Devotion and Readings March 24

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Bible Readings and Devotion for March 24, 2020

You are encouraged to read these passages from this page or from your personal Bible. After the readings is a devotion based on one or more of the readings.

Here are the references for the readings.  Please look these up in your print Bible, your smartphone app Bible, or an online Bible – click passage listing for link to online:

Matthew 22:23-33   

1 Corinthians 5:9-13

Psalm 63

Psalm 64

Psalm 59 

Jeremiah 50

 

Devotion for March 24, 2020

By Pastor David Tinker

 

In one of today’s psalm, Psalm 59, we read the first two verses:

“Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from those who work evil;
from the bloodthirsty save me.”

 

In its first context, this psalm is a prayer by King David for deliverance from his interpersonal or international enemies.  It is well known that King David struggled against enemies from within Israel, within his family, and with neighboring nations.

 

For us today we are facing a different enemy.  We are facing a difficult to control disease which is spreading around the world.  COVID19 is especially dangerous for older people.  We are seeing the tragedy of this situation with our friends in Italy where the population is the oldest on average.  The healthcare system is overwhelmed.  Many older people who have gotten sick with COVID19 in Italy are simply being placed in hospice due to lack of equipment and facilities to treat them.  This disease is an enemy of sorts for us.

 

Our friend and teacher Martin Luther faced enemies of this sort in his lifetime.  Here is a helpful quote from Martin Luther regarding a plague which took place about 500 years ago:

 

“I shall ask God mercifully to protect us. Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance inflict and pollute others and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me however I shall not avoid place or person but will go freely as stated above. See this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”

From: Luther’s Works Volume 43 pg 132 the letter “Whether one may flee from a Deadly Plague” written to Rev. Dr. John Hess.

 

We have a calling by Jesus to love our neighbors and to love one another.  That is the foundation of our current practice of not meeting together.

 

Ministry is still happening, but it is taking a different shape during this situation.  Here are some things you can be doing to love one another and to love your neighbors:

 

*Keep in contact with your fellow church members and friends.  Phone calls, letters, email, and social media can all be used to keep connected.  You are especially encouraged to keep in contact with individuals who are more isolated due to age, health, or other circumstances.

*Pray for one another, the church (both local and around the nation and world), for those who are sick, for medical and emergency personnel, for the lonely, for those who have lost income due to this health crisis.

*Join in the daily Bible Reading which is part of these daily devotions.

*Remember your regular offerings to God through the church.  The church expenses will continue during this time.  Additionally, these are an important aspect of your faith expression.  You are encouraged to resolve to keep faithful to your giving at this challenging time.

Here are ways you can keep up your offerings during this time away:

– send your offering by mail to the church office.

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

– for those who give their offerings through MLLC: 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.

*Get plenty of rest, eat properly, wash your hands regularly, and pay attention to special notices by government authorities regarding this pandemic situation.  If you are having health issues, seek medical attention.

 

With God’s help, strength, and wisdom, and the gift of our broader community, we can be strong in the face of this new enemy.

 

Prayer

Almighty and merciful God, you are the only source of health and healing; you alone can bring calmness and peace. Grant to us, your children, an awareness of your presence and a strong confidence in you. In our pain, our weariness, and our anxiety, surround us with your care, protect us by your loving might, and permit us once more to enjoy health and strength and peace; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Amen.

 

Prayer from Evangelical Lutheran Worship. Copyright © 2020 Augsburg Fortress. All rights reserved.

 

Devotion and Readings March 23

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Bible Readings and Devotion for March 23, 2020

You are encouraged to read these passages from this page or from your personal Bible. After the readings is a devotion based on one or more of the readings.

 

Here are the references for the readings.  Please look these up in your print Bible, your smartphone app Bible, or an online Bible – click passage listing for link to online:

Matthew 22:15-22

1 Corinthians 4:14-21

Psalm 56

Psalm 57

Psalm 58

Psalm 60

Jeremiah 49

 

Devotion for March 23, 2020

By Pastor David Tinker

 

There are frequent accounts in the New Testament Gospel Books (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) of various people asking questions of Jesus.  Often these questions are meant to challenge Jesus, or even to get him in trouble with government or religious authorities.  This account of a conversation about paying taxes is one which presents a great challenge to Jesus.

 

We have an account of some Pharisees and Herodians asking Jesus, “Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?”  This question was a plan “…to entrap (Jesus) in what he said.”  The trap was twofold.  First, if he said that one should not pay the Romans taxes, then the Roman authorities could arrest him for fostering rebellion.  Second, if Jesus said they should pay the Roman taxes, then he would be showing support for the enemies of the Jews.  Either way Jesus would be facing riot, arrest, or even death.

 

What Jesus does is to catch these particular leaders in their own trap, and to teach his hearers of all times something about our life with God.  First, Jesus asks the questioners for one of the coins used to pay the tax.  They quickly produce such a coin. This is where the hypocrisy of these certain leaders comes out.  The coin (see photo below) used to pay the tax was a Roman coin.  The Jews also had coins for Temple transactions. The Roman coin included the image of the Emperor Tiberius.  Each emperor was a god of sorts.  So, those certain Jewish leaders were in possession of a false idol.  The coin was a graven image of a false god.  This is in direct violation of the Ten Commandments.
Then Jesus answers their question by saying, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”  The coin has the image of the false god, the emperor, on the coin.  Therefore, use the coin to pay the taxes as required by the occupying empire.

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There is so much more to life than that issue, and Jesus points to this in his second part of the answer.  “Give…to God the things that are God’s.”  Here Jesus takes the scriptures which all Jews would know and accept to point out a greater truth.  He points back to Genesis 1:27 which notes, “So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them.”  Each one of us is made, in some way, in the image of God.  Our whole selves, our whole lives, belong to God.  His image is on each of us in some way.  We belong to God.

 

In a greater sense, the work of Jesus on the cross for us gives us even more of a sense about belonging to God.  In teaching about the use of our bodies St. Paul notes, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? 20 For you were bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)  That price is the death of Jesus on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.  In the most wonderful and beautiful way, we belong to God.  He has given his all for us in that Jesus gave his life on the cross for us.

 

So, we are called upon by the Lord to give to God what belongs to God.  Our whole selves belong to God.  We are called to give our lives, our actions, our energy, our service, and all that we have and do, to God.  A broad approach to how we do this is noted in Colossians 3:17, where Paul notes, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”  As we work, rest, play, study, care, etc. we can do it in the name of Jesus.  We can “give to God what belongs to God” by working hard, honoring the Lord, loving our neighbors, loving one another, taking rest, keeping connected with God and fellow Christians, speaking honorable regarding God and others, etc.  Giving our lives to God something we get to do every day as followers of Jesus.

Here is a YoutTube link for a song based on the truth that we belong to God.  I first heard this song in 1985 at a Christian retreat in San Antonio.  It is by singer/songwriter James Ward.  Click Link.

 

Prayer

Loving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we give you thanks that Jesus has given his full self on the cross for us.  Help us, by your Spirit and your Word, to live every day to your glory and for the love of neighbor.  We pray this in Jesus’ holy name.

Amen

 

4th Sunday in Lent

Jesus Healing a blind man

 

Readings, Devotion, Prayers and Announcements for Sunday, March 22, 2020, for both MLLC and Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church

 

As we are not able to meet due to health and safety concerns, 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.

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 usual.  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.

 

The 4th Sunday in Lent

March 22, 2020

First Reading: 1 Samuel 16:1-13

R:  A reading from 1st Samuel the 16th chapter.

Samuel anointed David even though he was the eighth-oldest son of Jesse and did not match his brothers in height or other physical characteristics. With the anointing came endowment with the Spirit of the Lord, designating David as the Lord’s chosen successor to Saul.

And now the reading.

