Grace is a gathering of missional people living out their Baptismal Journey on a daily basis through all eternity.
Operating as usual
Tuesday devotion from Pastor Pase
Who is It?
As I wrote a few days ago, when the whole congregation grumbled, the Lord provided. Not a few firm smacks on their backsides, but He fed them with bread from heaven.
They were in the wilderness. No way could they plant a crop of wheat to have bread. The Lord had given it to them.
And He did! Enough for each day and double the amount on Friday so they would have enough for the Sabbath too.
When it first appeared, they didn’t know what it was. How could they? They never saw anything like this. “What is it” they asked. In Hebrew this comes out “Manna.”
In our lives I believe the question “what is it?” is often asked. But I believe the better question, the faithful question is, “Who is it?”
The answer faith gives is “the Lord”! And since we know it is the Lord, the “what is it?” question doesn’t really need an answer. We may want an answer, but we don’t need an answer and we know that!
The Lord knows our needs before we do. The cross is proof that He cares for our needs. If He went that far, do you think He doesn’t know your earthly needs? And more than just know of them, do you know think He cares, that He will provide?
Who is it? It is the Lord! And He knows! He cares! He provides!
Prayer: I praise You Lord for all Your provisions for me. How gracious You are! Thank You! Amen.
Read Exodus 16:12-15
"I have heard the grumbling of the people of Israel. Say to them, 'At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.' "
Monday devotion from Pastor Pase
Many Christian congregations, with good intentions, for the past couple of decades, have what they call “seeker services”. These services are set up so that the unchurched are not scared off or offended in any way. It is what I would refer to as a “safe zone” for those questioning.
The problem with these types of services is that until the Spirit calls a person to the Lord, the seeker will be seeking to get his/her wants met. It will be according to human standards, not the holy Lord’s.
After the Lord Jesus miraculously fed the five thousand plus, many went after Jesus. They were seeking and seeking until they found Him. How Jesus responded to them will be the basis on the devotion in four days.
The message of Law-Gospel is how we bring those questioning to the Lord. This is how He lays it out in His Holy Word, so how can we, why would we seek to make Him more palatable?
Yes, the message of the holy Lord through His Law is pretty scary. That’s why it is Law and Gospel. The holiness the Lord demands is met in the holy One, His Son our Savior, Jesus!
Seekers only seek what they want. They won’t seek what they truly need without divine assistance. (Jesus speaks of this in John 6 and I will write of this in about a week.)
The message the Lord as He delivers it is the best for anyone. It is the best for us. And that is the message we share. The message of His Law and Gospel.
Prayer: Your message brings life out of death O Lord. Thank You and keep me living and sharing only Your words. Amen.
Read John 6:22-24
On the next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the sea saw that there had been only one boat there, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone.  Other boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.  So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor his disciples, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum, seeking Jesus.
Saturday devotion from Pastor Pase
Many a young lady is told by a parent to “walk properly.” This has to do with respect for oneself and dignity as a person.
Every Christian, every one of you reading this devotion, has the call to walk properly. By this the Lord means to walk as the baptized child of the Lord you are.
In the Bible walk equals live. So, this is more than just for an hour or so on Sunday morning. This is in the living room at home or the dining table. It is in the classroom, the office, the Board room. It is on the road and at the park. Anywhere and everywhere.
And Paul gets specific! Walking properly is to be about being eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Instead of the worldly way, being eager to hold grudges and seek revenge, Christians are eager to forgive, to share the peace of the risen Lord with one another.
Walk properly this day, young lady, young man! Walk in the manner worthy of your calling. You have been forgiven. Forgive! You have been loved. Love! The Lord is patience with you. Be patient with one another.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the life You have given me in my Baptism. May my life today and all days be worthy of this calling. Amen.
Read Ephesians 4:1-3
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,  with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,  eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
Friday devotion from Pastor Pase
The Hebrew word for “grumble” gives the connotation of speaking under one’s breath, mumbling to yourself, but it is audible.
Do you remember ever trying that with a parent? If so, how’d that turn out!
Fresh from the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea the people turn on Moses and Aaron (turned on their Lord!). Grumble, grumble!
And … it wasn’t just a handful here or there. You know, a few malcontents. The whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled!
Yet, unlike our earthly parents who probably disciplined us quick and firmly for such disrespect shown, what does the Lord do? He gives them food.
