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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 - ash wednesday
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 14 February 2018 21:22

the PRAYER...
Almighty and ever-living God, you hate nothing you have made, and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and honest hearts, so that, truly repenting of our sins, we may receive from you, the God of all mercy, full pardon and forgiveness through 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...
[Jesus said to the disciples:] "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Matthew 6:1-6 , Matthew 6:16-21

the DEVOTION...
"Let us continue our journey through these forty days to the great Three Days of Jesus' death and resurrection." Those are the words that piqued my interest, this week. They're not from the bible, but from Ash Wednesday's worship service. "The Invitation to Lent," they're called. And today, our yearly pilgrimage begins. To Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday. Those Three Days are the destination; Lent the journey.

But somewhere along the way, I remember being told that all motion is relative. Sometimes we think we're moving, when we're not. Maybe, this is one of those times. "I believe that by my own understanding or strength I cannot come to Jesus Christ my Lord!" That's what the good doctor reminds us! Truth is, it's the cross - Jesus' dying and rising - that comes to us! We're the ones rooted, anchored; not god! So each and every year, at this time, the cross makes its way to us! Over the miles! Across the generations! Travels to us in a mouthful of words, in a handful of water, in a thimble of wine and a pinch of bread! So we hear the invitation, "Let us continue our journey!" But the reality is, we sit... and we wait... as those great Three Days come to us...

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
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