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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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.

 

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.

Announcing Resumption of In-Person Worship

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In Person Services Will Resume June 6-7

Here is the communication which will also be in the June Newsletter.  We are working to resume our gatherings in a reverent and helpful manner.

Our Situation in June 2020

In observing the situation, the church council has decided to phase in the “in-person” worship and activities.

 

Here is the Plan for the June:

*We will gather for worship at our usual times:  Saturday at 6 p.m.; Sunday at 10 a.m.

*There is no pressure to attend the in-person services.  This is a time of transition.

*We ask that the Saturday service be reserved, as much as possible, for our senior, adult worship attendees.  A companion or family member can attend with the senior as is helpful.  This will help us with the 50 person maximum as noted below.

*We ask that the Sunday service be reserved, as much as possible, for the younger than senior individuals and families. This will help us with the 50 person maximum as noted below.

*In consideration of state guidance, the limit in our sanctuary for worship services will be 50, plus worship leaders.  We will have overflow into the Parlor, with audio available.  Every other row will be blocked off.  Different individuals/couples/households/families are asked to sit away from each other throughout the sanctuary.

*The services will be simpler than usual, much like what has been offered in the Facebook Live services.  No communion yet, as this greatly increases the physical contact and proximity between individuals.  Yes, we know this is difficult, as the Sacrament is so central to our life with Christ.

*Regarding Offerings:  there will be an offering plate on the table at the back of the sanctuary.  You may place your offerings there, or you may continue to send these by mail or through the church’s giving web site.

*Group meetings and class meetings will phase in at various times in the summer.

*The church office staff will only be on site as needed, but generally Monday-Friday.  Call before coming by, just to make sure.  The office answering machine will be checked regularly. For emergencies please contact Pastor David Tinker on his cell phone: 713-461-8007

*No printed bulletins or congregational singing yet.  These both increase the potential of the spread of infection.

 *Our partner congregation, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church, will also resume in-person worship services on June 7.  Their service time is 8:00 a.m. each Sunday.

Devotional and Worship

Daily devotions will continue on the church web site:  mllccarmine.com The link for these is being emailed to the newsletter list, and the links are provided on the church Facebook page.

To begin receiving these notifications, send a message requesting that your address be added.  mluther@industryinet.com

We will to offer a Sunday devotion through our Facebook page on Sundays at 10:00 a.m.  It will be viewable later as desired.  You do not need a Facebook account to view the service. Go to: https://www.facebook.com/mllccarmine/ to view the church page.  Links to the YouTube version will be on the church web page.

We will continue to send a bulletin and Sunday devotion to our older members (~75+), nursing home residents and shut-in individuals.  This will be by email (if used by the person) or by postal delivery.  The same bulletin will be available on the web site each week.

Easter 6 – Sunday May 17

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The Ascension of Jesus, by Gustav Doré.

Readings, Devotion, Prayers and Announcements for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 17, 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 17, 2020

Sixth Sunday of Easter

 

First Reading: Acts 17:22-31

A reading from Acts.

In Athens, Paul faces the challenge of proclaiming the gospel to Greeks who know nothing of either Jewish or Christian tradition. He proclaims that the “unknown god” whom they worship is the true Lord of heaven and earth who will judge the world with justice through Jesus, whom God has raised from the dead.

22Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. 23For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. 26From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, 27so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. 28For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said,
‘For we too are his offspring.’
29Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. 30While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm: Psalm 66:8-20

8Bless our God, you peoples;
let the sound of praise be heard.
9Our God has kept us among the living
and has not allowed our feet to slip. 
10For you, O God, have tested us;
you have tried us just as silver is tried.
11You brought us into the net;
you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.
12You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water,
but you brought us out into a place of refreshment.
13I will enter your house with burnt offerings
and will pay you my vows—
14those that I promised with my lips
and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble.
15I will offer you burnt offerings of fatlings with the smoke of rams;
I will give you oxen and goats. 
16Come and listen, all you who believe,
and I will tell you what God has done for me.
17I called out to God with my mouth,
and praised the Lord with my tongue.
18If I had cherished evil in my heart,
the Lord would not have heard me;
19but in truth God has heard me
and has attended to the sound of my prayer.
20Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer,
nor withheld unfailing love from me. 

