Worship on the Long, Holiday Weekend

Declaration of Independence sign

Worship on Independence Day Weekend

By Pastor David Tinker

It is time now to plan to participate in worship on this long, busy, holiday weekend.

We will observe our normal weekend worship schedule on the first weekend of July.

Saturday, July 2, at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 3, at 10:00 a.m.

Our partner congregation, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church, will also offer their regular 8:00 a.m. Sunday worship service on July 3.  The church meets at 6915 Waldeck Church Ln, Ledbetter, TX 78946.

I encourage you to think ahead about this complicated weekend.  Consider how you can schedule your activities for the holiday while still participating in worship among God’s people.

The big holiday is on Monday this year, so there is less immediate conflict with the worship schedule.  Even so, time flows differently for many on such a weekend, so plan now to be at worship at one of the three opportunities offered this weekend.  As the time flows differently, strive to be accepting of attending worship at a different time than normal, with the goal of hearing the Word of God, receiving Holy Communion, and delighting in fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Worship of our God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is central to our life together. It is a foundational part of how we fulfill the greatest commandment of Jesus to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Weekly worship participation is also one of the Six Marks of Discipleship about which I have taught so frequently.  Worship is an investment in your faith life and in your relationships with your fellow Christians.  No matter what date it is, weekly worship is a good and central part of life as a follower of Jesus.

This Independence Day Holiday is not the only weekend when you might have multiple commitments on the calendar. As you work through plans for weekend trips, summer vacations, etc., prayerfully look into how you can get together with fellow Christians for worship.  Some of those weekends will be workable to be at worship in Carmine.  Some weekends will lead you to other communities across the state, nation or world.  In our family we have made the point to find a place of worship where we are going to be.  It is good to be at your home church, and it is also good to experience something different from time to time.  Even in touristy places like Hawaii there are churches where you can keep your weekly discipline of worship.  If you need help planning where to worship, I am glad to help you.  If you are comfortable using the internet, there in plenty of information available to help you.


The Declaration of Independence

Another opportunity you have this weekend is to actually read or listen to the reading of our nation’s founding document.

Here is a link to read the document at the National Archives of the United States of America.

Here is a link to listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence by then Senator John F. Kennedy.  It is presented as a video  on YouTube.


New Bible Study Class

Bible with bookmark

New Bible Study Opportunity

No Experience Necessary

By Pastor David Tinker

You are invited to participate in a new Bible Study.  This will take place at Martin Luther Lutheran Church (MLLC), 211 Luther Ln, Carmine, TX 78932.


It will run for six weeks in June and July. No experience necessary to participate. You are accepted where you are with what you know or don’t know. You are not expected to be an expert in the Bible.
You can simply come and listen, if that is what you are comfortable doing.

The class will be providing a broad view of the story of scripture. This time of learning will be
centered on two tools.
1 – The Holy Bible

2 – the Biblical Time-Line created by Pastor Harry Wendt of Crossways International.

This tool takes the whole of scripture and shows the connections between various

times, places, people, and books of the Bible.
You will get to see the whole sweep of
God’s Word and Work for the world.
You will eventually see how you are part of this
great work of God.  This photo shows both sides of the Crossways Bible Timeline. 

Each student will  receive a copy of this excellent resource.


There will also be the joy of fellowship with fellow learners.

Here are the dates, times, and location for the class.

Wednesdays, 7-8:15 p.m.

In the Parlor – area by church offices – at MLLC.

June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 20, and 27

If you have a Bible, you are invited to bring it.
If you do not have a Bible, come
anyway.  We will have Bibles for your use.

This class was offered about 8-10 years ago at MLLC.
It is also part of the Bible Year of our
Confirmation program. Previous participants are welcome to attend.
All are welcome.
Friends and neighbors and people from other congregations are welcome as well.

Let me know if you are planning to attend.

Pastor David Tinker


office: 979-278-3388

Registration is open for Monumental VBS!

You can register online now for Martin Luther Lutheran Church’s (MLLC) Monumental VBS 2022. Participants will gather at MLLC from Sunday, June 12-Thursday, June 16 from 5:30-7:45 pm for upbeat music, bible stories, and engaging activities. Children from preschool (age 3 minimum) through elementary school are invited to join the fun.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Please click here to register.

Blood Drive May 22

Blood Drive May 22

Give Blood at MLLC on May 22

As part of our love for our neighbors, we are again hosting a blood drive at MLLC.  See the flier for information about signing up for a donation time.

