(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 III  —  December 13, 2009


















The Common Service

(Front part of the hymnal, page 15)






239     443     341     23 (verse 4)







(Front part of the hymnal, page 114)





Sermon Text

Philippians 4:4-7











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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.







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!









This is the third Sunday in Advent.  The Old Testament reading for today is from Zephaniah 3:14-17.  Please notice the idea of rejoicing.  God tells us to do this.  This idea of rejoicing comes in the other readings as well.  Also look especially at the last part of the reading.  Is there any more heartwarming words than these?  God takes great delight in us, quiets us, and rejoices over us with singing?  What great words these are and what a good way to think as we come close to Christmas.  The second reading is from Philippians 4:4-7.  These words are our epistle lesson.  They are also the words that support the sermon thought for today.  Rejoice!  There the word is again and the writer even tells us, “I will say it again: rejoice!”  Why does he have to tell us twice to rejoice?  That would be the question before us today.  The Gospel reading for this week is Luke 3:7-18.  It says there at the end that “John exhorted the people and preached the good news to them.”  There were many things  the people could do as Jesus’ coming loomed on their horizons.  You can read the list of “dos” and “don’ts” for yourself.  You should know as you read them that they are still appropriate to do and not to do in our busy world today as we wait for Jesus’ birth.



VOTERS' MEETING REPORT Please notice that we had the annual meeting of our congregation this past Sunday.  The two main items on the agenda were: the budget and the election of church officers.  So far as the budget, the voters passed it without dissent or disagreement.  We were told that as of the end of November expenses were $4,000 more than income for the year.  One request from the voters was that we specially tell the congregation of this shortfall so that if any would like to give a special gift and have it be counted for tax purposes in 2009 they could do that.  Milton Ritter, the financial secretary of our congregation, expressed his willingness to give an up to date report of personal giving for 2009 to anyone who would ask him for it.


The slate of elected church officers is as follows:  

President: Matt Stump; Vice President: Larry Alexander; Treasurer: Richard Getz; Financial Secretary: Milton Ritter; Secretary: Eric Jett; Elders: Dennis Falk, Marvin Mueller, Lyndon Stearns.


These church officers will be installed into their elected offices on the first Sunday of the new year…January 3.



THANKS TO THE RITTERS — Special thanks to the Milton and Rita Ritter for hosting the congregational Christmas gathering yesterday.



CHOIR PRACTICE TODAY — There is choir practice today.






There will be a meeting at Holy Word today (2:00 P.M.) to discuss final arrangements and plans for the Peridot, Arizona trip to help renovate our earliest mission station there.  Remember that the work is being planned for January 17-22.  If anyone who plans to go is interested in prices for motels in Globe for their stay there, the most reasonable (by far) is Motel 6.  With the tax break, the cost for a room with one bed is: $40.95 and for two beds: $45.18.  The phone number is 928 425 5741.  Days Inn and Quality Inn gave us prices too but they were almost twice as expensive…but available if someone should care to know.  Ask Pastor Hartzell.  There will also be opportunities to stay on campus and in Globe at the vacant parsonage for the more intrepid who would be able to provide their own bedding and “camp out” in the facilities mentioned.  Please remember that you wouldn’t have to stay for the complete time but could come for a day or two or however long you could.



THIRD MID-WEEK ADVENT SERVICE — Wednesday is the third (and last) of the midweek Advent services.  This one is a special invitation to rejoice based on Luke 1:35, “The child to be born will be holy.  He will be called the Son of God.”  The service begins at 7:30.





Don’t forget that Saturday evening at 6:00 we meet at the church to go Christmas caroling.  It is good fun.  Come if you can.  You don’t have to be Luciano Pavarotti to come along.  We will make our way around the community and sing Christmas carols to those who are shut-ins or our friends.  We will have some refreshments back at the church when we are finished.






December 20 (next Sunday) 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 us.



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.





DECEMBER 21, 22, FROM 1:00 - 2:00 P.M.


There will also be a special meeting for teenagers on December 21 and 22 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00.  We will meet for pizza at the church on these same two days as the Christmas Bible School.  The purpose for the meeting is to discuss the meaning of Christmas as the Bible tells it to us in informal way where those present can ask questions and have input in the conversation and discussion.  There will be some teenagers present who are not members of our church.  Please invite any you can to come and join us.  We’ll provide the free pizza both days.  You please provide the teenagers who want to talk about and learn of the real meaning of this season we call Christmas.







Pre-Christmas – 20 December, 10:15 a.m.


Christmas Bible School, 21,22 December, 9-12 a.m.


Informal Youth Meeting, 21,22 December, 1 - 2 p.m.


Christmas Eve – 6:30 p.m.  Our Christmas Eve service will be at 6:30.  The sons and fathers of our congregation will be reading the Christmas story to us all.  Please come and take part in our special Christmas Eve service with its Christmas story presentation and the singing of familiar Christmas songs.  We will close the service with the candlelight singing of “Silent Night.”


Christmas Day – 10:15 a.m.


Christmas Sunday – 27 December, regular schedule


New Year's Eve, with Communion –  New Year’s Eve service will be at 7:30 with the Lord’s Supper.  This will be the last time you will have the opportunity to take the Lord’s Supper in 2009.


Epiphany – 6 January 2010, 7:30 p.m.