Let's Visit God's "Hall of Faith!" (Hebrews 11)

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This week (August 29/September 1st) will be the last week of Lord and Savior Lutheran’s summer worship schedule. Pastor David Carlovsky will be preaching on a lesson from Hebrews 11 that day, a chapter that is sometimes called the Hall of Faith. Pastor Carlovsky will focus on one man mentioned in that chapter — Abraham — and the example he set. The sermon theme will be: "LET'S VISIT GOD'S HALL OF FAITH!” (Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16)

The following week (September 8th), the congregation will return to its regular worship schedule — Sunday mornings at 9:00am. Sunday School and Adult Bible Study will also start back up that Sunday, at about 10:15am. That Sunday is Grandparent's Day, and Pastor Carlovsky will highlight the blessing of Christian grandparents in his sermon that day. He will use Ruth 4:13-17 as his sermon text — a passage that highlights Naomi as a grandmother, holding her grandson, Obed (who would in his turn be grandfather to King David), in her lap. That week we pray that God will make us more aware of the importance of the role of godly grandparents. The sermon theme will be: "THANK GOD FOR GODLY GRANDPARENTS!"

Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake. The congregation is worshiping on its summer schedule: services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. 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).

We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD!


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For this week’s Thursday / Sunday (August 15/18) services at Lord and Savior Lutheran in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will base his message on the psalm that we'll be singing that day: Psalm 78. This is a psalm that talks about telling the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord. As young people begin heading back to school, the service will discuss the importance of Christian education (and the importance for adults to provide good examples to their children and grandchildren. The sermon will address parents and grandparents about passing down a legacy of faith. Thus, the sermon theme is taken directly Psalm 78: "WE WILL TELL THE NEXT GENERATION THE PRAISEWORTHY DEEDS OF THE LORD!” (Psalm 78:1-8)



The following Thursday/Sunday (August 22/25), Pastor Carlovsky will be preaching on the epistle lesson (Colossians 3:1-11). In this section the apostle Paul presents practical advice for day-to-day living for Christians. Our key verse for the message is this: "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things" (Colossians 3:2). Our only hope is in Christ... so we need to focus our lives on Him. "Without Christ, life is a hopeless end. With Christ, it is an endless hope.” The sermon theme will be "SET YOUR HEART ON THINGS ABOVE!"


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake. The congregation is worshiping on its summer schedule: services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. 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).

The One Thing that's needed!

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Jesus at the home of Mary and Martha

For this week’s Thursday / Sunday (August 8/11) services at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will be preaching on the Gospel lesson from Luke 10:38-42 — the story of Mary and Martha. In Luke’s gospel, this story follows the Parable of the Good Samaritan from the previous week. It’s a well-known story that makes us ponder the question: "Why do we do what we do?" It also compels us to consider the two opposite reactions to Jesus' visit. Mary sits at Jesus' feet listening. Martha focuses on preparing to serve her guest, and sees her sister "just sitting there" and not helping when there's much work to be done. But Jesus showed Martha a different way to set her priorities. The sermon theme will be "THE ONE THING THAT'S NEEDED!”


The following Thursday/Sunday (August 15/18), Pastor Carlovsky will base his message on the psalm that we'll be singing that day: Psalm 78. This is a psalm that talks about telling the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord. As young people begin heading back to school, the service will discuss the importance of Christian education (and the importance for adults to provide good examples to their children and grandchildren. The sermon will address parents and grandparents about passing down a legacy of faith. Thus, the sermon theme is taken directly Psalm 78: "WE WILL TELL THE NEXT GENERATION THE PRAISEWORTHY DEEDS OF THE LORD!” (Psalm 78:1-8)

Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake. The congregation is worshiping on its summer schedule: services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. 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).

Christian Faith Gets Involved!

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For this week’s Thursday / Sunday (August 1/4) services at Lord and Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will be preaching on the Gospel lesson from Luke 10:25-37 — the familiar story of the Good Samaritan. The Parable of the Good Samaritan is so well-known that the term has become a part of our language. Just about all of God's people know the details of the story by heart. Pastor Carlovsky's sermon will ask the basic question: "Do we know how to apply this idea personally? His sermon theme, therefore, will be: "CHRISTIAN FAITH GETS INVOLVED!”

