Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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Readings, Devotion, and Prayers for the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, July 5, 2020, for both MLLC and Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church

Please note that we have had some issues with the mllccarmine.com web site.  Things are working better now.  We are sorry for any delays and changes in typical patterns with the devotions and sharing of information.

We resumed in-person services on the weekend of June 6-7, following the normal schedule for both MLLC and Waldeck.  The Facebook Live services will be offered on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. from Waldeck, and at 10:00 a.m. from MLLC.

Below are the readings, prayers, and various announcements for this Sunday and this week.  The Sunday devotion is at the end of the readings.

 

Remember Your Regular Offerings

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For both of our congregations, Waldeck and MLLC, please remember that our expenses continue even when we are unable to meet as usual.  Please make a point to give your offerings as you would on a typical week.  Here are some ideas of what to do:

For Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ledbetter:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church; 6915 Waldeck Church Lane; Ledbetter, TX 78946

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

For MLLC in Carmine:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – MLLC, P O BOX 362, Carmine, TX 78932-0362

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

– give offerings through the church web site:  mllccarmine.com/online-giving  This page has a link to our secure giving page.  Offerings can be made by bank draft, debit card, or credit card through this special web site.

 

July 5, 2020

FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

 

First Reading: Zechariah 9:9-12

R:  A reading from Zechariah, the 9th chapter.

The coming messianic king will inaugurate an era of disarmament and prosperity. Because of God’s covenant with Israel, the people are designated as “prisoners of hope.” And now the reading.

9Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10He will cut off the chariot from Ephraim
and the war-horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
11As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
today I declare that I will restore to you double.

 

Psalm: Psalm 145:8-14

R:  Psalm 145, portions read responsively by verse.

8The Lord is gracious and full of compassion,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9Lord, you are good to all,
and your compassion is over all your works. 
10All your works shall praise you, O Lord,
and your faithful ones shall bless you.
11They shall tell of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your power,
12that all people may know of your power
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; your dominion endures throughout all ages.
You, Lord, are faithful in all your words, and loving in all your works.
14The Lord upholds all those who fall
and lifts up those who are bowed down. 

 

Second Reading: Romans 7:15-25a

R:  A reading from Romans, the 7th chapter.

Life captive to sin is a catch-22 existence in which we know good but do not do it and do things we know to be wrong. Through Jesus Christ, God has set us free from such a futile existence. And now the reading.

15I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. 16Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. 17But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. 19For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do. 20Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me.
21So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. 22For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, 23but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. 24Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25aThanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

 

*Gospel: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

P:  The holy gospel according to St. Matthew, the 11th chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus chides people who find fault with both his ministry and that of John the Baptist. He thanks God that wisdom and intelligence are not needed to receive what God has to offer. And now the reading.

[Jesus spoke to the crowd saying:] 16“To what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
17‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; 19the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”
25At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 26yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. 27All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Devotion

“Release, by Victor Hugo”

By Pastor David Tinker

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the Victor Hugo’s book, Les Misérables, we meet the lead character, Jean Valjean.  Jean was on parole from prison.  He was soon arrested on suspicion of stealing silver candlesticks from the local Roman Catholic bishop.  Jean had stolen the items when he stayed at the bishop’s house the night before.  Rather than pressing charges, the Bishop tells the police that the items were gifts from the bishop. The bishop forgives Jean Valjean, gives him more silver items and sends him on his way.  Through this interaction the bishop offers Jean a new relationship with God.  The bishop helps Jean understand forgiveness of sin.  Jean Valjean carries this truth and goodness with him as he goes his way.  With this new start he hopes to live a good life and to follow God’s ways.  There is one problem, along the way, Jean needs some more money.  So, as he is traveling through the countryside he robs a young chimney sweep.

For many years following this, Jean struggles with his inner debate. Should he do God’s will or sin against God and others.  In many ways he does do the right thing.  He uses his skills and wealth to help many people by providing jobs and assistance.  He also struggles with sin, wrong actions, and that he is always under suspicion as a convicted felon.  Who will rescue him from this struggle?  Who alone, but God.

Looking at our lives we know the right thing to do, but we don’t always do it.  We are hypocrites and are inconsistent in how we live our faith. Even St. Paul had struggled with knowing the right, but not always doing the right.   We want to follow the way of Jesus, yet we struggle each day to do so.  We see in today’s reading that Paul needed rescuing just as much as we do today.  Thankfully Jesus Christ does rescue us.  He does this by pulling alongside us in faith, taking on our burden of sin, forgiving our sin, and showing us the way to go.

The struggle of saying one thing and doing another creates a great burden in our lives.  We try to be good.  We want others to see God’s goodness.  In our reality of sin we are often inconsistent at best.  Luther spoke of this reality in this way: “Simul Iustus et Peccator”. In English, this means:  We are at the same time Saint and Sinner.  We are forgiven of our sin by God, yet we sometimes do the very things we know are wrong.  There is a struggle inside of us.  Even though we struggle between the two, God provides both faith and hope.

We are blessed with faith in the work of Jesus Christ. He is the one who suffered on the cross for the forgiveness of our Sin.  By God’s grace and the Holy Spirit, we trust in that work of God for our future in this life.

There is hope for us as well.  Two sources of hope include:  the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, and the sure promises of Jesus for our future with him.  Together these provide hope that God will lead us into the future as loved and forgiven people.  We have hope that our life now and tomorrow is in God’s care.  In sure and certain hope we look to Jesus Christ, God the Son, to rescue us from our sinful struggle.

The solution to our struggle is resting in the saving power of God in Jesus Christ.  We see this as St. Paul notes in our reading from Romans.  “Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”  The Lord knows we are powerless to solve this problem.  It takes daily power and goodness from the Lord for us to work through this struggle in our lives.  We give thanks that God has stepped in with his power for us.  God has granted us faith in him, and has sent his Holy Spirit into our lives so we can trust in him.   We get to strive to live faithfully because of what God has first done for us.  We move forward seeking to know God, and to follow in the way of Jesus.

When Jesus rescues us, helps us, and guides us, we are no longer separated from God.  This is true even when we struggle with wanting to do God’s will, while turning back and doing the very opposite. God knows that we struggle to do the right thing, yet we all too often do the wrong.  To address this and to assure us, St. Paul makes the following statement just after our reading from Romans ends.  In the first verse of chapter 8 Paul writes, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Who will rescue us?  Who in heaven or on earth will pull us out of the rubbish pile of life?  Who will call us to himself when we have turned against God, even though we say we are his followers?

Who else but Jesus Christ himself?  He calls us out of our inconsistent, burdensome and broken ways and into a new relationship with himself.  Each and every day he is there for us, guiding us, assuring us of his forgiveness, and stirring us toward his most excellent way.  Luther talks about this in the Small Catechism when he teaches us about baptism.  He writes, “(Baptism) signifies that the old person in us with all sins and evil desires is to be drowned and die through daily sorrow for sin and through repentance, and on the other hand that daily a new person is to come forth and rise up to live before God in righteousness and purity forever.”

All this is to bring us more fully “into Christ”.  All of us who are “In Christ”, are in a friendship with Jesus where we know him as our rescuer, Lord and friend.  He says again and again, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”

Let us pray – Loving God, you are full of patience and understanding.  We pray that your Holy Spirit will enable us to understand all that you have done for us.  We give thanks that, no matter what our struggles and burdens may be, you are there to take the full brunt of these things for us.  This we pray in the holy name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

*Prayers of Intercession

Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

A brief silence.

Eternal Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are the founder of our faith and the giver of all good gifts.  We come before you with thankful hearts and worshipful spirits.  Draw us to yourself and receive our praise.  Lord, in your mercy,            Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who suffer in mind, body or spirit, and for those facing difficult decisions, especially…  and also those whom we name before you…  Bring comfort and healing, strength and hope, and faithful discernment to all for whom we pray.  Lord, in your mercy,           Hear our prayer.

Grant our president and governor wisdom in their leadership.  Guide them to seek the benefit of those they serve over benefits for themselves.  Lord, in your mercy,  Hear our prayer.

We give thanks for the blessings of this nation.  Help us to strive together as one people toward liberty and justice for all in this land.  We give thanks for those who have risked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor for our freedom.  Lord, in your mercy,         Hear our prayer.

We entrust to you all who have entered their rest in you, (especially…  ) .  Help us to care for those who are bereaved.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Other petitions may be added here.

Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #27061.
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

Announcements:

 

Vacation Bible School at MLLC for 2020 has been cancelled.  This is due to concerns regarding the COVID19 pandemic.

Vacation Bible School 2020 Cancelled

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Vacation Bible School 2020 has been Cancelled

The Christian Education Committee made the difficult decision to cancel VBS 2020.  This is due to the concerns of the committee and parents regarding the COVID19 pandemic.

These faithful leaders do not make this decision lightly.  They have great love for God, church and community.  That is why they plan and present an excellent VBS every year, and why they made the decision they felt they needed to make.

They are looking forward to serving God and community next Summer.

 

Here are some ways you can help make the coming Sunday School year and VBS 2021 go very well.

  1.  Pray for the education and outreach ministry of MLLC and our Christian Education Committee.
  2. When we are able to offer Vacation Bible School and Sunday School programming, make sure you participate.  Bring your children, grandchildren, and friends to the events.  Volunteer for the various roles which are needed in these events.
  3. Make financial gifts to support the ministry.

Send gifts to the church office:

MLLC – Sunday School

P O BO 362

Carmine TX 78932

Or through the web site:  Click Link

When you get to the secure giving page, look about halfway down the page.  There are two giving spots for this ministry area.  One is “Sunday School,” and the other is, “VBS – Vacation Bible School.”

Thank you for your loving support of the education and outreach ministries of MLLC.

 

 

2020 Carmine Fire Department Feast Cancelled

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2020 Feast Cancelled

It has been announced in Carmine that the 2020 Edition of the annual Feast in support of the Carmine Volunteer Fire Department (CVFD) has been cancelled.  The leadership of the department has determined that this is the best and safest plan for this major community event.  This is due to concerns related to the COVID19 pandemic.

