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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 first sunday of advent
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 07 December 2017 20:03

the PRAYER...
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. By your merciful protection awaken us to the threatening dangers of our sins, and keep us blameless until the coming of your new day, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in clouds' with great power and glory.

Mark 13:24-37

Back in seminary, the rule of thumb was, "Context is everything!" It matters who says what to whom! When they say it and where! Otherwise, it's easy for the words meaning anything. Like this week's gospel...

From the get-go, we see the words and our minds flash ahead to some "second coming" of Jesus. Sun darkened! Moon obscured! Stars falling from the sky! Sounds like Armageddon, right? But the context might, just as well, point us to something else entirely. You see, these words are spoken not after the resurrection or before the ascension. They're spoken on the Wednesday of Holy Week! The day before Maundy Thursday! Two days before Good Friday! And Jesus' warning to "keep awake" sounds a whole lot like what he told the disciples in the garden, that night in which he was betrayed! Sooooooo...

What if the Son of Man coming with great power and glory isn't hundreds - even thousands - of years in the future. Around the corner. Over the hill. At some so-called second coming (a phrase, by the way, that is never used in the bible). But what if it points us to that Friday afternoon, to an empty hilltop, outside the walls of an old, old city. What if that is the power and the glory? And what if the new beginning we're, so eagerly, looking for, actually, lies behind us?

Bob Barndt, pastor

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