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  • Sunday, August 3, 2014
    Lectionary 18 / Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
    Sunday, August 3

    First Reading: Isaiah 55:1-5
    Eat and drink that which truly satisfies
    First Reading (Semi-continuous): Genesis 32:22-31
    Jacob receives a blessing from God
    Psalm: Psalm 145:8-9, 15-22 (Psalm 145:8-9, 14-21 NRSV)
    You open wide your hand and satisfy the needs of every living creature. (Ps. 145:17)
    Psalm (Semi-continuous): Psalm 17:1-7, 16 (Psalm 17:1-7, 15 NRSV)
    I shall see your face; when I awake, I shall be satisfied. (Ps. 17:16)
    Second Reading: Romans 9:1-5
    The glory of God's people Israel
    Gospel: Matthew 14:13-21
    Christ feeding five thousand
    Liturgical Color: Green
  • Sunday, August 10, 2014
    Lectionary 19 / Ninth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A)
    Sunday, August 10

    First Reading: 1 Kings 19:9-18
    The LORD speaks to Elijah on Mount Horeb
    First Reading (Semi-continuous): Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28
    Joseph sold by his brothers
    Psalm: Psalm 85:8-13
    I will listen to what the LORD God is saying. (Ps. 85:8)
    Psalm (Semi-continuous): Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b
    Make known the deeds of the LORD among the peoples. Hallelujah! (Ps. 105:1, 45)
    Second Reading: Romans 10:5-15
    Hearing and confessing the word of faith
    Gospel: Matthew 14:22-33
    Jesus walking on the sea
    Liturgical Color: Green

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  • Friday, August 8, 2014
    Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), died 1221
    Friday, August 8

    Dominic was a Spanish priest who saw the wealth of the clergy as a stumbling block for the church, so he formed a movement, the Order of Preachers (commonly called Dominicans) devoted to itinerant preaching and living in poverty.
  • Sunday, August 10, 2014
    Lawrence, deacon, martyr, died 258
    Sunday, August 10

    As one of the seven deacons of the church at Rome, Lawrence was responsible for the church's financial matters and for the care of the poor. Asked by the emperor to gather the church's treasure, he presented a collection of orphans, lepers, and the like. The enraged emperor had him put to death.
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We are located at 2705 West Michigan in Midland, Texas.

getting out the WORD - the 7th sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 14:10

the PRAYER...

Beloved and sovereign God, through the death and resurrection of your Son you bring us into your kingdom of justice and mercy. By your Spirit, give us your wisdom, that we may treasure the life that comes from Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...

[Jesus] put before [the crowd] another parable:

"The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which someone found and hid; then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field..." Matthew 13:31-33 , Matthew 13:44-52


For the first seventeen years of my life, I lived in the same town; fifteen of those, in the same house. And except for an aunt here or a cousin there, no one ever left. But, my mom, dad, brother, and I did a lot of traveling. Summer vacations. Weekends away. Sunday drives. And during the summer, at least once a week, we'd go out to my aunt and uncle's cottage about ten miles away. Meeting up with cousins. Sloshing through the creek. Looking for crayfish. Picking blackberries. Building tree houses. Being kids together. And, then, we moved...

In time, the cottage was sold. Aunts and uncles died. Cousins grew up. And maybe to replace what was lost, I got interested in family history. Then, about ten years ago, I discovered where my mom's dad's mom's mom and dad - my great-great-grandparents - were buried! Up the hill, in a grove of trees, in the middle of a field, just off the road... THE SAME ROAD WE'D BEEN TRAVELING, AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK, SUMMER, AFTER SUMMER, AFTER SUMMER! We, simply, drove on by without ever knowing they were there! Lost! Forgotten! Unknown! Until someone, finally, pointed them out!

No. Treasure isn't always hidden away, buried deep in the earth! Sometimes - probably, even, most of the time - it's in plain sight! Right under our noses! Right before our eyes! And all it takes is someone to show where it's been all along!

Bob Barndt, pastor

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Today's Bible Reading

  • Isaiah 51:17-23

    Rouse yourself, rouse yourself!
         Stand up, O Jerusalem,
         you who have drunk at the hand of the LORD
         the cup of his wrath,
         who have drunk to the dregs

Verse of the Day

  • Psalm 145:15
    ​The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season.
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