Every year the CVFD hosts and serves the community to raise money to support the ongoing operations of this essential community service.  Well over 1,000 meals are served every year, typically the famous Carmine Fried Chicken.

The people of MLLC are always thankful for the long lasting dedication of the volunteers of our community who are trained and ready to serve when fires and other emergencies arise in our area.  Many people of MLLC are also volunteers in some form with this important community service.

Even though the annual feast is cancelled for 2020, financial gifts for the CVFD of any amount are greatly appreciated.  Here is where you can send your financial gifts:

CVFD

P O Box 217

Carmine, TX 78932

 

The Carmine VFD Facebook Page can be found at this link:  Click Link

 

They are looking forward to offering the 2021 Feast next year.

4th Sunday after Pentecost

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Readings, Devotion, and Prayers for the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, June 28, 2020, for both MLLC and Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church

Please note that we have had some issues with the mllccarmine.com web site.  Things are working better now.  We are sorry for any delays and changes in typical patterns with the devotions and sharing of information.

We resumed in-person services on the weekend of June 6-7, following the normal schedule for both MLLC and Waldeck.  The Facebook Live services will be offered on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. from Waldeck, and at 10:00 a.m. from MLLC.

Below are the readings, prayers, and various announcements for this Sunday and this week.  The Sunday devotion is at the end of the readings.

 

Remember Your Regular Offerings

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For both of our congregations, Waldeck and MLLC, please remember that our expenses continue even when we are unable to meet as usual.  Please make a point to give your offerings as you would on a typical week.  Here are some ideas of what to do:

For Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ledbetter:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church; 6915 Waldeck Church Lane; Ledbetter, TX 78946

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

For MLLC in Carmine:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – MLLC, P O BOX 362, Carmine, TX 78932-0362

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

– give offerings through the church web site:  mllccarmine.com/online-giving  This page has a link to our secure giving page.  Offerings can be made by bank draft, debit card, or credit card through this special web site.

 

JUNE 28, 2020

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

 

First Reading: Jeremiah 28:5-9

R:  A reading from Jeremiah, the 28th chapter.

Through a symbolic action Jeremiah insisted that Judah and all the surrounding nations should submit to the king of Babylon (Jer. 27). Hananiah contradicted the word of Jeremiah, who in reply insisted that Hananiah’s rosy prediction should not be believed until it came true. God confirmed the word of Jeremiah and sentenced the false prophet Hananiah to death (vv. 16-17).  And now the reading.

5The prophet Jeremiah spoke to the prophet Hananiah in the presence of the priests and all the people who were standing in the house of the Lord; 6and the prophet Jeremiah said, “Amen! May the Lord do so; may the Lord fulfill the words that you have prophesied, and bring back to this place from Babylon the vessels of the house of the Lord, and all the exiles. 7But listen now to this word that I speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people. 8The prophets who preceded you and me from ancient times prophesied war, famine, and pestilence against many countries and great kingdoms. 9As for the prophet who prophesies peace, when the word of that prophet comes true, then it will be known that the Lord has truly sent the prophet.”

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm: Psalm 89:1-4, 15-18

R:  Psalm 89, portions read responsively by verse.

1Your love, O Lord, forever will I sing;
from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
2For I am persuaded that your steadfast love is established forever;
you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens.
3“I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn an oath to David my servant:
4‘I will establish your line forever,
and preserve your throne for all generations.’ ” 
15Happy are the people who know the festal shout!
They walk, O Lord, in the light of your presence.
16They rejoice daily in your name;
they are jubilant in your righteousness.
17For you are the glory of their strength,
and by your favor our might is exalted.
18Truly, our shield belongs to the Lord;
our king to the Holy One of Israel. 

 

Second Reading: Romans 6:12-23

R:  A reading from Romans, the 6th chapter.

Sin is an enslaving power which motivates us to live self-serving, disobedient lives. Sin’s final payoff is death. We, however, have been set free from sin’s slavery to live obediently under God’s grace, whose end is the free gift of eternal life. And now the reading.

12Do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. 13No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. 14For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
15What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
20When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. 22But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. 23For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

*Gospel: Matthew 10:40-42

P:  The holy gospel according to St. Matthew, the 10th chapter.  Glory to you, O Lord.

When Jesus sends his disciples out as missionaries, he warns them of persecution and hardships they will face. He also promises to reward any who aid his followers and support their ministry. And now the reading.

[Jesus said to the twelve:] 40“Whoever welcomes you welcomes

me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 41Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; 42and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.”

The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Devotion

“Trash and Treasure”

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Over the decades on PBS there has been the program called Antiques Roadshow. On this program people bring items to staff antique appraisers to determine if what they have is of interest or value.  Sometimes there are amazing finds which surprise the owner.  One time in 2014 there was a painting brought in for appraisal.  It was an oil painting by Joseph Kleitsch was dated around 1925.  Joseph Kleitsch was part of what art historians call the California School of Impressionism. He died in 1931.

The owner of this painting had originally purchased it for approximately $100.  The Antiques Roadshow fine art appraiser Debra Force gave the owner quite the surprise when she offered an estimated gallery price of $500,000.  What was not much for one person became something of high value for another.

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, chapter 6, verse 13, says, ” No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.” Paul is telling us that as God encounters us with his love and grace, we get to live a new way.  We no longer have to be living as sinners. Life is no longer the same because of what God is done for us in Jesus Christ. We know that humanity had turned from God’s ways. This rejection of the Lord had broken the special relationship we have with God. As a race we were no longer living in union with our Creator. The original intent for our lives was lost, and our perceived value was nothing. Death ruled the lives of humanity.

God chose to so value us that Jesus Christ went to the cross to die for us. Our value in God’s eyes grew from us being sinners to being those for whom his son had died. This is an astronomical change. God the Father saw his Son as so valuable that he gives up what was most valuable to himself for our sake.

Paul presents God’s call for us to turn from our old slave master and now to serve with a loving Savior who has bought us with his own precious body and blood. We are so valuable to God, and we cannot even imagine the full nature of the price he paid for our life and freedom.

There are two events in history that I look back at to remind me I have precious I am to God. The first is the saving work of Jesus Christ. I look back to his death on the cross. It’s where God bought me, it is where God bought you, it is where God bought humanity back from the power of sin and death and evil. The Lord has taken what was broken and dead and worthless, and he has made it precious and eternal. For this, I am most thankful.

The other is my baptism. Baptism is, as St. Paul teaches earlier in Romans chapter 6, the work of God which unites the person being baptized with the saving work of Jesus Christ.  At that point 54 years ago, I was claimed by Christ as one of his own. It was my special moment where I was set apart as a child of God and as an inheritor or eternal life with Christ. Throughout my days I remember God’s gift of life and direction granted by this sacred act. Because of my baptism I am a servant of for God just as all the baptized are. My hope and prayer for all of us is that we will see that our baptism is the entry point for our ministry as Christians.

Think about that $100 piece of art.  It was a simple item someone likely bought to put on her wall.  Over time she may not have thought about it very much at all.  Over time, the painting and other works by the same artist became treasured and respected by those who collect and display art.  Someone greater than the painting saw that it was special.  Someone delighted in the painting and treated it as something of great and precious value.

For us, we are a bit like that painting.  We were once lost in sin and death.  By the work of Jesus and the love of God, we are declared precious and valuable.  We are loved.  By this and by God’s guidance we move from the realm of sin and into the realm of God’s abundant love.  With this new environment we get to live the new life which God has prepared for us.

Prayer

Loving God, thank you for seeking us out and treating us as your beloved treasure.  By you Spirit help us to live as your faithful followers this day and forevermore.  We pray this in the holy name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

*Prayers of Intercession

A:  Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

A brief silence.

Lord God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: you alone are worthy of our praise.  You alone are the Holy One.  Receive our prayers and songs of worship.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We give thanks for the blessings of this nation.  Help us to strive together as one people toward liberty and justice for all in this land.  We give thanks for those who have risked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor for our freedom.  Lord, in your mercy,   Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who manage the finances of this congregation.  Help them to continue to be faithful to their task, and help us to grow in our generosity toward you and your church.  Lord, in your mercy,        Hear our prayer.

We pray that your Holy Spirit will stir in the lives of your people.  Help us, by your Spirit, to discern individuals who are called to serve as pastors and deacons in your church.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer. 

Other petitions may be added here.

You comfort all who struggle in body, mind or spirit.  Bring healing, strength and hope to all for whom we pray, including…   and those whom we name aloud or in quiet prayer…   Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

You comfort us as we mourn.  Bring encouragement and support to all who grieve following the death of a loved one or friend. (We especially remember…).

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

P:  Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission under Augsburg Fortress Liturgies Annual License #27061.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

3rd Sunday after Pentecost June 21

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Readings, Devotion, Prayers and Announcements for the Third Sunday after Pentecost, June 21, 2020, for both MLLC and Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church

We resumed in-person services on the weekend of June 6-7, following the normal schedule for both MLLC and Waldeck.  The Facebook Live services will be offered on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. from Waldeck, and at 10:00 a.m. from MLLC.

Below are the readings, prayers, and various announcements for this Sunday and this week.  The Sunday devotion is at the end of the readings.

 

Remember Your Regular Offerings

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For both of our congregations, Waldeck and MLLC, please remember that our expenses continue even when we are unable to meet as usual.  Please make a point to give your offerings as you would on a typical week.  Here are some ideas of what to do:

For Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ledbetter:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church; 6915 Waldeck Church Lane; Ledbetter, TX 78946

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

For MLLC in Carmine:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – MLLC, P O BOX 362, Carmine, TX 78932-0362

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

– give offerings through the church web site:  mllccarmine.com/online-giving  This page has a link to our secure giving page.  Offerings can be made by bank draft, debit card, or credit card through this special web site.

 

JUNE 21, 2020

THE THIRD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

 

First Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-13

R:  A reading from Jeremiah, the 20th chapter.

Jeremiah accuses God of forcing him into a ministry that brings him only contempt and persecution. Yet Jeremiah is confident that God will be a strong protector against his enemies and commits his life into God’s hands.

And now the reading.

