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.

Star Words

Star Words

“Lead me in your truth, and teach me.” Psalm 25:5 In January 2018, Trinity Lutheran began our annual Epiphany practice known as “star words”. Here is how it works: Hundreds of stars, each with a different word, are cut out and placed word-side-down in a basket or on a table. After Holy Communion, each person

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Advent Blues

“Advent does not begin in buoyancy or celebration or in a shopping spree. The natural habitat of Advent is a community of hurt. It is the voice of those who know profound grief, who articulate it and do not cover it ever” Walter Bruggemann Those words are from one of my favorite biblical scholars Walter

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person under the stars

I Wonder As I Wander

When I was a small child, I loved to look at the night sky. Doing so in Milwaukee was not the best experience, given all the ambient light, but what a difference when we were at the lake. My father and I would sit on the dock and he would tell me the names of

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Believing is Seeing…

I recently received a text from a former staff member, Mike, checking in and sharing that he just watched the Santa Clause movie starring Tim Allen. He shared that, on this particular occasion, he was surprised during this reviewing of the movie. He discovered he was struck by metaphor for faith and the story of

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grandparent looking at child

God’s glory revealed……is Love shared

“Then, the glory of the Lord will be revealedand all flesh shall see it together.”Isaiah 40:5 The other day as I listened to my favorite devotion app (Pray-As-You-Go) this was part of the reading of the day. I love these Advent readings from Isaiah and PAYG always has some lovely, ponderous questions to chew on.

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Actively Waiting I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lordin the land of the living.Wait for the Lord;be strong, and let your heart take courage;wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:13-14 Many of our devotions in recent days have pointed us to God’s goodness “in the land of the living” – in nature, in

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Advent Hope

We journey through this Advent season with COVID cases being on the rise across the country. With the country and our state setting new case and death numbers almost every day and at an alarming rate. We journey through Advent in the midst of a global pandemic that has hopefully made us realize how interconnected

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stage with red curtain

The Show is About to Begin

You know what time it is, it is time that you awake out of sleep because salvation is coming near to us…the night is far spent, and the shining day is at hand. Therefore, cast off the works of darkness and prepare yourself to put on the armor of light, prepare yourselves in hope. (Romans

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St. John's choir

A Song as We Wait

Can we start by listening to a song? Here is the link to Luther College choirs from 2013 singing the piece I have in mind. It is called “Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain” written by Carolyn Jennings, based on scripture from Isaiah 40:9. This is my Advent song. I grew up

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waiting for presents

Waiting for……..

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon…There was also a prophetess, Anna…” Luke 2:25 – 38 My childhood memories of Christmas include a lot of waiting. Of course, there was waiting for the time when I could open my presents and, waiting for everyone else to finish opening their presents so I could

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cars at traffic light

What Are You Waiting For?

“Wha-at a-are yo-ou WAITING for? Christmas?” It’s a question I used to harangue batters with as a baseball catcher in college–especially when a batter was excessively finicky at which pitch he wanted to swing. The question is probably asked a million times—thrown at the direction of the driver ahead of us who is more intent

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The Comedy We Need

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, then were we like those who dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter; and our tongue with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad indeed.” (Psalm 126:1-3) I have never been so

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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.

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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