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June 4, 2020

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  • June 4, 2020

ELCA reaffirms commitment to combat racism O God of unconditional love, you who show no partiality in respect to people or  nations, we have heard your good news of great joy for all the people. We hear that good news, and in hearing, believe. We know that your sanctuary is a house of worship for all people, with no regard for the color of our skin. As we worship you, knit us into a people, a seamless garment of many colors. May we celebrate our unity, made whole in our diversity. Forgive us for our inability to let our “old […]

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June 3, 2020

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  • June 3, 2020

“I encourage all of us in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to join together across faith lines in this time of collective mourning,” Eaton said. “This weekend our Jewish neighbors will remember God’s covenant, our Muslim neighbors will recall the reception of the Quran, and as Christians we will celebrate the power of the Holy Spirit present among us. ….. We join together in prayer for the healing of this nation, and for the world that God so loves.”                                                                              Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and […]

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June 2, 2020

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  • June 2, 2020

During these turbulent times, our prayers become more urgent. Like at other times of crisis, we may wonder: Is God paying attention? Does God care? Does God help? Our spiritual ancestors, the Israelites, knew all about facing trouble and turmoil. They felt deserted and asked similar questions. Jesus, too, cried out in lament. Notice that, on his last night in the garden, Jesus didn’t quote the famous Psalm 23. Instead, he turned to Psalm 22:1: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Like us, Jesus knew the feeling of being deserted, forgotten and abandoned.                                     Howard Wennes, Bishop […]

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May 28, 2020

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  • May 28, 2020

The Spirit works through the whole people of God, and no one is to be privileged above any other. That is the good news of the first Christian Pentecost…The even better news is that the Spirit doesn’t stop working after Pentecost.                                                       Cory Driver, Living Lutheran, May 25, 2020 Church has been different these past months. In the ELCA, as we respond in love to the needs of neighbors by practicing social-distancing, this picture may seem a fond memory – the church gathered together to worship. Because of on-going concerns, we are having to discover new ways to be church, […]

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May 27, 2020

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  • May 28, 2020

Pray that we will be mindful and responsive to those who have become more lonely, isolated or distant over the past weeks and months, and that they will feel more connected and comforted as we reach out to one another and discover new ways of being in community and relationship with each other.                              Prayer Ventures, Living Lutheran, May 27, 2020 As “church”, we are called to love as Christ loved us- to serve our neighbor. As we come to the Festival of Pentecost, marking our call and commission, we are reminded of those who need the word of […]

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May 26, 2020

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  • May 26, 2020

Pray that the Spirit of God working in us will help us value every generation for its faith, wisdom, gifts and diverse life experiences, and that we will not disparage or discount one another because of age, mistakes or differences of perspective but instead will give thanks and affirm and support one another as members of the body of Christ, which includes all generations.                                           Prayer Ventures, Living Lutheran, May 26, 2020 Let us pray. Triune God, whose will it is that humans live in community, bless family life everywhere and fill all homes with respect, joy, laughter, and prayer. […]

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May 25, 2020

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  • May 25, 2020

Memorial Day : Today we remember, mourn and give thanks for the military men and women who have given their lives in pursuit of justice, peace and freedom for our country and all nations.                                           Prayer Ventures, Living Lutheran, May 25, 2020 God, give us grace to accept with serenity the things that cannot be changed, courage to change the things that should be changed, and the wisdom to distinguish the one from the other: living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world […]

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May 21, 2020

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  • May 21, 2020

Thursday, May 21 Ascension of Our Lord  While we look forward to everlasting life and being with Jesus in heaven, pray that we will live with confidence and joy in the promise of salvation and the presence of the Spirit, which sustains and equips us for the work we are called to today as people of the good news. Before he is lifted into heaven, Jesus promises that the missionary work of the disciples will spread out from Jerusalem to all the world. His words provide an outline of the book of Acts.   6So when they had come together, […]

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May 20, 2020

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  • May 20, 2020

Give thanks for parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents whose example and convictions teach children and youth the values of compassion, generosity and respect for one another.                                                             Prayer Ventures, Living Lutheran, May 20, 2020 One of the assignments for Hebrew Scriptures in seminary was to read them – all of the books of the Old Testament. There were a lot of genealogies in the ones designated “histories.” I called them snooze-material- lots of unpronounceable names. In the New Testament, Matthew and Luke record the familial heritage of Jesus. These lists are an important part of the history of God’s way […]

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May 19, 2020

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  • May 19, 2020

     Time is on my mind. And two words go With my ponderings. The first is liminal – between times; the second is a Greek word- Kairos- appointed time. Thursday is the Festival of the Ascension when St. Luke records Jesus’ last post-resurrection appearance to his disciples and his literal ascension into heaven. The event creates liminal time for disciples ever since – the time between now and then. It’s a poignant reminder for us as we still stand between our restricted now and the hope of the new now as the restrictions are slowly lifted. In an article […]

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