7O Lord, you have enticed me,
and I was enticed;
you have overpowered me,
and you have prevailed.
I have become a laughingstock all day long;
everyone mocks me.
8For whenever I speak, I must cry out,
I must shout, “Violence and destruction!”
For the word of the Lord has become for me
a reproach and derision all day long.
9If I say, “I will not mention him,
or speak any more in his name,”
then within me there is something like a burning fire
shut up in my bones;
I am weary with holding it in,
and I cannot.
10For I hear many whispering:
“Terror is all around!
Denounce him! Let us denounce him!”
All my close friends
are watching for me to stumble.
“Perhaps he can be enticed,
and we can prevail against him,
and take our revenge on him.”
11But the Lord is with me like a dread warrior;
therefore my persecutors will stumble,
and they will not prevail.
They will be greatly shamed,
for they will not succeed.
Their eternal dishonor
will never be forgotten.
12O Lord of hosts, you test the righteous,
you see the heart and the mind;
let me see your retribution upon them,
for to you I have committed my cause.
13Sing to the Lord;
praise the Lord!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
from the hands of evildoers.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm: Psalm 69:7-18

R:  Psalm 69, read responsively by verse.

7Surely, for your sake I have suffered reproach,
and shame has covered my face.
8I have become a stranger to my own kindred,
an alien to my mother’s children.
9Zeal for your house has eaten me up;
the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me.
10I humbled myself with fasting,
but that was turned to my reproach. 
11I put on sackcloth also,
and became a by-word among them.
12Those who sit at the gate murmur against me,
and the drunkards make songs about me.
13But as for me, this is my prayer to you,

at the time you have set, O Lord:
“In your great mercy, O God,

answer me with your unfailing help.
14Save me from the mire; do not let me sink;
let me be rescued from those who hate me and out of the deep waters. 
15Let not the torrent of waters wash over me, neither let the deep swallow me up;
do not let the pit shut its mouth upon me.
16Answer me, O Lord, for your love is kind;
in your great compassion, turn to me.
17Hide not your face from your servant;
be swift and answer me, for I am in distress.
18Draw near to me and redeem me;
because of my enemies deliver me. 

 

Second Reading: Romans 6:1b-11

R:  A reading from Romans, the 6th chapter.

In baptism we were incorporated into the reality of Christ’s death and resurrection. We have been made new in Christ through his death and resurrection to live freed from sin.

1bShould we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? 2By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? 3Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.
5For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7For whoever has died is freed from sin. 8But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

*Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39

P:  The holy gospel according to St. Matthew, the 10th chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus warns his disciples that their ministry in his name will meet with opposition. However, he assures them that they need not fear for the truth will come to light. Life is found in Christ.

[Jesus said to the twelve:] 24“A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; 25it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!
26“So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known.

27What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. 28Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30And even the hairs of your head are all counted. 31So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.
32“Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; 33but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.
34“Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35For I have come to set a man against his father,
and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
36and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.
37Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Devotion

By Pastor David Tinker

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Portrait of my aunt’s father.  I never knew him.

When I see it, I see my cousin Tim.  Tim and his grandfather could be passed off as twins.

I don’t see this look as much in my aunt – maybe the look skipped a generation.

Genetics is fascinating to me.

Genetics is the study of the design material of life.  We use the term DNA to talk about this design material.  DNA is the abbreviation of the scientific word, “Deoxyribonucleic Acid”.  DNA is that special code, or blueprint, found in the cells of organisms.

For humans, we start out life as a single cell with one complete set of DNA.  Everything about what we will be, our looks, our eye color, the design for our organs, bones and tissues, and many aspects of our health, are set in place with that DNA.  As the cells replicate the DNA tells cells to form into one part or another.  Eventually the little baby begins to look like a baby, have a heartbeat, and so much more.  We are born and we eat, grow and live.

We were also created to be in an eternal relationship with God.  Humanity was meant to know and to worship God, and also to be a blessing to one another.  Early on in the course of Human History we rejected God’s initial design for our relationship with him and with one another.  The life which humanity chose was not better, and the helpless and broken situation we are in is called Sin.  This situation of Sin has brought on all sorts of mess:  hurt lives, death, as well as actions which hurt God, others, or ourselves.  Sin has held us back from becoming the people whom God designed us to be from the beginning.  Sin has altered the affects of God’s genetics or our Spiritual DNA.

God has addressed this human condition through the saving work of Jesus Christ on the Cross.  Out of his deep love for us, God entered our human reality and joined us in our loss and anguish and death.  In death, Jesus received the result of our sinful actions, and he joined the human race in its suffering.  His rising from the tomb leads us to hope and new life.

The Missionary Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, chapter 6, announces how we can get connected to what Jesus offers.  Through Baptism and Faith, we are led into a new and better way of living.  In a very real sense, God’ love, forgiveness, and power enable us to grow spiritually into the people God designed us to be.  Paul writes of this in chapter six of his letter, verses 3 and 4: “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”

Paul tells us that, by Baptism, we are united with Jesus in his death and rising from death.  The old favorite Holy Week song asks, “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?”  The assumed answer is, “Yes!”  We who have been baptized have been brought back to that point.  We didn’t just watch it or read about it.  No, we were spiritually crucified with Jesus.  We died spiritually in baptism and are brought to new life at the same time.  Our sin died with Jesus on the cross.  We are brought to life beyond the power of sin and death to live the renewed life God has for us.

Baptism is a tiny beginning to an amazing life with God.  When a person is baptized, we do not see exactly what God will be doing in that person’s life.  It doesn’t matter what age a person is baptized, because we still do not see it all at first.  Out of God’s love and provision the baptized person is given their design for their new life.  It is God’s love and provision which grows the person.  God gives us his Word, Holy Communion, the people of God, His Holy Spirit, and the hope we need for this life.  Second chances are always available as well.

God does great things in baptism and the Christian life.  Dr. Harry Wendt, a Lutheran Pastor from Australia, writes of what happens in Holy Baptism and our new life with Jesus.  He writes, “In Jesus, God has declared us to be holy.  God has given us Jesus’ sinless life, death and resurrection as a set of credentials to possess as our very own.  When we stand before God on the last day of history, we shall show Him Jesus’ credentials, now our own.  God will welcome us Home, not on the basis of what we have achieved, but on the basis of what Jesus has achieved for us.”

God calls us and empowers us through his Holy Spirit and through Baptism to be God’s Children.  Because we are God’s children, we are invited to be restored to the life which God gave us in the beginning.  In John’s first letter, chapter 3, the Apostle writes, “See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.”

Dr. Wendt continues as he tells about how we get to live because we are God’s children:  “While we wait for the Last Day, God’s appeal is, “Seek to make the credentials I have given you in grace describe you personally more and more.  Seek to demonstrate in your own life the life you have been given.  Become what you are!  Live out what I have declared you to be!””

God loves us, has given himself for us, and invites us to live his new and better way.  In baptism we are given, in a sense, a New DNA.  God’s renewed design and the power to grow is right here for us.  Let us receive it in faith today, and live it from this day forward.

 

Let us pray – Loving God, you make us your children through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism.  By your Holy Spirit help us to understand your abundant mercy, and guide us into the life you desire for all your people.  We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

 

 

*Prayers of Intercession

A:  Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

 

A brief silence.

 

Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, by your grace you meet us in the midst of our sin and death.  We give you thanks for your compassion and grace.  Mercifully help us to respond to your love with grateful worship of you, and in caring service to others.

Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

We pray for all the recently baptized and for all who are sensing the call to faith in you.  Stir your Holy Spirit in their lives so they might grow and mature in their faith.  Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

 

We pray for your strength and presence for those who mourn.  Guide us as we offer care to those who are bereaved.   (We especially remember…)   Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

We pray that you bring healing, strength and hope to those who struggle in mind, body, or spirit, especially . . .   and those we name aloud or in quiet prayer…  We pray that you will be their help and their shield.   Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

We give thanks for the Church Council members of this congregation.  Grant these leaders a passion for the Gospel and the Church as they work together in leading us to share the Good News of Jesus Christ with others.  Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

Other petitions may be added here.
We pray for those who struggle with the effects of natural disasters.  Help us to work together to bring relief and encouragement to those who suffer.  Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

 

P:  Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

LORD’S PRAYER 

 

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Waldeck Prayer List:

Linda Brown, London Gaskins, Phillip Procell, Brian Shaffer, Sandra Gest, Barbara Spence, April Weyand, Fritz Schoenst, Alicia McQuaig, Diana Gerik Poentisch, Sally Beettner, Carrie Oltmann, Beverly Drescher

 

REMEMBER IN PRAYER: Susan Ray (knee replacement surgery); Megan Hart Burch (daughter of Patti & Brad, chemotherapy); Ruby Renck (health concerns); Angie Colpetzer (health concerns); Ricky Eckert (brother of Ronnie Eckert, health concerns); Kalisa Pomykal (Paula Barrick’s sister, medical concerns); Kenny Lorenz (former member Robert Hinze’s relative, serious burns and numerous health concerns); Nancy Pietsch (former RT-C teacher, health concerns); Johnny Dunham (health concerns); Joyce Kelley (friend, health concerns); Jack Walsh (friend of Wade Eilers, chemotherapy); Robert Vaughn (at Texas Neurology, thankful for extended stay for rehab); Edna Mae Krivacka (friend of Ed Eargle and Carol Carmean, back home, health concerns)

 

Sympathy to the families of Ruby Lehmann (friend of Ted & Dianne Sager and aunt of Ronnie Hinze and Kerry Lehmann); Mary Dien Neutzler (grandmother of Lindsey & Josh Eckert and aunt of Colette Wunderlich); Joyce Spies (grandmother of Bryan & Shayne Kirts); Ilo Dean & Joyce Ullrich; Sam Reeves (friend of Daryl & Susan Ray)

 

The Ongoing Prayer Concerns may be found in the monthly newsletter.

 

CHRIST IN OUR HOME devotional booklets for July, August, and September are available in the narthex.  Some are also available for April, May, and June.

 

WORSHIP SERVICES are planned to be continued.  Detailed limitations are listed in the June newsletter.  Saturday service is at 6 and Sunday at 10.  Masks are optional.  Every other pew will be blocked.  Families are asked to sit together and leave space.  Offering plate, bulletins, and pew envelopes will be at back of sanctuary.  Saturday service is asked to be reserved as much as possible for senior adults.  No Holy Communion.

