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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 baptism of our lord
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 11 January 2018 13:54

the PRAYER...
Holy God, creator of light and giver of goodness, your voice moves over the waters. Immerse us in your grace, and transform us by your Spirit, that we may follow after 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...
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.

Mark 1:4-11

On a whim, I took a closer look, this week, at the order of baptism in our "new" hymnal. Five pages. A little over twenty-three hundred words. And not once was the word 'repentance' used! That surprised me. Because I've always thought of "our" baptism as an echo of what happened that day in the Jordan. But apparently, not!

John's was a "baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." It was admitting we did things we shouldn't have done. Fessing up to the things we should have that we didn't. Feeling sorry! Promising never to do it again.

But "our" baptism is different. It's being immersed into the cross and the empty tomb! Being inundated with Good Friday and Easter! And there's no repenting to it! "In baptism," we're told, "our gracious heavenly Father frees us from sin and death by joining us to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ!"

Yes, there's water - in John's baptism and in ours. And yes, in both, someone gets wet. But for us, baptism is one thing and one thing alone; it's being marked with the cross of Christ... FOREVER!

Bob Barndt, pastor

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