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Lectionary Readings

  • Sunday, March 29, 2015
    Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday (Year B)
    Sunday, March 29

    First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
    The servant of the LORD submits to suffering
    Psalm: Psalm 31:9-16
    Into your hands, O LORD, I commend my spirit. (Ps. 31:5)
    Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
    Humbled to the point of death on a cross
    Gospel: Mark 14:1--15:47
    The passion of the Lord
    Gospel (Alternate): Mark 15:1-39 [40-47]
    The passion of the Lord
    Liturgical Color: Scarlet or Purple
  • Monday, March 30, 2015
    Monday in Holy Week (Year B)
    Monday, March 30

    First Reading: Isaiah 42:1-9
    The servant brings forth justice
    Psalm: Psalm 36:5-11
    Your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings. (Ps. 36:7)
    Second Reading: Hebrews 9:11-15
    The redeeming blood of Christ
    Gospel: John 12:1-11
    Mary anoints the feet of Jesus
    Liturgical Color: Scarlet or Purple


  • Sunday, March 29, 2015
    Hans Nielsen Hauge, renewer of the church, died 1824
    Sunday, March 29

    Hauge was a layperson who wished to revitalize the church in Norway. As a result of a mystical experience, he felt called to preach. Many professionals in the church feared his motives and influence, and he was imprisoned for leading unauthorized gatherings.
  • Tuesday, March 31, 2015
    John Donne, poet, died 1631
    Tuesday, March 31

    After finishing his education at Oxford University, Donne seemed headed for a career in the English public service. But a series of circumstances led him into the ordained ministry. He is well known as a writer of both secular and sacred poetry.

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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.


Holy Week & Easter

Saturday, March 28th - Youth Lock-in!

Sunday, March 29th, 10:30am - Sunday of the Passion / Palm Sunday

Thursday, April 2nd, 7:00pm - Maundy Thursday Worship

Friday, April 3rd, 7:00pm - Good Friday

Saturday, April 4th, 10:00am - Holy Saturday Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 5th, 10:30am - The Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter

getting out the WORD - the 5th sunday in lent
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 25 March 2015 10:26

the PRAYER...

O God, with steadfast love you draw us to yourself, and in mercy you receive our prayers.

Strengthen us to bring forth the fruits of the Spirit,
that through life and death we may live 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 answered [Andrew and Philip], "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit..." John 12:20-33


Every time I read the words, they sound a whole lot like dying. The heart stopping, life ending, where-will-you-go-if kind of thing. "Unless a grain of wheat falls..." But the one thing I could never quite wrap my head around was the part about "bearing much fruit." It works for wheat; but for death?

Then, last Sunday morning, it hit me! Here, at the brink of the cross, Jesus isn't talking about dying; he's talking about loving! You see, loving - the real, honest-to-god kind - rarely looks like we expect. In fact, most of the time, it looks like the complete opposite! Instead of power, it resembles weakness. Instead of wisdom, it appears as foolishness. And loving - when it's done right - looks more like dying, than it does living! Yet, it's the one thing - the only thing - that changes the world! The one and the only thing that "bears much fruit!"

Bob Barndt, pastor

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Today's Bible Reading

  • Philippians 2:12-18
    ​Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God...

Verse of the Day

  • Philippians 2:13

    ​for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

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