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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 8th sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 22 July 2015 09:10

the PRAYER...

O God, powerful and compassionate, you shepherd your people, faithfully feeding and protecting us. Heal each of us, and make us a whole people, that we may embody the justice and peace of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...

When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. Mark 6:30-34 , Mark 6:53-56

the DEVOTION...

Sixteen chapters! Six hundred seventy-eight verses! Eleven thousand three hundred four words! By the numbers, that's the gospel according to Mark. And the word "recognize" is used just twice; both times here in chapter 6. And it got me thinking...

How would the crowd have recognized Jesus? By his face? His hair? Height? Weight? Color of eyes? Was it the way he walked? Or his gestures? Mannerisms? Was it by the company he kept? The excitement, the activity, he caused? Or was it something more, something deeper? Like his patience? Or sympathy? Or kindness? Forgiveness? Love? Could it be that they recognized he was safe, cared, could be trusted?

Whatever it was, however they recognized him, they rushed about the whole region and they brought to him the ones who needed him the most! They brought to him the ones they loved! They brought to him their sick and he healed them!

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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