First Reading: Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16 God blesses Abraham and Sarah Psalm: Psalm 22:22-30 (Psalm 22:23-31 NRSV) All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD. (Ps. 22:26) Second Reading: Romans 4:13-25 The promise to those who share Abraham's faith Gospel: Mark 8:31-38 The passion prediction Liturgical Color: Purple
First Reading: Exodus 20:1-17 The commandments are given at Sinai Psalm: Psalm 19 The commandment of the LORD gives light to the eyes. (Ps. 19:8) Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Christ crucified, the wisdom of God Gospel: John 2:13-22 The cleansing of the temple Liturgical Color: Purple
George Herbert, hymnwriter, died 1633 Sunday, March 1
An excellent scholar, Herbert served briefly in the English parliament, then became a parish priest. He was known for devoted care of his parishioners, as well as for writing poetry and hymns, including "Come, my way, my truth, my life." He died at age 40.
John Wesley, died 1791; Charles Wesley, died 1788; renewers of the church Monday, March 2
These brothers led a revival originally intended to remain within the Church of England, one that involved frequent communion and advocacy for the poor. Except for a brief time in America, they worked in England. Charles was also a prolific hymn writer. After their deaths, their work led to the formation of the Methodist Church.
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 God, heavenly Father, in the waters of the flood you saved the chosen, and in the wilderness of temptation you protected your Son from sin.
Renew us in the gift of baptism. May your holy angels be with us, that the wicked foe may have no power over us, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him... Mark 1:9-15
This passage has always impressed me! Larger-than-life! Jesus versus Satan! Good and evil! The ultimate conflict! Now, after thirty years of preaching, I have to confess, I don't think it's, really, much of a temptation! At least, not for me - or for the people I know! The things that tempt us... entice us... seduce us... are nothing this heroic! They're more subtle, more ordinary.
Things we take for granted. Like...
the movie that came out about twenty-five years ago - The Last Temptation of Christ. Critics loved it! Christians - at least, some of them - went ballistic! And, frankly, when I took the time to watch, I wasn't all that impressed. Long. Drawn out. Hard to follow. But the gist I could relate to. Christ's dream, his desire, simply, to be like everyone else! Not a messiah! Not the Son of God! The temptation was, simply, to get married, to raise a family, to make a living, to grow old! All without the conflict or the controversy or the cross! To live on HIS terms, not god's! All he would have to say is, "No. Not me."