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

older and young face reflections

“God Eyes”

“The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearances, but the LORD looks at the heart.”(1 Samuel 16:7) Several years ago I had the opportunity to spend time with a person I had only known for a few years. Our paths had crossed in several classes at church but

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Swedish candletree Augustana

What Does Heaven Smell Like?

A few weeks ago, as I was washing my hands, a random thought entered my brain: “What does heaven smell like?” I stopped what I was doing and tried to figure out what could have triggered that thought – and then I realized it was the aroma of the hand soap I was using. It

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Gothic arches


A number of years ago, something very good happened in my family. I told my teenage daughters “I will remember this day forever…..” and then I said “…. Unless I get dementia….” My girls burst out laughing from the incongruous juxtaposition of the tender words that began my communication and the stark though precise and

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“What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else?…Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or

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Memorial Day headstone


Today, during a trip to the Wood River country where my family resided from the 1890’s through the 1950’s, with three of my cousins on the Schaufelberger side of my family, we stopped in front of the WW II Memorial that sits in front of the old City Hall in Bellevue, Idaho. There, cut in

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Turn to Lament

Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,that the mountains would tremble before you!As when fire sets twigs ablazeand causes water to boil,come down to make your name known to your enemiesand cause the nations to quake before you!For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,you came down, and the

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Poured Out

“The love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” (Romans 5:5) As I carefully picked up the pottery pitcher filled with water, our pastor began to read the “Affirmation of Baptism” that Sunday morning. At her nod, I very slowly poured out the water

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Streams in the Desert

The southern part of Idaho has a desert climate….a place where a mere 13” of rain during an entire year is considered to be average. We rely on snow collecting in the mountains during the winter and early spring. This is the “snow pack”; it is measured and reported about on the nightly news. We

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singing elk

Praise With Creation

11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12singing with full voice,‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughteredto receive power and wealth and wisdom and mightand honour and glory and blessing!’ 13Then

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Ministry of month and Wash, Wipe, Wear


Wash, Wipe, Wearand Ministry of the Month at Redeemer Lutheran, Boise Wednesdays during the Easter season (April 20 – June 1), is posting videos from Treasure Valley Cluster ELCA congregations that feature congregational outreach ministries and partners from the community who support or assist these congregations in their ministries.   This week’s video features two

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burning incense

The Prayers of the Saints

In preparing to write this devotion, I checked the lectionary selections for this week and was led to Chapter 5 of the Book of Revelation. The bold imagery pulled me in and I read more. The scene where St. John describes his vision of the Lamb that was slain, standing amid the four fantastic creatures

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ordination day of John Hergert

Joy in the Midst of Sadness

“God’s one and only job description is to turn death into life. That’s what God does with every new springtime, every new life, every new season, every new anything.” — Richard Rohr The words above stand in tension with my past few weeks, as I said to more than one friend “Death is my constant

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Treasure Valley Cluster Connections

Welcome to Treasure Valley Cluster Connections
This quarterly newsletter is just one fruit to come out of years of cluster collaborations and very intentional planning over the past year.

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laughing boy holding an open Bible

Let the Celebration Continue

We live in a time when we are bombarded with information. With that comes the competition of who might yell the loudest for our attention. Coupled with that is a demand for our attention, which may be the most recent piece of information. Often the first casualty of an event is the headline that gets

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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

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little flock of sheep at sunrise

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

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standing on the glacier

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

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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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tired dog

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

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daily bread

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.

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