The following Thursday/Sunday (August 8/11), Pastor Carlovsky will be preaching on the Gospel lesson from Luke 10:38-42--The story of Mary and Martha. In Luke’s gospel, this story follows the Parable of the Good Samaritan from the previous week. It’s a well-known story that makes us ponder the question: "Why do we do what we do?" It also compels us to consider the two opposite reactions to Jesus' visit. Mary sits at Jesus' feet listening. Martha focuses on preparing to serve her guest, and sees her sister "just sitting there" and not helping when there's much work to be done. But Jesus showed Martha a different way to set her priorities. The sermon theme will be "THE ONE THING THAT'S NEEDED!"

Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake. The congregation is worshiping on its summer schedule: services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. 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).

Disciples follow Jesus First!

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Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshiping on its summer schedule: services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. This week (Thursday/Sunday (July 18/21), Pastor David Carlovsky will again preach from the Gospel lesson, still in Luke (9:51-62). That week we'll be reminded that — like the original twelve — we are Jesus' disciples. Just as Jesus called those disciples, He's called us to be His disciples through baptism. Following Jesus first means loyalty to our heavenly Father, not to family and friends. Jesus' words sounds harsh... unloving… what could be more important than family and friends? The best situation is when we follow Christ together, gathering together for worship around the Word... and encouraging each other to keep our hand to the plow... keeping our gaze fixed on the cross and the empty tomb! The sermon theme will be: "DISCIPLES FOLLOW JESUS FIRST!” ( I. Away from the world! II. To serve in the kingdom!)

The following week (July 25th & 28th) the two services will be different. On Thursday, July 25th, the service will use the lessons from that week’s Vacation Bible School. Pastor Carlovsky will interact with the children and review what they've learned from their Bible stories of the week. The children will sing the songs they've learned, pray together, and recite the Bible passages that they've focused on. The VBS week's theme is "Miraculous Mission.” (Vacation Bible School will be held from Monday the 22nd through the 25th; there is no cost.)

On Sunday, July 28th, Pastor Carlovsky will be preaching on the Epistle lesson (Galatians 6:1-10, 14-16). The verse that will be elevated to most important for the sermon is this: "Carry each other's burdens..." (Galatians 6:2). So the sermon will be about spiritually watching out for others, even as we daily watch ourselves. The sermon theme will be:"CARRY EACH OTHER'S BURDENS!"

Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. 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).

American Christians: Live as Servants of God!

Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshiping on its summer schedule: services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. This week's services will be led by two guest preachers -- Pastor Mark Anderson on Thursday the 27th, and Pastor Vic Prange on Sunday the 30th.

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The following week is Independence Day weekend; since July 4th falls on Thursday, the mid-week service will be held on Wednesday, July 3rd (at 7:00pm). The Sunday service on July 7th will be held as usual at 9:00am. Pastor David Carlovsky's sermon will be based on the inspired words of Peter, taken from his first letter, about Christians being both "free men" and "servants of God." The sermon theme will be "American Christians: Live as Servants of God!" (1 Peter 2:13-17)



Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. 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).

Galatians 1:1-10 - There is Only One Gospel

Galatians 1:1-10 - There is Only One Gospel

Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshiping on its summer schedule: services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. Services this coming Thursday/Sunday (June 20/23) will be based on the opening ten verses of Paul's letter to the Galatians  (Galatians 1:1-10)   As Paul wrote, he highlighted and strongly stresses that there is no other Gospel... except the clear message of Jesus Christ paying for our sins. 

The heart and core of God's living Word is our Lord's unchanging plan of grace. "THERE IS ONLY ONE GOSPEL."

I. And it doesn't come from men!

II. It comes only from our Lord!



Guests Preachers

The following Thursday & Sunday, two guest preachers will be leading services: Pastor Mark Anderson on Thursday the 27th, and Pastor Vic Prange on Sunday the 30th. 


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior.  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).