But let us remember He gave them food, not because they grumbled about it. Not because they actually lied about how their lives were in Egypt! He did it because He knew what they needed. Of course, they needed food. Duh!
His providing should have produced thankfulness and faith. But you know their story, don’t you? His providing begat more grumbling and more grumbling.
So, I’ll ask you: The Lord providing for you! What is that producing within you? Thankfulness and faith?
He knows what you need. He will remember and He will provide. Do you trust that? Are you thankful for that? Does your attitude and life show that?
Prayer: Forgive me Lord for my ungratefulness, for my grumbling. Thank You for providing all I need, especially Your forgiveness. Amen.
Read Exodus 16:2-3
And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness,  and the people of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."
Thursday devotion from Pastor Pase
Oh, It’s You!
When a little child gets afraid, say of a thunderstorm, that child may try to assuage the fear by going under the sheets, pillow, even under the bed. But when that doesn’t work, the child runs to mom or dad. The child feels safe with mom or dad.
When we encounter someone, we can be fearful at first. Maybe it is dark, and we can’t see that well. The heart beats a bit faster until … we see who it is! “Oh, it’s you!” we say with a huge sigh of relief.
The Lord comes to us through His means of Word and Sacrament to present Himself to us and we need not fear. We indeed are to take heart for His grace cleanses our hearts, recreates our hearts! The gracious presence of Jesus is the fear buster!
As we walk in repentant faith, we know that the Lord comes to us not to chide, berate or punish. He comes to forgive, to bless, to strengthen … to save!
Jesus walks to us through the pages of Scripture and the Sacraments of the Church to embolden us in our faith, our trust in Him.
I pray your response to His coming is the same as mine: “Oh, it’s you!”
Prayer: Lord, You come in order to save me. May my fear be replaced with full trust from my heart that You come to save. Amen.
Read Mark 6:49-50
but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out,  for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid."
Wednesday devotion from Pastor Pase
You Just Try It!
Many a child (I was) is tempted with those words of the title of this devotion. Did you find yourself reading the title in that voice you may have heard from a sibling or the neighborhood bully.
Saying it in that tone it is a threat. But the Lord through Paul tells us that and it is a promise! A promise based on His mighty power that is at work within us because we are His beloved, baptized children.
He gets all glory because we cannot ask Him for anything that He is not able to do for us. We can doubt Him at times but that is rather a silly and foolish thing to do.
Father knows best and He has promised and He has shown that He knows our every need and will provide all we need for body and soul. There’s nothing we can ask for that is beyond Him. There is nothing we can think that is beyond Him. Go ahead, you just try it!
If He says “no” it is because it is not best for us. Father knows best!
We give Him the glory when the life we live matches the faith we profess to have; the faith that says we know He knows, and we know He provides. Not just in our generation, but forever and ever.
Prayer: To You be all glory Lord for doing more than we can ever ask or think, all for our eternal benefit. Amen.
Read Ephesians 3:20-21
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Tuesday devotion from Pastor Pase
Seeing and Remembering
It is so sad when our loved ones, our friends have dementia. When they see you, but they don’t remember you! That’s not only sad, that’s painful. It hurts the heart when you reach out and all you get back is a vacant stare.
The Lord is perfect, and He doesn’t suffer now nor ever will from any form of dementia. So that means that any and every promise made will be a promise kept, fulfilled.
The promise of the rainbow – never again a cataclysmic flood of the whole earth. We see the rainbow and we are to remember and rejoice in His promise. But what if we get dementia and forget what the rainbow really means? What if we listen to the minority crowd who has hijacked the rainbow for their own perverse behaviors?
No need to fear or fret, be worried or even concerned. The Lord sees His rainbow and He remembers His promise, His everlasting covenant.
He sees and He remembers!
He sees our need for forgiveness, and He remembers to forgive us in Christ!
He sees our need for His protecting grace, and He sends it to us through His means of grace.
He sees our every need and He remembers to supply us with all we need for body and soul.
What a great way to start the day, knowing and believing that He knows and He remembers!
Prayer: Lord, lead me to remember that You remember. You know and You remember. Thank You Lord! Amen.
Read Genesis 9:15-17
I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh.  When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth."  God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.
Monday devotion from Pastor Pase
Not Really Alone Time
How much do you need alone time? How often do you get it?
It is important to have alone time. And it is of high importance that this alone time be spent with the Lord. For when we spend our alone time with the Lord then it really isn’t “alone” time. We are not just alone with our thoughts and ponderings. We are in the Word of God and in prayer to our Lord. Communing with Him!