 

Second Reading: 1 Peter 3:13-22

A reading from 1 Peter.

The author of 1 Peter encourages Christians to remain faithful even in the face of defamation and persecution. In baptism we are made clean to act in accordance with what is right.

13Who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? 14But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear, and do not be intimidated, 15but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you; 16yet do it with gentleness and reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. 17For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil. 18For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel: John 14:15-21

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

In final words to his disciples on the night of his arrest, Jesus encourages obedience to his commandments and speaks of the Spirit, who will be with them forever.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 15“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. 17This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
18“I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. 19In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

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

 

Devotion

Pastor David J. Tinker

“But Wait, There’s More”

 

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

Have you ever watched one of those Infomercials?  An infomercial is one of those half hour commercials for some product or line of products.  Some of the items offered for sale are quite fascinating, while others are obviously junk.  There is a certain pattern which I have noticed in these Infomercials. The main product is being talked about by the announcer.  He or she shows us all the wonderful things which the widget can do. It can cut a tin can and a tomato.  It can clean any surface.  It can entertain you for hours.  The announcer gets us transfixed on the item and gives us a price:  just 5 easy payments of $19.95.  Then comes the fun part.  The announcer will say something such as, “But wait!  There’s more!”  Then the announcer will go on to tell us about the thing-a-ma-jig which comes with the widget.  It can do all sorts of other things too.  After getting us excited about the widget and the thing-a-ma-jig, the announcer says again, “But wait!  There’s more!”  If we call in the next 20 minutes, we can, for that same low price, also add on a what-cha-ma-call-it.

It seems as though we can get everything for that same low price.  The announcer promises us everything we want, even if we don’t really need it at all.

In our Gospel Reading for today we have a promise of Jesus for his Apostles, for the Church, and for us today.  This is much greater and wonderful than anything ever offered on an infomercial.  Even great than that is the truth that God offers us this good gift freely out of his love for us.  He promises that he will grant his Holy Spirit to us.  We read in verses 16 and 17, “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.”

This promise is given to assure the followers of Jesus that they will be granted a strong and ongoing connection with God beyond the moment.  The Holy Spirit was and is already present to draw people to the Good News of Jesus.  The calling of the Apostles was an expression of the Holy Spirit’s work.  Our calling to follow Jesus is a present-day expression of the Holy Spirit’s work.

There is something deeper which Jesus is promising.  Yes, the calling of God for our lives is a powerful and deep thing.  In a sense, Jesus is announcing a greater expression of the Holy Spirit.  This giving of the Holy Spirit is about our growing relationship with God.  It is about the assurance of the presence of Jesus in our lives, even after he has ascended out of our sight.

The promise of Jesus is a both/and announcement.  He is promising something which counters that old adage:  “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”  That adage means that it is not possible to have both of two seemingly counter realities.  It you have your cake on the plate, you can’t also have that same piece in your stomach.  Either you have it on the plate, or you have eaten it.

In a beautiful way, Jesus is saying that, in his case, you can sort of have both.  You can have the benefits of his ascension out of our sight, and you can have his presence in your life.

The benefit of the Ascension is that the ministry of Jesus is not limited to where he, an individual, can be.  The Holy Spirit is given so that the ministry of Jesus is spread throughout the world.  Jesus talks about this in John, chapter 4, as worshiping the Father in Spirit and Truth.

This is also how he will be with us.  This giving of the Holy Spirit, this stirring of the Holy Spirit in the world, bring Jesus to us.  This is the, “But wait, there’s more,” aspect.  We get the Holy Spirit, and in many and various ways, we get Jesus as well.

