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
Service of Word and Sacrament
(Front part of the hymnal, page 26)
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(Front part of the hymnal, page 99)
JUDGMENT DAY IS REALLY GOING TO HAPPEN
A. GOD’S SAVING WORK ENDS
B. JESUS’ JUDGING WORK BEGINS
C. GOD’S ETERNAL CARE CONTINUES
3800 SHELL RD., GEORGETOWN, TEXAS 78628-9204
PASTOR: (512) 635-1910 CHURCH: (512) 869-7729
PARSONAGE: (512) 868-0347 E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.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 .
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:
- 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.
U THE BLESSED SACRAMENT 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.
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.
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!
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.
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)