 

SERVING NEXT WEEKEND Assisting Minister-June 27, Shelby, and June 28, Jessica; Acolyte-Kennedy;  Reader-Susan R.;  Flowers-family of Dean & Joyce;  Usher team– Reuben, capt.;  Martin Luther Banner, Connie.  If you are uncomfortable serving, please let Pastor Tinker know.  It is an option to serve.

 

CAMPING ENVELOPES are in the June newsletter.  This goes to MLLC campers attending an ELCA Lutheran Camp.

 

CARMINE FIREMEN’S FEAST AND FUNDRAISER set for July 19 has been cancelled.  Their drill night (2nd Thursday) and meeting night (4th Thursday) will resume in June.  Annual meeting with election of officers-June 25.

 

OUTREACH/CARE COMMITTEE A person is needed to serve on the Church Council for the Outreach/Care Committee position.  You would only need to attend meetings and serve as a liaison, as Cheryl Etzel has volunteered to serve as the chairman.  Please consider serving in this role.

 

OFFERING ENVELOPES may be mailed to the church at PO Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932.  You may also give online.  Check the http://mlllccarmine/online-giving/ website for more information.  Thanks to all who have continued to make contributions.

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL at MLLC has been postponed to August 2-6, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:45 p.m., with the theme Rocky Railway.  See the codes in the June newsletter to register your child and to volunteer.

Registration is also available at the church web site:  https://mllccarmine.com/vacation-bible-school-2020/

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Bethlehem Lutheran in Round Top has cancelled their Vacation Bible School.

 

2nd Sunday after Pentecost

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Readings, Devotion, Prayers and Announcements for the Second Sunday after Pentecost, June 14, 2020, for both MLLC and Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church

We resumed in-person services on the weekend of June 6-7, following the normal schedule for both MLLC and Waldeck.  The Facebook Live services will be offered on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. from Waldeck, and at 10:00 a.m. from MLLC.

Below are the readings, prayers, and various announcements for this Sunday and this week.  The Sunday devotion is at the end of the readings.

 

Remember Your Regular Offerings

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For both of our congregations, Waldeck and MLLC, please remember that our expenses continue even when we are unable to meet as usual.  Please make a point to give your offerings as you would on a typical week.  Here are some ideas of what to do:

For Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ledbetter:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church; 6915 Waldeck Church Lane; Ledbetter, TX 78946

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

For MLLC in Carmine:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – MLLC, P O BOX 362, Carmine, TX 78932-0362

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

– give offerings through the church web site:  mllccarmine.com/online-giving  This page has a link to our secure giving page.  Offerings can be made by bank draft, debit card, or credit card through this special web site.

 

JUNE 14, 2020

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

 

First Reading: Exodus 19:2-8a

A reading from Exodus.

At Sinai God assured Israel, “You shall be my treasured possession,” and commissioned them to serve as mediating priests for the nations. The people commit themselves completely to God’s will.

2[The Israelites] had journeyed from Rephidim, entered the wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness; Israel camped there in front of the mountain.3Then Moses went up to God; the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, “Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the Israelites: 4You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5Now therefore, if you obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession out of all the peoples. Indeed, the whole earth is mine, 6but you shall be for me a priestly kingdom and a holy nation. These are the words that you shall speak to the Israelites.”
7So Moses came, summoned the elders of the people, and set before them all these words that the Lord had commanded him. 8aThe people all answered as one: “Everything that the Lord has spoken we will do.”

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm: Psalm 100

1Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands!
2Serve the Lord with gladness; come into God’s presence with a song.
3Know that the Lord is God, our maker to whom we belong;
we are God’s people and the sheep of God’s pasture.
4Enter the gates of the Lord with thanksgiving and the courts with praise;
give thanks and bless God’s holy name.
5Good indeed is the Lord, whose steadfast love is everlasting,
whose faithfulness endures from age to age.

 

Second Reading: Romans 5:1-8

A reading from Romans.

We are no longer God’s enemies but have peace with God because we were brought into a right relationship with God through Christ’s death.

1Since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
6For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel: Matthew 9:35–10:8 [9-23]

The holy gospel according to Matthew.

Glory to you, O Lord.

The mission of Jesus’ followers is to continue the mission of Jesus himself. Here, he instructs his first disciples as to how they might proclaim the gospel through their words and deeds.

35Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. 36When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
10:1Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. 2These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.
5These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, 6but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment. [9Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, 10no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food. 11Whatever town or village you enter, find out who in it is worthy, and stay there until you leave. 12As you enter the house, greet it. 13If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. 14If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. 15Truly I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
16“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. 17Beware of them, for they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues; 18and you will be dragged before governors and kings because of me, as a testimony to them and the Gentiles. 19When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you at that time; 20for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. 21Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; 22and you will be hated by all because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 23When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next; for truly I tell you, you will not have gone through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.”]

The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Devotion

“Just at the Right Time”

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

In 2003 a woman named Dorothy Fletcher was flying to her daughter’s wedding in Orlando.  While traveling she suffered a heart attack.  When this 67-year-old grandmother started having chest pains and collapsed on a plane, an anxious stewardess asked, “Is there a doctor on board?”

Within seconds 15 cardiology specialists, all of who were travelling to a conference on heart disease, offered to help.  These doctors were all at the right place at the right time.  With their immediate care Dorothy Fletcher was able to have an excellent recovery.

In a similar way our loving Savior is there for us. Paul tells us in Romans chapter 5, “for while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” At the right time, we, who are weak and lost without the Lord, are given God’s mercy. The Lord took notice of how we are separated from his love. We had chosen sin over God, and the results were devastating. We brought on death and eternal separation from the Lord.

But God’s power and forgiveness are always more powerful than our sin. The Lord can do much more than we ever expected. The Savior helps us in the middle of the weakest points of life. Remember, “for while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”  St. Paul goes on to say, “God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.”

At the right time, God’s love is brought into our lives.  There are two reasons for God bringing his love into our lives. First, God wants us to have peace with him. To do this God entered human life in this world.  In the person of Jesus, the Lord announced: “Return to the Lord, the Kingdom of heaven has come near.”  He taught us about the Kingdom, and showed us how to live. After his time of teaching, Jesus then died for us, so that eternal death would not have to become our final reality. By the resurrection of Jesus Christ we have the opportunity to receive God’s power. This power enables us to follow Jesus through life, death, and into eternity. By being with Christ we have peace with God.

The second reason for God’s love in our lives is very related to the first. This peace I have noted is leads to hope which does not disappoint. This hope enables us to minister to others.

God’s way of building this hope in us is through the reality of this human life. As we follow Christ, we live. As we live, we face all that life has to offer. In life we face both joys and struggles. Paul writes of the struggles being sufferings.  With God’s help we can respond to struggles with growth and hope.  Paul phrases this growth of hope in this way: “And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

True hope, founded in life experience, it’s not something to keep hidden. Is a blessing to share with others.

Years ago, I heard about Mary.  She was ecstatic. For the first time she knew what it meant to feel the power and the presence of our Lord at work and her life. For the first time Mary felt called to be a witness for Jesus Christ. But now she had a problem Mary didn’t know how to witness.

Mary grew up knowing that it was not right to talk about her own experiences. It was not right talk about his success, because that might sound like she was boasting, and it was certainly not right to talk about her weakness because that might sound like she was complaining. So, what could a person say that would convince others that God loved and cared for them?

Mary was so confused she decided to talk with her pastor about how to bear witness to her faith in Christ Jesus. Mary’s pastor gave her to suggestions. First, she was to pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. Secondly, she was to read and pray about Romans chapter 5:1-8.

Mary was a little disappointed with her pastor’s advice. She was hoping that he would give her the words to say. Instead, he had given her homework. But if praying and reading we’re going to teach her how to bear witness to Christ, the Mary was more than willing to do both.

As time went by Mary found that God was leading her into situations where she needed to talk about her life experiences. She met a young woman who had just had a miscarriage, and for her for the first time Mary spoke about her own a miscarriage. The two women shared their pain and their tears. When the younger woman asked Mary how she made it through her pain, Mary was able to talk about God’s healing love and peace.

Mary met a woman her own age who was struggling with the need to provide around-the-clock nursing care for her mother. This time she found herself talking about the turmoil she went through when her mother needed around-the-clock nursing care. As they talked Mary found herself describing how God helped her make it through.

About a month later Mary went back to visit her pastor. “Pastor,” she said, “I was taught that it was wrong to talk about myself. But I discovered that in order to bear witness to how God is at work in my life, I must talk about my own experiences. I have discovered that when I tell my story, others feel free to tell me their stories. When that happens, it’s possible to tell God story.”

Gods wonderful love in Jesus Christ you shown us for a reason. First, it is to build a peaceful relationship between God and humanity. And secondly, it is to give us the opportunity, at the right time, to tell God story through our life experience.

Ultimately, at the right time, God’s love is given to us so we might tell all people of the life God wants for them. What an honor it is to be there at the right time, and to be part of God’s plan for the world.

Let us pray – Loving God, we give you thanks for sending your Son, Jesus Christ, into the world. By your mercy help us to receive his caring forgiveness right now, for we need it.  We pray this in his most Holy Name. Amen

 

*Prayers of Intercession

A:  Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

A brief silence.

Almighty and everlasting God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, grant that with one voice we may confess you as our God and Lord and, in communion with your whole Christian Church, maintain, guard, and defend the true faith in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace. Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer. 

Graciously bestow on the pastors and teachers of your Church the boldness to speak the truth of the Gospel’s saving message to all people so that the world might know your Son Jesus Christ and the love you have shown us in him. Unite us in this faith just as you are one. Lord, in your mercy.

Hear our prayer. 

Grant your blessing on all in positions of authority, including the president, the governor of this state, our legislators and judges, that all may govern with justice and equity. Help them to serve the common good. Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer. 

Look in mercy on all those in need—the disadvantaged in our society, the unemployed, the overworked, the exploited, victims of abuse and violence, and those wounded by sorrow, sadness, and the stresses and burdens of everyday life. Grant healing to the sick and struggling including… and those whom we name aloud or in quiet prayer…   .  Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer.