1The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul? I have rejected him from being king over Israel. Fill your horn with oil and set out; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.” 2Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’ 3Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for me the one whom I name to you.” 4Samuel did what the Lord commanded, and came to Bethlehem. The elders of the city came to meet him trembling, and said, “Do you come peaceably?” 5He said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord; sanctify yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” And he sanctified Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
6When they came, he looked on Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is now before the Lord.” 7But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 8Then Jesse called Abinadab, and made him pass before Samuel. He said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 9Then Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “Neither has the Lord chosen this one.” 10Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, and Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen any of these.” 11Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.” 12He sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. The Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; for this is the one.” 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Psalm: Psalm 23

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.

KJV

 

Second Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14

R:  A reading from Ephesians, the 5th chapter.

Because we now live in the divine light which is Jesus Christ, we conduct our lives in ways that reflect the light of Christ, so that our activity is truly pleasing to God.

And now the reading.

8Once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—9for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. 10Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. 11Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what such people do secretly; 13but everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Sleeper, awake!
Rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

The word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

*Gospel: John 9:1-41

P:  The holy gospel according to St. John, the 9th chapter.

Glory to you, O Lord.

Jesus heals a man born blind, provoking a hostile reaction that he regards as spiritual blindness to the things of God.

And now the reading.

1As [Jesus] walked along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” 3Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. 4We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 6When he had said this, he spat on the ground and made mud with the saliva and spread the mud on the man’s eyes, 7saying to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). Then he went and washed and came back able to see. 8The neighbors and those who had seen him before as a beggar began to ask, “Is this not the man who used to sit and beg?” 9Some were saying, “It is he.” Others were saying, “No, but it is someone like him.” He kept saying, “I am the man.” 10But they kept asking him, “Then how were your eyes opened?” 11He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight.” 12They said to him, “Where is he?” He said, “I do not know.”
13They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14Now it was a sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and

opened his eyes. 15Then the Pharisees also began to ask him how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put mud on my eyes. Then I washed, and now I see.” 16Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not observe the sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform such signs?” And they were divided. 17So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him? It was your eyes he opened.” He said, “He is a prophet.”
18The Jews did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they called the parents of the man who had received his sight 19and asked them, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” 20His parents answered, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; 21but we do not know how it is that now he sees, nor do we know who opened his eyes. Ask him; he is of age. He will speak for himself.” 22His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jews; for the Jews had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus to be the Messiah would be put out of the synagogue. 23Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.”
24So for the second time they called the man who had been blind, and they said to him, “Give glory to God! We know that this man is a sinner.” 25He answered, “I do not know whether he is a sinner. One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see.” 26They said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27He answered them, “I have told you already, and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?” 28Then they reviled him, saying, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. 29We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where he comes from.” 30The man answered, “Here is an astonishing thing! You do not know where he comes from, and yet he opened my eyes. 31We know that God does not listen to sinners, but he does listen to one who worships him and obeys his will. 32Never since the world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you trying to teach us?” And they drove him out.
35Jesus heard that they had driven him out, and when he found him, he said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 36He answered,

“And who is he, sir? Tell me, so that I may believe in him.” 37Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and the one speaking with you is he.” 38He said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped him. 39Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.” 40Some of the Pharisees near him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not blind, are we?” 41Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would not have sin. But now that you say, ‘We see,’ your sin remains.”

The gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.

 

Devotion

By Pastor David Tinker

 

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

We remember the great hymn of church:

Amazing grace, How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost, but now I am found,

Was blind, but now I see.

Today’s Gospel reading is the story of Jesus’ encounter with a man who was born blind.  The story begins with a discussion between Jesus and his disciples about the man’s condition and the reasons for his difficulty.  The disciples ask Jesus, “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Jesus responds by challenging the entire premise of their question when he says, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.”  The disciples had falsely assumed that if someone had a disability or health problem that this was caused by the sin of that person or of his or her parents.

After Jesus teaches them about the true situation of the man, he proceeds to heal the man.   Because he can see now, his friends and neighbors don’t recognize him.  When they express doubt regarding his new ability to see he keeps saying, “I am the man,” yet few believe him.  They seem to not believe that a man born blind can now see.  Following this, some in authority begin challenging him regarding who performed the healing.  They were especially concerned that somebody apparently had broken a Sabbath regulation.  This leads to debate among them regarding whether or not Jesus was a sinner due to his act of healing on the Sabbath.  Eventually the man’s parents are questioned about the healing, but they defer the question back to their son.

The authorities corner the formerly blind man and begin the questioning.  They start by announcing that they know this man is a sinner, suggesting that they themselves are not sinners.  The discussion gets nowhere.  When the formerly blind man makes a good point, the authorities reject it because they assume that both the man and Jesus are unreliable due to their assumed sinfulness.

Soon after this the man comes to Jesus.  He confesses his faith in Jesus and begins to worship him.  Our Lord responds by saying, “I came into this world for judgment so that those who do not see may see, and those who do see may become blind.”

The authorities respond, “Surely we are not blind, are we?”

Jesus says, “If you were blind, you would not have sin.  But now that you say, “We see,” your sin remains.”

What Jesus was pointing out was an important truth.  He was stating that those who are focusing on the sin in others are those who are the most likely to be sinners themselves.  They are those who understand their own sinfulness the least.

Humanity really doesn’t understand or accept its broken nature.  The truth is that we have disregarded God’s love, guidance, and provision.  We have become what God calls sinners.  Long ago humanity had turned from God’s ways and turned toward thinking, doing and believing that which was contrary to God’s will for us.  Our own sinfulness blinds us to the truth of our condition.

The truth of this story is that today we are often the ones quick to see the sins of others, and are just as quick to overlook our own sins.  We are the ones who complain about individual sins of others, while ignoring the poor, the hungry, and persecuted, and those who suffer due to injustice or hate.  We have received the forgiveness of sin, but we have refused to repent – to turn away from sin and toward God’s better way.  We are often the sighted righteous ones who are, in fact, the blind sinners.

In 1 John 1:8, the apostle reminds us:  “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”  Today in the middle of Lent we are reminded of this truth:  We are sinners, this is true.  But I invite you to remember the even greater truth.  God loves us and forgives us and gives himself for us in Jesus Christ.  God’s love is always bigger than the sin in our lives.  God’s mercy for us blind sinners is what will help us see.

We are sinners, this is true.  Thanks be to God for Jesus, for without his love and forgiveness we could neither survive the wages of our sin, nor be able to see that we are sinners.  We are sinners, this is true.  Thanks be to God that we can receive God’s love and forgiveness.  We are sinners, this is true.  Even more so, God puts his love in our lives in ways that are right in front of us and plain to see.  God provides himself to us in the Holy Spirit, by God’s Word, and through the gifts of Baptism and Holy Communion so that we might live as his beloved of God.

The Holy Spirit of God enables us to understand God.  The Spirit calls us to the Good News of God’s love and forgiveness, and guides us into a relationship with God.

God’s Word tells us again and again that the mercy, grace, forgiveness and love of God are ever-present for us.  We read in Lamentations 3:22-23, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

The Gift of Holy Baptism joins us to the saving work of Jesus Christ. Jesus’ death on the cross and rising from the dead have been given so that we might have life, and have it more abundantly.  By baptism we are enlightened so that we can see God’s Goodness.  We celebrate this weekend with all who remember their March Baptisms.

The Gift of Holy Communion continually reminds us that the love of God is for us.  Each time we receive this sacrament it announces to us that God cares deeply for each one of us.

We give thanks in all this that God helps us to see our sin. Even more so, he enables us to see the great things he has done for us.  Let us go out today with renewed sight, knowing how good God has been to each of us.  In this, we revisit that great hymn:

Amazing grace, How sweet the sound

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost, but now I am found,

Was blind, but now I see.

Let us pray –   Almighty Lord, source of light and life and hope.  As broken and sinful people we receive your offer of forgiveness.  We pray that your Holy Spirit will enable us to understand what you have done for us.  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.

Lord God Almighty, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we thank you for your abundant mercy.  Help us to listen to your Word and to respond to you with worship which is to the praise of your glory.  Lord, in your mercy,      Hear our prayer.

 

Guide and protect all medical professionals, as well as all who work in emergency services.  During this time of uncertainty and fear, help us all work together for the building up of health and safety for our community, nation, and world.   Lord, in your mercy,        Hear our prayer.

