John 20:19-31 - Easter's Surprise: "Peace!"

John 20:19-31 - Easter’s Surprise: “Peace!”

For April 28th, the Sunday after Easter, at Lord & Savior Lutheran in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on the classic Gospel lesson in John 20:19-31, where the Bible tells that on the evening of the first Easter, the disciples were locked away for "fear of the Jews."  But the disciples may have also been afraid of something else — something even worse. How could Jesus be the "resurrection and the life" if He were dead? But then Jesus appeared to them!  And He spoke most comforting, most surprising, gracious words to them:  "Shalom alekem."  "Peace be with you."   Fear gave way to joy! Pastor Carlovsky’s message will focus on "peace."  Jesus could have been angry about their doubting and denying and running away and more...  Rather He surprised them and said, "Peace…” The sermon theme will be: EASTER'S SURPRISE:  "PEACE!" 



John 20:24-31 - Does Christianity Demand Blind Faith?

The following Sunday, the congregation will welcome a guest speaker, retired Pastor Mark Anderson. He will preach on John 20:24-31, the familiar story of “doubting” Thomas.

His sermon theme will be “Does Christianity Demand Blind Faith?” 

1. Not true in the case of Thomas

2. Not expected of us.  


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Holy Week Sermon Series

Holy Week Sermon Series

During Holy Week at Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church, the congregation will hold services on both Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (both at 7:00pm). Continuing the “three word” theme that the congregation has used throughout Lent, on Maundy Thursday (April 18th), Pastor Carlovsky’s message will highlight two three-word phrases from the Lord’s Supper: "TAKE AND EAT!"  "TAKE AND DRINK!” (Matthew 26:26-28). 

Good Friday will focus on what are perhaps the most famous and familiar three words that Jesus spoke: “It is finished!” (John 19:28-30).



Luke 24:6-7 - Alive, on the Road to Emmaus

The congregation will hold two services on Easter Sunday, April 21st. The Easter Sunrise service (at 6:30am) will finish up the "three words” theme, with the triumphant message of the angel in Luke 24:6-7: “He has risen!” The congregation will hold an Easter Breakfast after the Sunrise service. The 9:00am Easter Festival service will take us to the afternoon of the first Easter, with Jesus on the road to Emmaus.

The theme will be “Alive, on the Road to Emmaus!” 



John 20:19-31 - Easter’s Surprise: Peace

The following Sunday, April 28th, Pastor Carlovsky will preach on the classic Gospel lesson in John 20:19-31, where the Bible tells that on the evening of the first Easter, the disciples were locked away for "fear of the Jews."  But the disciples may have also been afraid of something else — something even worse. How could Jesus be the "resurrection and the life" if He were dead? But then Jesus appeared to them!  And He spoke most comforting, most surprising, gracious words to them:  "Shalom alekem."  "Peace be with you."   Fear gave way to joy! Pastor Carlovsky’s message will focus on "peace."  Jesus could have been angry about their doubting and denying and running away and more...  Rather He surprised them and said, "Peace…” 

The sermon theme will be: EASTER'S SURPRISE:  "PEACE!" 


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Zechariah 9:9-10 - Rejoice to See You King

Zechariah 9:9-10 - Rejoice to See Your King

At Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church on Palm Sunday,  April 14th, the service will feature the school children (K-8) singing. Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on the Old Testament lesson, Zechariah 9:9-10. The focal point of the day is the coming of our Palm Sunday King, who brings joy to Jerusalem and all the people as he establishes his kingdom — with a message of peace between God and man. Palm Sunday is a day that brings to mind the exuberance of the people. So Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon that day will highlight the first word of the text: “Rejoice!”

The sermon theme will be:  "REJOICE TO SEE YOUR KING!”

  1. In the way He comes!

  2. In the message He brings! 



Holy Week Sermons

During Holy Week, the congregation will hold services on both Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (both at 7:00pm). Continuing the “three word” theme that the congregation has used throughout Lent, on Maundy Thursday (April 18th), Pastor Carlovsky’s message will highlight two three-word phrases from the Lord’s Supper: "TAKE AND EAT!"  "TAKE AND DRINK!” (Matthew 26:26-28). Good Friday will focus on what are perhaps the most famous and familiar three words that Jesus spoke: “It is finished!” (John 19:28-30).



