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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 19th sunday after pentecost
Written by Pastor Bob   
Thursday, 19 October 2017 20:33

the PRAYER...
Lord of the feast, you have prepared a table before all peoples and poured out your life with abundance. Call us again to your banquet. Strengthen us by what is honorable, just, and pure, and transform us into a people of righteousness and peace, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the READING...
"But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?' And he was speechless."

Matthew 22:1-14

Twenty-seven books... Two hundred sixty chapters... Seven thousand nine hundred fifty-six verses... That, by the numbers, is the new testament. Truth is, for even the most fundamentalist among us, not all books or chapters or verses are created equal. We pick some. We ignore others. Still others, we read, now and again, think about them for a moment or two, and then move on. Some parts, we stake our lives on. Some we cross-stitch and hang on the wall. Isaiah 25:1-9 ! Psalm 23 ! Philippians 4:1-9 ! And then, there's Matthew...

Compared to those other readings, the parable of the wedding banquet and the parable of the wedding garment are not the north star of our believing. Not even a part of the constellation. Love! Mercy! Promise! Hope! That, for us, is faith! That's how god changes us, transforms us! Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable... whatever is love... that's our real bible!

Bob Barndt, pastor

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