 

During this season of Lent help us to give of ourselves to you through self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love.  Renew our faith during these forty days. Lord, in your mercy,  Hear our prayer.

 

Other petitions may be added here.

 

We lift in prayer the ministry Lutheran Disaster Response.  Help us to share the resources entrusted to us to care for the victims of disasters.  Lord, in your mercy,  Hear our prayer.

 

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

 

You are the source of all mercy and consolation.  We pray for all who mourn (especially the family and friends of…).  Lord, in your mercy,    Hear our prayer.

 

You call us to be your disciples.  Help us to be faithful in our daily time of prayer.  Stir us to greater joy in our ongoing and eternal relationship with 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 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PRAYER REQUEST LIST FOR WALDECK EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH OF LEDBETTER

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

 

 

HOLY WEEK schedule: – All these services are subject to change in the event that we must continue the suspension of services.

Palm Sunday weekend – April 4-5

6:00 p.m. on Saturday             Worship at Martin Luther in Carmine

8:00 a.m. on Sunday               Worship at Waldeck

10:00 a.m. on Sunday             Worship at Martin Luther in Carmine

 

Maundy Thursday – April 9   5:45 pm Worship at Waldeck

7:30 p.m. at Martin Luther in Carmine

Good Friday – April 10          7:00 pm Worship at Martin Luther in Carmine

Saturday Easter Vigil with Holy Communion – April 11 – 7:00 p.m. at Martin Luther in Carmine

Easter Sunday – April 12

6:45 a.m. – Sunrise at Carmine Cemetery

8:00 a.m. – Worship at Waldeck

9:00 a.m. – Easter Brunch at Waldeck, followed by an egg hunt

Easter Reception in Parlor in Carmine – 9:00-10:00 a.m.

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

Egg hunt in Carmine –11:30 a.m.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR MARTIN LUTHER LUTHERAN CHURCH OF CARMINE

 

REMEMBER IN PRAYERRicky Eckert (brother of Ronnie Eckert, health concerns); Jeannie Johnson (grandmother of Matthew & Nick Colpetzer, Joshua Aranzolo, and Emily Ortiz, chronic pain); Eugene Muehlbrad (health concerns); J. C. Pohl (health concerns); Carol Carmean (thyroid surgery last Monday); Kalisa Pomykal (Paula Barrick’s sister, medical concerns); Jacquelyn Mercado (JoLynn Schoenbeg’s daughter, severe broken wrist); Elisabeth McDaniel (mother of R.W. Crawford, friend of Alvis Mueller, cancer); Kenny Lorenz (former member Robert Hinze’s relative, serious burns); Nancy Pietsch (former RT-C teacher, health concerns); Johnny Dunham (health concerns); LaVerne Krumrey (friend from Brenham, cancer); 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 and Carol, back home, health concerns)

 

Sympathy to the families of Eugene Muehlbrad; The Rev. August M. Hannemann (former MLLC pastor); Genie Fuhrman (Ruby Renck’s niece); Edna Krause (mother of former organist Susan Michael); Charles Rudy Weigelt (brother-in-law of Kay Schmidt, JoLynn Schoenberg, and Darrel & Vickie Neutzler); Ricky Ebner (friend from Ledbetter)

 

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

THIS WEEK at MLLC

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

Tuesday          5:30 pm-Yoga class

March 29         5:00 pm-AA Meeting (subject to change)

 

BAPTISM REMEMBRANCE  Those remembering their baptism during the month of March are Tiffani Brooks, Carol Carmean, Levi Carmean, Liam Diehl, Jill Eilers, Tess Eilers, Berrie Etzel, Floyd Etzel, Dianna Gerland, Thelma Hinze, Kyler Jacob, Seth Kelley, Randall Kohring, Linda Kovar, Autumn Lehmann, Brock Marburger, Michelle Marburger, Susie Markwardt, Linda Mattocks, Aaron Moore, Eugene Muehlbrad, Gaylon Mueller, Debby Peele, Carsyn Pratt, Michelle Pratt, Hannah Roemer, Dianne Sager, Brayden Scheffer, Colter Siptak, Wyatt Waak, Janette Weidemann, Reagan Williams, Gwen Woelfel, and Raylon Zwernemann

 

DATE CHANGE FOR CONFIRMATION The new date is Sunday, May 17.  This has been changed due to the MS150 Bike Ride which will come through Carmine on May 3.

2020 FLOWER CHART:  Four dates are open on the flower chart.  They are September 20 & 27 and November 1 & 22.

 

LENTEN MEALS AND SERVICES are cancelled.

 

SPECIAL LENTEN ENVELOPES this year are designated for Lutheran Disaster Response of the ELCA.  These envelopes are in the pews marked “Lenten Offering.”  The envelopes for Lent that you receive in the mail go to the general fund.  The other envelopes in the pews will go to the general fund or where noted.

 

EASTER EGG HUNT Monetary and candy donations would be appreciated for the egg hunt following worship on April 12.  Please bring them to the church by Palm Sunday, April 5.  They will be filled that day.  Goody bags will be provided for the treats, but children may bring their Easter baskets if they wish.

(This may be subject to change.)

 

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL will be at MLLC June 14-18, 2020 with the theme Rocky Railway.  See the codes on p. 2 of the March newsletter to register your child and 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.

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

THRIVENT CHOICE DOLLARS March 31 is the deadline for members to call Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to direct your 2019 Choice Dollars.  Call 1-800-847-4836 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Central Time and say “Thrivent Choice.”  Have your member ID ready.  Martin Luther Lutheran Church is a choice.

You may also go online to direct the Choice Dollars.  If you do not give them your choice, they will designate your money where they think best.  If you need help, contact Nancy Eilers.  Thanks to those who have directed their Choice Dollars to MLLC.

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION CLASSES will possibly be offered April 5 starting at 11:15 a.m. in the Mission and Ministry Building.  More information is in the March newsletter. Contact Pastor Tinker to sign up.  This may be subject to change due to the stay at home order and cancellation of gatherings at the church.

 

EASTER LILIES may be ordered through the church office.  The Nesting Company is offering 6” potted lilies with gold pot covers for $14.50.  Make the check payable to MLLC.  Deadline is April 5.   Let the office know and if it is in memory or honor of someone.  A form is in the March newsletter.

 

EASTER EGG HUNT sponsored by the Carmine Lions Club and (EDC) will not be held on Saturday, April 11 at the Carmine City Park.

 

HOLY WEEK schedule: – All these services are subject to change in the even that we must continue the suspension of services.

Palm Sunday weekend – April 4-5

6:00 p.m. on Saturday             Worship at Martin Luther in Carmine

8:00 a.m. on Sunday               Worship at Waldeck

10:00 a.m. on Sunday             Worship at Martin Luther in Carmine

 

Maundy Thursday – April 9   5:45 pm Worship at Waldeck

7:30 p.m. at Martin Luther in Carmine

Good Friday – April 10          7:00 pm Worship at Martin Luther in Carmine

Saturday Easter Vigil with Holy Communion – April 11 – 7:00 p.m. at Martin Luther in Carmine

Easter Sunday – April 12

6:45 a.m. – Sunrise at Carmine Cemetery

8:00 a.m. – Worship at Waldeck

9:00 a.m. – Easter Brunch at Waldeck, followed by an egg hunt

Easter Reception in Parlor in Carmine – 9:00-10:00 a.m.

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

Egg hunt in Carmine –11:30 a.m.

 

Devotion and Readings March 22

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Bible Readings and Devotion for March 22, 2020

You are encouraged to read these passages from this page or from your personal Bible. After the readings is a devotion based on one or more of the readings.

Matthew 20:17-28

17 While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, 18 “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; 19 then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.”

20 Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favor of him. 21 And he said to her, “What do you want?” She said to him, “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.” 22 But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to him, “We are able.” 23 He said to them, “You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.”

