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Lectionary Readings

  • Thursday, December 25, 2014
    Nativity of Our Lord II: Christmas Dawn (Year B)
    Thursday, December 25

    First Reading: Isaiah 62:6-12
    God comes to restore the people
    Psalm: Psalm 97
    Light has sprung up for the righteous. (Ps. 97:11)
    Second Reading: Titus 3:4-7
    Saved through water and the Spirit
    Gospel: Luke 2:[1-7] 8-20
    The birth of the Messiah revealed to shepherds
    Liturgical Color: White
  • Thursday, December 25, 2014
    Nativity of Our Lord III: Christmas Day (Year B)
    Thursday, December 25

    First Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10
    Heralds announce God's salvation
    Psalm: Psalm 98
    All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. (Ps. 98:4)
    Second Reading: Hebrews 1:1-4 [5-12]
    God has spoken by a Son
    Gospel: John 1:1-14
    The Word became flesh
    Liturgical Color: White

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  • Friday, December 26, 2014
    Stephen, Deacon and Martyr
    Friday, December 26

    Stephen was a deacon and the first martyr of the church. He was one of those seven upon whom the apostles laid hands after they had been chosen to serve widows and others in need. Later, Stephen's preaching angered the temple authorities, and they ordered him to be put to death by stoning.
  • Saturday, December 27, 2014
    John, Apostle and Evangelist
    Saturday, December 27

    The son of Zebedee and brother of James, John was one of the twelve disciples and witness to the transfiguration. Tradition has named him also the writer of the Gospel of John, the three New Testament letters bearing his name, as well as Revelation.
Welcome to Midland Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Please join us each Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m. for Christian Education followed by our Worship / Holy Communion Service at 10:30 a.m.

We are located at 2705 West Michigan in Midland, Texas.

 

Advent Schedule

December 3 - 5:45 pm - Advent Supper, 7:00 pm - Devotion & Evening Prayer

December 10 - 5:45 pm - Advent Supper, 7:00 pm - Devotion & Evening Prayer

December 17 - 5:45 pm - Advent Supper, 7:00 pm - Devotion & Evening Prayer

December 24 - 7:00 pm - Candlelight & Communion Worship

 
getting out the WORD - the fourth sunday of advent
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 24 December 2014 09:23

the PRAYER...

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that would obstruct your mercy, that willingly we may bear your redeeming love to all the world, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...

Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" Luke 1:26-38

the DEVOTION...

Today, we take the math for granted. 1/2+1/2=1. In other words, for a child to be born, something is required of both father and mother! But the people of Jesus' day would have had a problem with our "modern" math. For them, a child came into being solely through the dad! Mom contributed nothing! She was, simply, the means by which that new life entered the world. 1+0=1!

That's why Mary's confused when the angel tells her that she'll conceive and bear! There's no man! She understood what we don't, what we can't. Jesus would be born - as John puts it - "not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but uniquely and exclusively of God!"

That's the miracle of the virgin birth! Jesus is given without our help! The savior furnished without our coöperation. Right from the start, Jesus is a gift! Totally! Completely! For when god chooses to love, no one gets in the way... not, even, us!

The good news of this season is yours!

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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Today's Bible Reading

  • Isaiah 52:7-10
    Nativity of Our Lord – Christmas Day

    How beautiful upon the mountains
         are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
         who brings good news,
         who announces salvation,
         who says to Zion,...

Verse of the Day

  • Isaiah 52:7

    ​How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns."

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