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The Hardest Blessing

The image and words below were done by author and artist Jan Richardson and inspired by Matthew 18:21-35, which is this Sunday’s Gospel lesson.  They were first published as part of a reflection at The Painted Prayerbook. Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.” – Matthew 18:22 NIV As…

ELCA Social Message on Government

The ELCA Church Council has unanimously adopted a new social message titled: “Government and Civic Engagement in the United States: Discipleship in a Democracy” This project was called for at the 2019 ELCA Churchwide Assembly, with an intention that it be ready to read before the national election this fall. The social message defines government…

John Lewis Quotes

On July 17, 2020 the world lost a giant in the fight for civil rights when John Lewis lost his life to cancer. What better way to memorialize this great leader than to present a compilation of just some of his compelling quotes. Here is just one such list. https://www.brainyquote.com/authors/john-lewis-quotes One of his most famous…

Martin Luther Speaks About Pandemic and Politics

7-19-2020 It may be worth your time to listen again to “Martin Luther Speaks about Pandemic and Politics”. These videos were originally published on this website about 3 months ago when the COVID-19 pandemic was in its early phases.  Our nation is now at increasing risk as both the pandemic intensity and political corruption and…

Holy Trinity Sunday – June 7, 2020

Our God is Three is One.  Our God is one in Three!  Today we celebrate the mystery of the Holy Trinity–of who God is for us, with us, and around us.  God loves and is present in so many ways. Today’s service includes messages by ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton. The grace of our Lord…