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, May 23, 2019

Prayer Ventures: May 23

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, May 23 Pray that our


Thursday, May 23, 2019

My take: What’s in a name?

Imagine if the name you were given were taken away from you. Or if the personality that makes you unique were denied. Imagine if the voice that was given to you were told to “hush.” Or if the part of yourself you hide from others were told to stay hidden. In an African worldview, the


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Not your average runner’s club

The members of the Prairie Coteau Conference Runners Club in South Dakota are used to being a little misunderstood. Club treasurer Barb Kromer says their name often confuses outsiders, who assume the women are a group of athletes and spend their time pounding the pavement.   “We had one missionary come here to speak, and she


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Prayer Ventures: May 22

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, May 22 Ask God to


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Perspective: Following God to the margins

Editor’s note: In her book One Coin Found: How God’s Love Stretches to the Margins (Fortress Press, 2019), Emmy Kegler remembers falling in love with Scripture while wrestling with the ways it has been used to exclude, traumatize and marginalize people. Here she offers a glimpse into the lives of those “on the margins,” how


Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Prayer Ventures: May 21

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, May 21 Give thanks for


Monday, May 20, 2019

“Trustworthy Servants of the People of God”

During the April 4-7 meeting of the Church Council of the ELCA, the council declined to consider “Trustworthy Servants of the People of God” and referred the document back to the Domestic Mission unit for revision. This document is intended to replace the document “Vision and Expectations” and will serve as a guide for pastors


Monday, May 20, 2019

Island ministry and points of connection

No person is an island, the English poet and cleric John Donne noted four centuries ago—and neither are ELCA congregations in Hawaii. “People think there is this body of the church ‘out in the tropics, in paradise,’ ” said Kathryn Zurcher, pastor of St. John Lutheran Church on Oahu. “But we have the same issues,


Monday, May 20, 2019

Prayer Ventures: May 20

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. Monday, May 20 Remember in prayer



Upcoming Events:

Sunday, May 26
10:00am: Worship
Tuesday, May 28
11:00am: Bible study
Wednesday, May 29
9:00am: Food Pantry

Lectionary Texts:

May 23, 2019:
First Reading: Proverbs 2:1-5
Psalm: Psalm 67
Second Reading: Acts 15:36-41
May 26, 2019 Sixth Sunday of Easter:
First Reading: Acts 16:9-15
Psalm: Psalm 67
Second Reading: Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
Gospel Reading: John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9

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



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