Midland Lutheran Church

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[09/17/21]   for the SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY after PENTECOST,
september 19th …

the PRAYER of the DAY –
O God, our teacher and guide, you draw us to yourself and welcome us as beloved children. Help us to lay aside all envy and selfish ambition, that we may walk in your ways of wisdom and understanding as servants of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

the FIRST READING (Jeremiah 11:18-20) –
It was the LORD who made it known to me, and I knew;
then you showed me their evil deeds.
But I was like a gentle lamb
led to the slaughter.
And I did not know it was against me
that they devised schemes, saying,
“Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
let us cut him off from the land of the living,
so that his name will no longer be remembered!”
But you, O LORD of hosts, who judge righteously,
who try the heart and the mind,
let me see your retribution upon them,
for to you I have committed my cause.

the PSALM (Psalm 54) –
Save me, O God, by your name;
in your might, defend my cause.
Hear my prayer, O God;
give ear to the words of my mouth.
For strangers have risen up against me, and the ruthless have sought my life,
those who have no regard for God.
Behold, God is my helper;
it is the Lord who sustains my life.
Render evil to those who spy on me;
in your faithfulness, destroy them.
I will offer you a freewill sacrifice
and praise your name, O LORD, for it is good.
For you have rescued me from every trouble,
and my eye looks down on my enemies.

the SECOND READING (James 3:13--4:3, 7-8a) –
Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.4:

Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

the GOSPEL (Mark 9:30-37) –
[Jesus and the disciples went on] and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.” But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.
Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way?” But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”

the PRAYERS of INTERCESSION –
Made children and heirs of God’s promise, we pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

God of community, we pray for the church around the world. Unite us in our love for you. Help us overcome our divisions, that we are encouraged to work together for your sake. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of creation, we pray for this hurting earth. Awaken in us a new desire to care for this world and empower us to support agencies, organizations, and individual efforts to heal our environment. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of cooperation, we pray for nations of the world embroiled in conflict (especially). Inspire leaders to listen to each other and work towards peaceful solutions to disagreements. Protect the vulnerable, especially children, who cannot find safety in their home or country. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of comfort, we pray for all who live with mental or physical illness. Help them find appropriate care. Bring healing and wholeness when the path forward seems bleak. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of compassion, we pray for the young people of this congregation. Renew in us your call to welcome the children in our midst. As they grow, strengthen their faith and our commitment to them. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of consolation, we give you thanks for our loved ones who have died and pray for all who grieve today (especially). Shine your grace on all your saints. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Receive these prayers, O God, and those in our hearts known only to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

09/17/2021
Food, faith and a pandemic - Living Lutheran 09/16/2021

Food, faith and a pandemic - Living Lutheran

Food, faith and a pandemic - Living Lutheran How the Lutheran Church in Liberia partnered with other denominations to address the nation's critical rice shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Timeline Photos 09/16/2021

Timeline Photos

"Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness." - William Bradford

On this day in 1620 (N.S. calendar; Sept. 6th, 1620 O.S.) the Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower from Plymouth, England, embarking on their fateful journey to the New World.

This painting, "The Sails Fill as the Mayflower Leaves Plymouth" by Peter Goodhall, shows the ship at last departing for that voyage after several false starts. The ships - the Mayflower and the Speedwell - had attempted a number of earlier departures from other harbors, but were forced to turn back each time, due to the Speedwell not being seaworthy.

But finally, on this day 400 years ago, in glorious weather, with a perfect wind strength and direction, the Mayflower set sail, and this historic voyage began.

Timeline Photos 09/16/2021

Timeline Photos

Today is Mexican Independence Day!

#momsinmotion #athomeyourway #answershelphope #mexicanindependenceday

09/16/2021

Looks like Fall's on the way ... the mesquite are losing their leaves!

Looks like Fall's on the way ... the mesquite are losing their leaves!

09/16/2021

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[09/14/21]   lutheran book club
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09/13/2021

THIS MORNING'S SERMON,
the sixteenth sunday after pentecost ...

“born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God …”
We don’t choose to be loved. We just are!

Last Tuesday was the thirty-eighth anniversary of my ordination. It happened here. At Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carlsbad. A few years back, y’all surprised me with a party for my twenty-fifth. Letters from friends. Cards. Even a potluck. Since then, I’ve, simply, racked up another thirteen, one year at a time. This go-round, though, I dug up a picture of that night. One my dad had taken. Scanned it. Posted it Facebook. In case you were wondering … No, it didn’t go viral. But for me, it was enough. I got a bunch of “likes.” Some “loves.” Even a few “Haha”s. But there was one comment that caught me off guard. From a friend. A partner in the gospel. A colleague in ministry. Among the congratulations and amens, he wrote, “Thanks for answering the call!” “Thanks for answering the call!” And I have to tell you, I wasn’t sure what to say! I had no idea how to respond! “Thanks for answering the call!”

