Lectionary 15 / Seventh Sunday after Pentecost (Year B) Sunday, July 12
First Reading: Amos 7:7-15 The sign of the plumb line: God's judgment on Israel First Reading (Semi-continuous): 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 David and the house of Israel dance before the LORD Psalm: Psalm 85:8-13 I will listen to what the LORD God is saying. (Ps. 85:8) Psalm (Semi-continuous): Psalm 24 Lift up your heads, O gates, and the King of glory shall come in. (Ps. 24:7) Second Reading: Ephesians 1:3-14 Chosen in Christ to live to the praise of God's glory Gospel: Mark 6:14-29 The death of John the Baptist Liturgical Color: Green
Lectionary 16 / Eighth Sunday after Pentecost (Year B) Sunday, July 19
First Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-6 From David's line, a righteous shepherd for Israel First Reading (Semi-continuous): 2 Samuel 7:1-14a The promise of the LORD to David Psalm: Psalm 23 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. (Ps. 23:1) Psalm (Semi-continuous): Psalm 89:20-37 Your love, O LORD, forever will I sing. (Ps. 89:1) Second Reading: Ephesians 2:11-22 Reconciled to God through Christ, our peace Gospel: Mark 6:30-34, 53-56 Christ healing the multitudes Liturgical Color: Green
Benedict of Nursia, Abbot of Monte Cassino, died around 540 Saturday, July 11
Benedict is known as the father of the Western monastic movement. Educated in Rome, he went to live as a hermit, and eventually gathered a community of monks around him. He wrote a rule for living in monasteries that is used by Benedictines and adapted by others.
Nathan Söderblom, Bishop of Uppsala, died 1931 Sunday, July 12
A winner of the Nobel Prize for peace for his efforts to unite peoples after the First World War, Söderblom also called attention to the revival of early church worship principles, and helped to lay the groundwork for the World Council of Churches.
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.
getting out the WORD - the 5th sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob
Wednesday, 01 July 2015 14:10
Almighty and merciful God, we implore you to hear the prayers of your people. Be our strong defense against all harm and danger, that we may live and grow in faith and hope, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Then one of the leaders of the synagogue named Jairus came and, when he saw [Jesus], fell at [Jesus'] feet and begged him repeatedly, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well, and live." So [Jesus] went with him. Mark 5:21-43
I'm a pastor! I've been one for over thirty years, now. Baptizing. Forgiving. Marrying. Burying. Being that something people can never find the time to become. And for some reason, they respect me for it. Even if they don't know who I am, they trust for what I've become. They give me the front of the line, a seat at the head table, a parking space close to the door. And, now and again, they, even, pick up the tab. All because I happen to be a pastor. A leader of the synagogue, of the congregation. I think Jairus was a lot like that. I think Jairus was a lot like me.
And then, there's "the woman". Nameless. Faceless. Unknown. Just part of the crowd. Someone no one notices. Someone for whom no one cares. Ordinary. Unexceptional. Suffering for years. Growing worse. Hoping against hope. Believing Jesus. She slips through the crowd so as to draw no attention. Touches his cloak. Nothing less... Nothing more...
Same crowd, different people. One known, another unheard of. One important, another of no consequence. One worthy, the other never good enough. And yet, both Jesus sees... for both Jesus cares... and both Jesus heals...