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April 27, 2020

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  • April 27, 2020

Hope means to keep living Amid desperation And to keep humming In the darkness. Hoping is knowing that there is love, it is trust in tomorrow it is falling asleep and waking again when the sun rises. In the midst of a gale at sea, It is to discover land. In the eyes of another It is to see that he understands you. As long as there is still hope There will also be prayer. And God will be holding you in his hands. 28We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are […]

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April 24, 2020

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  • April 24, 2020

Yesterday as I shared some thoughts in the Daily Messenger, I sked each of you to take some time and think about where you see God at work in the situation of pandemic with all the suffering it entails. I want to share mine- we had the good news that we received over $1,000 from members to help us restock our Micah’s Backpack supplies. I am humbled by your faithfulness and your generosity! And thank you to those who donate time and energy to packing things up and making sure food is delivered to those children who would go hungry […]

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April 23, 2020

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  • April 24, 2020

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:18-19). The story I’m about to tell makes me cringe, yet without it, I wouldn’t be the pastor, mother or writer I am today. At Divinity Lutheran Church in Oregon, Ohio, the youth routinely led worship. One year, when I was in high school, my turn came to preach. I looked forward to […]

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April 22, 2020

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  • April 22, 2020

Rejoice in God’s astonishing handiwork of creation; praise God’s life-giving power and might revealed in the smallest microbe and the infinite mysteries of the universe. Pray that we will demonstrate wisdom, appreciation and respect for nature and all that God has entrusted to our care and use.                                                 Living Lutheran, Prayer Ventures, April 22, 2020 I was a biology major in my undergraduate studies – go figure. I attended college in the late 1960’s and participated in the very first Earth Day and took one of the first ecology courses offered in the country. I’ve been a recycling maniac ever […]

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April 21, 2020

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  • April 22, 2020

Every nation has been affected by the far-reaching impacts and loss of life from the coronavirus pandemic. Pray for all countries and for cooperation between nations, our global siblings in Christ, and especially for the health and care of those who are most vulnerable—elders, people of all ages with severe chronic conditions, and those who suffer poverty and lack of medical care.                               Living Lutheran, Prayer Ventures, April 21 The good news of Jesus’ resurrection continues to inspire us as we remain in the season of Eastertide. But as the celebrations of Resurrection Sunday fade in the rearview, how do […]

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April 17, 2020

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  • April 17, 2020

In the silence of prayer, you can spread out your hands to embrace nature, God and your fellowman. This acceptance not only means that you are ready to look at your own limitations, but that you expect the coming of something new. For this reason, every prayer is an expression of hope.                                                         From “With Open Hands”, Henri Nouwen To expect the coming of something new is not always a comfortable place to be. We like our routines, our consistency, our comfort zones. Change is a difficult thing and it often rocks the boat. Well, we’ve been out of our […]

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April 16, 2020

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  • April 17, 2020

We typically use the term “natural resources” to refer to things like water, forests, and land deposits containing minerals and fossil fuels. We could make a compelling argument, however, for an even more precious natural resource: human relationships. I am convinced that love and social connection matter more than anything else in life. The priority of such relational wealth may not be obvious, given some of the purchasing and lifestyle decisions we make. But plenty of those decisions turn out to be distractions that only cloud the importance of social needs vital to our survival.                                           Peter W. Marty, Christian […]

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April 14, 2020

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  • April 15, 2020

Look up and all around today; notice what is good, life-giving and hope-inspiring. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Living Lutheran Prayer Ventures, April 14, 2020 The verse quoted in the prayer ventures for today is from Psalm 118, the appointed reading for Easter Sunday. In a time when so many are suffering, it can be difficult to find reasons for rejoicing. Here are some things to think about: Have you been focused on good news or bad news lately?  When we find ourselves in the midst of global […]

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April 13, 2020

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  • April 13, 2020

Easter means new life for us as it first meant new life for Christ. His resurrection reshapes the entire focus and motivation for our lives since we are now hidden with the risen Christ in God. 1If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be […]

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April 10, 2020

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  • April 10, 2020

Good Friday Sermon with video

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