Welcome to Midland Lutheran Church, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The next in person Sunday worship will be on August 21st at 10:30 am at The Ranchhouse in Beal Park.
Other Sundays we’ll be meeting on Facebook @ 10:30am. If you aren’t able to join us at that time, take a look when it’s more convenient.
We’ll, also, do the same for Wednesday evening gatherings!
Messaging us on Facebook, is, probably, the easiest way to keep in touch…
otherwise, don’t hesitate to text or call pastorBob @ 432-349-7407.
getting out the word
the ninth sunday after pentecost
the PRAYER …
Almighty God, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may be ready to receive you wherever you appear, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
the READING …
[Jesus said:] “Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” luke 12:32-40
the DEVOTION …
I don’t know what it is about commandments. Why we love them like we do. Especially here in the church. Given the choice between promise and commandment, we’ll pick commandment, every time! Maybe it’s because commandments are so easy to understand. Do it or don’t. No discussion. No debate. Or maybe it’s that commandments are something we can control. Something we can accomplish. Or maybe it’s because commandments – or rather, our obedience – gives us something we can count and measure and weigh. Something by which we can compare ourselves to others.
Whatever the reason, commandments are what jump out of this passage. Sell your possessions! Give alms! Make purses! And the fact that it’s Jesus commanding is icing on the cake. But, as usual, we miss the promise. Leap right over it! But before any imperative, Jesus speaks a promise. Something that can only be trusted, only believed in, not obeyed. Nothing we can do for god. But something only god can do for us!