The Blood Drive will take place in the Fellowship Hall. This is the older, white building on the north side of our church campus.  There is an entrance on the west/street side of the building, just next to the playground.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Martin Luther Lutheran Church  Fellowship Hall

211 Luther Ln, Carmine, TX 78932

To set up an appointment, contact Kelly Hardin at 832-212-2799 or khardin@giveblood.org

Vacation Bible 2022 School Coming Soon



Vacation Bible School June 12-16, 2022

You are invited to plan now to attend Vacation Bible School (VBS) 2022 at MLLC.  The theme is, “Monumental: Celebrating God’s Greatness.”  At Monumental VBS 2022 kids are invited to go off-road for a Monumental adventure through the colorful canyons and sun baked trails of the southwest. By exploring God’s awesomeness, kids form a rock-solid faith for the road ahead.

Children age 3 and up through elementary school are invited to participate and learners.   Junior and senior high youth are part of the volunteer team, along with adults.

Join the fun on the week of June 12-16, Sunday – Thursday evenings.  The approximate time of VBS will be 5:30-7:45 p.m. each evening.

The Closing program will be on Sunday, June  19, at our 10:00 a.m. worship service.

Information coming soon about registration and volunteer opportunities.


Introduction to Vigil of Easter 2022


Saturday, April 16, 2022, is the date of the Great Vigil of Easter, Holy Saturday, at MLLC.  For many in the church around the world, this is the centerpiece of their year as followers of Jesus.

Click this link to view a blog post from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) regarding this service and its connections with Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

Click this link to view a blog post by our own Jennifer Clark Tinker which tells about her experience and joy related to attending the Great Vigil of Easter each year.

An Introduction to the Vigil of Easter

Like the children of Israel who watched and waited through the night for the Lord of the Exodus, we too come together this night to watch and wait for the Lord of the Resurrection. We come, as Christians have come since the first century, to keep vigil and to prepare ourselves for the arrival of the Bridegroom who is chief host and guest at the Resurrection feast to come.

First, we must break the darkness of the night.   Like the virgins in the parable, we must light our vigil lights. Our light will be a very special light, for it is the light of Christ which burns atop the Paschal candle and which dispels the darkness — of night, of sin, of death. Our light will be a constant reminder of the Resurrection victory during the coming season, at every baptism and at every funeral. But for now, it will burn in vigil as we await the Bridegroom.

When we have settled into our pews for the watch, we hear the storytellers among us sharing the stories of our faith — the stories of God’s salvation history and the covenants which he made with our people. These are our “family” stories. We listen. We sing. We watch. And we wait for the feast to come.

After hearing our stories, we make our last minute preparations to meet our Lord. All must be right for the feast. On some years those among us who have not yet joined us are brought into membership with us this night, making all who are here part of the Church family, known as the Bride of Christ.  Each year, so that the whole family is prepared, each of us reaffirms our faith through the Apostles Creed. As we interact with the water and the Lord, we hear and we feel that grace which was given to us through our baptism.

We are nearly ready. The time is close.  We prepare the room and set the table for the Feast of Victory, the First Holy Communion of this greatest festival day of all. And then at last He comes! The Resurrection victory is won! The Bridegroom has come through the darkness to claim his Bride, the Church, to be his own. This is the feast of victory!  In the end flowers and banners must adorn the space, for our time this evening and tomorrow will be a feast to remember.

Vigil cross symbols

Our Celebrations of the Resurrection of Jesus

The Great Vigil of Easter – 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 – see the introduction above. Shared with Waldeck Lutheran Church.

Easter Sunrise – 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 17, at the Carmine Cemetery. Bring a lawn or folding chair for seating.  Shared with Waldeck Lutheran Church.

Easter Festival – Sunday April 17.  Opportunities at both MLLC and Waldeck

MLLC Schedule:

9:30-10:00 a.m. – Easter reception in the Parlor, near the sanctuary entrance and church offices.

10:00 a.m. – Festival Worship

~11:15 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt


Waldeck Schedule:

8:00 a.m. – Festival Worship

~9:00 a.m. – Pot-luck Easter Breakfast – bring an item to share

9:15/9:30 a.m. – After Breakfast – Easter Egg Hunt

Introduction to Good Friday 2022

Good Friday Bare Chancel

We will gather together on Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m. to remember the events of Good Friday.  This is our annual remembrance of the dramatic sacrifice of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sin.

