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 year and a half to two years before churches were able to safely gather again. However, the first thought was "how do we continue to minister and be church…

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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 speak their truths aloud – receiving no defensiveness, no judgment, no advice. The goal of this workshop is that participants enhance their ability to listen with empathy.Topics covered: 1)…

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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 in our community and the world, individually and collectively as the Body of Christ.Dr. Craig L. Nessan, William D. Streng Professor for the Education and Renewal of the Church and…

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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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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 in person, share ideas, and grow our new friendships.         We are planning a Gathering for Saturday, September 17, 12 Noon to 2 PM at Heroes Park in Meridian.All…

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Treasure Valley Cluster Connections – August

Welcome to the second issue of our quarterly cluster newsletter, Treasure Valley Cluster Connections. One theme of this issue is "moving forward," with articles that might help congregational leadership take next steps. A second theme of this issue is togetherness or collaboration: joint youth event, workshop on empathetic listening, and fall retreats. Also, a congregation Job-board

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Re-Membering

Today, during a trip to the Wood River country where my family resided from the 1890’s through the 1950’s, with three of my cousins on the Schaufelberger side of my family, we stopped in front of the WW II Memorial that sits in front of the old City Hall in Bellevue, Idaho. There, cut in granite are the names of our three parents (or aunts and uncles depending on the relationship from which we viewed their names). Each had served in different theaters…

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WWW and MOM

Wash, Wipe, Wearand Ministry of the Month at Redeemer Lutheran, Boise https://youtu.be/mgfXAxMo3UcOn Wednesdays during the Easter season (April 20 – June 1), TVPrays.org is posting videos from Treasure Valley Cluster ELCA congregations that feature congregational outreach ministries and partners from the community who support or assist these congregations in their ministries.   This week’s video features two ministries of Redeemer Lutheran in Boise. MOM - Ministry of the Month and WWW - Wash, Wipe, Wear. Share on facebook Share on twitter

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A mortician shares photos of a COVID-19 victim with their family before cremation

Jesus is Laid in the Tomb

Station 14 - Mortician shares photos of COVID-19 victim with family -of me. Emily Dickinson Gracious God, we thank you for thekindness of strangers, for the peoplewho live out the compassion and loveembodied in you, Jesus. Anoint withyour spirit of graciousness the peoplecaring for the dead and dying. Grantthem strength for their work andknowledge of your constant love. Inyour mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.In the face of the sheer magnitude of the pandemic,how have you tended to your own spirituality?What tools of nurturing…

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A doctor hugs and comforts a patient in the COVID-19 intensive care unit during Thanksgiving at the United Memorial Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

Station thirteen - A doctor hugs and comforts a patient It asked a crumb Emily Dickinson Holy God, we pray for healers and for the dying. Grant physicians and nurses strength and resolve in their care of the dying, hold in your loving embrace the ill and isolated. With your gracious compassion and care, alleviate anxiety, offer calm, and comfort the lonesome. We ask these things in the name of the one who heals all, Jesus Christ. AmenAre there photographs, news clips, or stories…

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A Covid-19 patient lies in her intensive care bed as family members attempt to communicate via video.

Jesus Dies on the Cross

Station Twelve - A Covid-19 patient attempts to communicate via video.  Yet - never - in Extremity, Emily Dickinson Almighty God, the healing power of your love binds us one to another, no matter if our presence is virtual or in person. Give your angels charge over those at the boundary of life and life eternal. Comfort and console the bereaved and mourning. We ask these things in the merciful power of your name. Amen. Describe some of the situations when you have…

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A wife weeps while hugging her husband in his final moments in a COV/0-19 unit at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, California.

Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

Station Eleven - A wife weeps while hugging her husband And on the strangest Sea Emily Dickinson God of compassion and consolation, be with us. Help us to confront the reality that this pandemic has laid bare a healthcare system malicious in its care of marginalized communities. We see that black and brown communities are experiencing extraordinary suffering, pour out your love so that we might seek repentance for our complicity. Comfort those mourning and bring peace to the bedside of the sick.…

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Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

Station Ten - a doctor provides  to unhoused... I've heard it in the chillest land Emily Dickinson Holy Healer, your love follows us to all places.Make your compassionate presence known toall people. By the power of your Spirit, protectour unhoused siblings, and encourage us toserve them. Fortify and strengthen thedoctors, nurses, and social workers who havededicated themselves to the care of the mostvulnerable among us. We ask this in the nameof the one who loves all people. Amen.Reflect on a time during the…

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Jesus Falls for the Third Time

Station 9 - A maintenance worker sanitizes... That kept so many warm- Emily Dickinson God of all goodness, we thank you for thededication of maintenance and janitorialworkers across the world. Their steadfaststerilizing has helped to protect millions inhospital hallways, grocery store aisles, andnursing homes. Help us to better see thegood work of people keeping disease atbay. Encourage them in their exhaustionand grant them rest from their labor, weask all of this in the humble name of Jesus.Amen. Who are some of the people…

