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).

Sermon Series on Psalm 85 and Children's Christmas Service

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).

Sermon Series on Psalm 130:5 and 85:8

Psalm 130:5 - Wait in Hope!

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This coming Sunday, December 2nd, is the first Sunday in Advent. Lord and Savior will be following a program called C18 (for Christmas 2018) during this season. (More info available at https://welscongregationalservices.net/c18-worship-planning/ )The series theme is:  "He Comes, Bearing Gifts.” Each Sunday will highlight a single word; for our service on the 2nd of December, the word is "hope." The key verse for that first Advent sermon, using the psalm for that Sunday, is this:  "I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope" (Psalm 130:5). Pastor David Carlovsky's sermon will highlight the words "wait" and "hope."   Those who wait on the Lord… "WAIT IN HOPE!"



Luke 1:5-15a - “Zechariah and Elizabeth

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Lord and Savior will be offering three Advent Vespers services on Wednesday evenings (at 7:00pm) during the season of Advent. This year the theme of these services will be “People of Advent." For the first service (December 5th), we will consider the old priest and his wife, Zechariah and Elizabeth, whose miracle baby, John the Baptist, was the forerunner of Jesus Christ.  The sermon will consider their story as found in Luke 1:5-15a. The sermon theme will be, simply:  "ZECHARIAH AND ELIZABETH.” 



Psalm 85:8 - Peace: He Promises Peace to His People!

For the second Advent Sunday, December 9th, the key word is "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 Carlovsky’s sermon theme will be taken from the psalm:  PEACE: "HE PROMISES PEACE TO HIS PEOPLE!"



Matthew 1:18-21 - Mary and Joseph: His Obedient Servants

For the second Wednesday evening Advent Service on 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)


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).

Sermon Series on Psalm 67 and 130

Sermon Series on Psalm 67 and 130

This coming Sunday, November  25th, Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake will observe the last Sunday of the church year. It’s typically called “Christ the King” Sunday. That morning, the congregation will consider Psalm 67, which includes this verse: "...for you will rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth" (Psalm 67:4).  Pastor David Carlovsky's sermon theme comes from the first verse:  "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us" (Psalm 67:1), which reminds us of the second phrase in the frequent benediction:  "The Lord make his face shine on us…" 

Sermon Series on Psalm 118, 100, & 67

Psalm 118: Recount the Dead of the Lord!

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This coming Sunday,  November 18th, is called “Saints Triumphant.” Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake recognizes this as a Sunday  when we remember faithful believers who have gone to heaven before us.  That day can be sad because it makes us remember loved ones whom the Lord has taken to heaven.  It's also a joyful day because of their victory in the Lord... even while we're sad for our loss while on earth. That Sunday, Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on the psalm appointed for that day, Psalm 118 (specifically on verses 14-18 and 21-24). The theme for Saints Triumphant Sunday includes the key verse (Psalm 118:17a).  It encourages all of us as saints to...RECOUNT THE DEEDS OF THE LORD!  "I WILL NOT DIE, BUT LIVE!” 



Psalm 100: Why Should We Be Thankful?

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Lord and Savior will observe Thanksgiving on the “eve” — Wednesday, November 21st, at 7:00pm. The service that evening will focus on Psalm 100, which is noted as a psalm for giving thanks. The sermon theme that evening will be a simple question: “Why Should We Be Thankful?” 



Psalm 67: The Shining Face of Our King!

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The following Sunday, November 25th, is the last Sunday of the church year. It’s typically called “Christ the King” Sunday. That morning, the congregation will consider Psalm 67, which includes this verse: "...for you will rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth" (Psalm 67:4).  The sermon theme comes from the first verse:  "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us" (Psalm 67:1), which reminds us of the second phrase in the frequent benediction:  "The Lord make his face shine on us…" 

The sermon theme and sub themes that day will be: THE SHINING FACE OF OUR KING!

 I. Our King shines on us with His salvation!

II. Our King shines on us with joy!

III. Our King shines on us with mission zeal!


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).