Introduction to Good Friday

We begin our liturgy as we ended the Maundy Thursday Liturgy: in silence. What was begun then continues this day as we journey with our Savior from the Last Supper, the stripping and humiliation, to the cross and tomb. Good Friday is the second day of the Triduum, the “Three Sacred Days” of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday with its Vigil of Easter.

The Good Friday Liturgy is marked with austerity, silence and reflection. The chancel itself is bare from the Maundy Thursday stripping. There is no organ music except to accompany the hymns. Everything focuses on our adoration of the crucified Christ, reigning from the throne of the cross.

The service of Tenebrae is an ancient Holy Week devotion which began in the 7th or 8th century, or possibly earlier.  The name “Tenebrae” means shadows.  The service takes its name from the ceremony of extinguishing in succession all the lights in the sanctuary, casting it into total darkness which is symbolic of the disciples’ desertion of our Lord, and of his death and burial.

The purpose of the Tenebrae Service is to aid us in realizing the total impact of the darkest day in the history of the world, the day Jesus died on the cross.

The opening portion of the liturgy includes no praise. It proceeds directly to the Invocation and Prayer of the Day. It is a simplified version of our Sunday Liturgy of the Word. The chief acts are the reading of the Passion of St. John and the Bidding Prayer for the needs of our world.

Following the final hymn is a meditation on the Seven Last Words of our Lord which he spoke from the cross.  After each word is read, there will be a prayer and silent meditation.  Lights and one candle will be extinguished after each meditation until the sanctuary is in darkness.

After the lights are all extinguished, the congregation will stand as the Paschal Candle is carried from the sanctuary reminding us of the burial of Jesus.  A loud noise, made by the closing of a Bible,will remind us of the closing of the tomb.  This announces the fulfilling of the Scriptures and the completion of our Lord’s work on the cross for us.

The Paschal Candle (called the Christ Candle during Advent/Christmas) will not return until the beginning of the Great Vigil of Easter on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.  On Good Friday we recognize that Jesus was fully dead and was placed in the borrowed tomb.

Note:  The return of the Paschal Candle moments after the loud noise is a form of the Good Friday service designed to be used in those congregations which do not have the Great Vigil of Easter.

All will leave in silence to return tomorrow as we wait in vigil and then celebrate our Lord’s Resurrection at the Great Vigil of Easter.  At the Vigil tomorrow evening we will have the first Holy Communion in celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Schedule for the rest of Holy Week:

Easter Vigil

– Saturday – 7:00 p.m. – in sanctuary



Resurrection Sunday:

Resurrection Sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. at the Carmine Cemetery.

   (Bring your own chairs for seating at the cemetery)

Easter Reception in Parlor, near the sanctuary – 9:30-10:00 a.m.

Festival Resurrection Service at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary

Egg hunt and party for the children. ~11:15 a.m


Introduction to Maundy Thursday 2022

Maundy bread wine

Introduction to Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday Worship Services for 2022

April 14, 2022

5:45 p.m. at Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6915 Waldeck Church Lane, Ledbetter, TX 78946, about 6.5 miles south of Ledbetter.

7:30 p.m. at Martin Luther Lutheran Church in Carmine MLLC

The Maundy Thursday service is one of endings and beginnings. What was begun on Ash Wednesday is brought to a close here today. What begins today does not end until the resurrection of Easter. It is the ancient Triduum, “The Three Sacred Days,” which lead us to Easter: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.

The theme is love, our Savior’s love for us, expressed in the washing of the disciples’ feet, in giving himself in bread and wine, and in dying upon the cross. An invitation to confession is given. The focus is on forgiveness. On Ash Wednesday, we began Lent with a major act of confession and ashes, but we did not receive forgiveness in the absolution. That forgiveness comes now, “in the name and by the command of our Lord,” at the service celebrating Christ’s love. The peace is shared after absolution and seals that forgiveness in a loving embrace, as if embraced by Christ himself.

The lessons of love are read. A new command derives from it: “Love one another.” A new command derives from it: “Love one another.” The name, “Maundy,” comes from the first word of the Latin form of John 13:34: “mandatum novum do vobis ut diligatis invicem sicut dilexi vos ut et vos diligatis invicem,” (“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.”).  At Martin Luther in Carmine we will offer the washing of feet (and hands, for those who prefer it) as part of worship on this holy day.

The prayers are said. The table is made ready. The time of the Lord’s Supper arrives, and our Lord is revealed in bread and wine as once he, “revealed himself to his disciples.” It is a solemn moment, but we cannot linger here. Nor could the Lord. His betrayal was imminent.

