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September 9, 2020

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  • September 10, 2020

Trusting God is not always easy. We want to take control. What part of your life do you need to surrender to God today?

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September 4, 2020

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  • September 5, 2020

Between 1527 and 1529, Martin Luther wrote and composed his famous hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” He based the text of this hymn on Psalm 46: “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (verse 1). Luther knew about trouble. He had been excommunicated by the church and declared an outlaw by the emperor. The bubonic plague had returned to Wittenberg, Germany. His 7-month-old daughter, Elisabeth, had died. Western Europe was under attack by the Ottoman Empire. Civil unrest resulted in the Peasants War, which was brutally crushed by the nobility. Luther lived in uncertain times. If it […]

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September 2, 2020

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  • September 3, 2020

September often marks a time of beginning, with students starting school, congregations launching programs and creation transitioning into a new season. But due to the pandemic, this year is different, presenting challenges we have not faced before. Pray that the Spirit will grant us wisdom, creativity and patience as we seek new ways of being church together, attend to the needs of children and youth, care for one another and fight the spread of COVID-19. Let us pray. O God, give us grace to set a good example to all among whom we live, to be just and true in all […]

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September 1, 2020

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  • September 2, 2020

In the Gospel readings for September, Jesus describes the kingdom of heaven through parables and in conversations with his disciples. The kingdom of heaven is where perfect justice flows. It’s a place rich in mercy and forgiveness. It’s a place of radical generosity. It’s a place of privilege for the most marginalized in society. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?  We could use a good dose of heaven on earth right now, for life to return to normal or, at least, for it to feel more comfortable. But the kingdom of heaven Jesus describes is hardly the utopia for which most of […]

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August 27, 2020

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  • August 28, 2020

Give thanks and praise to God for hearing our words, loving us, sustaining us through times of trouble and strengthening our spirit and faith.                                     Prayer Ventures, Living Lutheran, August 27, 2020 16Rejoice always, 17pray without ceasing, 18give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise the words of prophets, 21but test everything; hold fast to what is good; 22abstain from every form of evil.                         1 Thessalonians 5: 16-22

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August 21, 2020

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  • August 22, 2020

1How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!2It is like the precious oil on the head,running down upon the beard,on the running down over the collar of his robes.3It is like the dew of Hermon,which falls on the mountains of Zion.For there the LORD ordained his blessing,life forevermore.                 Psalm 133 Who can argue with the psalmist who proclaims that it is good and pleasant when we live together in unity? Pray that, amid unrest, conflict and division, we will work for the unity that God desires for us, a unity rooted in love, respect, […]

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August 19, 2020

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  • August 19, 2020

Romans 12:1-8 (NRSV) 12 I 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. 2 Do 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. 3 For 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 […]

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August 17, 2020

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  • August 17, 2020

Blessings for Teachers and Students For the marvels of your creation,we praise you, O God.For the opportunity to explore and study,we praise you, O God.For those who guide us, teachers and mentors,we praise you, O God.Teach us your ways and guide us in your path,for you are the creator of all that is seen and unseen. Amen. Coming soon! Watch for updates on our ministry to children through our Micah’s Backpack program. We continue to support Children’s Home Society through donations that can be made through the church. Send donations marked for CHS.

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August 14, 2020

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  • August 14, 2020

Pray that during this pandemic, which has stretched beyond our expectations and imagination, we will be renewed in our commitment to the patience, sacrifice and awareness of the example we set as we continue personal health measures for the sake of our health and the wellness of our neighbors, community and nation. 20 prayers to pray during this pandemic. 1. For the sick and infected: God, heal and help. Sustain bodies and spirits. Contain the spread of infection. 2. For our vulnerable populations: God, protect our elderly and those suffering from chronic disease. Provide for the poor, especially the uninsured. 3. […]

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August 13, 2020

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  • August 13, 2020

God is working to bring all peoples together. Under God’s reign, there is neither Jew nor Greek, male nor female, slave nor free. In Christ, we are all one. The work of God, therefore, is carried out by those who stand up against hatred….      Evan D. Garner, A Long Way From Home, Christian Century, August 14, 2017 O God of all, with wonderful diversity of languages and cultures you created all people in your image. Free us from prejudice and fear, that we may see your face in the faces of people around the world; through Jesus Christ, our […]

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