Sermon Series on Psalm 90 and Psalm 118

Sermon Series on Psalm 90 and Psalm 118

On Sunday,  November 11th, Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake will begin marking the end of the church year. That Sunday is also Veterans’ Day — exactly 100 years after the signing of the armistice agreement marking the end of “the war to end all wars,” at the 11th hour of the 11th month of 1918. In our service that day, Pastor David Carlovsky will highlight  what most call the oldest psalm, Psalm 90 --  the one psalm written by Moses.  Moses affirms that God is eternal, faithful, and completely holy.    He contrasts the eternal God with mankind.  Man is finite, fickle, and unfaithful. The theme for that week is: "TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS!"

Sermon Series on Psalm 46 and 90

Sermon Series on Psalm 46 and 90

On Sunday,  November 4th, Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake will celebrate REFORMATION DAY by highlighting the great Reformation psalm, Psalm 46, in its service. Hymns will include "A Mighty Fortress", "Be Still My Soul", and "In Christ Alone."  All three hymns express thoughts recorded in Psalm 46.  The choir will also be singing a version of Psalm 46 that week:  "God Is Our Refuge and Strength."  (The choir is also singing "Built on the Rock.” We are reminded that Psalm 46 was a favorite "hymn" of many an Old Testament believer, too, because the psalm — like those hymns — expresses the quiet confidence that we have in the Lord in spite of life's struggles.)

Sermon Series on Psalm 145 and Mark 10

Sermon Series on Psalm 145 and Mark 10

On Sunday, October 21st, Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church will highlight table prayers as we consider Psalm 145:15 &16.  Those two verses highlight a prayer that some of us use, besides the "common table prayer."  The theme uses the words "an attitude.”  “An Attitude” often is viewed in a negative sense, but here we are thinking about the proper Christian attitude of gratefully receiving our food and all that the Giver of all blesses us with. We will certainly ponder how "the eyes of all look to You"  ...mindful of God's open hand, His perfect timing, and how He satisfies every living thing! Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon theme that week will be: "A TABLE PRAYER WITH AN ATTITUDE!”

Sermon Series on Psalm 84 and Psalm 145

Sermon Series on Psalm 84 and Psalm 145

On Sunday, October 14th, Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake will celebrate the congregation’s  45th anniversary. 2018 marks the 45th anniversary of our first exploratory worship service in October of 1973.  This year also marks the 20th anniversary of what came to be called Little Lambs of Lord and Savior Preschool, which began in 1998. For that Sunday, Pastor Carlovsky will turn to selected verses from Psalm 84, particularly its opening verse:  "How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty!”  Pastor Carlovsky’s sermon theme will be “What a Lovely Church” — mindful that not only are the congregation’s location on the prairie, and its buildings, “lovely,” but the word also means "loved" or "beloved." 

Sermon Series on Psalm 23 and Our Ministry's Anniversary

Sermon Series on Psalm 23 and Our Ministry's Anniversary

On Sunday, October 7th, Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake will highlight the classic "Good Shepherd" psalm, Psalm 23, in its services. This Psalm has the  memorable opening verse:  "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want." (Psalm 23:1). Pastor David Carlovsky will use the whole psalm in the service, as a good reminder and review of some great, comforting scriptural truths. The sermon will highlight the fact that the opening verse itself is a great title on its own:  "THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD--THAT'S ENOUGH!” 

Sermon Series on Psalm 71 and Psalm 23

Sermon Series on Psalm 71 and Psalm 23

This Sunday  (September 30th), Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake will highlight Psalm 71, with its verse:  "Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare your power to the next generation...” (verse 18).  Pastor David Carlovsky will focus on two themes from this psalm: first, on God’s timeless righteousness; secondly, the phrase "age to age" will highlight the Lord's blessings to us, whatever age we are (including old age).  The sermon theme will be:   "GOD IS OUR REFUGE FROM AGE TO AGE!"

