Treasure Valley Prays
Reimagining Church Together
SHARING STORIES AND EXPLORING SPIRITUAL CONNECTION
We are ELCA leaders and pastors from the Treasure Valley
and Northwest Intermountain Synod.
Devotions – Look for Wednesday posts throughout the summer.
16th Street NW in Washington, DC, north of the White House and to the Maryland State Line, is sometimes referred to as the street of churches. There are Catholic and Orthodox churches; synagogues and a Christian Science Reading Room; just about every variety of Protestant churches you can imagine, as well as gathering places for
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,
Several years ago—a lot longer than I want to admit–one of my favorite authors, Phillip Yancy, jolted my thinking about Holy Week, and Holy Saturday in particular. He wrote: Two days, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, are perhaps the most significant days on the Entire Church calendar, and yet, in a real sense, we live
“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God.” John 3:19 The Message I presided and preached at worship this past Sunday, the Fifth Sunday in Lent. The text for
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
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
“The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) It is possible to grow up within the Christian tradition with little regard for bodies. Sometimes the gospel is interpreted as if the body
Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly (& sisterly) love, in honor giving preference to one another. Romans 12:10 In our household March Madness has always been watched and followed diligently by my husband, Danny. But this year I decided to take an interest in it, too. I haven’t been able to watch the
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
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
DIFFERENCE“ Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day, the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.” (Acts 2:46-47) I’ve
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
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