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Suffering was never meant to be easy

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But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy (1 Peter 4:13).

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Prayer ventures: Sept. 16

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Mother and daughter pray

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, Sept. 16 Pray that we […]

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Practical peace-building

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Throughout 2015 and 2016, Patricia Cuyatti was immersed in church conflicts across multiple international regions. As Lutheran World Federation (LWF) regional secretary for Latin America, the Caribbean and North America at the time, she accompanied churches dealing with internal challenges and was intensely involved in two primary processes of mediation. Cuyatti dreamed of empowering people […]

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Index of the September 2021 Issue

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Issue 78 Of Administration Matters Youth Gathering July 2022 – Registration opens Sept. 22 Every three years, 30,000 high school youth and their adult leaders from across the ELCA gather for a week of faith formation known as the ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young […]

Prompts for Prayers of Intercession: September 19, 2021

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These prompts are provided for worship leaders as they prepare the prayers of intercessions for weekly worship. The prompts are prepared by several leaders in the ELCA and reflect current world and national events. You are encouraged to adapt and add other concerns for your local context, including staying informed of events and concerns in […]

Giving an answer in the murkiness

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Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you (1 Peter 3:15).

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Prayer ventures: Sept. 15

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Mother and daughter pray

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, Sept. 15 First Day of […]

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Breaking the Silence about Suicide

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By Adam Renner September is National Suicide Prevention Month, a month where the fight to end suicide is recognized on a national platform. Here at the Suicide Prevention Ministry, an Independent Lutheran Organization, suicide prevention is the driving force of our daily work and the focus of our call to love our neighbor, care for […]

A powerful ritual

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In many congregations, it looks like a simple, everyday greeting. People turn to one another and share a handshake, nod or hug while offering a few words about peace. To some, such gestures feel inappropriately casual, as if we’re taking a break from worship. To others, navigating what we hope is the end of the […]

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The journey of faith

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Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 12:1).

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Situation Report: Haiti Earthquake

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  Be a part of the response: Pray Please pray for people who have been affected by the earthquake in Haiti. May God’s healing presence give them peace and hope in their time of need. Give Thanks to generous donations, Lutheran Disaster Response is able to respond quickly and effectively to disasters around the globe. […]

September 19, 2021–Right to Serve

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Warm-up Questions What have you done in the past week which gave you the greatest joy and satisfaction?  Who or what benefited from your actions? Right to Serve Everyone hoped that the conflict over whether to mask or not mask amid the COVID pandemic would be over by now.  It isn’t.  The number of cases […]

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