Treasure Valley Prays

Reimagining Church Together
SHARING STORIES AND EXPLORING SPIRITUAL CONNECTION

We are ELCA leaders and pastors from the Treasure Valley
and Northwest Intermountain Synod.

Devotions – Look for Monday and Thursday posts through the end of 2022

weldome mat

Welcoming the Outsider

The texts for this next week include citations from Jeremiah and Luke. I want to pull from those writings two ideas that seem to be well-connected in our world today. This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: “Build houses and

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rainbow in the Grand Canyon

God of Surprises

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” (Genesis 9:16) Whenever I see a rainbow, it takes my breath away. In the Treasure Valley we are often blessed with double rainbows after those evening summer

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tress changing

You Can Go Home Again

“See I am making all things new.” Revelation 21: 5 I was standing in the kitchen of my former home in Maryland. Only it wasn’t the kitchen anymore, the current owners had turned the space into an eating nook. The old dining room became the kitchen, and I admired the new appliances and cupboards and

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a diversity of faces

All Means All?

I’m sitting on a rocking chair overlooking lake Coeur d’Alene at Lutherhaven. The air is crisp and quiet with a sprinkle of birdsong and the sporadic rush of wind through pine. I am here for the Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Total Inclusion Symposium, representing Luther Heights Bible Camp as a board member. When you hear the

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hildegard of bingen statue

We Are Works in Progress

Hildegard of Bingen was born into a noble family in Bermersheim in 1098. She experienced visions from a young age but did not tell anyone about them. At the age of eight her family gave her to the care of a religious noblewoman, Jutta of Spanheim, who took Hildegard with her to be enclosed as

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TVPrays Creators

TV Prays Picnic Gathering

TV Prays came out of a joint Treasure Valley cluster meeting at the beginning of the pandemic in March, 2020. The churches and life around us would literally close down for an expected few weeks. Would we be back to worship by Easter?  Little did we know then that it would be closer to a

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children of the world

Anguish for Justice

“You shall not follow a majority in wrongdoing; when you bear witness in a lawsuit, you shall not side with the majority so as to pervert justice; nor shall you be partial to the poor in a lawsuit.” (Exodus 23:2-3) The verses above come from today’s reading from the Daily Lectionary (Evangelical Lutheran Worship, page

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path over a bridge

Individual Pathways Within Community

One of the fun challenges in my current call at Trinity Lutheran Church, Nampa is that many people are at different stages in their life of faith. This is fun because it makes for a wide variety of rich conversations. It becomes a real challenge when choosing books, Bible Studies, or another curriculum. It does

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Listening With the Ear of My Heart Workshop

Listening with the Ear of My Heart Workshop (same content, different dates and places) Sept. 17 and Oct. 1 9:00-10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran, Nampa Oct. 29 and Nov. 12 9:00-10:30 AM at Redeemer Lutheran, Boise We live in a world where people long to be heard by compassionate listeners, those to whom they can

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woman holding a neon heart

Mercy and Repentance

Lectionary Readings for September 11, 2023 The lectionary readings for this Sunday, September 11, show how repentance is the bridge we must travel from our sinfulness to God’s mercy. These themes are explored in four different contexts, starting with a story of God’s wrath and ending with a story of God’s infinite patience and love.

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being the body of Christ in challenging times

Invitation to Being the Body of Christ

Hope Lutheran Church, Eagle Saturday, October 22, 2022 10:00 AM – Noon Hope invites all Treasure Valley Cluster Congregations for a morning of discerning what it means to BE the Body of Christ in this time. Leave our morning together with a clearer sense of how we can respond faithfully to God’s call to mission

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devotions two a week

TV Prays Fall Changes

As we enter September, our rhythm changes.  Beginning September 1 through January we will be posting our devotions two days a week – on Mondays and Thursdays.  We encourage you to subscribe to our blog via email.

Attention to our Readers/Viewers! 

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picnic gathering announcement

TV Prays Picnic Gathering

You are invited! to a Picnic Gathering for all Creators and Readers of TVPrays.org September 17 We’ve been through a global pandemic and lockdown, racial upheaval, political divisions, and personal loss and grief. We have shared a life-changing global experience with each other and discovered new ways to connect and be church together. Let’s gather to meet

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little flock of sheep at sunrise

Have No Fear, Little Flock

“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) Several weeks ago, the Gospel for the day began with Luke 12:32. As soon as I heard the first words, “Fear not, little flock” I was transported back to a day in the mid-1980’s when I found

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weldome mat

Welcoming the Outsider

The texts for this next week include citations from Jeremiah and Luke. I want to pull from those writings two ideas that seem to be

Read More »
rainbow in the Grand Canyon

God of Surprises

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind

Read More »
tress changing

You Can Go Home Again

“See I am making all things new.” Revelation 21: 5 I was standing in the kitchen of my former home in Maryland. Only it wasn’t

Read More »
a diversity of faces

All Means All?

I’m sitting on a rocking chair overlooking lake Coeur d’Alene at Lutherhaven. The air is crisp and quiet with a sprinkle of birdsong and the

Read More »
hildegard of bingen statue

We Are Works in Progress

Hildegard of Bingen was born into a noble family in Bermersheim in 1098. She experienced visions from a young age but did not tell anyone

Read More »
TVPrays Creators

TV Prays Picnic Gathering

TV Prays came out of a joint Treasure Valley cluster meeting at the beginning of the pandemic in March, 2020. The churches and life around

Read More »
children of the world

Anguish for Justice

“You shall not follow a majority in wrongdoing; when you bear witness in a lawsuit, you shall not side with the majority so as to

Read More »