Well, it’s September, again. For me, this has always been a sentimental time of year. One season fading into the next. And for the moment, I wax nostalgic. Thinking back. Remembering. September fourth – a week ago yesterday – was my “little” brother’s birthday! Labor Day – last Monday – was the day my dad went to the hospital for bypass surgery! September seventh – last Tuesday – like I said, was the anniversary of my ordination! September ninth – three days ago – marked twenty years since I was installed here at Midland Lutheran Church. A lot’s happened. A lot to remember.

Some of you might remember, a few years back, I started a new tradition. Every year, around the time of my ordination, I started preaching a sermon on one of the themes that make me not simply Lutheran – through they do that. But that make me me! Me as a pastor. Me as a preacher. Truth is, it, probably, has more to do with my legacy, than anything! A ehile back, when I pointed to eight-or-so file boxes full old sermons, and told Lanie that, one day, they’d all be hers. She just smiled and rolled her eyes. So, I figured I’d make the effort to put together an anthology of my own. For what it’s worth. For my daughters. For their children. And that’s where my friend’s comment came in … “Thanks for answering the call!”

It reminded me of one of my obsessions, one of my fixations … theologically speaking. He thanked me for answering the call. Truth is, I don’t believe that’s how it works. Not for those in the pulpit. Not for those in the pews. Maybe in the popular church. Freewill. Independence. Self-reliant. All that. But we’ve never been all that popular. Not here in the bible belt. God doesn’t knock, waiting for us to open the door. God doesn’t call, softly and tenderly, waiting for us to answer. That’s not how faith works. That’s not how life works. Maybe in a factory, but not in the field. Maybe on an assembly line, but not in the world. Out here. Life. Just. Happens. Everything responds to something – to someone – else. Naturally. Automatically. No choices. No decisions. Only responses. Only reactions.

A seed doesn’t decide what kind of plant it will become. It already is! And then, that life is released … by the earth and the sun and the rain! And the same’s true for us! We’re consequences of our past! The result of a thousand generations. I’m Bob Barndt not because of my choices. I’m Bob Barndt not because of what I’ve accomplished and achieved. I’m Bob Barndt because of who my parents are. My parents, my grandparents, and their parents before them! I never looked in the mirror and said, “This is who I will be!” I’ll never wake up, one morning, and decide to become someone I’ve never been! It doesn’t work that way. I’m me! Captive! Bound! Not just to sin, but to who I am! To who I’ve become! And nothing can change that! No one can change that! Not even god! There’re no buttons I can push, no levers I can pull. No wands I can wave, no magic words I can utter. Sure, I can think and learn and dream. But even that’s nothing more than an expression of who I am!

And that’s the way it works with god, as well! It all just happens! Faith! Hope! Love! The gospel’s proclaimed! Good news administered! No choice, no decision! No preference, no selection! It’s simply because god is god! God’s faithful, so we believe! God promises, so we hope! God loves, and we love, too! Love everyone! Love everything! Just like Jesus! Because there’s no other response! That’s what we mean by predestined. Foreordained. It all just happens! No ifs! No ands! No buts! No unlesses! No untils! Just like in the beginning! God said … and there was! Darkness didn’t decide to become light! Water didn’t choose to step aside for dry land. But that’s the way it still happens! The way it still continues!

Luther tells us, that’s the hardest thing! Believing in our hearts, being convinced, that we have it all by grace alone! A gift! It’s all a gift! And if the gift depends on our coöperating, then it’s no longer a gift! Being loved just happens! No invitation! No altar call! No threat! No ultimatum! Only love! Only love! “Thanks for answering the call!” What I wanted to say is, “I didn’t!” I just reacted! We just responded! God through the gospel, god through good news calls! Calls and enlightens and inspires! And me? Us? We’re nothing more – and nothing less – than echoes and reflections of that voice! God doesn’t ask us for help! God doesn’t ask us for our permission! And god, certainly, doesn’t rely on our commitment and devotion. God just does it! God simply loves us … with all god’s heart! with all god’s strength! with all god’s being! And everything else comes from that! Everything else – including our answering – just happens!

Thank me for answering the call? Thank you for answering? My friends … My friends, it just doesn’t work that way!

THIS MORNING'S SERMON,
the sixteenth sunday after pentecost ...

“born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God …”
We don’t choose to be loved. We just are!