24 When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. 25 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. 26 It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; 28 just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

 

1 Corinthians 4:1-13

1 Think of us in this way, as servants of Christ and stewards of God’s mysteries. 2 Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself. 4 I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive commendation from God.

6 I have applied all this to Apollos and myself for your benefit, brothers and sisters, so that you may learn through us the meaning of the saying, “Nothing beyond what is written,” so that none of you will be puffed up in favor of one against another. 7 For who sees anything different in you? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?

8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! Quite apart from us you have become kings! Indeed, I wish that you had become kings, so that we might be kings with you! 9 For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, as though sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to mortals. 10 We are fools for the sake of Christ, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. 11 To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clothed and beaten and homeless, 12 and we grow weary from the work of our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; 13 when slandered, we speak kindly. We have become like the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things, to this very day.

 

Psalm 52

1 Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly? All day long 2 you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery.

3 You love evil more than good, and lying more than speaking the truth.

4 You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.

5 But God will break you down forever; he will snatch and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living.

6 The righteous will see, and fear, and will laugh at the evildoer, saying,

7 “See the one who would not take refuge in God, but trusted in abundant riches, and sought refuge in wealth!”

8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.

9 I will thank you forever, because of what you have done. In the presence of the faithful I will proclaim your name, for it is good.

 

Psalm 53

1 Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.”  They are corrupt, they commit abominable acts; there is no one who does good.

2 God looks down from heaven on humankind to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God.

3 They have all fallen away, they are all alike perverse; there is no one who does good, no, not one.

4 Have they no knowledge, those evildoers, who eat up my people as they eat bread, and do not call upon God?

5 There they shall be in great terror, in terror such as has not been.  For God will scatter the bones of the ungodly; they will be put to shame, for God has rejected them.

6 O that deliverance for Israel would come from Zion!  When God restores the fortunes of his people, Jacob will rejoice; Israel will be glad.

 

Psalm 54

1 Save me, O God, by your name, and vindicate me by your might.

2 Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.

3 For the insolent have risen against me, the ruthless seek my life; they do not set God before them.

4 But surely, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.

5 He will repay my enemies for their evil. In your faithfulness, put an end to them.

6 With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O Lord, for it is good.

7 For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

 

Psalm 55

1 Give ear to my prayer, O God; do not hide yourself from my supplication.

2 Attend to me, and answer me; I am troubled in my complaint. I am distraught 3 by the noise of the enemy, because of the clamor of the wicked. For they bring trouble upon me, and in anger they cherish enmity against me.

4 My heart is in anguish within me, the terrors of death have fallen upon me.

5 Fear and trembling come upon me, and horror overwhelms me.

6 And I say, “O that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest; 7 truly, I would flee far away; I would lodge in the wilderness; 8 I would hurry to find a shelter for myself from the raging wind and tempest.”

9 Confuse, O Lord, confound their speech; for I see violence and strife in the city.

10 Day and night they go around it on its walls, and iniquity and trouble are within it; 11 ruin is in its midst; oppression and fraud do not depart from its marketplace.

12 It is not enemies who taunt me—I could bear that; it is not adversaries who deal insolently with me—I could hide from them.

13 But it is you, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend,

14 with whom I kept pleasant company; we walked in the house of God with the throng.

15 Let death come upon them; let them go down alive to Sheol; for evil is in their homes and in their hearts.

16 But I call upon God, and the Lord will save me.

17 Evening and morning and at noon I utter my complaint and moan, and he will hear my voice.

18 He will redeem me unharmed from the battle that I wage, for many are arrayed against me.

19 God, who is enthroned from of old, will hear, and will humble them—because they do not change, and do not fear God.

20 My companion laid hands on a friend and violated a covenant with me 21 with speech smoother than butter, but with a heart set on war; with words that were softer than oil, but in fact were drawn swords.

22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.

23 But you, O God, will cast them down into the lowest pit; the bloodthirsty and treacherous shall not live out half their days. But I will trust in you.

 

Jeremiah 48

1 Concerning Moab. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Alas for Nebo, it is laid waste!  Kiriathaim is put to shame, it is taken; the fortress is put to shame and broken down; 2 the renown of Moab is no more.  In Heshbon they planned evil against her: “Come, let us cut her off from being a nation!”  You also, O Madmen, shall be brought to silence; the sword shall pursue you. 3 Hark! a cry from Horonaim, “Desolation and great destruction!”  4 “Moab is destroyed!” her little ones cry out.

5 For at the ascent of Luhith they go up weeping bitterly; for at the descent of Horonaim they have heard the distressing cry of anguish.  6 Flee! Save yourselves! Be like a wild ass in the desert!

7 Surely, because you trusted in your strongholds and your treasures, you also shall be taken; Chemosh shall go out into exile, with his priests and his attendants.

8 The destroyer shall come upon every town, and no town shall escape; the valley shall perish, and the plain shall be destroyed, as the Lord has spoken.

9 Set aside salt for Moab, for she will surely fall; her towns shall become a desolation, with no inhabitant in them.

10 Accursed is the one who is slack in doing the work of the Lord; and accursed is the one who keeps back the sword from bloodshed.

11 Moab has been at ease from his youth, settled like wine on its dregs; he has not been emptied from vessel to vessel, nor has he gone into exile; therefore his flavor has remained and his aroma is unspoiled.

12 Therefore, the time is surely coming, says the Lord, when I shall send to him decanters to decant him, and empty his vessels, and break his jars in pieces. 13 Then Moab shall be ashamed of Chemosh, as the house of Israel was ashamed of Bethel, their confidence.

14 How can you say, “We are heroes and mighty warriors”?

15 The destroyer of Moab and his towns has come up, and the choicest of his young men have gone down to slaughter, says the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts.

16 The calamity of Moab is near at hand and his doom approaches swiftly.

17 Mourn over him, all you his neighbors, and all who know his name; say, “How the mighty scepter is broken, the glorious staff!”

18 Come down from glory, and sit on the parched ground, enthroned daughter Dibon! For the destroyer of Moab has come up against you; he has destroyed your strongholds.

19 Stand by the road and watch, you inhabitant of Aroer! Ask the man fleeing and the woman escaping; say, “What has happened?”

20 Moab is put to shame, for it is broken down; wail and cry! Tell it by the Arnon, that Moab is laid waste.  21 Judgment has come upon the tableland, upon Holon, and Jahzah, and Mephaath, 22 and Dibon, and Nebo, and Beth-diblathaim, 23 and Kiriathaim, and Beth-gamul, and Beth-meon, 24 and Kerioth, and Bozrah, and all the towns of the land of Moab, far and near. 25 The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken, says the Lord.

26 Make him drunk, because he magnified himself against the Lord; let Moab wallow in his vomit; he too shall become a laughingstock. 27 Israel was a laughingstock for you, though he was not caught among thieves; but whenever you spoke of him you shook your head. 28 Leave the towns, and live on the rock, O inhabitants of Moab! Be like the dove that nests on the sides of the mouth of a gorge.

29 We have heard of the pride of Moab—he is very proud—of his loftiness, his pride, and his arrogance, and the haughtiness of his heart.

30 I myself know his insolence, says the Lord; his boasts are false, his deeds are false.

31 Therefore I wail for Moab; I cry out for all Moab; for the people of Kir-heres I mourn.

32 More than for Jazer I weep for you, O vine of Sibmah! Your branches crossed over the sea, reached as far as Jazer; upon your summer fruits and your vintage the destroyer has fallen.

33 Gladness and joy have been taken away from the fruitful land of Moab; I have stopped the wine from the wine presses; no one treads them with shouts of joy; the shouting is not the shout of joy.

34 Heshbon and Elealeh cry out; as far as Jahaz they utter their voice, from Zoar to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. For even the waters of Nimrim have become desolate. 35 And I will bring to an end in Moab, says the Lord, those who offer sacrifice at a high place and make offerings to their gods. 36 Therefore my heart moans for Moab like a flute, and my heart moans like a flute for the people of Kir-heres; for the riches they gained have perished.