Here are some of the main ways we get Jesus in our lives today.

Holy Communion – Jesus is in, with and under the bread and wine.  We understand that he is truly present in these elements and the Word of God.  Our weekly gatherings for Word and Sacrament are, in part, a rehearsal for this eternity with God.  We call is a foretaste of the feast to come.  In eternity we will no longer be concerned about what takes so much of our time now.  Instead we will delight in being in the presence of Almighty God.  We will be worshipping God in his fullness, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We are also connected to the eternal and holy worship of the Lord.  We are spiritually lifted into the throne room of God.  We pray, “Lift up your hearts, we lift them to the Lord.”  In this, we are praying about being in that most holy place, and we are connected with that in the here and now.

Holy Baptism – By the Word and the Water, we are united with Jesus in his suffering, death and resurrection.

The Word of God – the message of the Word connects us with Jesus.  It presents Jesus to us.  It is Jesus in a sense.

The Holy Spirit – builds our faith and draws us closer to Jesus.

Service to others – As we serve others, we are serving Jesus.  We are closer to Jesus when we serve those who are most vulnerable in the world, the hungry, the thirsty, those lacking clothing and warmth, those who are sick, those in prison, those who are lonely and separated from others.

In our Fellowship – We get to be part of the presence of Jesus for others.  We get to be part of the way the Lord builds up life and love and fellowship among the community of Christians.

In all these good things we are reminded that there is always so much more to what we may first see or sense or know about our relationship with God.  The various things offered for sale in Infomercials are certainly nothing compared with the beautiful, glorious, loving and beneficial things which the Lord provides for us in Jesus.  Day by day we get to receive God’s offer to reconnect with him.  In this we gain a great understanding of the many and various ways that our Lord Jesus is with us. As we go through our life with the Spirit presence and guidance, we are reminded again, “But wait, there’s more.”

Let us pray – Good and generous Lord, you provide all we need for faith and life.  Help each of us to receive graciously your blessings and to respond with joyful service.  This we pray in the name of our Savior, 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, you are the source of our faith and the one whom we worship.  We pray that you will receive our prayers and thanksgivings.  Lord, in your mercy,

Hear our prayer.

We lift before you all who struggle with grief.  Grant us a faithful measure of compassion for those who face difficult losses.  (We especially lift in prayer the family and friends of… ) Lord in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Other petitions may be added here.

We pray for all who suffer and struggle with any ailment or distress.  We lift before you all those whom we name aloud or in quiet prayer…  Bring comfort and healing to all for whom we pray.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We give you thanks for the ministry of music in this congregation. Grant continued joy in service to the Tone Chimes Choir as they proclaim your glory among us.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Your Church around the world continues to witness to your goodness and mercy.  We remember in prayer the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Central African Republic.  Strengthen them in their witness during these difficult days in their homeland.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We give thanks for your provision of rain for all who need it.  We pray that you will continue to provide the water needed for all of creation.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

You lead us to faithfulness in witness and service. We give you thanks for 118 years of ministry through the people of Martin Luther Lutheran Church.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Guide us in lives of faith and service.  Stir us to greater generosity as we use and give your provision for your glory, and for the benefit of those in need. Help us to care for those who are struggling and suffering due to the current health crisis. 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 

 

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.

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.  

MLLC Prayer List: Brad & Patti (Hart) Eilers (Brad recently hospitalized, Patti ill); 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.

 

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.

 

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.

WORSHIP SERVICES are suspended until further notice.

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.

CONFIRMATION will be postponed and a new date set when services resume.

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 at 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.

10:00 a.m. Today for Worship

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Join us Live on Facebook today

Facebook Live at 10:00 a.m. CDT Today

We look forward to worshiping with you this morning for the 6th Sunday of Easter.  We will celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord on this Sunday, as we do throughout the season and every Sunday of the year.  This is especially true during the Great 50 Day of Easter.