Luke 24:6-7 - Alive, on the Road to Emmaus

The congregation will hold two services on Easter Sunday, April 21st. The Easter Sunrise service (at 6:30am) will finish up the "three words” theme, with the triumphant message of the angel in Luke 24:6-7: “He has risen!” The congregation will hold an Easter Breakfast after the Sunrise service. The 9:00am Easter Festival service will take us to the afternoon of the first Easter, with Jesus on the road to Emmaus.

The theme will be “Alive, on the Road to Emmaus!” 


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Luke 20:9-19 - The Lord's Urgent Appeal

Luke 20:9-19 - The Lord’s Urgent Appeal

At Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church this coming Sunday,  April 7th, Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on the Gospel lesson for that Sunday, Luke 20:9-19. This is commonly called  the Parable of the Tenants.  The parable illustrates that in spite of God's patience in dealing with His people, they remain rebellious.  The tenants of the vineyard in this parable treat those sent by the owner of the vineyard in a most shameful way.   To those who have already shown themselves to be so cruel... the  father sends his son.  We see God's Son pictured in the heir who was killed. This parable--this urgent appeal--so angered Jesus' enemies that they "looked for a way to arrest him immediately.”  

The sermon theme will be:   "THE LORD'S URGENT APPEAL”

I. Not to despise His Word; and

II. Not to reject His love



John 13:31-35 - Love One Another

The congregation’s sixth and final Lenten service will be held on Wednesday, April 10th. The theme continues to be "Three Words of Truth."  The Sisters in Christ are serving the Lenten supper.  Pastor Robert Meiselwitz, from St. Paul, Round Lake Park, will preach on a theme of "LOVE ONE ANOTHER” (John 13:31-35).



Zechariah 9:9-10 - Rejoice to See Your King!

The following Sunday, April 14th, is Palm Sunday. The service will feature the school children (K-8) singing that day. Pastor Carlovsky will preach on the Old Testament lesson, Zechariah 9:9-10. The focal point of the day is the coming of our Palm Sunday King, who brings joy to Jerusalem and all the people as he establishes his kingdom — with a message of peace between God and man. Palm Sunday is a day that brings to mind the exuberance of the people. Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon that day will highlight the first word of the text: “Rejoice!”

The sermon theme will be:  "REJOICE TO SEE YOUR KING!”

I. in the way He comes! and

II. in the message He brings!  



Maundy Thursday and Good Friday

Rather than a Wednesday evening service during Holy Week, the congregation will hold services on both Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (both at 7:00pm). 


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 - What's the Cross to You?

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 - What’s the Cross to You?

At Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church this coming Sunday, March 31st, Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on the Epistle lesson for that Sunday: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. The apostle Paul, himself a Jewish Christian, writes that  "Christ crucified" is "a stumbling block” — in the Greek, a “skandalon” — a scandal —  to Jews.” The sermon will highlight how so much of our 2019 world views the cross as nonsensical and foolishness.

Pastor Carlovsky will use this question as the theme: "WHAT'S THE CROSS TO YOU?”  

I. A stumbling block?   

II. Foolishness?




Matthew 26:20-25 - Is It I?

The congregation’s fifth midweek Lenten service, on April 3rd, will be led by Pastor Thomas Schultz, pastor at Christ the King, Palatine, IL. His “three words of truth” that Wednesday evening will be  "IS IT I?”   (Matthew 26:20-25)





Luke 20:9-19 - The Lord’s Urgent Appeal

The following Sunday, April 7th, Pastor Carlovsky will preach on the Gospel lesson for that Sunday, Luke 20:9-19. This is commonly called the Parable of the Tenants.  It teaches that in spite of God's patience in dealing with His people, they remain rebellious.  The tenants of the vineyard in this parable treat those sent by the owner of the vineyard in a most shameful way.   To those who have already shown themselves to be so cruel... the  father sends his son.  We see God's Son pictured in the heir who was killed. This parable--this urgent appeal--so angered Jesus' enemies that they "looked for a way to arrest him immediately.”  

The sermon theme will be:   "THE LORD'S URGENT APPEAL”

I. Not to despise His Word

II. Not to reject His love



John 13:31-35 - Love One Another

The congregation’s sixth and final Lenten service will be held on Wednesday, April 10th. The theme continues to be "Three Words of Truth."  The Sisters in Christ are serving the Lenten supper.  Pastor Robert Meiselwitz, from St. Paul, Round Lake Park, will preach on a theme of "LOVE ONE ANOTHER” (John 13:31-35).


