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, April 5, 2020

Prayer ventures: April 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 April 5 Palm Sunday Some


Saturday, April 4, 2020

Prayer ventures: April 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, April 4 Give thanks for


Friday, April 3, 2020

Prayer ventures: April 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, April 3 The season of


Friday, April 3, 2020

Freed to serve

Lutherans have an appreciation for the complexity of life. It’s a certain willingness to meet the world and then go deeper into what is immediately present. It is the ability to understand that reality has room for being two things at once. Paradox. We know that we are saint and sinner. We know the word


Friday, April 3, 2020

What is God doing?

Focal verse I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:18-19). Reflection The story I’m about


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Liberados para servir

Los luteranos aprecian la complejidad de la vida. Esto significa que tienen una determinada disposición de conocer el mundo y luego adentrarse en lo que está presente en el momento. Es la capacidad de entender que la realidad puede ser dos cosas a la vez. Esto es la paradoja. Sabemos que somos justos y pecadores.


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Study guide: A welcome respite

Often risking life and limb to come to the United States for safety and a new life, asylum-seeking families arrive only to find that their long hard journey is not yet over. As they work through governmental bureaucracy, families need tangible support and legal aid. Fortunately, some asylum-seeking families coming from South and Central America


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Study guide: Tap into your vocation

We commonly think of “vocation” as only our job or career—that is, what we do to provide for ourselves and our family. But from a standpoint of faith, vocation is what we do in response to the gospel. It has implications that are both broad (What does God want from my life?) and narrow (How


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Christ, the wall breacher

“For [Christ] is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us” (Ephesians 2:14). On Feb. 18, 2020, more than 100 people — ELCA lay leaders, pastors and bishops, plus representatives of the church’s ecumenical partners — crossed the



Upcoming Events:

Sunday, April 5
Wednesday, April 8
9:00am: Food Pantry
Sunday, April 12
10:00am: Worship

Lectionary Texts:

April 5, 2020 Palm Sunday:
First Reading: Matthew 21:1-11
Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29
April 5, 2020 Passion Sunday:
First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-9a
Psalm: Psalm 31:9-16
Second Reading: Philippians 2:5-11
Gospel Reading: Matthew 26:14-27:66 or Matthew 27:11-54
April 12, 2020 Resurrection of the Lord, Easter Day:
First Reading: Acts 10:34-43 or Jeremiah 31:1-6
Psalm: Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24
Second Reading: Colossians 3:1-4 or Acts 10:34-43
Gospel Reading: John 20:1-18 or Matthew 28:1-10
April 12, 2020 Resurrection of the Lord, Easter Evening:
First Reading: Isaiah 25:6-9
Psalm: Psalm 114
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8
Gospel Reading: Luke 24:13-49

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



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