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.
Together, we are reimagining and revisiting what it is to be church together.

Devotions – Monday and Friday

Topical Reflection – Wednesday

boy asleep in radio flyer wagon

A Nap and a Snack

I’ve been taking naps lately. I used to nap a lot when I was younger, but have since gotten out of the habit – until now. I think some of it has to do with the letdown that has come with the end of the-year-like-no-other. Some of it has to do with my recalibration to

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Sunday and…

Growing up, I learned to play the drumset in order to fill a musical need at my church. It was a lot of fun for me, and I like to think I grew into it well as a self-taught musician. I remember approaching every week as if we were practicing for the next week’s show/event/concert.

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sun breaking through clouds

A Blessing

Sometimes words fail us. Sometimes we can be overcome by the stuff in our lives. The uncertainty and transitions in our lives can be many. That’s pretty much the way it’s been for all of us these days. And to be honest we are just tired. Or perhaps I should say I’m tired. Maybe that’s

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boys racing

Run Faster!

As the gallery of parents watched eagerly, the students running the five hundred-meter (550 yard) race swept into view. The gazelles were in front, the children who always won, powerful legs churning. Then came the main group of students, bunched together. They tried to keep up with the person next to them, or even hoped

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sky praising God

Praise to you, O Christ

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” (Hebrews 13:15) What does this mean for me, exactly — this “let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise?” I have taken it as a sacred challenge. But it is not

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footprints

Book of Excuses

Here I am, Lord. Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go, Lord, if you lead me. I will hold Your people in my heart. Dan Schute, Here I am, Lord I love singing this hymn, and I’m always optimistic that I will go where God wants me,

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a junction

Transition!

As you see in the previous post, we are in transition here at TVPrays.org this summer as to the frequency of the posting of these devotions. Beginning tomorrow, May 31, we will be posting devotions Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week through the end of August. Living with and in transition is often a disquieting

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Devotion Schedule

Summer Transition for Devotions

We have been posting a daily devotion by Treasure Valley ELCA Lutheran church leaders and members since March 23, 2020. READ OUR STORY. Our readership remains strong. However, as more and more people are vaccinated, the time and creativity of many of our writers is changing. With this as context, our team decided to transition this summer

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woman laughing

Lighten Up!

“Laughter doeth good like a medicine.” Prov. 17:22 There is a creation story in the lore of the Apache nation which tells about how the Creator delighted in making the first humans able to do so many things. They could see, hear, talk, run, dance, and create things with their hands. But the Creator was

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Pentecost tongues of fire

A Time for Every Thing

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:a time to be born, and a time to die;a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;a time to kill, and a time to heal;a time to break down, and a time to build up;a time to

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practicing the piano

Practicing Anew

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage,

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coffee and laptop

Spring of 2020

This is a story about how I found spiritual support on the internet during the first part of the Covid crisis. First, I make a disclaimer. Social media activities that work for me may not be helpful or appropriate for you. Please use the internet with discernment and caution! In the middle of March, 2020,

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pansies

The Communion of Saints

As I have gotten older, I find that I think more about what “the communion of saints” means in my daily life, not just on All Saints Sunday when we remember those who have died in the previous year.  Instead, I find myself remembering the saints I have known; it could be a memory jogged

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Pentecost

The Fruits of Pentecost

…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, gentleness, self-control…Galatians 5:22-23 Today we celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit to the followers of Jesus as they huddled together in the Upper Room. Jesus had ascended to the Father and the promised Advocate came to the disciples through wind and

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Vincent, Child of God

Rest Eternal Grant Him Oh Lord!

As I write these words it’s a few days before Pentecost. I had planned on writing a bit about the Holy Spirit and how he/she moves in our world. I had planned on writing how the Spirit intercedes for us as Paul writes in Romans, “that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”

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newborn baby

Wonderfully Made

I will give thanks to You, because I am awesomely and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. (Psalm

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worn down

“I’m Weary”

What is it we are looking for these days of the hottest summer in my memory? The heat has sucked all my energy and driven

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blalock nice dishes

Hoarding

A friend recently expressed dismay about a family member’s hoarding habits. This made me reflect on my father’s parents. My grandparents were not hoarders in

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different colored hands

“I-Thou” OR “I-It”

“ Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, in his book Love is the Way, borrowed from Martin Buber as he talked about two

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knitted yarn

Handiwork

CO 200 1-6,K1 P1 around 7 – *K1, YO, K3, Sl1 K2, PSSO, K3, YO; rep from * to BOR 8 and all even– K

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little wooden house

A place to Abide

The 2 Corinthians reading from last Sunday has really stayed with me. The passage speaks about our plenty, allowing us to share with those in

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ironing

Ironing a Messy Life

This spring, I purchased a new linen shirt to wear as the weather warmed. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing quite like linen in

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Survey for Future of TVPrays.org

Beginning in March 2020 and continuing until the present time, the Treasure Valley Cluster of ELCA congregations has sponsored a website we call TVPrays.org.  We

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it is well

Keep Faithing It!

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they

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