37 For every head is shaved and every beard cut off; on all the hands there are gashes, and on the loins sackcloth. 38 On all the housetops of Moab and in the squares there is nothing but lamentation; for I have broken Moab like a vessel that no one wants, says the Lord. 39 How it is broken! How they wail! How Moab has turned his back in shame! So Moab has become a derision and a horror to all his neighbors.

40 For thus says the Lord: Look, he shall swoop down like an eagle, and spread his wings against Moab; 41 the towns shall be taken and the strongholds seized. The hearts of the warriors of Moab, on that day, shall be like the heart of a woman in labor.

42 Moab shall be destroyed as a people, because he magnified himself against the Lord.

43 Terror, pit, and trap are before you, O inhabitants of Moab! says the Lord.

44 Everyone who flees from the terror shall fall into the pit, and everyone who climbs out of the pit shall be caught in the trap. For I will bring these things upon Moab in the year of their punishment, says the Lord.

45 In the shadow of Heshbon fugitives stop exhausted; for a fire has gone out from Heshbon, a flame from the house of Sihon; it has destroyed the forehead of Moab, the scalp of the people of tumult.

46 Woe to you, O Moab! The people of Chemosh have perished, for your sons have been taken captive, and your daughters   into captivity.

47 Yet I will restore the fortunes of Moab in the latter days, says the Lord. Thus far is the judgment on Moab.

 

Devotion for March 22, 2020

By Pastor David Tinker

 

When driving down the road on a major highway or interstate, have you ever encountered this?  Another driver, typically speeding, is rushing about, changing lanes, cutting others off, and generally trying to be ahead of others. (I am not talking about a person trying to get somewhere to save a life or similar real emergency, for that is a different issues altogether.) In a sense, they are trying to end up in first place, no matter what.  Some individuals will do everything to be first place in all they do.  Many will quit, destroy, or complain if they get stuck in 2nd or 207th or wherever else the rest of us stand that day.

 

In our reading from Matthew today we have the scene in which the mother of James and John makes an involved request.  She asks the following: “Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.”  Our Lord responds that this is not for his to grant.  Only God the Father has that role to set who has those roles.

 

In the Luke 23:32-33, and 39-43: 32 Two others also, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him. 33 When they came to the place that is called The Skull, they crucified Jesus there with the criminals, one on his right and one on his left… 39 One of the criminals who were hanged there kept deriding him and saying, “Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 40 But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? 41 And we indeed have been condemned justly, for we are getting what we deserve for our deeds, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 He replied, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

 

These two were not any of the Twelve Apostles.  Rather, they were sinners.  Interestingly, Jesus brings sinners close to himself in his greatest moment.  They are given a chance to reconnect with God, and he welcomes him with merciful, open arms.  Jesus is closest to those who need his love the most.  In a sense, God puts in first place in his care those who are the most likely to be the furthest from God’s glory and perfection.  In one way or another, each one of us is a first-place sinner in need of God’s love and forgiveness.  St. Paul notes about himself, and also each of us, in 1 Timothy 1:15, “The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the foremost.”

 

In this Lent we are reminded that we are people in need of God’s love, forgiveness, and mercy.  God the Holy Spirit and God’s gift of the law help us see that we are sinners.  We are shown clearly that we have not lived up to God’s most excellent way.  The Holy Spirit leads us to the cross, and then leads us to a closer connection with Jesus. He is the one who seeks us out in our worst moments.  He is the one who loves us beyond measure.  He is the one who invites us to be with him in paradise.

 

Now, we don’t seek to be sinners.  God is not inviting us to be really bad sinners so that we can be close to Jesus.  Rather, God seeks us out in the depths of our separation from him.  It is not about being in first place, or winning, or anything of the like.  Rather, it is about realizing that we can’t beat others to anything, especially to get into God’s favor.  God chooses us, and God places us into the arms of his mercy.  God gathers us to the cross, and there has met us in sin and death.  We celebrate that, by his abundant mercy, God forgives us and leads us to the life of connection with God and others.  Our response to God’s love is not about getting ahead of others, but it is about giving our best for the sake of God and others.

 

 

 

Prayer

Loving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we worship you as our one true and holy God.  Help us to strive not for our own glory and power, but for life with you and for service to others.  We pray this in the Holy Name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

Devotion and Readings March 21

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Bible Readings and Devotion for March 21, 2020

You are encouraged to read these passages from this page or from your personal Bible. After the readings is a devotion based on one or more of the readings.

Matthew 22:1-14

1 Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.’ 5 But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his slaves, mistreated them, and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. 8 Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.’ 10 Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

 

1 Corinthians 3:16-23

16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.

18 Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise.

19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” 20 and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

21 So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you, 23 and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

 

Psalm 50

1 The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth.

3 Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him.

4 He calls to the heavens above and to the earth, that he may judge his people:

5 “Gather to me my faithful ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”

6 The heavens declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge.

7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak, O Israel, I will testify against you. I am God, your God.

8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you; your burnt offerings are continually before me.

9 I will not accept a bull from your house, or goats from your folds.

10 For every wild animal of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills.

11 I know all the birds of the air, and all that moves in the field is mine.

12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and all that is in it is mine.

13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats?

14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.

15 Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to recite my statutes, or take my covenant on your lips?

17 For you hate discipline, and you cast my words behind you.

18 You make friends with a thief when you see one, and you keep company with adulterers.

19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit.

20 You sit and speak against your kin; you slander your own mother’s child.

21 These things you have done and I have been silent; you thought that I was one just like yourself. But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you.

22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God, or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver. 23 Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me; to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God.”

 

Psalm 51

1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.

2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.

4 Against you, you alone, have I sinned, and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are justified in your sentence and blameless when you pass judgment.

5 Indeed, I was born guilty, a sinner when my mother conceived me.

6 You desire truth in the inward being; therefore teach me wisdom in my secret heart.

7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

8 Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones that you have crushed rejoice.

9 Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.

11 Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me.

12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.

13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you.

14 Deliver me from bloodshed, O God, O God of my salvation, and my tongue will sing aloud of your deliverance.

15 O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise.

16 For you have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased.

17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

18 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, 19 then you will delight in right sacrifices, in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings; then bulls will be offered on your altar.

 

Jeremiah 47

1 The word of the Lord that came to the prophet Jeremiah concerning the Philistines, before Pharaoh attacked Gaza: 2 Thus says the Lord: See, waters are rising out of the north and shall become an overflowing torrent; they shall overflow the land and all that fills it, the city and those who live in it. People shall cry out, and all the inhabitants of the land shall wail.

3 At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his stallions, at the clatter of his chariots, at the rumbling of their wheels, parents do not turn back for children, so feeble are their hands,

4 because of the day that is coming to destroy all the Philistines, to cut off from Tyre and Sidon every helper that remains. For the Lord is destroying the Philistines, the remnant of the coastland of Caphtor.

5 Baldness has come upon Gaza, Ashkelon is silenced. O remnant of their power! How long will you gash yourselves? 6 Ah, sword of the Lord! How long until you are quiet? Put yourself into your scabbard, rest and be still! 7 How can it be quiet, when the Lord has given it an order? Against Ashkelon and against the seashore—there he has appointed it.

 

 

Devotion for March 21, 2020

By Pastor David Tinker

I have watched the notes of many on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) during our time away from normal activity.  Several have noted that they are doing various things around their homes.  As we are in the beginning days of Spring and we are in the midst of Lent, this seems to be a renewal of the Spring Cleaning tradition.

Maybe some of us are working on cleaning out our garage.  These become a catch-all for things which we may or may not have any need to keep.  When doing this we find some of the strangest things.  We have to ask ourselves, “How did this get here?” or “Why are we keeping that?”  We find torn paint tarps, odd boxes, mysterious objects, spilled potting soil, and mud tracked in by cars or kids.  If we get some time to work on this, we can see progress, and there is a sense of accomplishment.  This same situation could apply to a closet, the dining room table, or any odd spot where we store anything and everything.