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A woman hold a photo of a healthcare worker who died of COVID-19

Jesus Meets the Women of Jerusalem

Station Eight - A woman hold photo of healthcare worker What could abash the little Bird Emily Dickinson Healing God, we repent that we havenot done enough to protect frontlinehealthcare workers. Grant comfort tofamilies grieving the loss of those whohave died as a result of the negligenceof our government’s response to thispandemic. Support and encourage ourfifirst responders as they continue tocare for the sick and dying in the faceof chaos and disease. We ask thesethings in the name of Jesus Christ whois with…

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A mortuary worker stands at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery where Covid-19 victims are buried daily in Manaus, Brazil.

Jesus Falls for the Second Time

Station Seven - A mortuary worker stands at a cemetery And sore must be the storm - Emily Dickinson God of all nations, open our awareness to thesuffering of communities far away. Help us toseek knowledge and understanding of placeswe might never visit. We thank you for themortuary and funeral home workers whomake a resting place for the neglected andalone. Give them strength and courage fortheir labor. In your name we pray. Amen.What are some of the photographs or stories that made you…

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A granddaughter and grandmother hug through a plastic drop cloth hung up on a homemade clothesline in Wantagh, N. Y. It was the first time they had contact since the pandemic began.

Veronica Wipes the Face of Jesus

Station Six - a grandmother and granddaughter hug through a plastic drop And sweetest - in the Gale - is heard - Emily Dickinson God of everlasting love,We give you thanks for the elders in our communities. Help us to keep them safe, and forgive us for the times when we have chosen our own personal freedoms at the cost of their vulnerability. Bless them as they are a blessing to us. Pour out your Spirit upon all families separated from one another.…

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A funeral home worker plays the violin as a deacon holds an umbrella before the cremation of a coronavirus victim at a cemetery in Bogota, Colombia.

Simon Helps Jesus Carry the Cross

Station Five - A funeral home worker plays the violin in mourning And never stops - at all Emily Dickinson Holy God, You came into the world in the vulnerability of a human body. You know us in the womb and you know us at our end. We give thanks for the clergy, deacons, lay ministers, and church musicians who bring solace and comfort to families mourning in this time of pandemic. In Jesus's name, we pray. Amen.How have you mourned the lives…

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Jesus Meets His Mother

Station Four - Worshipers of Legio Maria in Nairobi without the words Emily Dickinson Steadfast God,You draw us together to glorify yourhealing name, whether we’re separatedby physical distance or digital divide.May we boldly proclaim your love in allplaces and circumstances. Remind usthat we are bound to one another inChrist’s love regardless of how wegather. Amen.What are the most memorable worship experiencesyou’ve had in this time of virtual and limitedin-person worship?What are the things you want tokeep from this time?What are the things that havefrustrated…

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An Opera singer performs "O Sole Mio" from his window in Paris on the tenth day of a strict lockdown in France.

Jesus Falls for the First Time

Station Three -  An opera singer And sings the tune Emily Dickinson God of beauty and whimsy, pour out yourvisionary Spirit on all musicians, artists, andcreators. We thank you for those who haveused their gifts to bring comfort and joy in themidst of loss and anxiety. May the grace weencounter in their creativity draw us closer toyou. In Jesus’s name, we pray. Amen.How have you connected with creativity during the pandemic? What were the stories that engaged you? (Television, novels, games, etc.) Why…

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A mother and daughter reach out to each other through a glass window at the Life Care Center in Kirkland, Washington. The Seattle-area long-term care facility became ground zero for the West Coast's coronavirus outbreak.

Jesus Accepts the Cross

Station Two - A mother and daughter reach out to each other through a glass window. That perches in the soul - Emily Dickinson Holy Parent and Loving Protector, Heal us from the pain and trauma of separation from our loved ones. Make known the presence of your abiding love to our elders in long-term care facilities and nursing homes. By the power of your Spirit, free them from anxiety and console them with your grace. Strengthen their caregivers and encourage them when…

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A nurse rests for a few minutes on a COVID ward in Wuhan, China.

Jesus is Condemned to Death

Station One - Nurse in Wuhan Hope is the thing with feathers - Emily Dickinson God of our weary years,We give thanks for the healthcare workerswho have made immense sacrifices to carefor their patients. Grant comfort to thosecaring for the sick and vulnerable, strengthenthem as they endure long hours, separationfrom their families, and surging case loads.Help us to sustain and fortify those on thefrontlines by remaining vigilant, staying homewhen we can, washing our hands, andwearing masks. Amen.Where have you seen courage in the…

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