Lectionary 22 / Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A) Sunday, August 31
First Reading: Jeremiah 15:15-21 God fortifies the prophet against opposition First Reading (Semi-continuous): Exodus 3:1-15 From the blazing bush God calls Moses Psalm: Psalm 26:1-8 Your love is before my eyes; I have walked faithfully with you. (Ps. 26:3) Psalm (Semi-continuous): Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45b Make known the deeds of the LORD among the peoples. Hallelujah! (Ps. 105:1, 45) Second Reading: Romans 12:9-21 Live in harmony Gospel: Matthew 16:21-28 The passion prediction and rebuke to Peter Liturgical Color: Green
Lectionary 23 / Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Year A) Sunday, September 7
First Reading: Ezekiel 33:7-11 The prophet's responsibility to warn the people First Reading (Semi-continuous): Exodus 12:1-14 The passover of the LORD Psalm: Psalm 119:33-40 I desire the path of your commandments. (Ps. 119:35) Psalm (Semi-continuous): Psalm 149 Sing the praise of the LORD in the congregation of the faithful. (Ps. 149:1) Second Reading: Romans 13:8-14 Live honorably as in the day Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20 Reconciliation in the community of faith Liturgical Color: Green
Nikolai Frederik Severin Grundtvig, bishop, renewer of the church, died 1872 Tuesday, September 2
Grundtvig was, with Søren Kierkegaard, one of the two great Danish theologians of the nineteenth century. As a pastor, he battled the prevalent idea that Christianity was more a philosophy than divine revelation. He wrote over a thousand hymns.
Peter Claver, priest, missionary to Colombia, died 1654 Tuesday, September 9
Born into Spanish nobility, Claver became a Jesuit missionary, and served in present-day Colombia. His ministry was focused on the slaves that arrived there. He gave them food and medicine, learned their dialects, and taught them Christianity.
Sunday, September 7
9:15 am - Sunday School for all ages
10:30 am - Worship
12:00 pm - Potluck Picnic at Dennis the Menace Park.
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 11th sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob
Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:20
O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples..." Matthew 16:13-20
Some say, "John, the Baptizer!" Others say, "Elijah!" Still others, "Jeremiah or one of the prophets!" Those were the disciples' answers to Jesus' first question - "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" According to popular opinion, the Son of Man was the flicker of a distant star, the echo of a once spoken word, history repeating. But to Jesus' second question - "But who do you say that I am?" - Simon Peter answers, "You are original, unique, what has never been!"
Memories are important; the past essential. But faith is all about the future! It's tomorrow colliding with yesterday! What-lies-ahead intruding on what-lies-behind! Faith is the promise lying just over the hill, just around the bend! Not an anchor holding us back, but the wind that drives us toward a new world, the wave that sweeps us into a new day!
"Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah!" And blessed are we all!