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  —

 

 

Liturgy

The Common Service

(Front part of the hymnal, page 15)

 

 

Hymns

555     551 (verses 1-3)     537     551 (verse 6)

 

 

Psalm

91

(Front part of the hymnal, page 100)

 

 

Sermon Text

Daniel 12:1-3

 

 

Sermon

GOD’S SAINTS ARE TRIUMPHANT

 

Triumphantly written

Triumphantly wise

Triumphantly winners

 

 

 

 

 

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:

 

 

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:  cclc@thegateway.net

www.crossandcrownlutheranchurch.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 than that.

 

 

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.

Thank you.

 

 

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

for

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 863-7320.

 

 

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 Wednesday evenings.

 

 

CHRISTMAS STROLL BOOTH

DECEMBER 5TH

 

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 see Marjorie.

 

 

CHURCH CHRISTMAS PARTY

DECEMBER 12TH

 

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.  

 

 

 

IV

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)

 

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)