February 3 – Worship at Lutherhill

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Special Worship Schedule and Location – February 3

No Service at MLLC on February 3 – Worship at Lutherhill instead.

We will have worship on Sunday, February 3, but it will not be at MLLC. Worship will be held at our local Lutheran Church camp, Lutherhill Ministries.  We will gather for worship at 9:30 a.m. in the Carby Chapel on the camp grounds.  The photo above shows the Carby Chapel from the road and parking lot viewpoint.

After Worship – three options for you

Sunday School for children, led by Lutherhill staff

Refreshments and Fellowship

Refreshments, plus a presentation by Matt Kindsvatter (Executive Director of Lutherhill) regarding their upcoming improvements and expansions of ministry.

 

We look to have a strong showing from the people of Martin Luther Lutheran Church, and all the Crossroads churches, for this special event.

Remember, we will not have a worship service on February 3 at MLLC (or any of the Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry congregations)

 

Regarding your offerings:

If you use your MLLC offering envelope or write a check to MLLC, the offerings will be given to the church.

Correction:  Cash donations will be divided evenly between the 4 churches.

There will also be a special basket and special envelopes for donations to Lutherhill’s campaign.  You can also take the envelopes and give by mail at a later date.

 

Getting to Lutherhill

We encourage you to bring folks who may be uncomfortable traveling to the camp on their own, or who would need a ride.  This will be a wonderful event for all ages.

Lutherhill is located just north of La Grange at 3782 Lutherhill Rd, La Grange, TX 78945. Once you enter the main camp entrance, you will be heading east.  Follow the long gravel road until you see the signs for Carby Chapel.  This will lead you to follow a road to the left/north, which leads to the chapel.  This part of the camp is depicted on the map noted right below on this page.

Carby Chapel is in the north central part of the camp.  Here is a camp map link:  Map.

Here is a close up of the portion with Carby Chapel and nearby parking.

This is a once a year special event in which we gather with our group of 4 Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry partner churches for a time of worship and learning.

The four Crossroads Shared Lutheran Ministry congregations are:

St. Paul Lutheran in Shelby (Fayetteville)

Bethlehem Lutheran in Round Top

Wadeck Evangelical Lutheran in Ledbetter

Martin Luther Lutheran in Carmine

 

 

2018 Harvest Festival and Homecoming

Harvest Festival Food

You are Invited

The 2018 Harvest Festival and Homecoming is just around the corner.  We are working together to make sure we have another great year of worship, food, fun and fellowship.

Click this link for the main page about the 2018 Harvest Festival and Homecoming.

Sunday, October 21, at the Carmine Hall

Worship at 9:30 a.m.

The Famous Carmine Fried Chicken meal will be served 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Tickets are $10/meal and are available now at the church office during the week, and at the church before and after worship each weekend.  Call the church office – 979-278-3388 – to reserve your tickets.

The Live and Silent Auctions begin around 11:30 a.m.  Donations for the auction are invited.  Bring items to the church office.

Hurricane Harvey – Special Announcement

Hurricane Harvey

A Letter from Pastor David Tinker

Dear Members and Friends of Martin Luther Lutheran Church of Carmine,

As most of you have heard, there is a hurricane hitting Texas this weekend.  The northern part of the storm is already bringing rain to the Carmine area.  After consideration of the safety of all, Blake Dooley (Council President) and I have decided to cancel the worship services, Sunday School and all activities this weekend (August 26 & 27, 2017).  There were already some activities, such as the Blood Drive, which had been cancelled or postponed due to the storm.  Although we will not be receiving the worst part of Hurricane Harvey, we will be getting a significant amount of rain, likely at least 10-20 inches.  As there are many low water crossings of roads in the area, including Luther Lane, just down the block from MLLC, we felt it was the right thing to do.

Our Shared Ministry Partner Church – Waldeck Lutheran Church – has also cancelled their weekend worship and activities.

Please share this information with others in your life, especially people who are less likely to use the internet or social media.

As you are able, please do these things throughout these days of this difficult storm:

  1. Please tell others, as noted above.
  2. Pray for those who are helping the victims of the storm, and for those victims.
  3. Pay attention to those who are more vulnerable in the community, especially the elderly or sick, as well as families with small children.  See if they need any assistance.
  4. Be ready to serve and help others in the community who are in need.
  5. As you are able, know that the church will receive financial donations to help with hurricane relief.  We will work with our synod to make sure these funds are brought to our partner agencies which will help the victims.  We will publicize other opportunities for helping with hurricane relief as we learn of them.
  6. Take time to pray and read God’s Word this weekend.  At the end of this email I have included our Prayer of the Day and Readings for this weekend.
  7. Plan on gathering for worship this next weekend – September 3.  This will be our Labor Day Weekend worship (in the Fellowship Hall) and picnic.  We will have the Rally Day events on this Sunday as well – blessing of Sunday School teachers, Sunday School Awards, Rally Day Party, etc.
  8. Please remember to make up your missed offerings from this weekend.  You can bring them with you when you are at worship again in the coming weeks, mail them in to the church office, or use our church web site to make your offering to God by credit care, debit card, or bank account.  Remember, all the usual expenses continue even when we have these rare cancellations.  Our online giving link is:   https://mllccarmine.com/online-giving/

Feel free to contact me with any questions.   We look forward to seeing you at worship on September 3 and beyond.