Romans 8:6-11 - We are His Through the Spirit

Romans 8:6-11 - We are His Through the Spirit

Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshiping on its summer schedule: services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. This Thursday, on the 13th of June, a guest pastor, Mark Anderson will be preaching. His sermon theme will be "WE ARE HIS THROUGH THE SPIRIT,” based on Romans 8:6-11. 


Numbers 6:22-27 - God Covers Us with His Promises

On Trinity Sunday (June 16th), the congregation remembers our three-in-one God. Pastor David Carlovsky will use the Old Testament lesson (Numbers 6:22-27) as the basis for his sermon. This is the very familiar blessing that God told the high priest, Aaron, to use to bless His people.  God's promises go along with His blessings. The sermon title will be "GOD COVERS US WITH HIS PROMISES,” with three parts:

   I. His promise of protection

  II. His promise of grace

 III. His promise of peace


   

Galatians 1:1-10 - There is Only One Gospel

The following Thursday/Sunday services (June 20/23) will be based on the opening ten verses of Paul's letter to the Galatians.  As Paul wrote, he highlighted and strongly stresses that there is no other Gospel... except the clear message of Jesus Christ paying for our sins.  The heart and core of God's living Word is our Lord's unchanging plan of grace. "THERE IS ONLY ONE GOSPEL."

I. And it doesn't come from men!

II. It comes only from our Lord!


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior.  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).


Mark 4:35-41 - He'll be there for you through all the storms

Mark 4:35-41 - He’ll be there for you through all the storms

Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake has switched to its summer schedule: services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. This Thursday, on May 30th, the congregation will include Lord and Savior Lutheran School's graduation and awards ceremony as part of the Thursday night service. Our 8th grade graduates are Joey Ray, Maddy Gutzmer, and Isabelle Gregory.  Our kindergarten graduates are Lydia Behrens and Chloe Hunt. For that Graduation service, the children from Kindergarten through 8th grade will be singing two songs: "Teach Me Your Way" and "May the Peace of God.” For the Graduation message Pastor David Carlovsky will use  the text of Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41).  Because it's also Ascension Day (and our school's theme for the year was "I AM") the sermon text will also include words spoken by Christ at His Ascension... "I am with you always" (Matthew 28:20).

The sermon theme will be: "HE'LL BE THERE FOR YOU THROUGH ALL THE STORMS"


John 17:20-26 - Christ Prayed for Us

The following Sunday, June 2nd, the congregation will hold a Teacher Appreciation gathering/brunch after church.  Pastor Carlovsky’s message will use the Gospel lesson for that Sunday, which describes how we are blessed that Jesus prayed/prays for us. 

This is the theme: "CHRIST PRAYED FOR US!”

  1. That we may be one!

  2. That we may be glorious!


Acts 1:8-14 - The Holy Spirit will Give you Power

The following week commemorates Pentecost. On Thursday the 6th, Pastor Carlovsky will preach on Acts 1:8-14.

His sermon theme will be: “The Holy Spirit will Give you Power!”

  1. The Power that joins us together!

  2. The Power that sends us out to witness!  








June 9th Service

On Sunday the 9th, guest Pastor Mark Anderson will be preaching.  


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. 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).

Revelations 21:10-23 - And the Lamb is its Lamp

Revelations 21:10-23 - And the Lamb is its Lamp

This week, Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is switching to its summer schedule: services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. Services for the Memorial Day weekend will be held on May 23rd and May 26th. For both services, Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23.  In God's vision to Saint John, we note that we depend on LIGHT. The sermon theme will be the last phrase of the text: "AND THE LAMB IS ITS LAMP!” The sermon will have three sections, discussing Jesus Christ, the Lamb, as Gate, Foundation, and Lamp. 



Matthew 28:20 - He’ll be there for you through all the storms

The following week, the congregation will include Lord and Savior Lutheran School's graduation and awards ceremony as part of the Thursday night service (on May 30th). Our 8th grade graduates are Joey Ray, Maddy Gutzmer, and Isabelle Gregory. Our kindergarteners graduates are Lydia Behrens and Chloe Hunt. For that Graduation service, the children from Kindergarten through 8th grade will be singing two songs: "Teach Me Your Way" and "May the Peace of God.” For the Graduation message Pastor Carlovsky will use  the text of Jesus calming the storm (Mark 4:35-41).  Because it's also Ascension Day (and our school's theme for the year was "I AM") the sermon text will also include words spoken by Christ at His Ascension... "I am with you always" (Matthew 28:20).

