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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 - all saints sunday
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 09 November 2017 12:37

the PRAYER...
Almighty God, you have knit your people together in one communion in the mystical body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant us grace to follow your blessed saints in lives of faith and commitment, and to know the inexpressible joys you have prepared for those who love you, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying...

Matthew 5:1-12

Sunday morning, about the time we were reading these words here in Midland, a man with a gun was walking into a little church, 374 miles away - a little church a lot like ours - about to change the world, once again, forever. And for the past few days, it's been "interesting" to hear the reaction. Our state's attorney general advocated armed guards at worship. Our governor said something about confronting and overcoming evil by using the forces of God. Our president talked about a mental health problem at the highest level.

But it was something the pastor said that caught my attention. He and his wife had been away, that morning. Unfortunately, their fourteen-year-old daughter wasn't. "I don't understand," he said, "but I know my God understands." As a pastor myself, I have to admit, it sounded like one of those things I pull out when there's absolutely nothing else to say. "I don't understand, but I know my God does." But I'm not, really, sure what that means. God's plan? Happened for a reason? For the best? I just don't know.

The only thing I'm sure of is that god isn't untouched or unmoved by it all. God is just as shocked and just as stunned. Just as hurt and just as confused and just as angry. What makes it more difficult for god, though, is that god can't -won't - turn the 'shooter' into a thing. Into Someone-Whose-Name-Will-Not-Be-Spoken. God mourns for Devin Patrick as much as god grieves for the others. And I think god is, also, amazed. Astonished that this is something we humans do to each other. Astounded that this is something we allow to happen... again... and again... and again... and again...

Bob Barndt, pastor

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