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Exodus 3:1-15 - More Than a Bush That Burns

Exodus 3:1-15 - More Than a Bush That Burns

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On Sunday, March 24th, at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on the  Old Testament lesson for that Sunday, Exodus 3:1-8b,10-15. This is the story of Moses, who had been shepherding sheep for 40 years when he saw something he had never seen before — a burning bush that didn’t wasn’t consumed by the flames.  Before the day was done, that shepherd knew he had come face-to-face with so much more than a bush that burns!

The sermon theme will be:  "MORE THAN A BUSH THAT BURNS!”

I. His glory burns around us!

II. He makes our hearts burn within us!



John 19:14-18 - Take Him Away!

The fourth Wednesday-evening Lenten service, on March 27th, will continue this year’s theme of  "Three Words of Truth." Pastor Bill Schubert, the new pastor at Heritage, Lindenhurst, IL, will be preaching on "TAKE HIM AWAY!” (John 19:14-18)




1 Corinthians 1:18-25 - What’s the Cross to You?

The following Sunday, March 31st, Pastor Carlovsky will preach on the Epistle lesson for that Sunday, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25. The apostle Paul, himself a Jewish Christian, writes that  "Christ crucified" is "a stumbling block” — in the Greek, a “skandalon” — a scandal —  to Jews.” The sermon will highlight how so much of our 2019 world views the cross as nonsensical and foolishness.

Pastor Carlovsky will use this question as the theme: "WHAT'S THE CROSS TO YOU?”   

I. A stumbling block?   

II. Foolishness?



Matthew 26:20-25 - Is It I?

The fifth midweek Lenten service, on April 3rd, will be led by Pastor Thomas Schultz, pastor at Christ the King, Palatine, IL. His “three words of truth” that Wednesday evening will be  "IS IT I?”   (Matthew 26:20-25)


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Psalm 42-43 - Looking Up When Feeling Down

Psalm 42-43 - Looking Up When Feeling Down

On Sunday, March 17th, at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on the appointed psalm(s) for that Sunday, Psalm 42-43.  Many consider these originally one psalm... or, at very least, psalms intended for use together.  They contain the repeated refrain, "Why are you downcast, O my soul?" These psalms remind us of what to do--and where to turn--in times of trouble... and when we're feeling down.   We look to our God!   He picks us up!   He raises our spirits... through His Spirit... working through Word and Sacrament.  He rushes to our aid!   Our God gets us through every trouble! The sermon will have this simple theme: "LOOKING UP WHEN FEELING DOWN!” 



John 18:33-40 - What is Truth?

The third Wednesday-evening Lenten service, on March 20th, will be led by Pastor Kevin Raddatz of St. John, Libertyville.  The "three words" that Wednesday will be: "WHAT IS TRUTH?" (John 18:33-40) 







Exodus 3:1-15

The following Sunday, March 24th, Pastor Carlovsky will preach on the  Old Testament lesson for that Sunday, Exodus 3:1-8b,10-15. This is the story of Moses, who had been shepherding sheep for 40 years when he saw something he had never seen before — a burning bush that didn’t burn up.  Before the day was done, that shepherd knew he had come face-to-face with so much more than a bush that burns! The sermon theme will be:  "MORE THAN A BUSH THAT BURNS!”

I. His glory burns around us!

II. He makes our hearts burn within us!



John 19:14-18 - Take Him Away

The fourth Wednesday-evening Lenten service, on March 27th, will continue this year’s theme of  "Three Words of Truth." Pastor Bill Schubert, the new pastor at Heritage, Lindenhurst, IL, will be preaching on "TAKE HIM AWAY!”  (John 19:14-18)


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Luke 4:1-13 - The Sword of the Spirit is Enough

Luke 4:1-13 - The Sword of the Spirit is Enough

On Sunday, March 10th, at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on the Gospel lesson: Luke 4:1-13, which is Luke's account of Jesus being tempted by the devil. The sermon will stress that our God has given us the Word of God--which is the Sword of the Spirit — to use when the devil attacks.  The sermon will have the simple theme:  "THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT IS ENOUGH!"

