Treasure Valley Prays

Reimagining Church Together

We are ELCA leaders and pastors from the Treasure Valley
and Northwest Intermountain Synod.
Together, we are reimagining and revisiting what it is to be
church together with daily devotions.

rearview mirror

Life in the Rearview Mirror

How much time do we spend looking in the rearview mirror of our lives, convinced that the sunny days behind us were the best ever? When the world around us is dark and stormy we look back wistfully at how things ‘used to be’. Remember when church on Sunday morning was just the thing to

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seeds of wheat

The Kingdom of God

Mark 4:26-29 NRSV 26 He also said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, 27 and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then

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baptism

Clothed in Christ

“What are you wearing right now?” That was the first line of a story I heard on the radio last week in an interview with a fashion editor of a major newspaper in our country. With many people now working from home as they shelter in place during this pandemic, a lot of folks are

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sunrise

No Separation

Romans 8:3-39 31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against

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How Does God Show Up?

Sometimes, when you’re isolated or fearful, it’s hard to feel connected to anything. During these times of COVID-19, many of us feel that way. We’re cut off from familiar places and people. To the extent that we derive comfort from church-based faith, we’re also cut off from the buildings and communities in which we usually

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Sunset

Sunset and a New Day

Psalm 1:1-6 19 1-2 God’s glory is on tour in the skies,     God-craft on exhibit across the horizon. Madame Day holds classes every morning,     Professor Night lectures each evening. 3-4 Their words aren’t heard,     their voices aren’t recorded, But their silence fills the earth:     unspoken truth is spoken everywhere. 4-5 God makes a huge dome     for the sun—a superdome!

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Marking Time

“How might our experience of time change if we could learn to receive time as a gift from God? How might this open us up to live more fully?”  Dorothy Bass, Receiving the Day One of my favorite TV shows is When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel.  It is about a schoolteacher Elizabeth  Thornton in the

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Waiting for Morning

Waiting for Morning

Psalm 130 1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. 2   Lord, hear my voice!Let your ears be attentive   to the voice of my supplications!  3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,   Lord, who could stand? 4 But there is forgiveness with you,   so that you may be revered.  5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,   and in his word I hope; 6 my soul

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Gratitude

Be Still… Give yourself a minute or more to quiet down and be in the presence of God.Breathe deeply and feel the peace that comes upon you. Read… Paul and Timothy, writing to the Philippian Christians, say this: Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with

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The Sacrament of the Last Supper by Dali

The Rules of Perspective

Breathe… Close your eyes. Inhale for three seconds, pause, and exhale for three seconds. Take as many breathes like this as you like. Read… John 14:15-31 ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever. This

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Hello Treasure Valley

We are ELCA leaders and pastors from the Treasure Valley and Northwest Intermountain Synod. Together, we are reimagining and revisiting what it is to be church together as we share our gifts through daily devotions, on-line worship experiences, small group connection, prayer, and support. Please subscribe to receive our devotions through email or follow us

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Mother holds body of Jesus

Freedom Blues

“Freedom’s just another word fornothin’ left to looseNothin’ don’t mean nothin’ if itain’t free, no, noAnd feelin’ good was easy, LordWhen he sang the bluesYou

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He Qi' print

Getting Connected

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my

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Spring Was On the Way

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me.

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Do You See?

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will

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Looking Forward

“Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus

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New Beginnings

6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 “Be

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Filtering Through

When I wake up, I instinctively start thinking about how much I am looking forward to that first cup of coffee. We use a French

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Tales from the Treehouse

“But now ask the beasts to teach you,And the birds of the air to tell you;Or the reptiles on earth to instruct you,And the fish

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Tranquility and Power

I’m praying that we see the moments of God keeping God’s promise to be present with us…of God working through these times for good. (video)

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