The sermon theme will be: "HE'LL BE THERE FOR YOU THROUGH ALL THE STORMS"



John 17:20-26 - Christ Prayed for Us!

That Sunday, June 2nd, the congregation will hold a Teacher Appreciation gathering/brunch after church.  Pastor Carlovsky’s message will use the Gospel lesson for that Sunday, which describes how we are blessed that Jesus prayed/prays for us. 

This is the theme and division of thought: "CHRIST PRAYED FOR US!”

  1. That we may be one!

  2.  That we may be glorious!


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. 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).

Revelation 2:10b - Be Faithful!

Revelation 2:10b - Be Faithful!

This coming Sunday, May19th, Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lakewill confirm five young people:Eric Bower, Grace Dowd, Madeline Gutzmer, Maria Loiseau, and Joseph Ray. Each of them will be reading a self-written Testament of Faith in the service about what their Confirmation means to them, and Pastor David Carlovsky will reference their Confirmation verses in his sermon. The sermon will be based on Revelation 2:10b: "Be faithful unto death," as we will ponder how our Lord is perfectly faithful to us and how he commands us to be faithful in return.

The sermon theme will simply be: "BE FAITHFUL!"

Revelation 21:10-23 - And the Lamb is its Lamp

The following week, the congregation will switch to its summer schedule: services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. Services for the Memorial Day weekend will be held on May 23rd and May 26th. That Sunday, Pastor Carlovsky will preach on Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23.  In God's vision to Saint John, we note that we depend on LIGHT. 

The sermon theme will be the last phrase of the text: "AND THE LAMB IS ITS LAMP!” 

The sermon will have three sections, discussing Jesus Christ as Gate, Foundation, and Lamp. 


Visitors are always welcome at Lord & Savior. Lord & Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake is worshipping on its summer schedule — services at 7:00pm on Thursday evenings and 9:00am on Sunday mornings. 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).

John 13:34b - Honor your Lord! He is your Love, your Life, your All!

John 13:34b - Honor your Lord! He is your Love, your Life, your All!

This coming Sunday, May 12th, is Mothers’ Day and the fourth Sunday in the Easter season. At Lord & Savior Ev. Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake, Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on a single instruction, delivered by Jesus to his disciples the night before he was crucified: "As I have loved you, so you must love one another" (John 13:34b). Pastor Carlovsky will provide thoughts on what the Lord has done for mothers, fathers, sons and daughters; and the honor due to him.

The sermon theme will be “Honor your Lord! He’s your love, your life, your all!” 



Revelation 2:10b - Be Faithful

The following Sunday, May 19th, the congregation will confirm five young people: Eric Bower, Grace Dowd, Madeline Gutzmer, Maria Loiseau, and Joseph Ray.  Each of them will be reading a self-written Testament of Faith in the service about what their Confirmation means to them, and Pastor Carlovsky reference  their Confirmation verses in his sermon.  The sermon will be based on Revelation 2:10b:  "Be faithful unto death,"  as we will ponder how our Lord is perfectly faithful to us and how he commands us to be faithful in return.

The sermon theme will simply be: "BE FAITHFUL!"


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).

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

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

This coming Sunday, May 5th,  Lord & Savior Lutheran in Crystal Lake 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. 



John 13:34b - Honor your Lord!

The following Sunday, May 12th, is Mothers’ Day and the fourth Sunday in the Easter season. Pastor David Carlovsky will preach on a single instruction, delivered by Jesus to his disciples the night before he was crucified: "As I have loved you, so you must love one another" (John 13:34b). Pastor Carlovsky will provide thoughts on what the Lord has done for mothers, fathers, sons and daughters; and the honor due to him.

The sermon theme will be “Honor your Lord! He’s your love, your life, your all!”


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).

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).