Cleaning out the garage is a bit like our spiritual practice of Lent.  Lent always includes the Confession of Sin.  Many have discomfort with the task of confession of sin, but it is for our benefit.  Lent is a great time for this task.  Lent has always been a time of cleansing and rebirth for Christians.  It is similar to the Jewish Festival of Passover, which takes place during this same time of year. The Jews have a cleansing ritual to prepare for this Holy Day.  One of the things they do is to toss out all yeast in the home.  It is a way of making a clean break with the past year.  This is a fresh start, a time to make all things new.

One of our readings today is Psalm 51.  In this psalm we come before the Lord with a powerful request.  It is one which helps us submit ourselves to God for him to work in our lives.  Verse 11 of our psalm is familiar to most of us, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”  It is a prayer for cleansing and rebirth.  We are asking God to recreate us from our spiritual core.  From this deep center of our lives we can be changed from the inside out.  With this psalm we are asking God to do some serious Spring Cleaning in our lives.

We cleanse our hearts the way we often clean our homes and garages.  We do this by making a more conspicuous mess at first.  We may have to talk a lot with God about these struggles.  Many benefit from talking with another person, such as their pastor or a trusted Christian friend.  Some of these things we bring out for spiritual cleaning can be pretty messy.  In all this we proceed knowing that the Grace and forgiveness of God are central to all we do.

First, we have to get all that stuff out in the open, and then spread it around just to see all that is there.  We will need to ask ourselves, “How did this get here?” or “Why are we keeping that?”  As we look at our lives, we can see that there are some sinful junk items that we know we do not need anymore.  As we reflect, we note that some things we must give to God in confession and prayer.  The practice of Confession of sin and of prayer can help us get rid of the spiritual and moral junk in our lives.  Often this needs to be done before we do anything else.

At our Holy Communion liturgy, we begin with a confession of sin.  It is an opportunity to come before God alongside our fellow Christians to recognize our sinfulness.  More importantly, it is an opportunity to be reassured of God’s love, forgiveness, and merciful grace.

Here is what we say, and what the pastor says to assure us:

We say together:  “Most merciful God, we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. We have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone.  We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.  For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us.  Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, to the glory of your holy name.  Amen.”

The pastor reminds us:  “God, who is rich in mercy, loved us even when we were dead in sin, and made us alive together with Christ.  By grace you have been saved.  In the name of + Jesus Christ, your sins are forgiven.  Almighty God strengthen you with power through the Holy Spirit, that Christ may live in your hearts through faith.”

On confession of sin, and the assurance of forgiveness of sin, connects us to the great actions of God in Jesus Christ.  Our spiritual connection with the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is central to our lives as Christians.  Our connection with these is provided as God’s way of Spring Cleaning of our lives.  By his word of grace, we are made clean.  May our prayerful connection and reflections today be a reminder to receive the support which God alone provides to clean out our spiritual garage.

 

Prayer

Loving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love.  By your power, enable us to turn from our sin and learn to love as you command.  We pray this in the name of your Holy and Blessed Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Devotion and Readings March 20

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Bible Readings and Devotion for March 20, 2020

You are encouraged to read these passages from this page or from your personal Bible.  After the readings is a devotion based on one or more of the readings.

Matthew 21:28-32                

28 “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30 The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.

 

1 Corinthians 3:1-15            

1 And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? 4 For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human?

5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. 9 For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.

10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building on it. Each builder must choose with care how to build on it. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 the work of each builder will become visible, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. 14 If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire.

 

 

 

Psalm 47

1 Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with loud songs of joy.

2 For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome, a great king over all the earth.

3 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.

4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

5 God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.

7 For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm.

8 God is king over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.

9 The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted.

 

Psalm 48

1 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God.

His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth,

Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.

3 Within its citadels God has shown himself a sure defense.

4 Then the kings assembled, they came on together.

5 As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic, they took to flight;

6 trembling took hold of them there, pains as of a woman in labor,

7 as when an east wind shatters the ships of Tarshish.

8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God, which God establishes forever.

9 We ponder your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple.

10 Your name, O God, like your praise, reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with victory.

11 Let Mount Zion be glad, let the towns of Judah rejoice because of your judgments.

12 Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers, 13 consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels, that you may tell the next generation

14 that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide forever.

 

Psalm 49

1 Hear this, all you peoples; give ear, all inhabitants of the world,

2 both low and high, rich and poor together.

3 My mouth shall speak wisdom; the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.

4 I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp.

5 Why should I fear in times of trouble, when the iniquity of my persecutors surrounds me,

6 those who trust in their wealth and boast of the abundance of their riches?

7 Truly, no ransom avails for one’s life, there is no price one can give to God for it.

8 For the ransom of life is costly, and can never suffice,

9 that one should live on forever and never see the grave.

10 When we look at the wise, they die; fool and dolt perish together and leave their wealth to others.

11 Their graves are their homes forever, their dwelling places to all generations, though they named lands their own.

12 Mortals cannot abide in their pomp; they are like the animals that perish.

13 Such is the fate of the foolhardy, the end of those who are pleased with their lot.

14 Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol; Death shall be their shepherd; straight to the grave they descend, and their form shall waste away; Sheol shall be their home.

15 But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me.

16 Do not be afraid when some become rich, when the wealth of their houses increases.

17 For when they die they will carry nothing away; their wealth will not go down after them.

18 Though in their lifetime they count themselves happy—for you are praised when you do well for yourself—

19 they will go to the company of their ancestors, who will never again see the light.

20 Mortals cannot abide in their pomp; they are like the animals that perish.

 

Jeremiah 46

1 The word of the Lord that came to the prophet Jeremiah concerning the nations.

2 Concerning Egypt, about the army of Pharaoh Neco, king of Egypt, which was by the river Euphrates at Carchemish and which King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon defeated in the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah:

3 Prepare buckler and shield, and advance for battle! 4 Harness the horses; mount the steeds! Take your stations with your helmets, whet your lances, put on your coats of mail! 5 Why do I see them terrified? They have fallen back; their warriors are beaten down, and have fled in haste. They do not look back—terror is all around! says the Lord.

6 The swift cannot flee away, nor can the warrior escape; in the north by the river Euphrates they have stumbled and fallen. 7 Who is this, rising like the Nile, like rivers whose waters surge?

8 Egypt rises like the Nile, like rivers whose waters surge. It said, Let me rise, let me cover the earth, let me destroy cities and their inhabitants. 9 Advance, O horses, and dash madly, O chariots! Let the warriors go forth: Ethiopia and Put who carry the shield, the Ludim, who draw the bow. 10 That day is the day of the Lord God of hosts, a day of retribution, to gain vindication from his foes. The sword shall devour and be sated, and drink its fill of their blood. For the Lord God of hosts holds a sacrifice in the land of the north by the river Euphrates.

11 Go up to Gilead, and take balm, O virgin daughter Egypt! In vain you have used many medicines; there is no healing for you.

12 The nations have heard of your shame, and the earth is full of your cry; for warrior has stumbled against warrior; both have fallen together. Babylonia Will Strike Egypt

13 The word that the Lord spoke to the prophet Jeremiah about the coming of King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon to attack the land of Egypt: 14 Declare in Egypt, and proclaim in Migdol; proclaim in Memphis and Tahpanhes; Say, “Take your stations and be ready, for the sword shall devour those around you.”

15 Why has Apis fled? Why did your bull not stand? —because the Lord thrust him down. 16 Your multitude stumbled and fell, and one said to another, “Come, let us go back to our own people and to the land of our birth, because of the destroying sword.”

17 Give Pharaoh, king of Egypt, the name “Braggart who missed his chance.”  18 As I live, says the King, whose name is the Lord of hosts, one is coming like Tabor among the mountains, and like Carmel by the sea.  19 Pack your bags for exile, sheltered daughter Egypt! For Memphis shall become a waste, a ruin, without inhabitant. 20 A beautiful heifer is Egypt—a gadfly from the north lights upon her. 21 Even her mercenaries in her midst are like fatted calves; they too have turned and fled together, they did not stand; for the day of their calamity has come upon them, the time of their punishment. 22 She makes a sound like a snake gliding away; for her enemies march in force, and come against her with axes, like those who fell trees. 23 They shall cut down her forest, says the Lord, though it is impenetrable, because they are more numerous than locusts; they are without number. 24 Daughter Egypt shall be put to shame; she shall be handed over to a people from the north.