Join us at 10:00 a.m. on the Facebook page for MLLC.

Here is the link to that page.

Join us at 10:00 a.m. on the Facebook page for Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church

Here is the link to that page.

We will be offering these Sunday services for MLLC and Wadleck Evangelical Lutheran Church at least until we are permitted to safely gather in the churches.  Out of love for our neighbor and for one another we are not meeting as usual.

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.

A.M.E.N. Food Pantry Month

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May is Food Pantry Month

MLLC has a strong commitment to serving our neighbors in need through food assistance ministry.  Our primary focus is continued support of the A.M.E.N. (Area Ministries for Emergency Needs) Food Pantry.  Every other month we work together to give non-perishable food items and monetary donations to help feed our hungry neighbors.  With many out of work or who are struggling with reduced income, this is an even more important ministry than before.

There are two main ways you can give to A.M.E.N. through MLLC.

  1. You can make a monetary donation.  This can be done by two main avenues.  One is to mail or drop by a monetary gift designated to AMEN.  You can make the check out to MLLC, and we will send all of it to AMEN.  You can use your regular offering envelope to do so.  Another option is to use our secure giving site.  Click this link to go there.  About halfway down the page you will see noted, “Food Pantry – AMEN.” That is where you will note the amount of your gift.
  2. You can also bring your non-perishable food items to the church office.  A large donation box has been placed just inside the main entrance to the sanctuary and office area.  See the sign by the box with the big A.M.E.N. on it.

Together we are fighting hunger and loving our neighbors. Prayerfully consider giving to our county food relief ministry this month and in the future.

Easter 5 – Sunday, May 10

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Readings, Devotion, Prayers and Announcements for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 10, 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 10, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Easter

First Reading: Acts 7:55-60

A reading from Acts.

Stephen was one of the seven men chosen by the apostles to serve tables so that the apostles could be free to serve the word (Acts 6:1-6). Stephen does more than distribute food, however. For his preaching of God’s word, he becomes the first martyr of the faith.

55Filled with the Holy Spirit, [Stephen] gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56“Look,” he said, “I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. 58Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he died.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm: Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16

1In you, O Lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame;
deliver me in your righteousness.
2Incline your ear to me;
make haste to deliver me.
3Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold;
for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me.
4Take me out of the net that they have secretly set for me,
for you are my tower of strength. 
5Into your hands I commend my spirit,
for you have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.
15My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me.
16Let your face shine upon your servant;
save me in your steadfast love.” 

 

Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:2-10

A reading from 1 Peter.

Christ is the cornerstone of God’s saving work and the foundation of our lives. We are God’s chosen, holy people who continuously celebrate and declare the mercy of God we experience through Jesus Christ.

2Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—3if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and 5like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in scripture:
“See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the very head of the corner,”
8and
“A stone that makes them stumble,
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel: John 14:1-14

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

On the night that he is to be arrested, Jesus shares final words with his disciples. As the one through whom God is known, he promises to go before them and act on their behalf.

[Jesus said to the disciples:] 1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. 4And you know the way to the place where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. 12Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. 13I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.”

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

 

 

Devotion

Pastor David J. Tinker

“Together in Christ for Each Other”

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

A young man from the United States walked along a dirt road in Mail.  That is a country in West Africa.  Life was harsh in the desert nation.  Poverty was everywhere.  He was there to help distribute food as part of a summer mission training program during college.  He felt lost in this land; all the locals he met were not Christians, and only a few spoke English.  His thoughts drifted to the Christian friends who had helped raise funds for this trip.  They were back home, and he was here in Mali, felling alone.

As he walked along the road he came upon a small village.  While walking past a hut he saw a family cooking their meal. As they cooked, they sang.  He couldn’t understand the words, but he knew the tune.  It was a song he would often sing with friends back home in the United States.

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord

We are one in the Spirit, We are one in the Lord

And we pray that all unity may one day be restored

And they will know we are Christians by our love, by our love

Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

 

Although he didn’t know their language, he sang along in English.  He was not alone, for had found brothers and sisters in Christ in this foreign land.

