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.

scrabble letters

Simply 2021…

These are the wise sayings of Solomon,David’s son, Israel’s king—Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right,to understand what life means and where it’s going;A manual for living,for learning what’s right and just and fair;To teach the inexperienced the ropesand give our young people a grasp on reality.There’s something here also for

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hand holding 2020

Questions I Have Asked Along the Way …

As we embark on a New Year, 2021 … I am reminding myself to not just LEAP into the New Year with abandon, though many moments I do want to do that. 2020 has challenged each and every one of us, but my personal goal in all of this is to not say good-bye to

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moving truck

Seeing the Gift

Each year I come to this day, I begin to wonder what the next year will hold. What adventures lie in wait? What relationships will form? How will the coming year be similar or different to the year we have just passed through? But this year feels a little bit different. Certainly, a piece of

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valentine candy

Stable to Star to Hearts

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God…for God is love.” 1 John 4:7-8 Picture it: I walk to the store on December 27th to pick up a few groceries. I’m still humming Christmas carols and I’m emitting a bit of a

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Redfish Lake

After the Waiting…Praise

This is he whom seers in old time chanted of with one accord, whom the voices of the prophets promised in their faithful word; now he shines, the long expected; let creation praise its Lord evermore and evermore. Amen. Verse 3 from Of the Father’s Love Begotten After the waiting, the longing, the hoping, what

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Hope for the new year

Hope for the New Year

Video – Hope prepares the way for the coming of the Christ child. Hope is the foundation from which our faith grows. Hope stirs our hearts toward shared purpose and the future Kingdom of God promised in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. When we hope, we share our faith with the world.

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woman kneeling with hungry child

The Embodiment of Hope

Luke 2:22-40 At the start of the pandemic, we had hoped for a vaccine. At that point, having a vaccine was just a theoretical hope. It was ephemeral but it was hope none the less. Yet, while it was still far off, researchers and scientists the world over pursued and nurtured that hope. Now we

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volunteering at food bank

The Day After

“When the carols have been stilled, When the star topped tree is taken down, When family and friends have gone home, When we are back to our schedules, The work of Christmas begins: To welcome the refugee, To heal a broken planet, To feed the hungry, To build bridges of trust, not walls of fear,

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Mary and Jesus

The Nativity of Our Lord

“My Soul Magnifies the Lord” “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid; For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed; Because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name!” Luke 1:46 “But

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front lawn nativity

Burnishing Christmas

I have cherished memories of Christmas from my childhood. I remember the anticipation I felt when the Advent wreath was added to the church chancel, how I watched intently each week as another candle was lit. I especially looked forward to the lighting of the pink candle, the joy candle, which meant Christmas was almost

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winter solstice moon

Winter Solstice

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; Genesis 1:14 NAS To Him who made the great lights, for his lovingkindness is everlasting. The sun to rule by day,

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Elizabeth and Mary

The Gift of New Life: Worship

“In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are

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landscape with glorious sky

“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (God with Us!)

O come, O come, O Lord of might, as to your tribes on Sinai’s height in ancient times you gave the law in cloud, and majesty, and awe. Rejoice, Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to you, O Israel. You may recognize this verse as one from the Advent hymn, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” a hymn

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Act justly

Faith Without Works Is…

I’m a “cradle Lutheran”. During the 1950s-60s, I attended Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and (by my calculations) about 200 hours of Confirmation Class (two

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all is well

All Shall Be Well

During my college career I sang with a variety of choral groups. During my senior year I had the opportunity to sing with a small

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Zoe Wiltshire baptism

Epiphany Blessings

Since the pandemic I have officiated at three baptisms. These baptisms didn’t look like any other ones that I’ve presided over before. They weren’t held

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we are all one

We Are All One

“Now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.

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Giving and Receiving

Giving and Receiving

On Christmas Day 2015, I was in a nearly deserted restaurant at the Denver airport. Three other women, also by themselves, were having lunch. I

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scrabble letters

Simply 2021…

These are the wise sayings of Solomon,David’s son, Israel’s king—Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right,to understand what life means and

Read More »
moving truck

Seeing the Gift

Each year I come to this day, I begin to wonder what the next year will hold. What adventures lie in wait? What relationships will

Read More »
valentine candy

Stable to Star to Hearts

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God…for God is love.” 1

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Redfish Lake

After the Waiting…Praise

This is he whom seers in old time chanted of with one accord, whom the voices of the prophets promised in their faithful word; now

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