Before we know it, the markings of betrayal are seen before us. The symbol of Christ in our midst, the altar, is stripped bare. Christ is stripped of his power and glory. Good Friday is inescapable. The powers of darkness work upon him.

In silence, we depart without benediction. The Three Sacred Days continue with the Good Friday service.  This will be held at 7 p.m. at Martin Luther in Carmine.




Here is the schedule for the rest of Holy Week after Maundy Thursday:

Good Friday Tenebrae Service – April 15, 2022

Worship at MLLC at 7:00 p.m. – a joint event for both churches (Waldeck and MLLC)

We will be remembering the Suffering and Death of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Reading of the St. John Passion account.  The Seven Last Words of Christ.

The Great Vigil of Easter – Saturday, April 16, 2022

Worship at MLLC at 7:00 p.m. – a joint event for both churches (Waldeck and MLLC)

Service of Light, Sharing Old Testament Stories, Remembrance of Baptism, First Holy Communion in celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This is the first of our three worship services celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Resurrection of Our Lord – Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022

6:45 a.m. – Sunrise Service at Carmine Cemetery – a joint event for both churches (Waldeck and MLLC)

Bring a lawn or folding chair for seating at the cemetery.  A shorter service, no communion.

9:30 a.m. – Easter Reception in Parlor/Narthex

10:00 a.m. – Festival Worship Service with Holy Communion

After worship – Easter Egg Hunt for the children

For those who are interested, the schedule for Easter Sunday for our partner church in Waldeck:

Festival Worship at 8:00 a.m. in the outdoor pavilion.

Easter Breakfast at 9:00 a.m. in the Annex

Easter Egg Hunt at about 9:15/9:30 a.m.  Listen for announcements of the time.

Holy Week Schedule 2022


You Are Invited to Holy Week 2022

Here are the various events and worship services for our annual celebration of Holy Week.

The Holy Triduum – the Three Holy Day (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Maundy Thursday – April 14

Remembering the Last Supper.

Holy Communion at both churches.

Foot and Hand Washing in Carmine.

Worship at Waldeck:  5:45 p.m.

Worship at Carmine:  7:30 p.m.


Good Friday – April 15

Remembering the suffering and death of Jesus Christ.

Reading of the Passion Account from John.

Worship at Carmine:  7:00 p.m.


Saturday – The Resurrection of Our Lord – The Great Vigil of Easter – April 16

The most ancient special service of the Church.  Service of Light.  Sharing of Old Testament Stories.  Remembrance of Baptism.  Initial Holy Communion of the Resurrection Day.

Worship at 7:00 p.m.



The Resurrection of our Lord. – Easter Sunday – April 17

Sunrise Service at the Carmine Cemetery:  6:45 a.m.  Bring a lawn chair or folding chair for seating on the cemetery lawn.

Easter Reception in Parlor at Carmine: 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.  Enjoy the fellowship and some delicious food together.

Festival Service with Holy Communion at Carmine: 10:00 a.m.

Egg Hunt to follow worship.

For those who are interested: Resurrection Sunday in Waldeck

Festival Service at Waldeck with Holy Communion:  8:00 a.m.

Pot-luck Easter Breakfast after worship ~9:00 a.m.

Egg Hunt to follow worship.

Praise & Celebrate Youth Night March 27

Praise and Celebrate Mar2722

Come Celebrate God and His Goodness

Youth in grades 3-12 are invited to participate in our new, monthly Youth Night.  Praise and Celebrate is the theme.

Youth from the community and from any church are welcome to participate.

See the flier above for RSVP and such.

This will take place in the Mission and Ministry building of MLLC.  The location address for Martin Luther Lutheran Church – MLLC – is 211 Luther Ln, Carmine, TX 78932.   Note that the Mission and Ministry building is across the street from the main campus of the church.  This is the tan, metal building across from the main church building, and behind the green house (parsonage).  The street address for the Mission and Ministry Building is 250 Augsburg Ave, Carmine, TX  78932.

Sunday, March 27

4:30-6:30 p.m.

Dinner will be served

The gathering will take place in the Mission and Ministry Building.

Along with the meal will be a service project, plus an age appropriate lesson and fellowship time.

Our plan is to offer this at least once a month during the school year, plus at least twice a month during the summer months.  Typically the monthly gathering will be on the 4th Sunday of the month, except in November and December due to the holiday schedules.

The April gathering will be held on April 24th, the Sunday one week after Easter Sunday.