Yours, in Christ’s Service,

Pastor David Tinker

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Pastor David J. Tinker

Pastor of Martin Luther Lutheran Church

and Waldeck Lutheran Church
Martin Luther Lutheran Church

211 Luther Ln

P O Box 362

Carmine, TX 78932-0362

979-278-3388 – office in Carmine

979-278-3387 – fax in Carmine

979-278-3380 – Martin Luther Lutheran School

pastordjt@industryinet.com

http://mllccarmine.com

 

Waldeck Lutheran Church

6915 Waldeck Church Ln

Ledbetter, TX 78946

979-249-3802 – office in Waldeck

 

Readings and prayer of the day

for weekend of August 26-27, 2017

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

 

First Reading: Isaiah 51:1-6

Just as God had called Abraham and Sarah and given them many descendants, so now God offers comfort to Zion. God’s deliverance will come soon and will never end.

 

 

1Listen to me, you that pursue righteousness,

you that seek the Lord.

Look to the rock from which you were hewn,

and to the quarry from which you were dug.

2Look to Abraham your father

and to Sarah who bore you;

for he was but one when I called him,

but I blessed him and made him many.

3For the Lord will comfort Zion;

he will comfort all her waste places,

and will make her wilderness like Eden,

her desert like the garden of the Lord;

joy and gladness will be found in her,

thanksgiving and the voice of song.
4Listen to me, my people,

and give heed to me, my nation;

for a teaching will go out from me,

and my justice for a light to the peoples.

5I will bring near my deliverance swiftly,

my salvation has gone out

and my arms will rule the peoples;

the coastlands wait for me,

and for my arm they hope.

6Lift up your eyes to the heavens,

and look at the earth beneath;

for the heavens will vanish like smoke,

the earth will wear out like a garment,

and those who live on it will die like gnats;

but my salvation will be forever,

and my deliverance will never be ended.

 

Psalm: Psalm 138

1I will give thanks to you, O Lord, with | my whole heart;

before the gods I will | sing your praise.

2I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your name, because of your steadfast | love and faithfulness;

for you have glorified your name and your word a- | bove all things.
 3When I called, you | answered me;

you increased my | strength within me.

4All the rulers of the earth will praise | you, O Lord,

when they have heard the words | of your mouth. R

5They will sing of the ways | of the Lord,

that great is the glory | of the Lord.

6The Lord is high, yet cares | for the lowly,

perceiving the haughty | from afar.

7Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you | keep me safe;

you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right | hand shall save me.

8You will make good your pur- | pose for me;

O Lord, your steadfast love endures forever; do not abandon the works | of your hands. Amen

 

Second Reading: Romans 12:1-8

In response to God’s merciful activity, we are to worship by living holistic, God-pleasing lives. Our values and viewpoints are not molded by this age, but are transformed by the Spirit’s renewing work. God’s grace empowers different forms of service among Christians, but all forms of ministry function to build up the body of Christ.

 

1I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
  3For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

 

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-20

At a climactic point in Jesus’ ministry, God reveals to Peter that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and Jesus responds with the promise of a church that will overcome the very gates of Hades.

 

13Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20Then he sternly ordered the disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Reflecting on Ash Wednesday 2017

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Ash Wednesday

Adapted by Pastor David Tinker, from the writings of Pr. Thomas L. Weitzel – in some form these items will be part of the bulletin used for the Ash Wednesday liturgy.

 

This day is something of a slap in the face, especially when one hears the words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”  The original name – “Day of Ashes” – was a reference to the ancient Christian practice of sprinkling or rubbing ashes on the head or forehead as a sign of one’s mortality.  The same ancient gesture appears in the baptismal liturgy: a cross is traced with oil on the forehead of the person being baptized.  In this simple gesture the person is claimed by Christ.

There can be no more solemn and appropriate action on this day than to distribute ashes to all who gather for the beginning of the Lenten season.  Here are gathered together both the young and old, men and women, rich and poor, as well as the learned and simple.  Here the cross is the sign of salvation that all believers share.  It is the sign of death and resurrection.

What is Ash Wednesday?