Sermon Series on Psalm 34 and Psalm 31

Sermon Series on Psalm 34 and Psalm 31

This Sunday (September 16th), Lord and Savior Lutheran Church continues a look at the book of Psalms. This week’s services will focus on Psalm 34, a psalm commemorating a time in David’s life when he  "pretended to be insane before Abimelech," king of the Philistine city of Gath (Goliath's hometown).  David realized that he had foolishly put himself in danger.  He recalled the truth that he expressed in the psalm:  "Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him (the Lord)" (Psalm 34:8b).  Pastor David Carlovsky's sermon will have this theme: "WHEN YOU FEAR THE LORD, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR!”

Sermon Series on Psalm 48 and 34

Sermon Series on Psalm 48 and 34

This Sunday (September 9th) will be the first week that Lord and Savior Lutheran Church returns to its regular schedule — a single service at 9:00am on Sunday. In that service, Pastor David Carlovsky will focus the congregation's attention on Psalm 48. The focus will be on the thought that God is our guide. That will be contrasted to our natural sense of spiritual direction--which is always wrong!  The sermon theme is taken from the last verse of Psalm 48:  "For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end"  (Psalm 48:14). The sermon will have this theme and divisions of thought: "LET THE LORD BE YOUR GUIDE!"

Sermon Series on Psalm 2 and Psalm 48

Psalm 2: "Our God Reigns!"

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This week (August 30th/ September 2nd -- Labor Day weekend) will be the last week of the congregation's summer schedule (offering a Thursday evening service in addition to its regular Sunday morning service). That week we will highlight Psalm 2, which is one of the most important Messianic psalms  In this psalm David describes the futile resistance of the rulers of this world, against the kingdom of the Messiah.  Mindful of His ruling the sermon theme is simply this:  "OUR GOD REIGNS!"  In His ruling we will focus on the many things He does, mindful of the verbs in the psalm, how... our God laughs... rebukes... rules... etc.  Our gracious God is giving the world His warning.  Some listen and are saved.  The wicked foolishly reject Him and think that they are in control. The simple theme is:  "OUR GOD REIGNS!"

 

Psalm 48: "Let The Lord Be Your Guide"

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The following week (September 9th) will be the first week of the congregation’s regular schedule — a single service at 9:00am on Sunday. In that service, we will focus our attention on Psalm 48. The focus will be on the thought that God is our guide. That will be contrasted to our natural sense of spiritual direction--which is always wrong!  The sermon theme is taken from the last verse of Psalm 48:  "For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end"  (Psalm 48:14). The sermon will have this theme and divisions of thought: "LET THE LORD BE YOUR GUIDE!"

 I. Our natural sense of spiritual direction is always wrong!

II. Only the Lord can and will guide you to heaven!


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — a service on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and the same service the following Sunday 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).

Sermon Series on Psalm 16 and Psalm 2

Psalm 16 - "I Will Not Be Shaken!"

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This week (August 23rd/26th) at Lord and Savior Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will highlight Psalm 16.  The sermon theme comes from verse 8 which reads:  "Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken".  At first blush the psalm seems to give us an intimate glimpse into the personal faith-life of David.   But it's so much more.  Psalm 16 allows us to peek into the very soul of our Savior.  Psalm 16 is all about Jesus.  His thoughts.  His faith.  His conviction.  His courage.  His child-like trust in His heavenly Father.  And His confession:  "I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN!"  (Because the Lord is at my right hand!)

   

Psalm 2 - "Our God Reigns!"

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The following week (August 30th/ September 2nd -- Labor Day weekend) will be the last week of the congregation's summer schedule (offering a Thursday evening service in addition to its regular Sunday morning service). That week we will highlight Psalm 2, which is one of the most important Messianic psalms  In this psalm David describes the futile resistance of the rulers of this world, against the kingdom of the Messiah.  Mindful of His ruling the sermon theme is simply this:  "OUR GOD REIGNS!"  In His ruling we will focus on the many things He does, mindful of the verbs in the psalm, how... our God laughs... rebukes... rules... etc.  Our gracious God is giving the world His warning.  Some listen and are saved.  The wicked foolishly reject Him and think that they are in control. The simple theme is:  "OUR GOD REIGNS!"