Last Tuesday was the thirty-eighth anniversary of my ordination. It happened here. At Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, Carlsbad. A few years back, y’all surprised me with a party for my twenty-fifth. Letters from friends. Cards. Even a potluck. Since then, I’ve, simply, racked up another thirteen, one year at a time. This go-round, though, I dug up a picture of that night. One my dad had taken. Scanned it. Posted it Facebook. In case you were wondering … No, it didn’t go viral. But for me, it was enough. I got a bunch of “likes.” Some “loves.” Even a few “Haha”s. But there was one comment that caught me off guard. From a friend. A partner in the gospel. A colleague in ministry. Among the congratulations and amens, he wrote, “Thanks for answering the call!” “Thanks for answering the call!” And I have to tell you, I wasn’t sure what to say! I had no idea how to respond! “Thanks for answering the call!”

Well, it’s September, again. For me, this has always been a sentimental time of year. One season fading into the next. And for the moment, I wax nostalgic. Thinking back. Remembering. September fourth – a week ago yesterday – was my “little” brother’s birthday! Labor Day – last Monday – was the day my dad went to the hospital for bypass surgery! September seventh – last Tuesday – like I said, was the anniversary of my ordination! September ninth – three days ago – marked twenty years since I was installed here at Midland Lutheran Church. A lot’s happened. A lot to remember.

Some of you might remember, a few years back, I started a new tradition. Every year, around the time of my ordination, I started preaching a sermon on one of the themes that make me not simply Lutheran – through they do that. But that make me me! Me as a pastor. Me as a preacher. Truth is, it, probably, has more to do with my legacy, than anything! A ehile back, when I pointed to eight-or-so file boxes full old sermons, and told Lanie that, one day, they’d all be hers. She just smiled and rolled her eyes. So, I figured I’d make the effort to put together an anthology of my own. For what it’s worth. For my daughters. For their children. And that’s where my friend’s comment came in … “Thanks for answering the call!”

It reminded me of one of my obsessions, one of my fixations … theologically speaking. He thanked me for answering the call. Truth is, I don’t believe that’s how it works. Not for those in the pulpit. Not for those in the pews. Maybe in the popular church. Freewill. Independence. Self-reliant. All that. But we’ve never been all that popular. Not here in the bible belt. God doesn’t knock, waiting for us to open the door. God doesn’t call, softly and tenderly, waiting for us to answer. That’s not how faith works. That’s not how life works. Maybe in a factory, but not in the field. Maybe on an assembly line, but not in the world. Out here. Life. Just. Happens. Everything responds to something – to someone – else. Naturally. Automatically. No choices. No decisions. Only responses. Only reactions.

A seed doesn’t decide what kind of plant it will become. It already is! And then, that life is released … by the earth and the sun and the rain! And the same’s true for us! We’re consequences of our past! The result of a thousand generations. I’m Bob Barndt not because of my choices. I’m Bob Barndt not because of what I’ve accomplished and achieved. I’m Bob Barndt because of who my parents are. My parents, my grandparents, and their parents before them! I never looked in the mirror and said, “This is who I will be!” I’ll never wake up, one morning, and decide to become someone I’ve never been! It doesn’t work that way. I’m me! Captive! Bound! Not just to sin, but to who I am! To who I’ve become! And nothing can change that! No one can change that! Not even god! There’re no buttons I can push, no levers I can pull. No wands I can wave, no magic words I can utter. Sure, I can think and learn and dream. But even that’s nothing more than an expression of who I am!

And that’s the way it works with god, as well! It all just happens! Faith! Hope! Love! The gospel’s proclaimed! Good news administered! No choice, no decision! No preference, no selection! It’s simply because god is god! God’s faithful, so we believe! God promises, so we hope! God loves, and we love, too! Love everyone! Love everything! Just like Jesus! Because there’s no other response! That’s what we mean by predestined. Foreordained. It all just happens! No ifs! No ands! No buts! No unlesses! No untils! Just like in the beginning! God said … and there was! Darkness didn’t decide to become light! Water didn’t choose to step aside for dry land. But that’s the way it still happens! The way it still continues!

Luther tells us, that’s the hardest thing! Believing in our hearts, being convinced, that we have it all by grace alone! A gift! It’s all a gift! And if the gift depends on our coöperating, then it’s no longer a gift! Being loved just happens! No invitation! No altar call! No threat! No ultimatum! Only love! Only love! “Thanks for answering the call!” What I wanted to say is, “I didn’t!” I just reacted! We just responded! God through the gospel, god through good news calls! Calls and enlightens and inspires! And me? Us? We’re nothing more – and nothing less – than echoes and reflections of that voice! God doesn’t ask us for help! God doesn’t ask us for our permission! And god, certainly, doesn’t rely on our commitment and devotion. God just does it! God simply loves us … with all god’s heart! with all god’s strength! with all god’s being! And everything else comes from that! Everything else – including our answering – just happens!

Thank me for answering the call? Thank you for answering? My friends … My friends, it just doesn’t work that way!

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