Bring comfort to those who grieve (especially the family and friends of ____________). Hold before them the cross of your dear Son so that they may never lose sight of the only source of their true comfort and eternal hope. Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer. 

Other intercessions may be added here.

Draw us toward a closer walk with you.  Enliven our faith and help us to find better understanding of your Good News.  Help us to keep the faithful discipline of daily Bible reading.  Lord, in your mercy.  Hear our prayer.

P:  Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

LORD’S PRAYER 

 

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Waldeck Prayer List:  Linda Brown, London Gaskins, Phillip Procell, Brian Shaffer, Sandra Gest, Barbara Spence, April Weyand, Fritz Schoenst, Alicia McQuaig, Diana Garik Poentisch, Sally Beettner, Carrie Oltmann, Beverly Drescher,

Sympathy:  Robin Hardin

 

REMEMBER IN PRAYER: Susan Ray (knee replacement surgery); Brad & Patti (Hart) Eilers (both quarantined with COVID-19); Megan Hart Burch (daughter of Patti & Brad, chemotherapy); Ruby Renck (recovering from surgery); Angie Colpetzer (recovering from surgery); Carol Mertz Leitzel, Janet Schnell Beckworth (both friends of Praise Team leader Jolene Wickel, health concerns and in hospitals);  Ricky Eckert (brother of Ronnie Eckert, health concerns); Kalisa Pomykal (Paula Barrick’s sister, medical concerns); Kenny Lorenz (former member Robert Hinze’s relative, serious burns and numerous health concerns); Nancy Pietsch (former RT-C teacher, health concerns); Johnny Dunham (health concerns); Joyce Kelley (friend, health concerns); Jack Walsh (friend of Wade Eilers, chemotherapy); Robert Vaughn (at Texas Neurology, thankful for extended stay for rehab); Edna Mae Krivacka (friend of Ed Eargle and Carol Carmean, back home, health concerns)

 

Sympathy to the families of Ilo Dean & Joyce Ullrich; Sam Reeves (friend of Daryl & Susan Ray)

 

The Ongoing Prayer Concerns may be found in the monthly newsletter.

 

CHRIST IN OUR HOME devotional booklets for July, August, and September are available in the narthex.  Some are also available for April, May, and June.

 

WORSHIP SERVICES are planned to be continued.  Detailed limitations are listed in the June newsletter.  Saturday service is at 6 and Sunday at 10.  Masks are optional.  Every other pew will be blocked.  Families are asked to sit together and leave space.  Offering plate will be at back of sanctuary.  Saturday service is asked to be reserved as much as possible for senior adults.  No Holy Communion.  No bulletins.

 

SERVING NEXT WEEKEND Assisting Minister-June 20, Robbie & June 21, Susan; Acolyte-Drayton;  Reader-Blake;  Flowers-Jason & Vickie;  Usher team– Wade, capt.  If you are uncomfortable serving, please let Pastor Tinker know.  It is an option to serve.

 

CAMPING ENVELOPES are in the June newsletter.  This goes to MLLC campers attending an ELCA Lutheran Camp.

 

CARMINE FIREMEN’S FEAST AND FUNDRAISER set for July 19 has been cancelled.  Their drill night (2nd Thursday) and meeting night (4th Thursday) will resume in June.  Annual meeting-June 25.

 

RECYCLING TRAILER is now back at the Carmine Hall on Thursdays from noon until 4 p.m.  They are in Ledbetter the same day from 8:30 – 11 a.m. behind the Ledbetter Hall.

 

OUTREACH/CARE COMMITTEE A person is needed to serve on the Church Council for the Outreach/Care Committee position.  You would only need to attend meetings and serve as a liaison, as Cheryl Etzel has volunteered to serve as the chairman.  Please consider serving in this role.

 

OFFERING ENVELOPES may be mailed to the church at PO Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932.  You may also give online.  Check the http://mlllccarmine/online-giving/ website for more information.  Thanks to all who have continued to make contributions.

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL at MLLC has been postponed to August 2-6, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:45 p.m., with the theme Rocky Railway.  See the codes in the June newsletter to register your child and to volunteer.

Registration is also available at the church web site:  https://mllccarmine.com/vacation-bible-school-2020/

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Bethlehem Lutheran in Round Top is postponing VBS indefinitely.  It may still be cancelled, but they are waiting to see how things go this summer.  For more information contact Stacy Eilers at 979-639-1897.

 

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Week ending 5/23/2020

Church Income                                           $3,181.26

 

Church Expenses                                       $3,745.08

 

Salaries & Benefits                         3,387.66

Envelopes                                         187.42

Miscellaneous                                 170.00

 

Net Loss:                                                      $563.82

 

Week ending 5/30/2020

Church Income                                           $4,183.90

 

Church Expenses                                       $1,064.00

Printing                                             564.00

Salaries & Benefits                         500.00

 

Net Income:                                                $3,119.90

Year to Date Net Loss:                             $1,077.75

The Holy Trinity – Sunday, June 7

Trinity Symbol

 

 

Readings, Devotion, Prayers and Announcements for the Holy Trinity, June 7, 2020, for both MLLC and Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church

We resumed in-person services on the weekend of June 6-7, following the normal schedule for both MLLC and Waldeck.  The Facebook Live services will be offered on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. from Waldeck, and at 10:00 a.m. from MLLC.

Below are the readings, prayers, and various announcements for this Sunday and this week.  The Sunday devotion is at the end of the readings.

 

Remember Your Regular Offerings

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For both of our congregations, Waldeck and MLLC, please remember that our expenses continue even when we are unable to meet as usual.  Please make a point to give your offerings as you would on a typical week.  Here are some ideas of what to do:

For Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ledbetter:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church; 6915 Waldeck Church Lane; Ledbetter, TX 78946

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

For MLLC in Carmine:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – MLLC, P O BOX 362, Carmine, TX 78932-0362

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

– give offerings through the church web site:  mllccarmine.com/online-giving  This page has a link to our secure giving page.  Offerings can be made by bank draft, debit card, or credit card through this special web site.

YouTube Video Link

Here is the link for the YouTube video of this day’s service.

 

JUNE 7, 2020

THE HOLY TRINITY

 

First Reading: Genesis 1:1–2:4a

A reading from Genesis.

At the beginning of time, God the Creator, God the powerful Word, and God the life-giving Spirit form the earth and all its inhabitants. God sees that all this created work is good and then rests on the seventh day.

1In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. 3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
6And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. 8God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
9And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
14And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
20And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” 21So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.
24And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. 25God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.
26Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
27So God created humankind in his image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” 29God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
2:1Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. 2And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.
4aThese are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm: Psalm 8

1O Lord our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!—
2you whose glory is chanted above the heavens out of the mouths of infants and children;
you have set up a fortress against your enemies, to silence the foe and avenger.
3When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars you have set in their courses,
4what are mere mortals that you should be mindful of them,
human beings that you should care for them?
5Yet you have made them little less than divine;
with glory and honor you crown them.
6You have made them rule over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet:
7all flocks and cattle,
even the wild beasts of the field,
8the birds of the air, the fish of the sea,
and whatever passes along the paths of the sea.
9O Lord our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

 

Second Reading: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13

A reading from 2 Corinthians.

Paul closes a challenging letter to the Corinthians with an appeal to Christian fellowship grounded in the triune harmony of Christ’s grace, God’s love, and the Spirit’s partnership.

[Paul writes:] 11Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. 12Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.
13The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel: Matthew 28:16-20

The holy gospel according to Matthew. Glory to you, O Lord.

After his resurrection, Jesus summons his remaining disciples and commissions them to baptize and teach all nations in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

16Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Devotion

“God Pile”

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesu Christ.

Ice cream is a good thing to have piled up. The more the better, right? Many years ago my wife was serving ice cream in cones to my parents.  She asked my father how much he wanted on his cone.  His answer was, “Put as much as you can in the cone.”

Jennifer responded, “You may not want that much.”

She proceeded to pile on more ice cream on a single cake cone than I have ever seen.  He eventually stopped her from putting more on it, but it was still a giant amount.

There are many good things which can be piled up. Even so, nothing can compare to the love and presence and goodness of God. There is just so much to God and who he is. The fullness of God is more than we can adequately express. It is more than the theologians can express. It’s more than the Bible can fully explain to us.

The Bible is full and generous in how it communicates God’s relationship with us. One way a writer suggested is that we are to, “think of the Bible as a very long story of God’s attempted conversation with humanity. We keep on rejecting the Word of God, turning in another direction, worshiping false gods, attempting to hide, evade, or end of the conversation. But God keeps coming back to us. God comes to us in the lives of the Patriarchs, in the words of the prophets, in the gift of God’s law. Then, stopping at nothing, God comes to us as the Son, coming to us as Jesus. Then, even when we killed his only son, hung him on a cruel cross, thinking that he had probably ended relations between us and God, and three days, God came back to us as the risen Christ. God keeps coming back, again, and even again.”

For the church, this Sunday has been designated as a day to celebrate the Holy Trinity. Although the phrase, “Holy Trinity,” does not appear in the Bible, there are expressions of it throughout. What the phrase comes from is the Christian Church’s attempt to describe, based on the Holy Bible, what this amazing and overwhelming God is all about. A scholar notes, “When God came to us as the Son, Incarnate in Jesus, God did not have to say, “Call me by my proper name, Trinity.” And God didn’t have to. We did. That is, on the basis of our experience of God as complex, ubiquitous, and overflowing with love as the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, we just naturally started speaking of God as Trinity.”

What he saying is that God is bigger than our words can describe.  His goodness, his power, his love, his action, his fullness, his everything, is piled upon us in the most wonderful way. What we have done with the Holy Trinity is give expression, in our limited way, to the limitless God.

The Holy Trinity is a sort of handle on which to get a hold of our amazing God. I believe the Lord has provided this handle for us so we can have another connection with the Lord. In reality, it’s really God gets a hold of us and helps us understand his wonderful nature through the concept of the Holy Trinity.