In our reading from First Peter, chapter 2, we see Peter’s encouragement to a group of early Christians. They were from various backgrounds and situations, but they were all followers of Jesus Christ.  Although we don’t totally know the situation, we get some ideas from the text. There seemed to be a need for there to be a deeper interconnection among the people of the Church.  They knew each other, but they didn’t understand themselves as a group in the same way that God did.

Peter encouraged the church to deepen their fellowship, to be built into a “spiritual house” made of “living stones.”  Other terms for this deep sense of connection were “Holy priesthood”, “chosen race”, “Royal priesthood”, “a holy nation”, and “God’s own people.”  What mattered is that they knew each other and looked to each other for God’s provisions of strength, support, and community.  It wasn’t easy to remain faithful to Christ when the world around them was, at best, apathetic about Jesus, and at worst, hostile to the point of violence and murder against Christians.  These early Christians remembered the first Christian Martyr, Stephen, and the many other who had been killed because they believed in Jesus Christ.  What these people needed was solid support from a community which shared a common Savior and common values.  They were in it together.  It would take work, but it would be worth it in the long term.

Today we have similar needs.  We need Christian Fellowship and Community.  We have a true need for mutual care and support which is founded in the love of Christ.  Our efforts at building Christian community are worth it because each person is valuable to God.  Our value comes from the love of God in Jesus Christ.  We are people for whom Jesus Christ died, and we have received him in faith.  In doing so, he also forgives our sin and calls us to participate in his new way of life in community.  This is called many things, including, “A Royal Priesthood”. This Royal Priesthood is made up of those who respond to Christ’s call to bring Christ to one another and to those we encounter in this world.

I had an excellent experience with this.  In 1989 I returned to Houston after college.  I quickly stared attending worship at my home church, and I made a connection with a weekly Bible study group.  There were about 20 of us in the group, ranging from age 22 to about 85.  We took time each week to be together and to study God’s word.

There were two purposes for our gathering.  One was to study God’s Word, and the other was to build community. We came from various situations, yet we were all centered in these purposes of God.  Each week we grew closer through our shared Christian experience.  About 30 years later I am still close with several in that group.

We at MLLC/Waldeck have the opportunity to celebrate the fellowship we do have going already, and to enhance this to build even stronger connections.  Here are some practical ways we can increase and strengthen our fellowship in this congregation starting right now.  Yes, I know that some of these things will happen more fully once we resume our normal gatherings in the weeks to come:

*Find ways to be of service to your brother or sister in Christ.

*Seek to build a connection with someone you don’t know as well or at all.  Studies have shown that people need 7 or more connections in a congregation to feel connected.  These 7 connections need to be in addition to the pastor and his or her family.  You can be the good connection the other person needs, and you can benefit from having another connection in life.

*When we are able to be back together, participate in fellowship after worship.  Plan your Sunday to include time with others after worship.

*In whatever form of service you do in the church and community, invite others to serve with you.  Serving alongside others builds community.

*During this time of the COVID19 Pandemic, find ways to contact others each week.  Think of those who might be more isolated due to age or living circumstances.  A phone call, note, text, email, or other contact will build connection.  Consider praying with the person or asking how you might be able to pray for that person.  You may even find a new opportunity for service to others through your contacts.

These are just a few ideas.  I invite you to think and pray about ways in which we can build up community in this congregation.  Let’s talk so we can find and implement more ways. Community building in congregations is essential in this continuously changing world.  Through building community, we get to be a blessing as we have been blessed.

Let us pray — Most high and holy God, pour out upon us your one and unifying Spirit, and awaken in every of your church a holy hunger and thirst for unity in you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and 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, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we come before you in humble prayer.  Enliven our faith and help us to follow closely in the way of Jesus Christ.  Lord, in your mercy,  Hear our prayer.

