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.

empty and full cups

Fullness and Emptiness

So many voices…so many perspectives…so many programs…so many to-dos… Just. So. Many. You’d think with as many things as we tend to have going on in our lives, ears, and schedules, that we would be filled by the abundance. Yet, so often, I feel drained and emptied. Maybe it’s the secret introvert in me, but

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stillness of forest

Finding Peace in the Chaos

We recently marked one year since everything shut down initially here in Idaho. This past year has brought many moments of chaos and uncertainty as we have navigated life through a global pandemic. I often refer to riding the rollercoaster of pandemic life, riding the ups and downs that this year has brought. There are

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lily in full bloom

The Smell of Love

How does this Easter smell to you? I am writing this as the smells from Easter dinner still fill my home, with leftover potatoes and ham, tart apples, and cool hard-boiled eggs of many colors. Outside the air seems to tempt me with whisps of spring’s freshness mingling with winter’s dry air, as some of

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man sharing cup of water

Christ is Risen!

Alleluia! He is Risen! He is risen, indeed!But could they see Jesus? In the days after the resurrection Jesus appears to people over and over again without fanfare, in their ordinary moments. And time after time, people who knew Jesus well don’t recognize him, sometimes for a few minutes, sometimes for hours. Jesus appears to

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baby duck fluttering wings

New Life

Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. Alleluia! Where in your surroundings do you see new life? In nature? In your relationships? In the stirring of the Holy Spirit? Christ is risen, He is risen indeed. Alleluia! How can your prayer life rise up? Are there new rituals or practices you can try? Christ is

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man embracing joy in the morning

Joy Comes with the Morning!

Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.Psalm 30:5b Today we are in the midst of the Easter Three Days, the high point of the liturgical year beginning the evening of Maundy Thursday and continuing until the evening of Easter Sunday. These three days are a single celebration that mark the

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Good Friday Service

Good Friday Worship – Region 1 ELCA

We welcome you to this Good Friday service, shared with you by the bishops of Region 1 of the ELCA. You are encouraged to find a comfortable place to sit, light a candle, warm oil or burn incense. (Go to video)

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groom washing bride's feet

Love received. Love shared

“Mary took a liter of costly perfumed oil made from genuine aromatic nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and dried them with her hair…” John 12:3 “(Jesus) rose from the supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin

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hollowed out natural bridges

Running on Empty

I don’t know about you, but for me, I’m running on empty spiritually. Here we are, half-way through Holy Week, and I’m feeling spent. As with most Lenten seasons, I start out with the best of intentions. I no longer use Lent as a time to lose weight or walk more as a discipline. I

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three older people arm in arm


I’ll start with a compliment to Culver’s restaurant in Meridian. A friend and I recently indulged in the turtle sundae at Culver’s, and I have nothing but praise for that taste treat. The employee who took our order gave us the “young lady” discount, which we happily accepted. As we took our sundaes to the

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Jesus driving the merchants from the temple

Into The Temple And Beyond

“Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.” Mark 11:11 This is the concluding verse of yesterday’s Palm Sunday Gospel. Jesus has entered Jerusalem and made his way to the pinnacle, the very

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large wave and stormy sky

What is Holy Week For You?

In the church I grew up in on the West Side of Chicago, a church that worshipped about twelve hundred people on a Sunday in the mid-summer, Palm Sunday marked the ramping up to very busy week. There were twenty-four services beginning at seven in the morning of Palm Sunday and ending at one in

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coffee and writing utensils

God’s Best Work

One of my heroes—both in writing and for her spiritual wisdom— is a woman by the name of Pat Schneider. Recently I wrote a profile about Pat for the online magazine Literary Mama. During this past week of Lent we were looking at what it means to be in community with people on the margins. Pat

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Jesus in the Garden

Expectation Versus Reality: the Passion Story

Sunday will be Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion. Growing up, Palm Sunday was one of my favorite Sundays of the year. I loved waving palms, I loved how the children in the story played such an important part, and I loved the celebration. Who can resist a parade? Especially one with all the bright promise

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woman meditating

Incarnate Wisdom

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest

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Joy to the World

Unsettling Joy

Alright, I have a confession to make. Don’t tell anyone, but for the last week I have found myself humming a Christmas song. I know,

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view of peaceful waters

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. Thank you, God, for my many blessings. I live in and have become accustomed to a

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man holding sign Jesus is Lord

The Time of Our Lives

While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because

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water, Bible, coffee


These pandemic times have the world using devices at record numbers and for long periods of time. I now average at least one zoom or

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sign of the fish

Trust the Road

“Trust in the Lord, with all your heart,on your own intelligence rely not;In all your ways be mindful of God,And God will make straight your

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budding daffodils

Bread and Daffodils

Spring has come again. The earth is like a child, who knows poems; oh, so many . . . Rainer Maria Rilke, Sonnets to Orpheus

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