after Pentecost.  The Old Testament reading for today is from Malachi 4:1,2a.  Remember that this is Last Judgment Sunday.  These words of Malachi talk about the coming of the Day of Judgment.  They also speak about the sun that rises with healing.  The Africans have a special word for this.  When they have malaria and are sick and shivering with fever, they crawl out to the north side of their mud huts and lie on blankets in the shelter of the wall in the sunlight.  The warmth of the sun is comforting to them and it feels good.  Kuyotela is the word they have to describe this healing sunshine.  The second lesson for today is from Hebrews 9:24-28.  It clearly talks about the last times.  It uses the words "end of the ages" to refer to Jesus’ coming the first time (at Christmas).  Imagine how close we must be to the last day when 2000 years ago was referred to as the "end of the ages."  The Gospel for today is John 5:19-24.  These are Jesus’ own words about the coming Judgment Day.  Please notice the last verse though.  This last verse of the reading is our great hope and comfort in what would otherwise be an unbearable and terrifying thought.

 

 

AN INSPIRATION There was a good turnout of our people at the Reformation Service in Austin last Sunday.  Thank you.  It was an inspirational service.  The music was wonderful.  Pastor Karl Gurgel encouraged us to carry on with the mantel of ministry.  It was good to see our brothers and sisters in the faith from the other congregations in our circuit.

 

 

SAN ANGELO SERVICE TODAY — Pastor and Delora Hartzell will be going to San Angelo this afternoon to meet with the faithful group there.

 

 

KINGDOM WORKERS MEET — On Saturday (November 14) there will be a meeting of WELS Kingdom Workers in Austin at Holy Word.  One of the items of this meeting will be the discussion of plans for the Peridot Mission trip (January 17-22).  Please come to the meeting if you are in any way interested in this mission trip.  Come even if you aren’t able to go.  The meeting begins at 2:00 P.M.

 

 

DEDICATION AT KILLEEN SUNDAY — Don’t forget that this next Sunday Abiding Savior Congregation in Killeen is having a special dedication service.  We want to be part of that service because our congregation was part of the building process.  We helped!  We want to be with these Christians and their pastor to encourage them to go on now and use this wonderful gift of God to them and to the people of Killeen.  God bless our work there!  The service begins at 4:30.  A meal follows the service.  Please…r.s.v.p.  You can do this at: 254.953.4442.  Thank you!

 

 

THE LAST EVER — Due to changes with Thrivent we will be having our LAST EVER matching Thrivent  fundraiser, Sunday, November 22, 2009!  We have $720 we will be able to have matched 100%!  Members can "purchase" baked goods for a donation.  (You may be able to use some baked goods for your Thanksgiving?!)  Money raised will be used by Cross & Crown for church needs.  Thrivent members please check your box for the Thrivent Choice Information Update.  Thanks to all—any questions, please contact Janet Stump 863-7320.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE LORD IS AT HAND

 

Do not worry about anything; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4)

 

Please remember your prayer list this morning.

 

 

 

BIBLE STUDY THIS WEEK

  There will be Bible study this Wednesday evening.  We are studying the little book of Jude.  We will be studying verses 11-25.  These verses tell us that scoffing is one of the sins of the last time.  There are many scoffers out there still.  God save us from the temptation to listen to scoffing.  God save us from being scoffers of the Truth.  Our study begins at 7:30.

  There will be Bible study on Thursday morning at 10:00.  We are studying the book of Daniel.  This Thursday we will study chapter 7.  This begins the prophetic part of the book of Daniel.  We will be looking at the dream of the four beasts.  See into the future with us!

 

 

 

III

WHEN PASTOR FORGIVES OUR SINS

 

Verily I [Jesus] say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

(Matthew 18)

 

When you are absolved from your sins, indeed when amid your awareness of sin some devout Christian—man or woman, young or old—comforts you, then receive this absolution in such faith that you would readily let yourself be torn apart or killed over and over again, or readily renounce everything else, rather than doubt that you have been truly absolved before God.  Since by God's grace it is commanded of us to believe and to hope that our sins are forgiven us, how much more then ought you to believe it when God gives you a sign of it through another person! . . . Consider, therefore, what a gracious God and Father we have.  He not only promises us forgiveness of sins, but also commands us . . . to believe that they are forgiven.  

 

(Dr. Martin Luther, October 1519)