This theological concept was agreed-upon by the Church at the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. Although the Christians had been talking about God in this way since the earliest days of Christianity, this idea was formalized at this council. At this gathering they discuss the idea of the persons of the Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. In that council or meeting they spoke of God’s “three persons.” In our language, that sounds like we are talking about three different people. No, my Nicaea was building upon the Greek experience.  They took an idea from Greek drama of the way in which one actor could portray up to three characters.   The actor could simply move off stage and then put on the mask which was called a persona, and returning to the stage as another character. One actor could portray three different roles.

I am one person, but I live in the roles of husband, son and father. In a similar way, though there is one God, we experience God working in three different ways in the world. And yet, like most analogies my God, this analogy helped but is far from complete. To rely on this one exclusively does not get a full expression of God’s Word regarding the subject.

Even so as we seek to know God, this analogy gets us started. In his book, “Creeds, counselors, and Christ,” author Gerald Grey writes of the persons of the Holy Trinity:  “today we need to reassert that personhood does not mean individuality, but the capacity for relationship. …no person can find his or her for filling in isolation or selfishness. The members of the Trinity show us what being a person means – the Father gives himself by offering his Son and love for the world, the Son gives himself by being sacrifice and love to the Father and for the world, and Holy Spirit gives himself by presenting the Father and the Son to us in love. Self-sacrifice is the only way to perfect self-fulfillment and happiness and the peace of God.”

“The Trinity teaches us, moreover, that our existence as person is dependent on the inner being of God. It is because we are created in his image and likeness that we have a capacity for relationship, which means that our primary relationship must always be with him. In the Trinity we see the sacred tie of kinship (Father and Son) and perfectly balanced by the equally sacred Spirit.”

We celebrate the piles of being which is God: his love and creativity; his power and gentleness; his presence and universality; his sacrifice and resurrection; his judgment and mercy; his relational nature and other-ness. The list can go on and on and on. God goes on and on and on, yet he is right here with us as we gather in his name. God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit loves us more than we could ever imagine, and we rejoice in the truth today.

Let us pray — God of heaven and earth, before the foundation of the universe and the beginning of time you are the triune God: Author of creation, eternal Word of salvation, life-giving Spirit of wisdom. Guide us to all truth by your Spirit, that we may proclaim all that Christ has revealed and rejoice in the glory he shares with us. Glory and praise to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and forever.  Amen

 

*Prayers of Intercession

A:  Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

A brief silence.

Lord God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we worship you in the glory of your majesty.  Receive our prayers and thanksgivings.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who face health problems and other difficulties.  Bring each person healing, strength and hope.  We lift in prayer those who we now name aloud or in quiet prayer…. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Other petitions may be added here.

We give thanks for the service of emergency responders in our community.  Guide them in their service, and protect them as they come to the aid of those in distress.   Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

 

Bring comfort and support to those who grieve for a loved one or friend. (We especially remember…)   Help us as a congregation to offer your merciful care to those who mourn. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

You call us to be your disciples.  Help us to keep the discipline of weekly worship.  Guide us back to you and to your community of faith for praise of you and for fellowship with one another.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

P:  Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

LORD’S PRAYER 

 

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Waldeck Remember in PrayerLinda Brown, London Gaskins, Phillip Procell, Brian Shaffer, Sandra Gest, Barbara Spence, April Weyand, Fritz Schoenst, Alicia McQuaig, Diana Garik Poentisch, Sally Beettner, Carrie Oltmann, Robin Hardin, Beverly Drescher.

MLLC REMEMBER IN PRAYER: Susan Ray (knee replacement surgery); Brad & Patti (Hart) Eilers (both quarantined with COVID-19); Megan Hart Burch (daughter of Patti & Brad, chemotherapy); Ruby Renck (recovering from surgery); Angie Colpetzer (recovering from surgery); Carol Mertz Leitzel, Janet Schnell Beckworth (both friends of Praise Team leader Jolene Wickel, health concerns and in hospitals);  Ricky Eckert (brother of Ronnie Eckert, health concerns); Kalisa Pomykal (Paula Barrick’s sister, medical concerns); Kenny Lorenz (former member Robert Hinze’s relative, serious burns and numerous health concerns); Nancy Pietsch (former RT-C teacher, health concerns); Johnny Dunham (health concerns); Joyce Kelley (friend, health concerns); Jack Walsh (friend of Wade Eilers, chemotherapy); Robert Vaughn (at Texas Neurology, thankful for extended stay for rehab); Edna Mae Krivacka (friend of Ed Eargle and Carol Carmean, back home, health concerns)

Sympathy

 

The Ongoing Prayer Concerns may be found in the monthly newsletter.

CHRIST IN OUR HOME devotional booklets for July, August, and September are available in the narthex.

 

WORSHIP SERVICES are planned to be continued.  Detailed limitations are listed in the June newsletter.  Saturday service is at 6 and Sunday at 10.  Masks are optional.  Every other pew will be blocked.  Families are asked to sit together and leave space.  Offering plate will be at back of sanctuary.  Saturday service is asked to be reserved as much as possible for senior adults.  No Holy Communion.  No bulletins.

 

SERVING NEXT WEEKEND Assisting Minister-June 13, Shelby & June 14, Debby; Parament change-Jadon (green); Acolyte-Kalli; Reader-Tony; Flowers-Bobbie.  Usher team– Floyd Etzel, capt.  If you are uncomfortable serving, please let Pastor Tinker know.  It is an option to serve.

 

CAMPING ENVELOPES are in the June newsletter.  This goes to MLLC campers attending an ELCA Lutheran Camp.

 

QUILTING for Camp For All will be tomorrow morning beginning at 9 a.m.

 

CARMINE FIREMEN’S FEAST AND FUNDRAISER set for July 19 has been cancelled.  Their drill night (2nd Thursday) and meeting night (4th Thursday) will resume in June.  Annual meeting-June 25.

 

WELCA AND REBEKAH GROUP WELCA Unit general meeting will be at 1 p.m., before the 2 p.m.  Rebekah Group meeting on Thursday.

 

RECYCLING TRAILER is now back at the Carmine Hall on Thursdays from noon until 4 p.m.  They are in Ledbetter the same day from 8:30 – 11 a.m. behind the Ledbetter Hall.

 

OUTREACH/CARE COMMITTEE A person is needed to serve on the Church Council for the Outreach/Care Committee position.  You would only need to attend meetings and serve as a liaison, as someone has volunteered to serve as the chairman.  Please consider serving in this role.

 

OFFERING ENVELOPES may be mailed to the church at PO Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932.  You may also give online.  Check the http://mlllccarmine/online-giving/ website for more information.  Thanks to all who have continued to make contributions.

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL at MLLC has been postponed to August 2-6, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:45 p.m., with the theme Rocky Railway.  See the codes in the May newsletter to register your child and to volunteer.

Registration is also available at the church web site:  https://mllccarmine.com/vacation-bible-school-2020/

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Bethlehem Lutheran in Round Top is postponing VBS indefinitely.  It may still be cancelled, but they are waiting to see how things go this summer.  For more information contact Stacy Eilers at 979-639-1897.

The Day of Pentecost – May 31

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Readings, Devotion, Prayers and Announcements for the Day of Pentecost, May 31, 2020, for both MLLC and Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church

As we are not able to meet due as usual to health and safety concerns, yet we are still finding ways to share and celebrate our faith together.  We will resume in-person services on the weekend of June 6-7, following the normal schedule for both MLLC and Waldeck.  The Facebook Live services will be offered on Sundays at 8:00 a.m. from Waldeck, and at 10:00 a.m. from MLLC.

Below are the readings, prayers, and various announcements for this Sunday and this week.  The Sunday devotion is at the end of the readings.

 

Remember Your Regular Offerings

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For both of our congregations, Waldeck and MLLC, please remember that our expenses continue even when we are unable to meet as usual.  Please make a point to give your offerings as you would on a typical week.  Here are some ideas of what to do:

For Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ledbetter:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church; 6915 Waldeck Church Lane; Ledbetter, TX 78946

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

For MLLC in Carmine:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – MLLC, P O BOX 362, Carmine, TX 78932-0362

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

– give offerings through the church web site:  mllccarmine.com/online-giving  This page has a link to our secure giving page.  Offerings can be made by bank draft, debit card, or credit card through this special web site.

YouTube Video Link

Here is the link for the YouTube video of this day’s service.

May 31, 2020

Day of Pentecost

 

First Reading: Acts 2:1-21

A reading from Acts.

Pentecost was a Jewish harvest festival that marked the fiftieth day after Passover. Luke portrays the Holy Spirit being poured out upon the disciples before the gathered and astonished people assembled in Jerusalem for the festival. Filled with the Spirit, the disciples were able to witness to the power of Christ’s resurrection.

1When the day of Pentecost had come, [the apostles] were all together in one place. 2And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.
5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”
14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
and your old men shall dream dreams.
18Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
19And I will show portents in the heaven above
and signs on the earth below,
blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20The sun shall be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood,
before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day.
21Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’ ”

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

Psalm: Psalm 104:24-34, 35b

24How manifold are your works, O Lord!
In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
25Yonder is the sea, great and wide, with its swarms too many to number,
living things both small and great.
26There go the ships to and fro,
and Leviathan, which you made for the sport of it.
27All of them look to you
to give them their food in due season. 
28You give it to them; they gather it;
you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
29When you hide your face, they are terrified;
when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30You send forth your Spirit, and they are created;
and so you renew the face of the earth.
31May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
O Lord, rejoice in all your works. 
32You look at the earth and it trembles;
you touch the mountains and they smoke.
33I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will praise my God while I have my being.
34May these words of mine please God.
I will rejoice in the Lord.
35bBless the Lord, O my soul.
Hallelujah! 

 

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13

A reading from 1 Corinthians.

Paul is helping the Corinthians understand the relationship between our God-given unity and Spirit-created diversity. The Spirit creates the unity of faith and gives all Christians diverse gifts for the common benefit of all. We need one another’s diverse spiritual gifts because the same Spirit has given them to each person for the common good.

3bNo one can say “Jesus is Lord” except by the Holy Spirit.
4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. 7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

The word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Gospel: John 20:19-23

The holy gospel according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.

The risen Jesus appears to his disciples, offering them a benediction, a commission, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.

