First Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10 The messenger announces peace, good news, and salvation Psalm: Psalm 57 I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD. (Ps. 57:9) Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-11, 18 The good fight of faith Gospel: Mark 1:1-15 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ Liturgical Color: Red
First Reading: Acts 4:5-12 Salvation in the name of Jesus Psalm: Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. (Ps. 23:1) Second Reading: 1 John 3:16-24 Love in truth and action Gospel: John 10:11-18 Christ the shepherd Liturgical Color: White
He was not numbered among the twelve apostles, yet Mark was probably a member of the early church community. The gospel that bears his name is the shortest and most direct, and many scholars think it was the first to be written.
Catherine of Siena, theologian, died 1380 Wednesday, April 29
This theologian was the first woman among Roman Catholics to receive the title "Doctor [teacher] of the Church." Catherine was a Dominican sister known for her mystical visions as well as her work on behalf of people who were poor and imprisoned.
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.
Holy and righteous God, you are the author of life, and you adopt us to be your children. Fill us with your words of life, that we may live as witnesses to the resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Jesus himself stood among [the disciples] and said to them, "Peace be with you." Luke 24:36-48
I didn't have to read too far, this week, for inspiration! It was all there in the very first words! "Jesus himself stood among them"! Words, by the way, that have been used three times in two weeks now. Twice, in last week's gospel! And then, again, here, this week! Evidently, an important piece to the Resurrection!
The part that caught my attention, however, was where Jesus ended up standing! You see, I grew up in a church that spent a lot of time talking about the heart! In fact, the first prayer I learned, the prayer my grandma taught me, was all about heart! "I am a child, my heart is pure, and no one shall dwell there but Jesus alone." But after the Resurrection, that's not where Jesus appears! Not in the heart, hidden away, unseen. But among! Between! Surrounded by! In their hearts, it would be personal, individual. Among them, it's public and shared! In their hearts, no one would notice! No one would see! But among them, how could anyone help but not! Even more, he's in the way! It's impossible to look at each other without seeing Jesus! Impossible to look through him, around him! Impossible, especially, to forget or ignore those hands and feet! No. Inviting Jesus into our heart is one thing. But Jesus coming and standing among us? That's another thing entirely!
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.