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
Saints Triumphant (white) — November 15, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
The Common Service
(Front part of the hymnal, page 15)
555 551 (verses 1-3) 537 551 (verse 6)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 100)
GOD’S SAINTS ARE TRIUMPHANT
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.
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
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
This is the twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost. This Sunday is called SAINTS TRIUMPHANT.
That means, the Saints of God are winning! It might not look like this some times,
but it is true. The Old Testament Reading from Daniel 12:1-3 tells of this triumph
of the Saints. They are triumphant because their names are written in the Book of
Life. They are triumphant because they are wise. They know their Savior! That
makes them of all people the wisest. And they are triumphant because they are winners.
They win in the struggle against unbelief and their enemy. The section from Hebrews
10:11-18 mentions the very word "enemy." God has enemies. We have enemies too.
God’s enemies are our enemies. But we are triumphant because God is going to deal
with his enemies and with our enemies. And there at the end of the section is that
wonderful promise that he is going to forgive us too. The Gospel for today is John
5:25-29. These are the continuing words of Jesus about the way it will be at the
end when God’s Saints are triumphant. Jesus here points out that the Saints will
be triumphant. They are going to rise from their graves! You can’t get more triumphant
CHURCH DEDICATION IN KILLEEN TODAY — Don’t forget that today (4:30) Abiding Savior
Congregation in Killeen is having their 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.
A meal follows the service. Their number is: 254.953.4442. Thank you!
Please remember your prayer list this morning.
PASTOR PATTERSON ON CALL
DURING PASTOR HARTZELL'S ABSENCE
Pastor Hartzell will be in Arizona this week . Pastor Patterson from Holy Word in
Austin has volunteered to be available if there should be a pressing need. His number
is: 512.784.5429. You will also be able to get Pastor Hartzell on his cell phone
(most of the time) at 512.635.1910.
A CARING FOOD DRIVE
THE CARING PLACE
Please notice the box for the Caring Place. If you would like to put food items
in that box for the needy in our community, please do so by this coming Sunday, November
22. That will allow the food to be taken to the Caring Place in good time for Thanksgiving
Day. Thank you!
BAKE SALE NEXT SUNDAY — Due to changes with Thrivent we will be having our LAST EVER
matching Thrivent fundraiser next Sunday! 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. Thanks to all—any questions, please contact Janet Stump
THANKSGIVING EVE SERVICE — On Wednesday, November 25, we will have a special Thanksgiving
service at 7:30. This will be on Thanksgiving Eve. Please notice that this is one
month to the day before Christmas. (Time flies!)
LORD'S SUPPER RE-SCHEDULED
The Lord’s Supper will not be celebrated until November 29. Please notice that it
will not be celebrated this next Sunday, November 22. November 29 is the fifth Sunday
of the month and this will allow us then to proceed in December with the Lord’s Supper
on the 13th and 27th and the 31st.
FELLOWSHIP MEAL NOVEMBER 29th — Please sign up for the potluck on November 29. The
signup sheet is in the narthex. Any questions, please see Marjorie.
ADVENT IS ALMOST HERE — December 2 is the first of our Advent Services. This service
will be speaking about our Hope. Please set these evenings in December aside for
special preparation for Christmas. Please come and worship with us at 7:30 on these
CHRISTMAS STROLL BOOTH
Please notice also (Christmas is coming!) that the Georgetown Christmas Stroll takes
place on 5 December. We will have a booth again this year. We need people to tend
to talking to any interested people in our church. This is not difficult. You can
do it. It means giving people who stop by some of our printed materials…or just
being friendly to them and giving them a bottle of water. (The water seemed to be
very much appreciated this past year.) You are asked to sign up for an hour at a
time. This will not impact your day very much and it would greatly help us get the
word out about our church. Please sign up. Please help us. Any questions, please
CHURCH CHRISTMAS PARTY
Rita and Milton Ritter will host the congregation's Christmas party at their home
on 12 December, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Thanks Rita and Milt.
BIBLE STUDY — There will be no Bible study this Wednesday evening. Nor will there
be class on Thursday morning. Pastor Hartzell will be in Arizona.
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
A number of people have been teaching us that we should, and must necessarily, be
uncertain about absolution, and doubt whether we have been restored to grace and
our sins forgiven—on the grounds that we do not know whether our contrition has been
adequate or whether we have made sufficient satisfaction for our sins. . . . You
should not be debating in the first place whether or not your contrition is sufficient.
Rather you should be assured of this, that after all your efforts your contrition
is not sufficient. This is why you must cast yourself upon the grace of God, hear
his sufficiently sure word . . . accept it in free and joyful faith, and never doubt
that you have come to grace—not by your own merits or contrition but by his gracious
and divine mercy, which promises, offers, and grants you full and free forgiveness
of sins in order that in the face of all the assaults of sin, conscience, and the
devil, you thus learn to glory and trust not in yourself or your own actions, but
in the grace and mercy of your dear Father in heaven. After that be contrite all
the more and render satisfaction as well as you can. Only, let this simple faith
in the unmerited forgiveness promised in the words of Christ go before and remain
in command of the situation.
(Dr. Martin Luther, October 1519)