Living Lutheran

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.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Henri Nouwen, Fred Rogers and a life rooted in good soil

Seven springs ago, in the second month of my worship at Faith Lutheran Church, Glen Ellyn, Ill., I encountered for the first time the hymn “Lord, Let My Heart Be Good Soil” (Evangelical Lutheran Worship 512), composed by Handt Hanson. Lutheran hymnody was new to me then, but the lyric and the melody of Hanson’s


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Study guide: They bring good news

The ELCA’s evolving effort to serve God’s people has given us two tracks for people set apart—ordained—for lifelong service to God’s people: pastors, who are ministers of “Word and Sacrament,” and deacons, who are ministers of “Word and Service.” Together they work through the church to help people deepen their connection to God. Download a


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Prayer ventures: Feb. 27

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, Feb. 27 God is great


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Let’s do laundry

Abby Vesga understands what it’s like to not know where you will lay your head at night, when your next meal will be or how you will clean your clothes.   Vesga, a member of Servants of Christ Lutheran Church in Indianapolis, has been homeless four times during her life. Knowing what it’s like not to


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Lost and found

Editor’s note: Welcome to our new web column, “Faith & family: Growing together,” which complements our “Faith & family” department. Join Kimberly Knowle-Zeller each month as she explores different stages of faithful parenting. Focal verse “In our prayers for you we always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for we have heard


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The great and holy leveling field

“There but for the grace of God go I.” I’ve heard this uttered and may have even said it myself a time or two. It’s usually said in response to seeing some unfortunate soul pass by with some known, perceived or just surmised devastation. I know it’s often said with the best intentions, and surely


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Prayer ventures: Feb. 26

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, Feb. 26  Ash Wednesday Marking


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Prayer ventures: Feb. 25

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. Tuesday, Feb. 25 Give thanks for


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

“Compassion in action”

Currently as many as 750,000 people in U.S. nursing homes have been fundamentally abandoned, said Mark Fisher, pastor of Transfiguration Lutheran Church in Fenton, Mich. “The church has a responsibility as agents of peace [or] shalom to make sure that these individuals are afforded the opportunity for a visit,” he said.  Nearly four years ago,



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Sunday, March 1
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Tuesday, March 3
11:00am: Bible study
Wednesday, March 4
9:00am: Food Pantry

Lectionary Texts:

February 27, 2020:
First Reading: Jonah 3:1-10
Psalm: Psalm 51
Second Reading: Romans 1:1-7
March 1, 2020 First Sunday in Lent:
First Reading: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
Psalm: Psalm 32
Second Reading: Romans 5:12-19
Gospel Reading: Matthew 4:1-11

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



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