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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.


Advent & Christmas Schedule

December 6 - 5:45 pm - Advent Supper, 7:00 pm - Devotion & Evening Prayer

December 13 - 5:45 pm - Advent Supper, 7:00 pm - Devotion & Evening Prayer

December 20 - 5:45 pm - Advent Supper, 7:00 pm - Devotion & Evening Prayer

December 24 - 7:00 pm - Candlelight & Communion Worship

getting out the WORD - the second sunday of advent
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 15:37

the PRAYER...
Stir up our hearts, Lord God, to prepare the way of your only Son. By his coming strengthen us to serve you with purified lives; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
[John the baptizer] proclaimed, "The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."

Mark 1:1-8

I can't, even, begin to imagine what it must have been like. The destruction. The devastation. The scar it left on the soul of the nation. Five, six centuries before Jesus, Babylon had laid siege to Jerusalem. Over the next two years, their grip tightened. But at last, the walls crumbled. The city plundered. The people slaughtered. Jerusalem razed to the ground. The privileged, the powerful, led away in chains to spend decades in captivity. And as if that hadn't been enough, they believed that god had abandoned them. Turned and walked away. Spirit gone. Prophets silent. One generation... Two... Ten... Twenty-five... All the while, they waited... and they waited... and they waited...

But then, John appears in the wilderness! No judgment. No threats. Not in Mark. Nothing about axes or winnowing forks or unquenchable fire. Instead there's only the message! Only the Gospel! Only good news! Even now, John shouts, god is coming! After all this time, god is returning! Lift up your heads! Open your eyes! And look!

Bob Barndt, pastor

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