Upcoming Events

View Full Calendar

Lectionary Readings

Support MLC

getting out the WORD - the resurrection of our lord
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 19:00

the PRAYER...
O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Make us die every day to sin, that we may live with him forever in the joy of the resurrection, through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
[The] angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said...."

Matthew 28:1-10

the DEVOTION...

"The Strife Is O'er, the Battle Done"
Evangelical Lutheran Worship, hymn # 366

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

The strife is o'er, the battle done;
now is the victor's triumph won!
Now be the song of praise begun. Alleluia!

The pow'rs of death have done their worst;
Jesus their legions has dispersed.
Let shouts of holy joy outburst. Alleluia!

The three sad days have quickly sped,
Christ rises glorious from the dead.
All glory to our risen head! Alleluia!

Christ closed the yawning gates of hell;
the bars from heav'n's high portals fell.
Let hymns of praise his triumph tell. Alleluia!

Lord, by the stripes that wounded you,
from death's sting free your servants too,
that we may live and sing to you. Alleluia!

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Symphonia Sirenum, Köln, 1695
tr. Francis Pott, 1832-1909

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
getting out the WORD - the sunday of the passion
Written by Pastor Bob   
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 14:26

the PRAYER...
Everlasting God, in your endless love for the human race you sent our Lord Jesus Christ to take on our nature and to suffer death on the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

the READING...
And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall; but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. And when they had crucified him, they divided his clothes among themselves by casting lots; then they sat down there and kept watch over him. Over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews."

Matthew 26:14-27:66

the DEVOTION...
It was one of the earliest controversies in the church... when, exactly, to celebrate Easter! Go with one, particular date - like December 25th - and it could fall on any day of the week. One thing most accepted, however, was that Easter had to be on a Sunday, the first day of the week, the Lord's day! But which one? Eventually, they came up with an agreement: the Sunday, following the full moon, after the Spring equinox... as observed in Jerusalem! Everything else could come from that. Good Friday. Maundy Thursday. Palm Sunday. Ash Wednesday. All you had to do was count backwards. Easter, though, was the key.

But you know, it's funny. Truth is, there wouldn't be an Easter if there hadn't, first, been a Good Friday! It's the cross that comes before! The cross that leads the way! That determines when the resurrection happens, not the other way around! Easter's important, don't get me wrong! Even essential! But maybe - just maybe - that Friday afternoon might just be more important, still!

Bob Barndt, pastor

 
<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Page 6 of 160

Today's Bible Reading

  • Psalm 6

    ​O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger,
    or discipline me in your wrath.
    Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing;
    O LORD, heal me, for my bones are shaking with...

Verse of the Day

  • Psalm 6

    ​My soul also is struck with terror, while you, O LORD — how long? Turn, O LORD, save my life; deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love. For in death there is no remembrance of you; in Sheol who can give you praise?

Copyright © 2017 Midland Lutheran Church , 2705 West Michigan, Midland, TX 79701 (432) 694-1373
RocketTheme Joomla Templates