Treasure Valley Prays

Reimagining Church Together

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

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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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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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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 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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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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Bottling the Magic

I remember this day five years ago when my husband and I were traveling in Alaska. We had just finished a sea kayaking trip out to a glacier, and we had been fortunate enough to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience of actually paddling up to land that had been uncovered by the melting glacier and being

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“What you pay attention to grows.”

“What you pay attention to grows.” – Adrienne Maree Brown Tweet Psalm 100 – A Psalm of thanksgiving. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.   Worship the Lord with gladness;   come into his presence with singing.Know that the Lord is God.   It is he that made us, and we are his;   we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.Enter

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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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Come Away and Rest

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet (deserted) place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 What a gracious and kind invitation Jesus extended to his twelve apostles on that busy day.

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Give Us Our Daily Bread

Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? (Psalm 85:5) One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” 2 He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be

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The Spirit Prays for Us

“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will

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Meditation on Psalm 23

Psalm 23 is perhaps one of the most recognizable passages of scripture. It is a passage that millions of people have committed to memory. It is frequently requested as the psalm to be read at funerals. It is so well known that some of its phrases have even found their way into modern advertising; remember

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Learning Peace

How beautiful upon the mountainsare the feet of the messenger who announces peace,who brings good news,who announces salvation,who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ (Isaiah 52:7) The last week of June around 95 youth ages 6-13 participated in the 5th year of Learning Peace: A Camp for Kids. We have had a few bumps, like

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The Apple Tree

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 There is a well-known quote by Martin Luther that circulates from time to time:“If the world were to end tomorrow, and they would tell me that, I would still plant

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Children of God in Christ

This little gem, although well known, is hidden away in the writings of Paul; and is still timely today in the second decade of this new Century. Before the faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.  So the law was put in charge to lead us

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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