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June 10, 2020

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  • June 10, 2020

Romans 5:1-8 (NRSV) 5 Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. 6 […]

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June 9, 2020

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  • June 9, 2020

1Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth. 2Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing. 3Know that the LORD is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. 5For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. Devotion Unlike so many of the Psalms whose author is given as David or someone else, the source of this poem is anonymous. Yet, no matter who might have written it, […]

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June 6, 2020

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  • June 6, 2020

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”                   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Let us pray. O God of justice and love, we give thanks to you  that you illumine our way through life with the words of your Son. Give us the light we need, awaken us to the needs of others, and at the end bring all the world to your feast; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, to whom, with you and […]

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June 5, 2020

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Pray for God to send the Spirit into our midst and renew humanity and all creation                                           Prayer Ventures, Living Lutheran, June 5, 2020. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Mt. 28:20).The focus on this passage is typically, and probably understandably, the “great commission.” But on this day, the words that offer the strength and encouragement for which I long are what I would call the “great promise.” Jesus is with us… in our heartbrokenness and grief, in our protests and stands, in our fear and uncertainty, in our confession and repentance. Jesus is […]

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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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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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