For what shall we pray?
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Blog
by ELCA Worship
3d ago
“For what shall we pray?” is a weekly post inviting individuals, groups, and congregations to lift up our world in prayer. This resource is prepared by a variety of leaders in the ELCA and includes prayer prompts, upcoming events and observances, and prayer suggestions from existing denominational worship materials. You are encouraged to use these resources as a starting point, and to adapt and add other concerns from your local context. More information about this resource can be found here.   Prayer prompts: For peace among nations where war and violence rage, especially Palestine and I ..read more
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Created to be… Authentic
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Blog
by Bobbi Cyr
3d ago
We are each uniquely created in the image of God. Take a moment and hold up a mirror, or turn your cellphone on selfie mode and look at yourself. You, in all your glorious beauty, are made in our Creator’s image, perfectly imperfect and uniquely you. We are each created to bring our whole authentic selves to the table. But what does that look like?  We had the chance to ask a few young people what it means to know that as beloved children of God they are Created To Be Authentic. We also wanted to know when they feel empowered to be their most authentic selves and if they have a community ..read more
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February 25, 2024–Lose Your Life?
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Blog
by faithlens
3d ago
Cee Mills, Burlington, NC Warm-up Questions What’s the biggest thing you have sacrificed in order to get to do or have something else? What’s the biggest thing you have gained by being a follower of Jesus? Lose Your Life? The idea of losing is counter to what American culture defines as good. When you think of sport teams, contests, or any effort you make, the idea of losing is the opposite of what you expect or want. I remember the first time I played an organized sport. All of us had a lot to learn and were not proficient at scoring or keeping the other team from scoring. We were young and ..read more
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2024 World Hunger Lent Study: Week 1
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Blog
by petermclellan
5d ago
Reconciliation Genesis 9:8-17 Psalm 25:1-10 1 Peter 3:18-22 Mark 1:9-15 During Advent we reflected together on what it means to encounter God. We contemplated the spaces where God is revealed to us, the invitation to be part of God’s work in history, the vocation to which the church is called today and what it means to be grasped by the proclamation of Christ’s birth. Now, during Lent, we return to this journey, exploring the many ways we encounter God as we respond to hunger, poverty and need today. In this first session we will explore the act of reconciliation, the restoration of wholeness ..read more
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Devotional: Shared Power
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Blog
by ELCA Advocacy
1w ago
by Tomo Duke, Faith Action Network in Washington [about the author] I visited the Washington State Capitol a few times this legislative session to advocate with our elected officials. I walked through buildings filled with elegant marble and golden interiors and observed many people dressed in fancy suits. I thought the grandeur created an illusion about elected officials’ status and power. In a culture that tempts us to fall into idolization of elected officials or political apathy, what kind of power and accountability do we share?   POWER IN A UNIFIED COMMUNITY In his Epistle to Ephesi ..read more
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For what shall we pray?
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Blog
by ELCA Worship
1w ago
“For what shall we pray?” is a weekly post inviting individuals, groups, and congregations to lift up our world in prayer. This resource is prepared by a variety of leaders in the ELCA and includes prayer prompts, upcoming events and observances, and prayer suggestions from existing denominational worship materials. You are encouraged to use these resources as a starting point, and to adapt and add other concerns from your local context. More information about this resource can be found here.   Prayer prompts: For peace among nations where war and violence rage, especially Palestine and I ..read more
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Beyond the Beads: Unveiling the Spirit of Mardi Gras
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Blog
by Bobbi Cyr
1w ago
Mardi Gras, with its vibrant colors, soulful music, and rich foods, is more than just a party that disrupts the everyday life—it’s a celebration that surpasses the ordinary, captivating the world with its infectious joy. The soulful tunes of jazz, blues, and traditional brass bands infuse the air with a distinctive musical flavor, while the rich, flavorful foods, from gumbo to king cake, create a culinary carnival in every bite. Yet, beyond the lively parades, Mardi Gras is the heartbeat of New Orleans, deeply entwined with the spirit of community. It’s a time for locals to come together, stre ..read more
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February 18, 2024–Dealing With Highs and Lows
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Blog
by faithlens
1w ago
Joshua Serrano, San Carlos, CA Warm-up Question Who is your favorite celebrity and why?  Dealing With Highs and Lows There is an interview popping up on different social media sources between Brad Pitt and Adam Sandler. Pitt recounts a story he heard about Sandler.  In the story, Sandler was in college at NYU and had been taking acting classes. His theater professor took him out for drinks one night, but it wasn’t to tell Sandler what a great job he was doing. The theater professor was trying to let Sandler down easy, telling him that he didn’t have the ability to act. He didn’t thi ..read more
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Partner Organization Resources and Events
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Blog
by ELCA Worship
2w ago
Each month ELCA Worship highlights resources and events from other organizations and institutions. These Lutheran and ecumenical partner organizations work alongside the ELCA to support worship leaders, worship planners, musicians, and all who care about the worship of the church. Institute of Liturgical Studies An ecumenical conference on liturgical renewal for the church today. Creation, Not Commodity: The Church’s Liturgy in a Consumer CultureApril 9-11, 2024, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind. Consumer or market culture’s role in our lives is so ubiquitous that we frequently fail to ..read more
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Devotional: Leader Values
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Blog
by ELCA Advocacy
2w ago
by Frances Dobbs, Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin [about the author] I believe it is important to look to Scripture for values that our leaders should inhabit. The third chapter of Ephesians explores how Christ perfectly embodies leadership, making a clear example for worldly leaders. When reading the story of salvation history, I believe we are reminded that God has a role in appointing leaders, but that leadership also comes with guidelines for how they act. Micah 6:8 states: “He has told you, O mortal, what is good, and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice and ..read more
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