Living Lutheran magazine

Living Lutheran is your source for news, reflections and stories from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and its local and global companions.

Friday, April 16, 2021

The power of storytelling

On Easter Sunday, people across this church will gather in their living rooms or sanctuaries to hear the story of Christ’s resurrection. The Easter story is our story—one of death, life, grace and love. As we declare “He is risen!” in and beyond worship, we echo the first disciples, who galvanized Christianity by spreading the


Friday, April 16, 2021

Prayer ventures: April 16

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Friday, April 16 Pray that, as


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Where God dwells

For most of us, the concept of home is complex. In Finding Home (Cascade Books, 2020), author Julie K. Aageson reflects on the physical, spiritual and metaphorical meanings of home. She explores the idea from a variety of perspectives, including those of refugees and adoptees but also of finding home in our bodies, finding home


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Prayer ventures: April 15

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Thursday, April 15 Ask the Spirit


Thursday, April 15, 2021

The life-breath of freedom

Series editor’s note: Throughout 2021, “Deeper understandings” will continue to engage the ELCA’s commitment to authentic diversity. Anthony Bateza will carry on this theme in the next issue. —Kathryn A. Kleinhans, dean of Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio With great excitement, we welcomed 2020: a new year inaugurating a new decade. Then,


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Earth Day statement from Bishop Eaton

Elizabeth Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, has issued a statement for Earth Day, April 22. “Dear church, we can ‘testify to the good news of God’s grace’ (Acts 20:24), which empowers us to move forward. We know that healing is possible—for the planet and for our communities. We are not too late. The time


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Prayer ventures: April 14

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Wednesday, April 14 “How very good


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The power of an autism diagnosis

Author’s note: This article uses identity-first language, the preference of most autistic adults. Sometimes parents resist the news that their child is, or may be, autistic. They wonder why we need to label children so young. What good could possibly come of it? As an autistic adult who was diagnosed at age 22, I wish


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Easter’s surprise

Focal verse “But I will hope continually, and will praise you yet more and more” (Psalm 71:14). Reflection Our children currently love the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems. My son refers to them as “the funny books.” In a day we can read the same book too many times to count. Each time



Upcoming Events:

Sunday, April 18
10:00am: Worship
Tuesday, April 20
11:00am: Bible study
Wednesday, April 21
9:00am: Food Pantry

Lectionary Texts:

April 16, 2021:
First Reading: Daniel 10:2-19
Psalm: Psalm 4
Second Reading: 1 John 2:26-28
April 18, 2021 Third Sunday of Easter:
First Reading: Acts 3:12-19
Psalm: Psalm 4
Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-7
Gospel Reading: Luke 24:36b-48

RCL (C) 1992 The Consultation on Common Texts used by permission



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