19When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Devotion

“Living Waters”

By Pastor David Tinker

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Many years ago I attended a spiritual retreat near Lima, Ohio.  At the Christian retreat center there was a simple, yet beautiful chapel.  On the wall behind the altar was a mosaic with blue, aqua-blue, white and red tiles.  This beautiful mosaic depicted a sort of gushing geyser.  I believe the symbolism was that of the Spiritual life which God provides for us in super abundant ways.

In today’s gospel reading we hear Jesus talking about how God’s Spirit will be granted to his people.  He says, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. As the scripture has said, ‘Out of the believer’s heart shall flow rivers of living water.’”  John comments to help us understand this when he writes, “Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in him were to receive…”

Jesus talks about living water.  For us today, we don’t necessarily get that concept.  For people living in or near a desert, such as in the Holy Land, water is precious; drinkable water in an absolute necessity.  “Living water” is a phrase used for flowing or fresh water, for example, “running water” in English. Flowing water is usually drinkable water, and that is something very important in desert climates. In contrast, there can be “dead” water. Water going nowhere which is stuck in a stagnant pool is usually undrinkable.  Drinkable water was much rarer than we experience here in our nation, and it was seen as an essential source of life.

So, with the gift of the Holy Spirit, the followers of Jesus, both in his day and in our day, are given new and abundant life.  In John’s gospel, chapter 4, verses 13 and 14 we read:  “Jesus said to the woman at the well, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.””

Jesus is talking about the gift of his Holy Spirit for us.  This Holy Spirit brings life to us in many ways.

The Spirit opens us up to knowing the true source of life – The Holy Spirit of God enables us to understand and believe God’s Word and Promises for us.  The Spirit opens us up to the greatest spiritual truth, that of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection for the forgiveness of our sin.  The Spirit helps us see that God loves us beyond measure, and that he has come into this world to free us from the power of sin, death and evil.  God, the Holy Spirit, grants us the faith we need to trust in what Jesus has done for us.

The Spirit stirs us to faith and action – God’s Spirit powers us for life and ministry which build up the church and the world we serve.  When God the Holy Spirit stirs among God’s people, great things happen.  God’s Word is spread; the hungry are fed; people are brought to faith in Christ; worship becomes more joyful; there is greater peace among church leaders; people become passionate about prayer; people look beyond themselves to help the hurting, hopeless and lost in their community.  I’ve personally witnessed this in my life as a pastor and as a Christian.  As we pray today, let us pray for a grand stirring of God, the Holy Spirit, in this congregation.

Pr. Brian Stoffregen, of Faith Lutheran Church in Yuma, Arizona, comments on this: “Neither living water nor wind are stale (or boring?). Shouldn’t the same be true of Spirit-filled believers and congregations? Both living water and wind (Spirit) are images of power. I think that that’s what Pentecost is all about. We, the followers of Jesus, have been empowered by God to carry on Jesus’ witness and ministry in the world.”

He continues when he writes: “I’ve often thought and said, while the early believers thought of the Spirit as something that powered their lives, we often think of it as a doctrine to be studied.”

My hope for us all is that we will receive the power of God’s Spirit and that we will understand the Spirit.  As a reminder on this Day of Pentecost, I share with you the basic teachings of Luther’s Small Catechism regarding the Holy Spirit.

The Third Article:  On Being Made Holy

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

What is this?

I believe that by my own understanding or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord or come to him, but instead the Holy Spirit has called me through the gospel, enlightened me with his gifts, made me holy and kept me in the true faith, just as he calls, gathers, enlightens, and makes holy the whole Christian church on earth and keeps it with Jesus Christ in the one common, true faith. Daily in this Christian church the Holy Spirit abundantly forgives all sins—mine and those of all believers. On the last day the Holy Spirit will raise me and all the dead and will give to me and all believers in Christ eternal life. This is most certainly true.

As we reflect on this today, I pray we will also be stirred to greater faith and action through the power of God, the Holy Spirit.

Let us pray – Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you enter our lives in many ways, and call us to follow you.  Help us to receive the living water of your Holy Spirit.  May we be refreshed and empowered by your gracious spirit in our lives.  We pray this in Jesus holy name.  Amen

 

 

*Prayers of Intercession

A:  Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

A brief silence.

Grant, Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, that all who confess your Name may be united in your truth, live together in your love and reveal your glory in the world.  Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Guide the people of this land, and of all the nations, in the ways of justice and peace; that we may honor one another and serve the common good. Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Give us all a reverence for the earth as your own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to your honor and glory. Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Bless all whose lives are closely linked with ours, and grant that we may serve Christ in them, and love one another as he loves us. Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

Other petitions may be added here.

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit, especially those who we name aloud or in quiet prayer… ; give them courage and hope in their troubles, and bring them the joy of your salvation.  Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

We commend to your mercy all who have died (especially…), that your will for them may be fulfilled; and we pray that we may share with all your saints in your eternal kingdom. Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer.

P:  Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

LORD’S PRAYER 

 

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June Newsletter and Archive

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Monthly Newsletters on our Web Site

The June 2020 Newsletter has been published.  The link is on the main newsletter page, which you will find noted below.

Every month we publish a newsletter for the members and friends of MLLC.  This is typically distributed by email and postal mail.  If you wish to be on the email distribution list, please contact the church office at 979-278-3388 or send a message to pastordjt@industryinet.com

The newsletters are also posted on the mllccarmine web site.  Here is the link to that page:  Click Link

We look forward to seeing you at worship in the coming weeks.

Easter 7 & Ascension – Sunday, May 24

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Readings, Devotion, Prayers and Announcements for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Ascension Sunday, May 24, 2020, for both MLLC and Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church

As we are not able to meet due as usual to health and safety concerns, yet we are still finding ways to share and celebrate our faith together.

Below are the readings, prayers, and various announcements for this Sunday and this week.  The Sunday devotion is at the end of the readings.

 

Remember Your Regular Offerings

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For both of our congregations, Waldeck and MLLC, please remember that our expenses continue even when we are unable to meet as usual.  Please make a point to give your offerings as you would on a typical week.  Here are some ideas of what to do:

For Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ledbetter:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church; 6915 Waldeck Church Lane; Ledbetter, TX 78946

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

For MLLC in Carmine:

– send your offering by mail to the church office  – MLLC, P O BOX 362, Carmine, TX 78932-0362

– set aside your offerings each week, and then bring these to church when you can be at worship again.

– give offerings through the church web site:  mllccarmine.com/online-giving  This page has a link to our secure giving page.  Offerings can be made by bank draft, debit card, or credit card through this special web site.

YouTube Video Link

Here is the link for the YouTube video of this day’s service.

May 24, 2020

The Ascension of our Lord Sunday

 

First Reading: Acts 1:1-11

A reading from Acts.

Before he is lifted into heaven, Jesus promises that the missionary work of the disciples will spread out from Jerusalem to all the world. His words provide an outline of the book of Acts.

[Luke writes:] 1In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 2until the day when he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3After his suffering he presented himself alive to them by many convincing proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait there for the promise of the Father. “This,” he said, “is what you have heard from me; 5for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7He replied, “It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” 9When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10While he was going and they were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 11They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm: Psalm 47

1Clap your hands, all you peoples;
shout to God with a joyful sound.
2For the Lord Most High is to be feared:
a great king over all the earth,
3who subdues the peoples under us,
and the nations under our feet;
4who chooses our inheritance for us,
the pride of Jacob, whom God loves. 
5God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of the ram’s horn.
6Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our king, sing praises. 
7For God is king of all the earth;
sing praises with a song.
8God reigns over the nations;
God is enthroned on high.
9The nobles of the peoples have gathered as the people of the God of Abraham.
The rulers of the earth belong to God, who is highly exalted. 

 

 

Second Reading: Ephesians 1:15-23

A reading from Ephesians.

The risen and exalted Christ reigns over the entire universe. The author of Ephesians prays that we are given the wisdom to know the power of the risen Christ and the empowering hope that the knowledge of this inheritance provides.

15I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. 20God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel: Luke 24:44-53

The holy gospel according to Luke.  Glory to you, O Lord.

On the day of his ascension, Jesus leaves his disciples with a commission, a blessing, and a promise of the Holy Spirit.

44[Jesus said to the eleven and those with them,] “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.”45Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 46and he said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, 47and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48You are witnesses of these things. 49And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; so stay here in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”
50Then he led them out as far as Bethany, and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 52And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 53and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Devotion

“God’s Goal – Our Goal”

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mass media have changed our world.  The big transition started with the printing press over 500 years ago.  Books and pamphlets were everywhere.  Transportation improvements over the centuries made these spread faster and further.  Communications improvements in the 1800’s such as the telegraph and telephone spread information even further.

In the late 1920’s movies started having sound with them.  At the same time broadcast radio was taking off and stations were started across the country.  A couple decades later television became a national reality.  This put even more information and entertainment into our homes.  In the past few decades the internet has grown to where most people have access to news, information and entertainment in homes, offices and public places.  The past decade or so has put the internet into Smartphones, so now many have this available pretty much wherever and whenever.

While not exactly a parallel effect, the Ascension of Jesus kicked off a radical and positive change for life and faith.  The Ascension took place on the 40th day since the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  That 40th day this year was this past Thursday.  Since we normally gather on the weekend, we celebrate this event today.  We heard two accounts of this in the books of Luke and Acts.  In Acts we have this description of the Ascension:  Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as (the Apostles) were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight.”  We see that Jesus gives them a job to do, promises them the Holy Spirit, and then ascends out of their sight.

Along with others I have wondered why Jesus chose to ascend like this.  He was alive beyond death, never to die again, and was with his people.  He could still be here with us, leading the church in perfection and love.  The purpose of the Ascension of Jesus has to do with how he is with us in different ways now that he is ascended.   It is similar the changes in the way we receive information and entertainment which I noted earlier.

Think about this:  Jesus is God with us, yet he is also just one person.  He entered human life and died on the cross to meet us in our sin and death.  On the cross he brought about the forgiveness of our sin.  Through his rising he leads us to life with him, both now and forever.  This is all central to our faith and life with God.

