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
ADVENT 2 — December 6, 2009
— DIVINE SERVICE —
Morning Praise (Matins)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 45)
LAP 192 439 370 (verses 1,4,5) 441 (verse 4)
(Front part of the hymnal, page 73)
THE HIGH EXPECTATION OF HOPE
HARK! A THRILLING VOICE
Hark, a thrilling voice is sounding!
"Christ is nigh!" we hear it say.
"Cast away the works of darkness;
O ye children of the day!"
(Unknown. Vox clara ecce intonat. ca. 6th cent.)
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.
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.
ABOUT THE SERVICE TODAY
This is the Second Sunday in Advent. The Old Testament reading for today is from
Malachi (the last book) 3:1-4. This reading speaks about God cleansing people. He
comes to do this. Our God is not a God of uncleanness and dirt. The second thing
this reading speaks of is the fact that our God comes asking for offerings…our offerings.
In the Bible the believer’s offerings are not discretionary. God looks for these
offerings. It isn’t because he needs them. The cattle on a thousand hills are his.
It is because our offerings are in his mind synonymous with our love for him. He
does desire and need our love. The second reading is the sermon text for today.
It is from Philippians 1:3-11. This reading speaks about the high expectation of
hope that we especially think of in Advent. He will bring our good work for him
to completion! The Gospel for this day is Luke 3:1-6. These words speak about the
greatest one in Advent apart from our Savior himself. John the Baptist was the one
who came to point to Jesus. These words are words of fulfilled prophecy about John,
the forerunner of Jesus Christ.
AT THE STROLL — Thanks to everyone who helped out with our church booth at The Stroll
yesterday. God bless our efforts to get our church’s message out to people in our
community. We pray that he will help us reach those people in our community who
are unchurched. They need what we have. God help us to find them.
CONGREGATION/VOTERS MEETING — There will be a congregational voters meeting after
church today. The main reason for the meeting is the election of new church officers.
Please, all voters stay and help us.
CHURCH COUNCIL — There will be a Church Council meeting on Tuesday at 7:30.
SECOND MID-WEEK SERVICE — December 9 is the second of our Advent Services. This
service will be speaking about our Preparation. 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.
SATURDAY AT THE RITTERS — Don’t forget that Saturday evening the Ritters are hosting
the congregational Christmas meal. It begins at 5 o’clock. There is a sign-up sheet
you should check on…in the narthex, on the table.
LADIES ARE INVITED — The ladies of the congregation are invited to a Christmas gathering
at Temple on Saturday. Contact Marjorie Mueller for particulars.
PRE-CHRISTMAS CHRISTMAS — December 20 is our "Pre-Christmas Christmas" celebration.
This will be a special service specially designed for visitors. We hope to have
many visitors in church that day. We hope you will bring many with you! Please
plan now and invite your friends and neighbors and acquaintances to come to be with
CHRISTMAS BIBLE SCHOOL — Please also don’t forget our Christmas Bible School on December
21 and 22. The sessions will go from 9-12. We would appreciate your help and participation
if you can. This will be our chance to tell children the real meaning of the season.
CHOIR MEMBERS — There is choir practice today.
FOR THE FEW WHO REMEMBER—
On curves ahead
That rabbit's foot