On Ash Wednesday, the community of faith comes face to face with two realities.  First, we confront our own mortality.  None of us lives in this life forever. Secondly, all of us are sinners and need to confess our sin to God.  These two themes (death and sin) are brought together in light of God’s redeeming love in Jesus Christ.  As the Apostle John says in 1 John 1:9b, “…(God) who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  The confession of sin on Sundays reminds us, “In the mercy of almighty God, Jesus Christ was given to die for us, and for his sake God forgives us all our sins.”  The Lutheran Book of Worship (1978) confession also includes, “To those who believe in Jesus Christ he gives the power to become the children of God and bestows on them the Holy Spirit.”

 

What are the ashes for?

The “ashes” of Ash Wednesday are rooted in the ancient worship of both the Jewish and Christian communities.  They are a sign of mortality and penance.  Even though we have used the imposition of ashes in our Ash Wednesday worship for many years, they still may seem new or uncomfortable to some of us.  What we should remember about the ashes is they are a visible sign of our cleansing and rebirth, both a recognition of our daily dependence on God for life and a promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Should I receive the ashes?

The ashes are not compulsory by any means.  You may choose, if you wish, to remain in your seat during the imposition of ashes.  But remember that they are a powerful and visible way to participate in the call to repentance and reconciliation.  If you choose to participate, come forward at the appropriate time in the liturgy with others desiring the ashes.  The pastor will dip his thumb in the ashes and trace the sign of the cross on your forehead.  Afterwards, return to your seat and the liturgy will continue.

The Invitation to Lent

Friends in Christ, today with the whole church we enter the time of remembering Jesus’ passover from death to life, and our life in Christ is renewed.

We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance and for God’s mercy. We are created to experience joy in communion with God, to love one another, and to live in harmony with creation. But our sinful rebellion separates us from God, our neighbors, and creation, so that we do not enjoy the life our creator intended.

As disciples of Jesus, we are called to a discipline that contends against evil and resists whatever leads us away from love of God and neighbor. I invite you, therefore, to the discipline of Lent—self-examination and repentance, prayer and fasting, sacrificial giving and works of love—strengthened by the gifts of word and sacrament. Let us continue our journey through these forty days to the great Three Days of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

–From “Evangelical Lutheran Worship” – Ash Wednesday Liturgy (2006)

Labor Day Weekend Sunday 2015

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Special Worship and Sunday School Times for Sunday, September 6, on Labor Day Weekend

Also, remember our Fellowship Pot-Luck after worship this Sunday.

See reflections on Labor Day after these notes about the time changes.

These are times for Sunday, September 6, 2015 only.

We will resume our regular schedule on the weekend of September 12-13.

*Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.
All regular classes will be in session for the new Sunday School Year

*Worship at 10:15 a.m.
We will gather in the Fellowship Hall. Worship will be “in the round”.

*Fellowship Meal – Pot Luck at ~11:30 a.m.
We will reconfigure some of the Fellowship Hall space for our meal together.

*The Plan for Food: The church committees are providing pulled pork and buns, onions, pickles, and sauce, along with basic drinks. You are invited to bring a side, salad or dessert to share with others.

*What to Wear: You are invited to wear to worship the typical garb or uniform of your daily work. This could be your current work, your work before retirement, or the vocation you have chosen for the future following school.

Labor Day Weekend Worship

By Pastor David Tinker

The beginning of September brings a Holy Day of sorts for all of us. Labor Day is a civic holiday to celebrate the opportunity for work. As Lutheran Christians we go deeper with this and view all work as part of God’s calling and his provision of our daily bread. All Christians are doing the work of God, regardless of where or what they do in their honorable vocation in life.

Some time ago I discovered a concise statement written by a fellow Lutheran pastor regarding the Lutheran Christian understanding of vocation. Here is an excerpt of what Pastor Samuel Schuldheisz, Redeemer Lutheran Church (LC-MS) of Huntington Beach, CA, writes, “… our earthly vocations or “stations in life” as Luther called them are fruits of our heavenly calling as God’s children in baptism. The purpose of vocation is to love and serve the neighbor in the particular stations in life that God has called us to whether we are a husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, teacher, student, etc. We don’t live life hidden in a corner. This was the danger of many priests and monks in the Reformation era. Many taught that the highest form of Christian living was to become a monk and live in a monastery. Luther wrote extensively against this false teaching as he re-discovered the doctrine of vocation and began to teach and preach about its necessity in the Christian life. Luther taught that on one level, there is no difference between monk and magistrate or priest and plumber. Each Christian is called according to God’s Word and Spirit, regardless of what their status in society is. This means that God’s calling of a Roadkill Collector is just as holy as God’s calling to be a pastor.

The difference is the office and duties that are unique to each vocation. For example, the pastoral office is not the office of school teacher, just as the office of father is not the same as the office of mother. Each vocation, or calling from God, has particular and unique duties attached to it. This is how God works in, with, and under the ordinary means of this life to accomplish His good and gracious will, physically and spiritually.”