We pray that, by your Spirit, you would raise up among us individuals who have gifts of pastoral ministry.  Help us to discern your calling in our own lives and in the lives of those in this congregation.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray for those in the church around the world who face the threat of martyrdom.  Help all Christians to stand firm in faith in Jesus Christ when the day of trial comes.  Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

Other petitions may be added here.

Grant us peace and comfort as we remember friends and relatives who have recently died.   (We especially remember…)   Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We pray that you will heal and strengthen all who wait upon you in sickness and physical trial, especially those whom we now name aloud or in quiet prayer… Be their help and their shield.   Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

On this Mother’s Day we pray for those who struggle with grief related to motherhood.  Comfort those who face estrangement from loved ones.  Give strength to women who have lost a child or whose circumstances have prevented motherhood.  Help us to honor the memory of mothers who are deceased.   Lord, in your mercy, Hear our prayer.

We give thanks for all mothers, grandmothers as well as all faithful girls and women in this congregation.  Help them to love, serve and lead in ways which are honoring to you.  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

 

 

 

 

MLLC REMEMBER IN PRAYER: 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, recurring melanoma); Bill Clarke (friend of Daryl & Susan Ray, stage 4 cancer); 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 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.

 

THIS WEEK at MLLC

Today          5:00 pm-AA Meeting (subject to change)

May 3         5:00 pm-AA Meeting (subject to change)

 

happy MOTHER’S DAY to all the mothers and daughters of mothers.  Thank you for all you do for your families.

 

RECYCLING TRAILER will be back at the Carmine Hall beginning Thursday, May 14 from noon until 4 p.m.  They will be in Ledbetter from 8:30 – 11 a.m. behind the Ledbetter Hall.

 

WORSHIP SERVICES are suspended until further notice.

 

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 mllc website for more information.  Thanks to all who have continued to make contributions.

 

CONFIRMATION will be postponed and a new date set when services resume.

 

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.

mlllccarmine/online-giving/

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VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL has been postponed.  The new date at MLLC will be 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 at Bethlehem Lutheran in Round Top will either be postponed or cancelled.  There are registration forms in the narthex and church office.  For more information contact Stacy Eilers at 979-639-1897.

 

CHURCH COUNCIL MEMBER A person is needed to serve as chairperson of the Outreach/Care Committee.  Please consider serving in this role.

 

We are Live Today at 10:00 a.m.

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Join us Live on Facebook today

Facebook Live at 10:00 a.m. CDT Today

We look forward to worshiping with you this morning for the 5th Sunday of Easter.  We will celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord on this Sunday, as we do throughout the season and every Sunday of the year.  This is especially true during the Great 50 Day of Easter. This is also Mother’s Day

Join us at 10:00 a.m. on the Facebook page for MLLC.

Here is the link to that page.

Join us at 10:00 a.m. on the Facebook page for Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church

Here is the link to that page.

We will be offering these Sunday services for MLLC and Wadleck Evangelical Lutheran Church at least until we are permitted to safely gather in the churches.  Out of love for our neighbor and for one another we are not meeting as usual.

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.

Easter 4 – Good Shepherd Sunday May 3

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Readings, Devotion, Prayers and Announcements for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday, May 3, 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 3, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Good Shepherd Sunday

First Reading: Acts 2:42-47

A reading from Acts.

Today’s reading is a description of life in the community following Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost, when the Spirit was poured out on God’s people. The new community is sustained in worship and fellowship, shares what they have, and ensures that everyone has enough.

42[The baptized] devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
43Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. 44All who believed were together and had all things in common; 45they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, 47praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

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Psalm: Psalm 23, King James Version

R:  Psalm 23, read in unison.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul:

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley

of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me

in the presence of mine enemies:

thou anointest my head with oil;

my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy

shall follow me all the days of my life:

and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 

Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:19-25

A reading from 1 Peter.