Luke 9 - See the Glory of the Lord

Luke 9 - See the Glory of the Lord

This coming Sunday, March 3rd, is Transfiguration Sunday. At Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will be preaching on the Gospel lesson for that Sunday (Luke 9:28-36), which is Luke's account of the Transfiguration. In spirit we will stand on the Mount of Transfiguration.  Some interesting things happened on the top of mountains in the Bible.  On Mt. Moriah the Lord told Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.  On Mt. Carmel Elijah had his famous showdown with the prophets of Baal.  On Mt. Ararat the ark came to rest.  On Mt. Sinai Moses was given the Ten Commandments.  On Mt. Calvary Jesus died for our sins.  So it doesn't surprise us when Jesus decided to reveal His glory on a mountain!

Luke 6 - Why Forgive?

Luke 6 - Why Forgive?

Sunday the 24th of February is the seventh Sunday in an unusually long Epiphany season (because Lent starts very late this year). At Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will again be preaching on the Old Testament lesson for that Sunday (Genesis 45:3-8a,15). This is part of the story of Joseph, who was sold into slavery by his own brothers but forgave them all. On a human level, we can think of many reasons why forgiveness doesn't seem to make sense.  Why forgive? Pastor Carlovsky will combine the Joseph story with thoughts from the Gospel lesson (Luke 6:27-38) about loving your enemies, to answer the question "Why forgive?” as well as to learn how we should forgive. The sermon theme will be:  "LEARN TO FORGIVE!” 

Jeremiah 17 - God Uses Contrast to Encourage Us

Jeremiah 17 - God Uses Contrast to Encourage Us

This coming Sunday at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, February 17th, Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on the Old Testament lesson (Jeremiah 17:5-8) for that week.  That reading contrasts the blessings of trusting in the true God with the woes in store for those who trust in human might and wisdom. (It also echoes the thoughts of Psalm 1 with the idea of a "tree planted by the water.") There is a  contrast between trusting in God and attempting to go it alone. The contrast here will be in where we're planted and the impact on spiritual growth if our roots are elsewhere (other than in God and His Word). The sermon theme will be "GOD USES CONTRAST TO ENCOURAGE US!”

Luke 5 - Knowin' Where You're Goin'

Luke 5 - Knowin' Where You're Goin'

This coming Sunday at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, February 10th, Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon text will be  the Gospel lesson (Luke 5:1-11). Most people focus on the miraculous catch of fish in this story — but the sermon will address what happened next:  Peter, James, and John  just left their nets and boat to follow Jesus.  Why would they do that? ...when they didn't know where they were going! The sermon will look at where these three disciples were “going,” with this title and outline:  "KNOWIN' WHERE YOU'RE GOIN'!"

Luke 4 - Worthless Sinners Become Worthy Witnesses

Luke 4 - Worthless Sinners Become Worthy Witnesses

This coming Sunday, February 3rd, Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon, at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, will focus on the thought that  Jesus calls us as His messengers.  The Old Testament lesson (Isaiah 6:1-8) highlights Isaiah's familiar response to his calling:  "Here am I.  Send me! (Isaiah 6:8).  Pastor Carlovsky will preach on the Gospel lesson (Luke 4:20-32), which has Jesus returning to His hometown to preach the Good News.  Sharing God's message and witnessing will be the focus. The sermon theme will be:  "WORTHLESS SINNERS BECOME  WORTHY WITNESSES!"

John 1 - I am Jesus' Little Lamb

John 1 - I am Jesus' Little Lamb

This coming Sunday, January 27th, Lord and Savior’s elementary and  preschool children (PreK-8) will be singing "I Am Jesus' Little Lamb” during the service.  The sermon theme will be based directly on the sermon text (John 1:29-41): “Look, the Lamb of God!”  Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon will try to  imagine growing up in a faithful Israelite family.  They would be familiar with all the times that lambs were sacrificed.  We, too, have become familiar with Jesus as our Lamb, whose sacrifice was substitutionary, sacrificial and special. Because He came to be the Lamb, we can say of ourselves too:  "I am Jesus' little lamb.” 

John 2 - Jesus Revealed His Glory

John 2 - Jesus Revealed His Glory

This coming Sunday, January 20th, continues the season of Epiphany, with the story of Jesus’ first recorded miracle as found in John 2:1-11. Changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana “revealed his glory.”  It is interesting that He revealed His glory in an ordinary town, to an ordinary couple, in the midst of an ordinary celebration.  In such subtle, simply, ordinary ways He reveals Himself as our almighty God! Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon theme will echo this idea:  "JESUS REVEALED HIS GLORY!” 

