First Reading: Jeremiah 31:31-34 I will write my law in their hearts, says the LORD Psalm: Psalm 46 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. (Ps. 46:4) Second Reading: Romans 3:19-28 Justified by God's grace as a gift Gospel: John 8:31-36 Jesus says, Continue in my word and you will know the truth Liturgical Color: Red
First Reading: Revelation 7:9-17 The multitudes of heaven worship the Lamb Psalm: Psalm 34:1-10, 22 Fear the LORD, you saints of the LORD. (Ps. 34:9) Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-3 We are God's children Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12 Blessed are the poor in spirit Liturgical Color: White
By the end of the seventeenth century, many Lutheran churches celebrated a festival commemorating Martin Luther's posting of the Ninety-five Theses, a summary of abuses in the church of his time. At the heart of the reform movement was the gospel, the good news that it is by grace through faith that we are justified and set free.
The custom of commemorating all of the saints of the church on a single day goes back at least to the third century. All Saints Day celebrates the baptized people of God, living and dead, who make up the body of Christ. On this day or the following Sunday, many congregations will remember the faithful who have died during the past year.
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.
Almighty God, gracious Lord, we thank you that your Holy Spirit renews the church in every age. Pour out your Holy Spirit on your faithful people. Keep them steadfast in your word, protect and comfort them in times of trial, defend them against all enemies of the gospel, and bestow on the church your saving peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Jesus answered [the Jews who had believed in him], "Very truly, I tell you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not have a permanent place in the household; the son has a place there forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:31-36
It's Reformation Sunday, again; when god's people - at least, the Lutheran part - celebrate a church reborn as a professor-priest walks to the door of a church and nails to it an invitation. But this year, while getting ready for the commemoration, I noticed something. Most of the images of Luther-at-the-door I saw have the good doctor holding an outsize hammer! Big! Bulky! Impractical! In all likelihood, Dr. Luther, instead, used only a tack hammer. Unobtrusive. Inconspicuous. Unremarkable.
You see, that's how rebellions begin. Not with flashes of lightning or peals of thunder. But with the persistent tap of a single hammer. Simple.
Subtle. Begun not as the heavens tear in two and the angels descend; but while newborns are wrapped in bands of cloth and laid in mangers, and when saviors are taunted and tortured and left wilted on a cross.
No. Revolutions never start from the top and trickle down... like we expect! Instead, they rise up from below - improbable, unlikely - from the places and the people we never bother to notice.