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 – Monday and Friday

Topical Reflection – Wednesday

pivot in the road

Pivot

It began with an email from the directors of Holden Village, where I was about to volunteer for three weeks. Things were changing in the village once again due to COVID-19. More stringent practices would be reinstated. Everyone who lives, works, visits or volunteers there must be vaccinated. It is in fact the safest place

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Midweek Advent

Advent at Trinity Lutheran Church

Midweek Advent at Trinity
December 1, 8, and 15 at 7PM
We will worship Wednesdays, Dec. 1, 8, and 15 at 7PM using Holden Evening Prayer.

Longest Night at Trinity
December 21, 7PM

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Mary Joseph and baby Jesus

You Have More Treasures Than You Think

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is

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Advent Midweek Devotions

Redeemer Midweek Home Devotions

All are welcome to join Redeemer, Boise and Grace, Horseshoe Bend in online midweek video devotions through Advent. December 1, 8 and 15, premiering at 7:00 PM Share on facebook Share on twitter

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crazy shopping on black friday

little black fridays

I continue to be impressed at the lengths that people will go to save money on purchasing the gifts during the Christmas season. Black friday is a perfect example. Frankly, I haven’t ever been in the black friday rush—I don’t even know, with the month-long extended internet blitz, whether people go to the lengths they used to with the brick and mortar stores. They used to camp out in lines, sometimes for an entire night, just to secure the closest spot to the door. Others would wake incredibly early. Come morning, the mad rush began as people run to get to the big deals.

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church attendance

Why Are You Still Going to Church?

I’ll Venture that You Have Some Very Good Reasons Others Would Like to Hear! In early November, Anthony Robinson, a United Church of Christ pastor, consultant, and blogger, pointed me to an October 2021 article in Christianity Today that I’ve been pondering all month. The article has the intriguing title “Empty Pews are an American Public

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welcoming table

Welcomed at the Table

As I begin the week of this Thanksgiving holiday, I am filled with positive childhood memories of great family time, while also being stirred about what this holiday can mean to others different than me and those who do not feel included, valued, or seen with these celebrations. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as I

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trees in the fog

Focused on the Goal

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my

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singing together around campfire

Who Is My Neighbor?

Luke 10: 29-37 The Parable of the Good SamaritanVerse 29 “Who is my neighbor?” We met some neighbors we did not know before during the early days of the pandemic. Our neighborhood organized bears in the windows, chalk the walk, puzzle and game exchanges, and other fun events that did not exist before. Adam and

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sunsset

Receiving Joy

“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11) “Saying Christmas is at risk due to supply chain problems leads me to believe that you don’t know the reason for Christmas.” This statement has been showing up daily on Facebook,

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child's hand in father's

A Father’s Love

“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” (1 Cor. 13:12-13). I realized

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Meeting Christ at Broadway and Bethlehem

Advent Opportunity With Immanuel

Immanuel Lutheran in Boise, ID is offering an Advent opportunity for prayerful devotion and quiet time combined with a weekly reflection of the Advent devotional booklet, Meeting Christ at Broadway and Bethlehem: Day by Day Through Advent by Edward Hays.

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opened gift box

Gifted

We’re coming into the time of the year when thoughts turn to gifts. Many of us will have Thanksgiving dinner at the home of a family member or friend. We may bring food to share with others. Sometimes we also bring a gift for the host and/or hostess. It could be flowers or little delicacies

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outstretched praying hands

Divinity and Humanity

The text assigned for today is from John 11:32-44, where we hear of the raising of Lazarus from the dead. We are given a glimpse of both the divinity and the humanity of Jesus in this text. The humanity appears when Jesus, as we are told, was deeply moved as he came near the tomb

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woman standing in light through door

Living in the Liminal Spaces

“[Moses said to the people,] Now this is the commandment—the statutes and the ordinances—that the Lord your God charged me to teach you to observe in the land that you are about to cross into and occupy, so that you and your children and your children’s children may fear the Lord your God all the

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pivot in the road

Pivot

It began with an email from the directors of Holden Village, where I was about to volunteer for three weeks. Things were changing in the

Read More »
Midweek Advent

Advent at Trinity Lutheran Church

Midweek Advent at Trinity
December 1, 8, and 15 at 7PM
We will worship Wednesdays, Dec. 1, 8, and 15 at 7PM using Holden Evening Prayer.

Longest Night at Trinity
December 21, 7PM

Read More »
crazy shopping on black friday

little black fridays

I continue to be impressed at the lengths that people will go to save money on purchasing the gifts during the Christmas season. Black friday is a perfect example. Frankly, I haven’t ever been in the black friday rush—I don’t even know, with the month-long extended internet blitz, whether people go to the lengths they used to with the brick and mortar stores. They used to camp out in lines, sometimes for an entire night, just to secure the closest spot to the door. Others would wake incredibly early. Come morning, the mad rush began as people run to get to the big deals.

Read More »
welcoming table

Welcomed at the Table

As I begin the week of this Thanksgiving holiday, I am filled with positive childhood memories of great family time, while also being stirred about

Read More »
trees in the fog

Focused on the Goal

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ,

Read More »
singing together around campfire

Who Is My Neighbor?

Luke 10: 29-37 The Parable of the Good SamaritanVerse 29 “Who is my neighbor?” We met some neighbors we did not know before during the

Read More »
sunsset

Receiving Joy

“You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11) “Saying

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