Doing the right things does not guarantee that one will not experience difficulties, hardships, rejection, or even suffering. Here Christ is presented as the model for our path of endurance and loyalty to God, particularly amid adversity.

19It is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. 20If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. 21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
22“He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
23When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel: John 10:1-10

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

Jesus uses an image familiar to the people of his day to make a point about spiritual leadership. Those who listen to Jesus are led to abundant life.

[Jesus said:] 1“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

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

 

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Devotion

By Pastor David Tinker

“Back to Basics”

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

As a youth I played soccer for several years.  One coach I had was fantastic.  His name was Dr. Hernando Español, and he was by far my very best coach.  He wanted us to have fun, and to have some success in the game.

At team practice Dr. Español observed that all we wanted to do was kick the ball and try to make goals.  He knew that running around the field and trying to be hot shots wasn’t going to win a game, nor make the game any more fun.  This great coach took the time to get us working on the basics.  He had us run endless drills for ball control, kicking, and various moves.  In that “Back to Basics” approach to practice, Dr. Español gave us more than enough to play well.  You know what happened after all that training?  We understood what we were doing, did it well, and had a great time.  It was the best time I’d ever had playing sports.

In today’s reading from Acts chapter 2 we read of the early church.  In this passage we see the community of Christians focusing on the basics of the faith.  All this follows the giving of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.  That was a glorious celebration of God’s love and grace given through Jesus Christ.  Over and over in Acts chapter 2 we read of the goodness of God expressed through the death on the cross and rising from the tomb of Jesus Christ.  In the dramatic sermon Peter preaches that day we hear him say, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.”  He reminds the people of the wonderful and generous promises of God.  Sins will be forgiven, and people will receive the blessings of God’s Holy Spirit.    This good and gracious gift of God is offered to all who would receive it.

The early church, in response to God’s generous mercy and love, got back to basics.  Following their Spirit led model, we are invited to do the same today.  Let’s break their response down to the six basic elements:  Apostles’ teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, prayers, ministry to others, and generosity.

The first item on the list is that they devoted themselves to the Apostles’ teaching.  We do this all the time.  We read Scripture; we study it and preach about it.  We seek to base our actions and direction on what the Apostles have passed on to us.

The second element is their devotion to fellowship.  While this does include talking and just being together, that is not the end.  Fellowship is expressed in how we show steadfast support and love for our fellow believers.  Fellowship is expressed in how we stand with those who mourn.  Fellowship is lived out as we visit the sick and lonely.  Fellowship is when we encourage others to take time to invest in their spiritual life.  Fellowship is reaching out to those who are lost, forgotten, lonely or isolated.

The third element of life as the early church is their devotion to the breaking of bread.  All 3 references to the “Breaking of Bread” in Luke’s books – specifically the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles – are clearly about Holy Communion.  The early Christian Church put great importance in frequent Holy Communion and offered it at weekly worship and, in many cases, every day.

The fourth element of the early church’s life together was prayer.  Every week we pray in worship.  We print prayer requests in bulletins and newsletters.  We pray in our homes and throughout our days.  The Apostle Paul reminds us to “Pray without ceasing”.  Just as the early church did, we have the opportunity of prayer to connect with God on a daily basis.

The fifth element is that of ministry to others.  The early church served others and used what they had to be of benefit to others.  Throughout the book of Acts we see people helping others in need.  We do that today as well.  We support the local food pantry.  We volunteer in various ministries.  We care for one another.  We make quilts for various outside organizations.  We quietly care for our neighbors, and we do so much more.  Our Christian Ministry takes place both within the church and within the community.

The sixth element is that the early church was generous giving.  In response to God’s message of faith, hope and love the people gave and gave to God and others.  Christians, stirred by the Holy Spirit and founded in God’s love, were stirred to give generously.  We get to be generous today.

Since the beginning of the Christian movement the followers of Jesus have done these six things. Author Michael Foss has given the name, “Marks of Discipleship,” to these six patterns of living out our faith.  These are based on our reading from the Book of Acts.

