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.
Station Seven – A mortuary worker stands at a cemetery And sore must be the storm – Emily Dickinson God of all nations, open our awareness to thesuffering of communities far away. Help us toseek knowledge and understanding of placeswe might never visit. We thank you for themortuary and funeral home workers whomake a resting
The lectionary includes: – Isaiah 55:1-9 – Psalm 63:1-8 – 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 – Luke 13:1-9 This is one of those weeks where the texts assigned are pretty easy to find the connections that the editors of the lectionary intended. Some weeks are not so obvious. The contemplative nature of Lent also offers some focus.
Verses 1-8 of Psalm 63 are included in this week’s lectionary readings. They express spiritual longing that is like physical longing. O God, you are my God, I seek you,My soul thirsts for you;My flesh faints for you,As in a dry and weary land where this is no water. The psalmist’s soul is thirsty and
Station Six – a grandmother and granddaughter hug through a plastic drop And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard – Emily Dickinson God of everlasting love, We give you thanks for the elders in our communities. Help us to keep them safe, and forgive us for the times when we have chosen our
Station Five – A funeral home worker plays the violin in mourning And never stops – at all Emily Dickinson Holy God, You came into the world in the vulnerability of a human body. You know us in the womb and you know us at our end. We give thanks for the clergy, deacons, lay
“For where your treasure is, there your heart is also.” (Matthew 6:21) have been attending an online course through Indiana University and the Lake Institute on Faith and Giving. Since January I have been reading and discussing financial giving and practices related to generosity with various leaders in the ELCA and other denominations across the
13 Happy are those who find wisdom,and those who get understanding, 14 for her income is better than silver,and her revenue better than gold. 15 She is more precious than jewels,and nothing you desire can compare with her. 16 Long life is in her right hand;in her left hand are riches and honour. 17 Her
Station Four – Worshipers of Legio Maria in Nairobi without the words Emily Dickinson Steadfast God,You draw us together to glorify yourhealing name, whether we’re separatedby physical distance or digital divide.May we boldly proclaim your love in allplaces and circumstances. Remind usthat we are bound to one another inChrist’s love regardless of how wegather. Amen. What
Station Three – An opera singer And sings the tune Emily Dickinson God of beauty and whimsy, pour out yourvisionary Spirit on all musicians, artists, andcreators. We thank you for those who haveused their gifts to bring comfort and joy in themidst of loss and anxiety. May the grace weencounter in their creativity draw us
“Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone.” (Luke 4: 14) These verses describe the beginning of the Galilean ministry, coming right after the temptation of Jesus in
“I have also heard the groaning of the Israelites whom the Egyptians are holding as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. Say therefore to the Israelites, ‘I am the Lord, and I will free you from the burdens of the Egyptians and deliver you from slavery to them. I will redeem you with an
Station Two – A mother and daughter reach out to each other through a glass window. That perches in the soul – Emily Dickinson Holy Parent and Loving Protector, Heal us from the pain and trauma of separation from our loved ones. Make known the presence of your abiding love to our elders in long-term