1 Samuel 16 - God Anoints His Chosen One

1 Samuel 16:1-13 - “God Anoints His Chosen One!”

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This coming Sunday, January 13th, is when the church often recognizes the “Baptism of our Lord.”  The Gospel lesson is that story, as found in Luke 3:15-17,21,22. Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon will be based on the Old Testament lesson, the story of the shepherd boy, David, being anointed by Samuel as the next king.   We will be reminded how baptism is something like that anointing... being chosen or set apart by our heavenly Father.  And we'll be reminded that at Jesus' baptism He was "anointed" as the Messiah to be our Savior. His sermon theme will use the text found in 1 Samuel 16:1-13, and will be titled "GOD ANOINTS HIS CHOSEN ONE!” 


John 2:1-11 - “Jesus Revealed His Glory!”

The following Sunday, January 20th continues the season of Epiphany, with the story of Jesus’ first recorded miracle as found in John 2:1-11. Changing water into wine at the wedding in Cana “revealed his glory.”  It is interesting that He revealed His glory in an ordinary town, to an ordinary couple, in the midst of an ordinary celebration.  In such subtle, simply, ordinary ways He reveals Himself as our almighty God!

The sermon theme will echo this idea:  "JESUS REVEALED HIS GLORY!” 

I.  He's our Friend!

II. He's our Provider!

III. He's our Savior!


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Matthew 2 - And Fell Down and Worshiped Him

Matthew 2 - And Fell Down and Worshiped Him

This coming Sunday, January 6th, is Epiphany — the twelfth day of Christmas, when the church remembers the visit of the Magi, or Wise Men, from the East to see the infant Jesus. The King James version Bibles that many people grew up with say that these powerful, wealthy and learned men "fell down and worshiped him" (Matthew 2:11b). Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon will be based on Matthew 2:1-12, and have the same theme: 

 "AND FELL DOWN AND WORSHIPED HIM!” He will note how that worship (1) overcame obstacles; and (2) gave generously.  

Christmas Season Services

Psalm 24 - Love: Make Way for the King!

This coming Sunday, December 23rd, is the fourth Sunday in Advent. Pastor David Carlovsky will finish up the congregation’s Advent services with the word “Love,” using Psalm 24, often used for Advent, as his sermon text. The sermon theme will be: “LOVE: MAKE WAY FOR THE KING!
   I. Welcome the King!

  II. Worship the King!

 III. The King is Wonderful!








Matthew 1:21 - That Chosen Night at the Stable

On Christmas Eve (Monday, the 24th), the congregation will hold a candlelight service at 7:00pm. The service will include multiple choral selections and a duet. Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon will be based on Matthew 1:21; with a theme of  "THAT CHOSEN NIGHT --AT THE STABLE: 

   I. The carolers!

  II. The cradle!

 III. The Christ-Child!



Isaiah 9:6 - That First Christmas Day!

A Christmas Day service will also be held, at 9:00am on Tuesday, the 25th of December. Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon text will be based on the great prophecy from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6:  THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS DAY! 

   I. The Mighty God!

  II. The Messiah!

 III. The Mystery!


2 Corinthians 5:17 - In Christ the Old is Gone, the New has Come!

The following Sunday, December 30th, the congregation will recognize New Year’s even as we bask in the glow of Christmas. Violin music will be included in the service. The New Year's sermon will be based on this verse:   "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come" (2 Corinthians 5:17).  As we ponder “new things for the new year,” we remember that most of those “new” things aren’t really new. Rather we want to re-new our activities, like prayer, joy, service, witnessing, etc. for the new year in our LORD.  Every day in the new year, the "new man" in us will arise by God's Spirit-worked faith. Thus, the sermon theme will be  "IN CHRIST...THE OLD IS GONE, THE NEW HAS COME!"


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Children's Christmas Service: Children of the Heavenly Father

Children’s Christmas Service - Children of the Heavenly Father

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This coming Sunday, December 16th, Lord & Savior Lutheran Church's service (at 9:00am) will be a Children's Christmas Service, held in the school gym to accommodate extra attendees.  The service will be followed by a brunch (served by the congregation’s Sisters in Christ) and a cookie walk with Christmas cookies.   (Baked by school/church families and available for a free-will donation.)   The service theme is:  "Children of the Heavenly Father."  We welcome family and friends, guests and visitors, to this special service of worship and praise, honoring the celebration of Christ's birth.   The children in word and song will be leading us in worship, and the faculty also plans to sing.



