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  • Thursday, November 27, 2014
    Day of Thanksgiving (U.S.A.) (Year A)
    Thursday, November 27

    First Reading: Deuteronomy 8:7-18
    God will lead you into a land of flowing streams
    Psalm: Psalm 65
    You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths overflow with plenty. (Ps. 65:12)
    Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
    God provides every blessing in abundance
    Gospel: Luke 17:11-19
    The man healed of leprosy returns to give thanks to Jesus
    Liturgical Color: Green
  • Sunday, November 30, 2014
    First Sunday of Advent (Year B)
    Sunday, November 30

    First Reading: Isaiah 64:1-9
    Prayer that God would come with power and compassion
    Psalm: Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18 (Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 NRSV)
    Show us the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. (Psalm 80:7)
    Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
    Gifts of grace sustain those who wait for the end
    Gospel: Mark 13:24-37
    The sudden coming of the Son of Man
    Liturgical Color: Blue

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  • Monday, November 24, 2014
    Justus Falckner, died 1723; Jehu Jones, died 1852; William Passavant, died 1894; pastors in North America
    Monday, November 24

    Not only was Falckner the first Lutheran ordained in North America, but he published a catechism which was the first Lutheran book published on the continent. Jones was the Lutheran church's first African American pastor and carried out missionary work in Philadelphia which led to the formation there of the first African American Lutheran congregation (St. Paul's). William Passavant helped to establish hospitals and orphanages in a number of cities and was the first to introduce deaconesses to the work of hospitals in the United States.
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    Isaac Watts, hymnwriter, died 1748
    Tuesday, November 25

    Thought by many to be the greatest hymnwriter in the English language, Watts as a youth was critical of the quality of the metrical psalter of the time. He wrote about 600 hymns—many based on the psalms, but others that are not.
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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

getting out the WORD - the 23rd sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 19 November 2014 10:39

the PRAYER...

Righteous God, our merciful master, you own the earth and all its peoples, and you give us all that we have. Inspire us to serve you with justice and wisdom, and prepare us for the joy of the day of our coming, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...

[Jesus said to the disciples:] "For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away." Matthew 25:14-30


It's unfortunate that this parable - the parable of the talents - more than any other, from the time of the "robber barons," has been used to justify and excuse excesses of the free market. Stewards of capital. Guardians of wealth. What's good for the few is always better for the many. It's the gospel of hard work and perseverance and it's as popular now as ever! "For to all those who have, more will be given!" Amen! Amen! This is most certainly!

But what if there's another way of looking at it? Suppose the master isn't a Jew, at all, but one of "them." An "other". And suppose he's someone who came to Judea not as a friend, but as an enemy. As a conqueror, an occupier, a scavenger. And the two slaves who were commended? What if they're, simply, unwitting victims of a foreign domination? Craving only praise and reward and survival? Especially, survival! And that third slave? Wicked? Lazy? What if he's the only one in the story who refuses to play by the master's rules? The only one speaking the truth? What if the master really is harsh? What if he really does reap where he did not sow? And what if that third slave's burying of the talent was his way of resisting? His way of fighting back?

Such a slave would be a danger to the way things were. A threat. And something, surely, would have to be done. Cast out! Tossed aside! Thrown away! Suppose! And the story begins to sound a whole lot like the cross, doesn't it.

Bob Barndt, pastor

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Today's Bible Reading

  • Esther 2:1-18
    ​After these things, when the anger of King Ahasuerus had abated, he remembered Vashti and what she had done and what had been decreed against her. Then the king's servants who attended him said, "Let...

Verse of the Day

  • Esther 2:9

    ​The girl pleased him and won his favor, and he quickly provided her with her cosmetic treatments and her portion of food, and with seven chosen maids from the king's palace, and advanced her and her maids to the best place in the harem

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