25 The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, said: See, I am bringing punishment upon Amon of Thebes, and Pharaoh, and Egypt and her gods and her kings, upon Pharaoh and those who trust in him. 26 I will hand them over to those who seek their life, to King Nebuchadrezzar of Babylon and his officers. Afterward Egypt shall be inhabited as in the days of old, says the Lord.

27 But as for you, have no fear, my servant Jacob, and do not be dismayed, O Israel; for I am going to save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and no one shall make him afraid.

28 As for you, have no fear, my servant Jacob, says the Lord, for I am with you. I will make an end of all the nations among which I have banished you, but I will not make an end of you!  I will chastise you in just measure, and I will by no means leave you unpunished.

 

 

Devotion for March 20, 2020

By Pastor David Tinker

 

We have been given many instructions in these days regarding how to stay healthy, how not to spread illness, and related matters.  At first, some of us told ourselves that we would follow these instructions.  Some of us did, and some of us didn’t. Other of us refused the advice, but now have started following it.

 

This is similar to the parable Jesus tells us in Matthew 21:28-32.  In this parable, one son affirms that he will follow his father’s instructions, but he ignores the instructions.  The other son rejects the instruction, but later follows his father’s will.  For us in our faith, we often struggle with one or the other of these results.  Sometimes we tell the Lord we will do his will, but then ignore it.  Other times we openly disregard his will yet are led by the Spirit to end up doing the right thing.

 

We are called to love one another and to love our neighbor as ourselves.  These callings of God are much more than a call to have warm feelings about one another.  Rather, we are called to action and care which builds up the life of others.  As we work through how to love our neighbors and one another in the time of the COVID19 pandemic, we are given nudges by the Spirit to take action which builds up life for our church and our community.  Our church councils’ decisions at Waldeck and Carmine to suspend worship is founded in love for our fellow believers and for our neighbors.  When we reduce the spread of dangerous disease, we are helping each other have life, and to have it abundantly.

 

One of the foundational pieces for keeping one another healthy is to wash our hands.  This is a good idea every day or every year for all people.  It is suggested that we use soap and warm water, and that we wash our hands for about 20 seconds.  Instead of setting up a stop watch or cell phone timer, many have suggested that a person sing a short song which lasts 20 seconds.  The song, “Happy Birthday to You,” lasts about 20 seconds, and most people know this.

 

In a conversation with a member of one of our churches this week I heard about two things for our faith when we do this.  One, is to remember our baptism when we wash, as Martin Luther reminds us.  Another suggestion from our conversation is to find another song than “Happy Birthday to You” for hand washing.  Two songs come to mind, but there are many others.

 

One is the song, “Jesus Paid it All”. Here is a YouTube link for that song with lyrics:  Click Link

 

 

The other song I thought of is one which is known by young and old alike.  “Jesus Loves Me” is about 20 seconds long.  I think I timed my singing at about 22 seconds, but 2 extra seconds of hand washing will not harm any of us.

 

Singing a song of faith, remembering one’s baptism, celebrating God’s love, and helping to love one’s neighbor all in one action.  We may not want to do it at first, but, with God’s help, we can do it in the end.  All this is for love of neighbor, and for the glory and love of the Lord.

 

Prayer

Loving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we give you thanks for your abundant mercy.  You call us to love our neighbor as ourselves, but we often fail to do so.  By your Spirit help us to return to you, and help us to live out our love for our neighbors in both word and deed.  Grant us peace in these days, and lead us to abundant life in you.  We pray this in the holy name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Eugene Muelbrad Obituary

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Remembering Eugene Muelbrad

We give thanks for the life and service of Eugene Muelbrad.  He was a longtime member of MLLC.  For several years he served as the treasurer of MLLC.

Here is the obituary.

Eugene Glen Muelbrad

January 20, 1932 – March 19, 2020

 

Eugene Muehlbrad, 88 of Burton, passed away Thursday, March 19, 2020 at his home.
Viewing will be Friday, March 20 from noon until 6 p.m. at Brenham Memorial Chapel.
There will be a private family graveside service at LaBahia Cemetery.

Eugene Glen Muehlbrad was born January 20, 1932 in Burton to Friedrich Charles and
Nora (Eichler) Muehlbrad. He was a graduate of Burton High School, Blinn College and
the University of Houston. Gene served in the National Guard. On January 6, 1956, he
married Nelda Ruth Dominy. Gene was employed by Gulf Coast Investment Corporation in Houston, where he was a mortgage and loan officer. He was a member of Park Place Lutheran Church, where he served as church treasurer.

Upon returning to Washington County in 1992, he worked part-time as a Heritage Texas Country Properties real estate agent. He loved gardening and bass fishing. Gene enjoyed watching sports, especially Texas Longhorn football; listening to Talk Radio; playing Pitch and dominoes; cooking and grilling; and attending events at the La Bahia Turn Verein Hall in Burton, where he was treasurer for 22 years. He was a member of Martin Luther Lutheran Church, where he served on church council.

Gene will be remembered for his kindness to people and animals, loving the Lord and his family and helping neighbors and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Vera Clepper.

Gene is survived by his wife of 64 years Nelda Muehlbrad, daughters Nell Jean Muehlbrad and Ruthie (Bob) Kirkwood, grandchildren Kendra (Hunter) Wisnoskie, Grant Kirkwood and great granddaughter Westyn Jane Wisnoskie.

Special thanks to caregivers Aundria and Ashley and Hospice Brazos Valley, especially nurses Hailey and Jenny and others that visited him.

Memorials are requested to Hospice Brazos Valley.

 

Rev. August Hannemann Obituary

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Giving Thanks for the Life and Ministry of Pastor August Hannemann

Pastor August Hannemann served as our pastor from 1957-1967.  During that time he also served several years as the pastor of our partner congregation, Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ledbetter.  The new parsonage and new sanctuary were dedicated in those years as well.

 

Rev. August M. Hannemann

April 15, 1927 – March 17, 2020

 

August Martin Hannemann was called to be with his Lord and Savior on March 17, 2020 at his home in San Antonio, Texas.   He was born on April 15,1927 to Fred and Caecilia Sagebiel Hannemann in Fredericksburg, Texas, the eighth of nine children.

Having lost his father at a very young age, he quickly learned the value of hard work and community service from his mother and older siblings.   He was active in the family’s paper route delivering papers on bicycles and motorcycles.   He always had a love for Indian motorcycles and had the opportunity to visit an Indian dealership after his 90th birthday.  He also recalled ringing the bell at Zion Lutheran Church in Fredericksburg at noon and on special occasions in keeping with German traditions.

Immediately following graduation from high school in Fredericksburg, August joined the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged following the end of World War II.   He was proud of his service with the Marines and to his country.   He then attended Texas Lutheran College in Seguin where he met Pauline Gindorf.  He married the love of his life on June 15, 1952 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Brenham, TX.  They were blessed with 65 years of marriage, as she preceded him to heaven in 2018.

Following college graduation, August entered the seminary to become a Lutheran minister.   He was proud to continue with his call to serve the Lord and often reflected on his upbringing in Zion Lutheran of his hometown. They moved to Lamesa, Texas where he was an intern at the Lutheran Church and Pauline taught and was the church organist.  They then moved to Columbus, Ohio for Auggie to finish his degree at Capital University Lutheran Theological Seminary. After Auggie graduated from seminary they returned to Texas to serve several Lutheran congregations including First American Lutheran in Olney, St. Paul in Baytown, Martin Luther in Carmine, Waldeck Lutheran Church, St. Paul in Hondo, St. Peter’s in Elgin, St. John in Paige and St. Andrew in Paint Creek.  This past fall, he was honored by the Southwest Texas Synod for his 65th Anniversary of ordination in Lutheran ministry.