Matthew 3:1-3 - John the Baptist: The Voice

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The third and final Wednesday-evening Advent service will reflect on the miraculous birth, ministry, and preaching career of John the Baptist as the forerunner for the Savior. As a text, Pastor Carlovsky will use a portion of how John the Baptist came to "prepare the way" from Matthew's gospel... even as he quotes Isaiah. For Advent Vespers sermon, we will consider:  JOHN THE BAPTIST: THE VOICE  (Matthew 3:1-3)






Psalm 24 - Love: Make Way for the King!

The following Sunday, December 23rd, is the fourth Sunday in Advent. Pastor David Carlovsky will finish up the congregation’s Advent services with the word “Love,” using Psalm 24, often used for Advent, as his sermon text. The sermon theme will be: “LOVE: MAKE WAY FOR THE KING!


  I. Welcome the King!

  II. Worship the King!

  III. The King is Wonderful!





Matthew 1:21 - That Chosen Night…at the Stable

On Christmas Eve (Monday, the 24th), the congregation will hold its usual candlelight service at 7:00pm. The service will include multiple choral selections and a duet. Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon will be based on Matthew 1:21; with a theme of  THAT CHOSEN NIGHT -- AT THE STABLE: 

   I. The carolers!

  II. The cradle!

 III. The Christ-Child!



Isaiah 9:6 - “That First Christmas Day”

A Christmas Day service will also be held, at 9:00am on Tuesday, the 25th of December. Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon text will be based on the great prophecy from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6:  THAT FIRST CHRISTMAS DAY!

   I. The Mighty God!

  II. The Messiah!

 III. The Mystery!


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).

Psalm 85 - He Promises Peace to His People

Psalm 85 - Peace: “He Promises Peace to His People!”

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This coming Sunday, December 9th, is the second Sunday in Advent. The key word for that service will be "peace.” That Sunday’s sermon will be based on Psalm 85:1-9, with this verse in particular: "I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints" (Psalm 85:8). Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon theme will be taken from the psalm:  PEACE: "HE PROMISES PEACE TO HIS PEOPLE!"



Matthew 1 - Mary and Joseph: “His Obedient Servants”

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Lord and Savior will again be offering midweek Advent Vespers services on the Wednesday evenings leading up to Christmas. This year the theme of these services will be “People of Advent." For the second Wednesday-evening Advent Service (December 12th),  we will consider the expectant parents, Mary and Joseph.  The sermon will consider the Advent portion of their story, particularly the visit to each by an angel.  

The sermon theme will be:  

MARY AND JOSEPH: HIS OBEDIENT SERVANTS (Matthew 1:18-21)



Children’s Christmas Service - “Children of the Heavenly Father”

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The next Sunday (December 16th) morning service will be the Children's Christmas Service at 9:00 AM, held in the gym.  The service will be followed by a brunch (served by the congregation’s Sisters in Christ) and a cookie walk with Christmas cookies.   (Baked by school/church families and available for a free-will donation.)   The service theme is:  "Children of the Heavenly Father."  We welcome family and friends, guests and visitors, to this special service of worship and praise, honoring the celebration of Christ's birth.   The children in word and song will be leading us in worship.



Matthew 3 - John the Baptist: “The Voice”

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The third and final Wednesday-evening Advent service will reflect on the miraculous birth, ministry, and preaching career of John the Baptist as the forerunner for the Savior. As a text, Pastor Carlovsky will use a portion of how John the Baptist came to "prepare the way" from Matthew's gospel... even as he quotes Isaiah.

For Advent Vespers sermon, we will consider: 

JOHN THE BAPTIST: "THE VOICE"  (Matthew 3:1-3)


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its regular (non-summer) schedule — a single service each week on Sundays at 9:00am. The congregation’s regular services are recorded each week and appear on Cable TV's public access channel in the Crystal Lake/ McHenry/ Woodstock area -- every Monday at 4:00pm. The church is located at 9300 Ridgefield Road (at Route 14). For more information, contact Rev. David Carlovsky at (815) 455-4175 (church) or (815) 444-6647 (Parsonage).