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  • Saturday, May 23, 2015
    Vigil of Pentecost (Year B)
    Saturday, May 23

    First Reading: Exodus 19:1-9a
    The covenant at Sinai
    First Reading (Alternate): Acts 2:1-11
    Believers are filled with the Spirit to tell God's deeds.
    Psalm: Psalm 33:12-22
    The LORD is our help and our shield. (Ps. 33:20)
    Psalm (Alternate): Psalm 130
    There is forgiveness with you. (Ps. 130:3)
    Second Reading: Romans 8:14-17, 22-27
    Praying with the Spirit
    Gospel: John 7:37-39
    Jesus is the true living water
    Liturgical Color: Red
  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
    Day of Pentecost (Year B)
    Sunday, May 24

    First Reading: Acts 2:1-21
    Filled with the Spirit to tell God's deeds
    First Reading (Alternate): Ezekiel 37:1-14
    Life to dry bones
    Psalm: Psalm 104:25-35, 37 (Psalm 104:24-34, 35b NRSV)
    Send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth. (Ps. 104:31)
    Second Reading: Romans 8:22-27
    Praying with the Spirit
    Second Reading (Alternate): Acts 2:1-21
    Filled with the Spirit to tell God's deeds
    Gospel: John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15
    Christ sends the Spirit of truth
    Liturgical Color: Red

Commemorations

  • Sunday, May 24, 2015
    Nicolaus Copernicus, died 1543; Leonhard Euler, died 1783; scientists
    Sunday, May 24

    These two men were both scientists who helped to explain the wonders of God's universe. Copernicus is best known for promoting the idea that the sun, not the earth, is at the center of our solar system. Euler was one of the founders of pure mathematics, and contributed to many other fields.
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015
    John Calvin, renewer of the church, died 1564
    Wednesday, May 27

    Gifted both as a systematic theologian and as an interpreter of scriptures, Calvin embraced the Reformation, and as a preacher in Geneva, Switzerland, brought a theocratic government to it. He is regarded as the father of the Reformed churches.

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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.

 
getting out the WORD - the seventh sunday of easter
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 21 May 2015 12:42

the PRAYER...

Gracious and glorious God, you have chosen us as your own, and by the powerful name of Christ you protect us from evil. By your Spirit transform us and your beloved world, that we may find our joy in your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...

[Jesus prayed:] As you have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. John 17:6-19

the DEVOTION...

I didn't realize it until now! Sunday was the sapphire anniversary of my confirmation! Forty-five years ago, the congregation paraded us up front, prayed over us, and, then, gave each of us a brand-new red hymnal and a box full of offering envelopes! And those gifts told us everything we needed to know! About believing! About belonging! Our primary duties were to come to church, every Sunday, and to drop something in the offering plate, each time we did! After all, that had been the "job" of Christians for generations. It was, just, our turn. Maintain the building! Support the pastor! Everything else was optional!

And then, there's John 17:18 : "As you have sent me into the world," Jesus prays, "so I send them into the world." You see, there's more to being church than worshiping and tithing. We're here to save the world, as well! Bringing good news to the oppressed! Binding up the brokenhearted! Proclaiming liberty to the captives! Christ's story's our story! Our story's Christ's story! Healing the sick! Raising the dead! Feeding the five thousand! Just like Jesus, you and I were chosen - called - to do it all!

As the Father, so the Son! As the Son, so the church! That brand-new hymnal and box full of offering envelopes were only the beginning... Christ's sacrifice becomes our sacrifice! Christ's suffering our suffering! And, of course, Christ's cross our very own!

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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Today's Bible Reading

  • Psalm 33:12-22
    Happy is the nation whose God is the LORD,
    the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.
    The LORD looks down from heaven;
    he sees all humankind.
    From where he sits enthroned he watches
    ...

Verse of the Day

  • Psalm 33:18-19
    ​Truly the eye of the LORD is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.
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