The Marks of Discipleship:  I will strive to…

*Pray daily                   The early church prayed.

*Worship weekly          The early church broke bread – communion

*Read the Bible daily     The early church studied the apostles teachings

*Serve at and beyond Martin Luther Lutheran Church or Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church or my local congregation.

The early church cared for those in need

*Be in Relationship with others to encourage spiritual growth

The early church devoted itself to fellowship

*Give of my time, talents and resources in a generous manner and to the glory of God             The early church was generous

It is all there for us.  Acts 2:42-47 and the Six Marks of Discipleship are a guide to getting back to basics.  Remember, God dearly loves you and invites you to be part of the great things he is doing today.  He has invested in you through the work of Jesus.  Therefore, get back to basics so you can reinvest in your faith.

Let us pray – Almighty God, you mercifully offer us forgiveness and life in your Son, Jesus Christ.  Stir your Holy Spirit in our lives so that we might respond to your love by living out our faith each day.  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.

Loving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: You have called Your Church from the ends of the earth to be the witness to death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. Enliven our proclamation of the name of Jesus so that all may put their faith and hope in Jesus Christ, the Great Shepherd of the sheep. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Grant that our brothers and sisters throughout the world who suffer disgrace and persecution for your name may rejoice in your mercy.  We pray that you will continue to sustain Christians in Egypt during their suffering. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Other petitions may be added here.

Sustain those who are struggling with illness of any kind, especially those we now name aloud or in quiet prayer… Comfort those who have lost children through miscarriage, stillbirth, and tragedy, and restore to new life those who have suffered from abuse.            Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We remember your servants of every time and place who have gone before us (especially…). We thank you that through the gift of faith you have taken delight in them. Give comfort to those who mourn.  Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lead us into the world to serve others in need.  Help us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Help us to respond to your mercy by being merciful to those who suffer in our community and around the world.  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 

 

 

Prayer List for Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church:

Health and Well-being Prayer List:  Phillip Procell, Brian Shaffer, Sandra Gest, James Smith, Barbara Spence, April Weyand, Fritz Schoenst, Alicia McQuaig, Diana Garik Poentisch, Sally Beettner, Carrie Oltmann, Robin Hardin, Beverly Drescher

 

MLLC REMEMBER IN PRAYER: Verlene Citzler (aunt of Leonita Sanders, health concerns); 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, recurring melanoma); Bill Clarke (friend of Daryl & Susan Ray, stage 4 cancer); Robert Vaughn (at Texas Neurology, thankful for extended stay for rehab); Carrie Bozarth (friend of Sedalia Ullrich, cancer); Edna Mae Krivacka (friend of Ed Eargle and Carol Carmean, back home, health concerns)

MLLC Sympathy to the families of Dora Miller; Jeannie Johnson  (grandmother of Matthew & Nick Colpetzer, Joshua Aranzolo, and Emily Ortiz); LaVerne Krumrey (friend from Brenham)

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

 

THIS WEEK at MLLC

Today             5:00 pm-AA Meeting (subject to change)

May 3             5:00 pm-AA Meeting (subject to change)

 

WORSHIP SERVICES are suspended until further notice.

 

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 mllc website for more information: mllccarmine.com/online-giving  Thanks to all who have continued to make contributions during this unprecedented time with COVID-19.

 

CONFIRMATION will be postponed and a new date set when services resume.

 

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.

mlllccarmine/online-giving/

disaster relief – lutheran disaster response

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL has been postponed.  The new date at MLLC will be 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 at Bethlehem Lutheran in Round Top will be June 1-4 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. with the theme “Anchored.”  There are registration forms in the narthex and church office.  For more information contact Stacy Eilers at 979-639-1897.  Possibly to be postponed to a later date.

CHURCH COUNCIL MEMBER A person is needed to serve as chairperson of the Outreach/Care Committee.  Please consider serving in this role.