Jesus and His Father were one in heaven. And when He came to this earth to bear our sin and be our Savior, He wanted, He needed to have that oneness continue. So often He would go off by Himself to pray.
And more times than not, He was interrupted. He didn’t have a chance to finish His prayers.
Time with the Lord with fellow brothers and sisters – an important need! This is Sunday School, Bible classes we attend and of course, the divine service.
Time with the Lord with just you and Him – an important need.
We are the Lord’s children. The Holy Spirit is in us, and He takes us to and keeps us in Jesus. Even when we are alone, we are not alone. What a blessing that is!
Prayer: Lord, lead me to have my time with You each day. Let nothing come between us. Amen.
Read Mark 6:45-47
Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.  And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray.  And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land.
Saturday devotion from Pastor Pase
Eyes of Faith
A couple of days ago I began the devotion writing of distractions. What we see with our eyes can be distracting. All the evil, the rejection of natural law, the absence of any absolute truth, everyone being constantly offended and not caring at all if the Lord is offended can be a little much to take.
This is why we are to view this world through the eyes of faith. Not being of the world, this makes sense.
The eyes of faith then need to be checked. Insurance allows us a visit to our optometrist once a year. Yikes! Once a year to check the eyes of faith? That’s a clear invitation for trouble and heartache.
Daily, weekly (not weakly)! TOMORROW! The Holy Spirit comes to us through Word and Sacrament to strengthen our inner being so that we are taught, reminded all that Christ is and all that He does for us. Our joy is not depleted by the events happening around us or to us. Our joy remains strong because being in the Lord’s presence we are filled with His fullness, the fullness of His amazing, incomparable love.
Keep the eyes of your faith healthy and in good working order.
Prayer: Strengthen my inner being Spirit as I am in the Word and at the altar, as I remember and live my Baptism. Sharpen the focus of my faith. Amen.
Read Ephesians 3:14-19
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,  that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love,  may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,  and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Friday devotion from Pastor Pase
Reclaim the Rainbow
The homosexual community has highjacked the rainbow and has made it the colors and flag of their movement.
It’s time to reclaim the rainbow!
The rainbow is the covenant from the Lord that not again the world would be destroyed by a flood; a flood brought about because the people had forgotten about their Creator and Lord and were doing whatever they wanted to do. Sound familiar?
The seven-colored rainbow we see in the sky after a storm is there to remind us that we are not going to get what we deserve because of the Lord’s covenant promise.
That covenant promise is to lead us to the covenant promise of the cross where we see sin punished once and all. For those who repent they are granted forgiveness and salvation. Those who don’t, won’t! Thus says the Lord.
The six-colored rainbow (yes, they removed indigo) of the homosexual community is an affront to the Lord. And it’s our calling to stand up and to speak up, speak the truth in love. In Christ there is forgiveness for all sin. That’s God’s covenant promise. But you need to see it as sin!
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your covenant promises, all of them. As I stand in those promises, may I be the witness to those promises as You desire me to be. Amen.
Read Genesis 9:8-13
Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him,  "Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you,  and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth.  I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth."  And God said, "This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:  I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.
|Monday||8am - 5am|
|Tuesday||8am - 5am|
|Wednesday||8am - 5am|
|Thursday||8am - 5am|
|Friday||8am - 5am|
|Sunday||9:15am - 12pm|
Believe in Holiness Walk by Faith Led by the Holy Spirit Ready for Breakthrough and testimonies Come for a time of refreshing as you join us.
We are the Unitarian Universalist Church of Midland, TX: People on diverse spiritual paths living out their faithfulness in the world.
"Leading teens closer to Christ"
The 2021 St. Ann’s Family Fair is Saturday, September 25th, 2021. Mark your calendars.
We are a Methodist church, worship service & bible study serving the Midland, TX area.
First Presbyterian Church in Midland, Texas.
Learn more English and study citizenship with free adult classes on Thursdays, 6:30-8:15 pm. We also offer spiritual encouragement. Info 432.683.0600
All Saints worships on Sundays at 10:30 am with Sunday School at 9:15 am. We are at 1000 Upland Avenue, one block west of Midkiff at Cuthbert and Upland.
We are a group of people seeking to follow God, offer an open expression of faith, and share the love of God in the Midland community.
Stay up to date on the happenings of the First Methodist Midland's Worship Arts and Music Ministry.