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — a service on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and the same service the following Sunday 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)

Sermon Series on Psalm 145 and 16

Sermon Series on Psalm 145 and 16

Thankfulness is to be the hallmark of our Christian life.  David can shout:  "Lord, every day I will praise you!” Every day?  Isn't that a bit much?  Didn't David ever have an off day?  A bad day? Sure he did!  So do we!  Yet, at the end of the day, that's not what King David focused on.  Instead, he shouts to the world:  "LORD, EVERY DAY I WILL PRAISE YOU!"

Sermon Series on Psalm 147 and 145

Psalm 147 - Sing to the Lord with Thanksgiving!

This week (August 9th/12th) at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, the congregation will continue its study of the book of Psalms (which was the Old Testament’s “hymn” book). Services this week will highlight Psalm 147 (esp. verses 1-9).  Pastor David Carlovsky's sermon will remind us that God must have loved harvest festivals!  He provided His OT people with not one, not two, but three annual opportunities for thanking Him.  Firstfruits.  Festival of Weeks.  And Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering).  The timing of the festivals reflects the different harvest seasons in the Mideast. Two were in spring; Ingathering was the week-long celebration of the olive and grape harvest that marked the beginning of the fall harvest. The sermon will remind us that thanking and praising our God is year-round.  And it's not just to talk about praise, but to give it!  To shout it!  To share it!  To live it! The psalmist simply gave thanks from deep within his heart, with words/reminders like these: "SING TO THE LORD WITH THANKSGIVING!"

   I. For great is our Lord and mighty in power!

  II. For He gathers the exiles of Israel


Psalm 145 - Lord, Every Day I Will Praise You!

The following week (August 16th/19th), Pastor Carlovsky will highlight Psalm 145. The sermon theme comes from verse 2, where King David writes about his Lord:  "I will praise your name for ever and ever." Psalm 145 is, from start to finish, all about giving thanks to the Lord.  Thankfulness is to be the hallmark of our Christian life.  David can shout:  "Lord, every day I will praise you!” Every day?  Isn't that a bit much?  Didn't David ever have an off day?  A bad day? Sure he did!  So do we!  Yet, at the end of the day, that's not what King David focused on.  Instead, he shouts to the world:  "LORD, EVERY DAY I WILL PRAISE YOU!"

   I. For making me!

  II. For preserving me!

 III. For saving me!


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — a service on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and the same service the following Sunday 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).

Sermon Series on Psalm 51 and 147

Holy Spirit, Create Me New!

This week (August 2nd/ 5th) at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, services will highlight Psalm 51 (especially verses 10-12). This Psalm was written by King David as a confession and an appeal, after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba, and murdered her husband! Pastor David Carlovsky’s sermon will speak of the excuses, complaints, and evasion that we often use to avoid facing our own sins. But in Psalm 51, King David admits “against you, you only have I sinned” and asks God to “create in me a clean heart, O God.”  The sermon theme will be "HOLY SPIRIT, CREATE ME NEW!” 

   I. You're starting with nothing...

  II. ...but You've made me a child of God!

 

Sing to the Lord with Thanksgiving!

Continuing with the congregation’s study of the book of Psalms (which was the Old Testament’s “hymn” book), the following week (August 9th/12th) the service will highlight Psalm 147 (esp. verses 1-9). The theme (and wording for the division of the sermon) come directly from verses within the psalm.  The sermon will remind us that God must have loved harvest festivals!  He provided His OT people with not one, not two, but three annual opportunities for thanking Him.  Firstfruits.  Festival of Weeks.  And Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering).  The timing of the festivals reflects the different harvest seasons in the Mideast. Two were in spring; Ingathering was the week-long celebration of the olive and grape harvest that marked the beginning of the fall harvest. The sermon will remind us that thanking and praising our God is year-round.  And it's not just to talk about praise, but to give it!  To shout it!  To share it!  To live it! The psalmist simply gave thanks from deep within his heart, with words/reminders like these: "SING TO THE LORD WITH THANKSGIVING!"

   I. For great is our Lord and mighty in power!

  II. For He gathers the exiles of Israel!

               (Psalm 147:1-9)


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — a service on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm, and the same service the following Sunday 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).