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.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Prayer ventures: July 5

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer for the day from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These 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. Sunday, July 5 Give thanks that


Saturday, July 4, 2020

Prayer ventures: July 4

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer for the day from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These 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. Saturday July 4 Ask God to


Friday, July 3, 2020

Look toward the light

“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).  I grew up loving fireworks. I loved the bright red, green and purple illuminating the night sky; the anticipation I felt as I waited for darkness to descend; that first robust


Friday, July 3, 2020

Prayer ventures: July 3

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer for the day from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These 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, July 3 Ask the Spirit


Thursday, July 2, 2020

The church is always open

Editor’s note: Beginning in March, people across the United States and around the world began to shelter in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But this didn’t stop the ministries of our church. Living Lutheran has heard from readers, congregations and synods about the many ways ELCA members and ministries are keeping connected and serving


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Prayer ventures: July 2

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer for the day from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These 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, July 2  Give thanks for


Thursday, July 2, 2020

Sermons are made, not begotten

When the preacher takes the pulpit during any given liturgy, what do they stand upon? This is the question Jon Meyer Ericson attempts to analyze and answer in his book The Rhetoric of the Pulpit: A Preacher’s Guide to Effective Sermons (Wipf and Stock, 2016), and it’s a question worth some communal thought, especially as


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

ELCA presiding bishop responds to Supreme Court decision on DACA program

In a June 18 pastoral letter, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton addressed the Supreme Court’s decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. “Today I rejoice in the renewal of dreams and the transformation of heartbreak into hope that today’s Supreme Court decision brings to our nation’s more than 700,000 Deferred Action for


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Prayer ventures: July 1

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer for the day from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These 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, July 1 As this time



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Sunday, July 5
10:00am: Worship
Tuesday, July 7
11:00am: Bible study
Wednesday, July 8
9:00am: Food Pantry
Sunday, July 12
10:00am: Worship

Lectionary Texts:

July 5, 2020 Ordinary 14:
First Reading: Zechariah 9:9-12
Psalm: Psalm 145:8-14
Second Reading: Romans 7:15-25a
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
July 5, 2020 Ordinary 14 Semicontinuous:
First Reading: Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
Psalm: Psalm 45:10-17 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13
July 12, 2020 Ordinary 15:
First Reading: Isaiah 55:10-13
Psalm: Psalm 65:1-13
Second Reading: Romans 8:1-11
Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23
July 12, 2020 Ordinary 15 Semicontinuous:
First Reading: Genesis 25:19-34
Psalm: Psalm 119:105-112

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



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