Jesus could have stayed around like he did in those 40 days after his rising from the dead.  He could have easily kept on teaching and ministering to people.  He could have been an inspiring preacher and could have drawn crowds for the past 2000 years.  But he didn’t.  And that is actually a very good thing.  Had he done that the church would likely have stayed a very small group on Jewish followers in the Holy Land.  I believe he knew this, and he had a greater plan for the Good News and for his followers.  Because he did it the way he did, the Church is now a worldwide movement of close to 3 Billion people.

Jesus did at least four things to execute his plan to spread the Gospel.  The four things would bring the ministry and teachings of Jesus to the ends of the earth.  Jesus would go away from us in one way, but then he would be with us all the time in other ways.  Here are the 4 things he did:

  1. He taught the disciples about the way of God. This became the New Testament. We continue to read and teach from this today.
  2. He gave them the Sacraments. We have the power and presence of Jesus Christ through Baptism and the Holy Communion.  These words and elements bring the Good News and the forgiveness of our sin by God. Our congregations are drawn together and unified by these Sacraments.
  3. He organized and commissioned pastoral leaders – the Apostles. They would train more pastoral leaders who would bring Word of God and the forgiveness of sin to people.  Instead of just one pastoral leader – Jesus – there are literally millions of pastors, priests and ministers around the world.  Each pastor has the call to offer us the Word of God and the forgiveness of sin. Each is called to help us know and serve God and neighbor.
  4. He promised his Holy Spirit. The giving of the Holy Spirit is promised many times, including in John 14:25-26: Jesus said, “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”  With the Holy Spirit of Jesus in the world our Lord is not bound to just one location.  Jesus can be in every church for worship, fellowship time and Bible Study.  He can be with each of us in prayer. He can be with us as we serve our neighbors in need.  He can be with those who need to understand the Gospel.  He can be with those who are facing difficulty of any form, or who are suffering for the Gospel.

Here is something else to consider:  Some churches have set off fireworks on the evening of Ascension.  I think it is a great image.  A limited image, but it is a start.  A firework goes up into the sky, seemingly out of our sight.  That is like Jesus going up out of our sight.  Then, suddenly, there is a fiery explosion.  That is like the day of Pentecost, which took place 10 days after the Ascension.  The Holy Spirit makes a grand, fiery and powerful arrival.  The presence of Jesus in Spirit is brought to the church, and the Spirit is then shared with all who would believe.  The fire of a firework lasts, at most, a few seconds.  The fire and influence of the Holy Spirit continues to this very day.

This burst of life for the Church stirs and empowers us to live out God’s goal for us.  Here I bring in the Catechism of the Church of England.  In the section on the Church it makes note of the mission of the Church.  Here is part of what we read there:

 

  1. Why is the Church described as apostolic?
  2. The Church is apostolic, because it continues in the teaching and fellowship of the apostles and is sent to carry out Christ’s mission to all people.
  3. What is the mission of the Church?
  4. The mission of the Church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.
  5. How does the Church pursue its mission?
  6. The Church pursues its mission as it prays and worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace, and love.
  7. Through whom does the Church carry out its mission?
  8. The church carries out its mission through the ministry of all its members.

The Ascension of Jesus sets in motion God’s grand plan.  This is to bring the Good News of Jesus to others.  God’s goal is that fulfilling this plan becomes our goal.  With God’s provision we can be part of this great mission in the world.

On this Ascension Day celebration, we give thanks that Jesus did leave us.  He left so that he could give the world even more.  He gave us his teachings, the Sacraments, the Ministry of pastors and forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit.  Through these he makes it possible for the message and ministry of Christ to be brought to people all over the world.

 

Prayer

Amazing and Mighty Lord, we praise you as the God of all creation.  As we celebrate the Ascension of your Son, Jesus Christ, help us to understand the great things you have in store for us.  By your Holy Spirit enliven our faith and help us to be steadfast in you.  We pray this in the most Holy Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

*Prayers of Intercession

A:  Let us pray for the whole people of God in Christ Jesus, and for all people according to their needs.

A brief silence.

Loving God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, we pray for the spread of the Holy Gospel to people of every language, tribe, and nation.  Help all pastors, deacons, teachers, missionaries, and the whole people of God, to speak to others of the Word of salvation and new life in Christ.  Stir your Holy Spirit in the lives of those who hear the message of the Gospel so they, too, will have new life in Christ Jesus.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all faithful Christians in this congregation and throughout the world.  Grant us the grace of the Holy Spirit, both to fight against the snares and lures of our ancient enemies, and to carry out good works through congregations and communities.  Help us joyfully to continue our partnership with the AMEN Food Pantry. Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for all who will be graduating from high school, college or university.  Grant them an assurance of faith as they enter a new season of their lives.  Draw them to a renewed connection with your church as they move toward new endeavors of life.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are in mourning, [especially the family and friends of …], that our gracious heavenly Father would comfort them in their sorrow with the hope given to us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior. By your compassion dry their tears and help their sorrow be turned to joy.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are sick, suffering from COVID19 illness, undergoing surgery, or suffering any other affliction, especially those we name aloud or in quiet prayer…  We pray that you, our great and heavenly Physician, would grant them healing, strength and renewed hope.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

P:  Into your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

LORD’S PRAYER 

 
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WALDECK PRAYER LIST:  Linda Brown, London Gaskins, Phillip Procell, Brian Shaffer, Sandra Gest, Barbara Spence, April Weyand, Fritz Schoenst, Alicia McQuaig, Diana Garik Poentisch, Sally Beettner, Carrie Oltmann, Robin Hardin, Beverly Drescher.

Sympathy – Peggy Rodgers, Waldeck Community Member.

 

REMEMBER IN PRAYER: Susan Ray (recent knee replacement surgery); Brad & Patti (Hart) Eilers (both quarantined with COVID-19); Megan Hart Burch (daughter of Patti & Brad, cancer and chemotherapy); Ruby Renck (recent surgery); Angie Colpetzer (recent surgery); Carol Mertz Leitzel, Janet Schnell Beckworth (both friends of Praise Team leader Jolene Wickel, health concerns and in hospitals);  Ricky Eckert (brother of Ronnie Eckert, health concerns); Kalisa Pomykal (Paula Barrick’s sister, medical concerns); Kenny Lorenz (former member Robert Hinze’s relative, serious burns and numerous health concerns); Nancy Pietsch (former RT-C teacher, health concerns); Johnny Dunham (health concerns); Joyce Kelley (friend, health concerns); Jack Walsh (friend of Wade Eilers, chemotherapy); Robert Vaughn (at Texas Neurology, thankful for extended stay for rehab); Edna Mae Krivacka (friend of Ed Eargle and Carol Carmean, back home, health concerns)

 

Sympathy to the families of Bill Clarke (friend of Daryl & Susan Ray); Sylvia Braun Hughey (Floyd Braun’s sister); Carrie Bozarth (friend of Sedalia Ullrich); Ruth Hueske (friend from Brenham); Nelson Neutzler (friend from Burton); Verlene Citzler (aunt of Leonita Sanders)

 

The Ongoing Prayer Concerns may be found in the monthly newsletter.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE The Carmine EDC along with Quade-Werchan American Legion Post 338 will sponsor a drive-in or drive-up, stay in your vehicle Memorial Day Service of Remembrance at the Carmine Muehlbrad-Albers City Park tomorrow, Monday, May 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Due to social distancing, those attending will be asked to remain in their vehicles or be appropriately distanced within the park grounds.   There will not be any type of formal service and refreshments will not be served.

At 9:30 a.m., the flag will be lowered with taps played by Jennifer Mohr.  Names of deceased veterans will be read, followed by Taps played again.  All leave the park, and the flag will be raised by post members back to full staff at noon.

 

MEMORIAL DAY is being observed tomorrow.  Today we remember the deceased veterans of our congregation with a list of their names; and are thankful for their service to our country.

 

WORSHIP SERVICES will begin June 6 & 7.  Limitations will be listed in the June newsletter and possibly in next Sunday’s bulletin.

 

A.M.E.N. May is the month that we collect for the food pantry in La Grange.  You may either send or bring by your monetary donations.  You may also bring non-perishable food items to the church.  The box is in the narthex.

 

HERITAGE COMMITTEE of the Carmine Chamber of Commerce will not meet on June 4 as planned.  Next meeting will be Wed., Sept., 2 at 10 a.m.  The topic will be “Educational Memories” from the old school.  Questions and discussions are welcome.  Please invite others interested in the history of the are to join the session.

 

RECYCLING TRAILER is now back at the Carmine Hall on Thursdays from noon until 4 p.m.  They are in Ledbetter the same day from 8:30 – 11 a.m. behind the Ledbetter Hall.

 

OUTREACH/CARE COMMITTEE A person is needed to serve on the Church Council for the Outreach/Care Committee position.  You would only need to attend meetings and serve as a liaison, as someone has volunteered to serve as the chairman.  Please consider serving in this role.

 

WELCA BANQUET set for June 3 has been postponed.

 

OFFERING ENVELOPES may be mailed to the church at PO Box 362, Carmine, TX 78932.  You may also give online.  Check the http://mlllccarmine/online-giving/ website for more information.  Thanks to all who have continued to make contributions.

 

LUTHERAN MISSION APPEAL envelopes are designated for Lutheran Disaster Response of the ELCA.  You may send contributions in the mail, or bring it by the office, with the check made out to MLLC and in the memo line, put Lutheran Disaster Response.  You may also go to the website to donate.  http://mlllccarmine/online-giving/   When you go to this page, click on the link for the giving site.  On that page you will see a line for disaster relief – Lutheran Disaster Response   That is where you can indicate your gift amount through the online giving.

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL at MLLC has been postponed to August 2-6, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:45 p.m., with the theme Rocky Railway.  See the codes in the May newsletter to register your child and to volunteer.

Registration is also available at the church web site:  https://mllccarmine.com/vacation-bible-school-2020/

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Bethlehem Lutheran in Round Top is postponing VBS indefinitely.  It may still be cancelled, but they are waiting to see how things go this summer.  There are registration forms in the narthex and church office.  For more information contact Stacy Eilers at 979-639-1897.