Auggie’s faith was strong and he took great joy in providing spiritual guidance and wisdom to all he encountered.  Throughout his ministry, he was known for visiting.   Even when retired, he could disappear from the house for hours, whether on his bicycle or in his truck, to go see people in the community.  One of the many things he took great pleasure in was participating in many of the weddings and baptisms of his children and grandchildren.

His commitment to service was not only to the church but included active participation in the Elgin Meals on Wheels program where he served as the coordinator for many years.  He and Pauline were also active members of AARP, Prime Timers and the German Club in Elgin.  He also drove a school bus route for Elgin ISD which brought back fond memories of driving buses during his college days.  Pauline and Auggie moved to San Antonio in October 2012, where he continued to enjoy his favorite activities of meeting new friends, visiting, riding his bicycle and gardening.

Auggie is survived by sisters in law:  Estelle Zimmerman of San Antonio and Claribel Hannemann of Fredericksburg.  Children – Stephen and wife, Beth Hannemann of Quihi, Joel and wife Lisa Hannemann of San Antonio, Valerie Richey of Houston, and John and wife, Teresa Hannemann of Bulverde.  Grandchildren – Nicole and husband Jeff Hartman, Julia and husband, Jacob Stone, Hallie and husband, Greg Zellman, Kenton Hannemann, Russell Richey, Grace Hannemann and Silas Hannemann. Great Grand Daughter – Paige Hartman and numerous nieces and nephews.

Auggie was preceded in death by his wife; Pauline,brothers and sisters in law; Raymond Hannemann, Eugene and Margaret Hannemann, Hans and Dorthy Hannemann, Fred and Peggy Hannemann, Waldemar Hannemann, Ernst and Mattie Hannemann and sisters: Anita Hannemann, Cora and Hilmar Dittmar.

Visitation will be Saturday March 21, 2020 from 10:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. in the Fredericksburg Funeral Home. Funeral Service will follow at 11:00a.m. in the Fredericksburg Funeral Home with interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kenton Hannemann, Russell Richey, Silas Hannemann, Jeffery Hartman, Jacob Stone, Greg Zellman

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made  Zion Lutheran Church, Meals on Wheels,  or your charity of choice.

Fredericksburg Funeral Home
2278 South Highway 87
Fredericksburg, Texas 78624

Devotion and Readings March 19

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Daily Devotion and Scripture

During this time when our worship life is disrupted we will be publishing various devotions, prayers, readings, etc. for our use.  All are welcome to read and share these.

COVID19 Update Announcement – Click Link

 

Here are the suggested Daily Bible Readings for March 19

Matthew 21:23-27

23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.

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1 Corinthians 2:12-16

12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. 13 And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.
14 Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny.
16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.

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Psalms 45 & 46

Psalm 45

1 My heart overflows with a goodly theme;
I address my verses to the king;
my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
2 You are the most handsome of men;
grace is poured upon your lips;
therefore God has blessed you forever.
3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,
in your glory and majesty.
4 In your majesty ride on victoriously
for the cause of truth and to defend the right;
let your right hand teach you dread deeds.
5 Your arrows are sharp
in the heart of the king’s enemies;
the peoples fall under you.
6 Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity;
7 you love righteousness and hate wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
8 your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
9 daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
10 Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear;
forget your people and your father’s house,
11 and the king will desire your beauty.
Since he is your lord, bow to him;
12 the people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts,
the richest of the people 13 with all kinds of wealth.
The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;
14 in many-colored robes she is led to the king;
behind her the virgins, her companions, follow.
15 With joy and gladness they are led along
as they enter the palace of the king.
16 In the place of ancestors you, O king, shall have sons;
you will make them princes in all the earth.
17 I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations;
therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever.

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Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
God will help it when the morning dawns.
6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord;
see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

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Jeremiah 45

1 The word that the prophet Jeremiah spoke to Baruch son of Neriah, when he wrote these words in a scroll at the dictation of Jeremiah, in the fourth year of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah: 2 Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch: 3 You said, “Woe is me! The Lord has added sorrow to my pain; I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.” 4 Thus you shall say to him, “Thus says the Lord: I am going to break down what I have built, and pluck up what I have planted—that is, the whole land. 5 And you, do you seek great things for yourself? Do not seek them; for I am going to bring disaster upon all flesh, says the Lord; but I will give you your life as a prize of war in every place to which you may go.”

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Devotion

By Pastor David J. Tinker,

Pastor of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine, TX and Waldeck Evangelical Lutheran Church of Carmine

Right now we are in a challenging and difficult time. Nearly everything which we do has been disrupted by our common fight against the spread of the virus noted at COVID19.  Our common activities, such as school, church, work, meals out, doctor visits, funerals, weddings, recreation, and more, have been cancelled, changed, and disrupted.

Psalm 46, verses 1-3 reminds us of the truth of God which we have experienced and lived, and which God offers to all who would believe in Jesus Christ.  The Psalmist writes, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.”

To better understand this psalm, let us look to two contexts for this psalm.  We look first to the Old Testament Context.  The Old Testament Context of Psalm 46 is that of the people of Israel, around 1000 to 750 BC.  This is the time of the Kings and of Jerusalem being the center of religious and political life for the people.  The Israelites struggled against three enemies:  foreign powers, the power of the sea, and their struggle with the temptation to worship false idols.  Each of these brought chaos, division and loss to the people.

To care for them, God gave them this psalm as a source of encouragement in the midst of their fears and enemies.  His love and care, and the people’s worship and thanksgiving, were central to his presence in that place.  The Lord’s love for his people would not falter or sway.  When all else was falling apart and changing, God’s merciful goodness and grace were always present for the people.

As followers of Jesus we are reminded that Jesus, God the Son, has given himself for the world for the forgiveness of our sin.  Through his being raised from the dead, Jesus leads us beyond death to a new life founded on his goodness and love.  That love of God is offered to us in our context today.  We also face our own struggles.  Life has its ups and downs. We have all these new struggles with COVID19.  Into this we are reminded of a truth which is greater than our present struggles.  We have a hope which is more powerful than all the changes and challenges of our time.  We have the truth which was already there for us 3000 years ago.  We have what the psalmist tells us:  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.”

This also reminds us of a wonderfully assuring passage in Hebrews, chapter 13, verse 8, where the author states:  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”  We know that despite all the changes and challenges of life that our Lord Jesus Christ will always love us and be with us.  He has been there all along, and will be with us now and forever.

We are reminded in 1 Peter 5:7 that Jesus is there for us in the midst of all the challenges of life.  Peter tells us, “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.”  We can cast all of our struggles and changes on him, and he will carry our burden.  We can cast all our broken and troubled lives on him, because he gave himself for us on the cross.  Because he has given all for us, because we can cast all of our changes and challenges on him, we can live with sure and certain hope.

Looking beyond our current struggles with COVID19, it seems more than some of us can bear.  Into this struggle our God gives us a sure and certain vision for the future.  We read in Revelation chapter 21 the following:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,

“See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; 4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes.

Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”

 

Prayer:

Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we praise you for your steadfast love for us.  During this time of health crisis help us to trust in you.  Guide us in our work together to reduce the spread of this disease.  Give strength and courage to emergency services personnel and medical workers.  Help us to see the greater future we have in you.  We pray this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

COVID 19 Carona Virus Update

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Important Notice about COVID 19

The Church Council of MLLC has made the decision to suspend worship services and other church activities from now (March 18, 2020) through at least April 3, 2020.  This is due to the significant, worldwide health crisis of the COVID 19 Pandemic.  The council did not take this decision lightly, as this is a new and dramatic step for the congregation.  They consulted with area congregations, our Gulf Coast Synod, as well as government health officials.  We will send out updates as these become available.

Please read the notice here:  Click Link

The Daily Bible Readings through April 3 are here:  Click Link

The church staff and leadership are still here for you in these trying times.  We will have devotional items and other items available through this web site.