To celebrate this blessing of vocation we will be taking the Sunday of Labor Day weekend to give thanks for the blessings of daily bread, of work, of school, of family, etc. To enhance our time together you are invited to wear the clothes or uniform of your current or pre-retirement vocation. No matter what, know that we will be giving thanks for and honoring all that God has called each of us to do as part of his greater work in the world. Know that who each of us is and what God has called and equipped each of us to do is important. On Sunday, September 6, we will take time to give thanks for all which God calls and equips us to do. As part of this we will have a pot-luck lunch following worship. Bring an salad, side item or dessert to share.

We look forward to seeing you September 6 and on other Sundays in the weeks to come.

Carmine Firemen’s Feast is Coming

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The Annual Carmine Volunteer Fire Department’s Firemen’s Feast is coming soon.  This is a wonderful event which brings our community together to support the men and women who serve us.

Sunday, July 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carmine Hall.

Click this link for more information on the Firemen’s Feast 2015

The photo above is from a very special part of the event.  In recent years MLLC has sponsored a brief worship service with Holy Communion early on Sunday morning.  This provides the opportunity for the cooks to pause for prayer, God’s Word, Holy Communion and a time of thanksgiving.  The rest of the day after this is very busy for the cooks and other volunteers.

Click this link to see the report from last year’s Firemen’s Feast worship service.

More on Palm Sunday

Quilt Palm Sunday Light

We are looking forward to a joyful Palm Sunday 2015.  There is always much to do to get ready for this special event.  This is the beginning of Holy Week – click here for our schedule.

Some things of note regarding worship this weekend:

1.  We will dedicate the quilts for Lutheran World Relief.  See the photo above which was taken right after our quilts were placed for this dedication.  Photo Credit:  Melissa Wickel.

2.  We invite children to participate in the Procession of Palms on Sunday.  We gather in the Narthex for this joyful celebration of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  Plan now to participate.

3.  We will have worship on both Saturday night at 6:00 p.m., and on Sunday at 9:00 a.m., on Palm Sunday weekend.

 

 

Palm Sunday 2015

 

 

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Palm Sunday 2015 is this weekend.  We will have worship on both Saturday night at 6 p.m. and Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.  Plan your weekend around making sure you are at worship this week for the beginning of Holy Week.

At both services we will do the following things:

*Remember the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.  We will wave palm branches as they did nearly 2000 years ago.  We will give thanks to God for the fulfillment of his prophecy about the coming Messiah and eternal King of Israel.

*We will begin our Holy Week observance.  Click here for the full schedule.

*We will dedicate the Lutheran World Relief quilts and kits.  See the photo above for an image of what we did last year at this time.

 

You are invited to make this the beginning of a very special week as we relive and experience the joys and sorrows of this most important week in human history.

 

Christmas Eve Was Wonderful

Christmas Eve 2014 Candles

A large crowd gathered to sing, pray, hear God’s Word, and to enjoy the annual Lutheran Youth Organization (LYO) Christmas Play.  It was truly a beautiful night as these dedicated young people presented the message of Christmas for all to hear.

Remember, we gather for Holy Communion on Christmas Morning at 10:00 a.m.  We invite you to gather with God’s people on this very holy festival day.

 

Candle Lighting and the Gospel of the Incarnation

As part of the MLLC Tradition we have the annual Candlelight Service and reading of the Gospel of the Incarnation from John, chapter 1, verses 1-14.

Here is the text of that important message about Jesus, who he is, and what he has done for the world.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2He was in the beginning with God.  3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being  4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.                  

             6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  7He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.  8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.  9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

             10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.  11He came to what

was his own, and his own people did not accept him.  12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,  13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

             14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

 

The youth presented their play:  “Christmas Eve Live”

Here are some photos of the youth, and an adult or two, who were in the play.  Thank you to Mia Williams for directing the play this year. Thank you to all the youth and adults who made this wonderful production happen.

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Worship with Us on Thanksgiving Eve

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Our Annual Tradition is to gather as a community for worship and Holy Communion on the Wednesday evening before our national Thanksgiving Day.

We invite you to celebrate with us the goodness of our God.  We invite you to rejoice with us in his merciful grace.  We invite you to make worship with the community of faith a priority as you enter into this holiday.

Wednesday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m.

Martin Luther Lutheran Church

211 Luther Ln; P O BOX 362

Carmine TX 78932-0362

 

Our Thanksgiving Banner

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Our Communion and Thanksgiving Meal Banner

The title we sometimes use for this sacred meal is “the Eucharist”.  This word refers to the “giving thanks” which is done as we gather with Christ and his people for this Sacrament.

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