Treasure Valley Prays

Reimagining Church Together

We are ELCA leaders and pastors from the Treasure Valley
and Northwest Intermountain Synod.

Devotions – Monday and Friday

Topical Reflection – Wednesday

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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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


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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caring hands

Your Hands Care for Us

AN OPEN LETTER TO OUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS from the Treasure Valley Cluster of Churchesof the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America This letter first appeared in two local Boise, Idaho papers, The Idaho Statesman and The Idaho Press on October 1, 2021.  Though we would wish it otherwise, it remains relevant, and we hope it

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growing food

Prioritization, Hustle, and Luck

Author’s notes: In addition to the love of growing vegetables, a big part of my call to work in the soil relates to having a sense of purpose, a sense of doing something that is appreciated by others, and increasingly a sense of community. Originally I didn’t feel that my gardening was about community. But

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All Saints

All Saints Day

“Without a doubt, that’s the most important aspect of the saints for me: they teach me about being who I am. Each of the saints has been, to quote St. John XXIII, ‘holy in a different way.’ Each was placed in a different situation and time. Each had a different personality and dealt with life

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Jetstream word change

On the Way to the Future

Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”(John 8:31-32) This coming Sunday, October 31, is Reformation Day. This is the day in 1517 that Martin Luther nailed his 95

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boy holding a Bible and laughing

Sing to the Lord a New Song

Thirty years ago, I belonged to a Presbyterian church in Oakland, California. The congregation was mostly elderly. When Pastor Carl asked us to stand, he added, “If you are able.” This church had an intimate atmosphere created by lifelong Christians comfortable with their faith. I enjoyed the short walk from my home to the one

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Casey Cross holding a box

When Is a Box Not a Box?

Pay attention to how you think about God. Are you putting God in a box? Are you thinking God is just one thing? This box will show you how God is so much more expansive and connected to so much more than we can imagine. (video Devotion)

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remember and grieve together

Remember and Grieve Together

We inhabit a world where life plus the pandemic have given us much to grieve. Simultaneously, that same pandemic has robbed us of access to many of the opportunities we, historically, have leaned into during times of sorrow. On September 29th, Trinity Lutheran held a “grief evening”. There was time in the sanctuary for individual

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fresh salad

Eat It Up (or not)

Author’s notes: In growing vegetables for paying customers, one of my biggest concerns is not having enough items to fill the biweekly boxes.  My response

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changing leaves

The Same

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 One of Merriam-Webster’s definitions of “the same” is “someone or something that has

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pivot in the road


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

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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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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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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

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