Muppets Easter – Enjoy!

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An Invitation to Centering Prayer

I have found the mediative prayer, like centering prayer, to be a great source of spiritual renewal. It is like returning to the well when I feel parched and thirsty. I encourage you to consider Centering Prayer as mediative process that will draw you closer to God. I can recommend Peter Traben Haas’ book Centering Prayers: A One-Year Daily Companion for Going Deeper Into the Love of God. Here is a short video introduction to centering prayer.

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What Does the ELCA Mean to You?

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Happy Valentine’s Day

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Guide to Live Tweeting Church Events

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Luther’s Morning and Evening Prayers

The past couple of weeks we have been taking about claiming one’s baptismal relationship with God and how Martin Luther encouraged us to daily remember that we are baptized.  In the Small Catechism, Martin Luther wrote Morning and Evening Prayers for individuals/families to say each day. I find them attractive in their simplicity and devotion. and a great way to mark the beginning and the ending of each day with God. Perhaps you will find them useful in your own conversational relationship with God and in your family.

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In the morning, when you rise, you shall bless yourself with the holy cross and say: In the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then, kneeling or standing, repeat the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. If you choose, you may, in addition, say this little prayer:

I thank Thee, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son, that Thou hast kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray Thee to keep me this day also from sin and all evil, that all my doings and life may please Thee. For into Thy hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Thy holy angel be with me, that the Wicked Foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Then go to your work with joy, singing a hymn, such as one on the Ten Commandments, or what your devotion may suggest.

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In the evening, when you go to bed, you shall bless yourself with the holy cross and say:
In the name of God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

Then, kneeling or standing, repeat the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. If you choose, you may, in addition, say this little prayer:

I thank Thee, my Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Thy dear Son, that Thou hast graciously kept me this day, and I pray Thee to forgive me all my sins, where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Thy hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Thy holy angel be with me, that the Wicked Foe may have no power over me. Amen.

Then go to sleep promptly and cheerfully.

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Why We Play

Meet Evelyn Stevens. Olympian, World Champion, and one of the greatest female cyclists competing in the professional world today. What separates her though from those she races against is her extraordinary escape from the confines of her former life in a Wall Street cubicle and meteoric rise to the top of her sport. Here is her story.

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An Unexpected Christmas

Enjoy this amazing telling of the Christmas story from a totally different perspective. It is another wonderful video production by folks from St. Paul’s Church in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Presiding Bishop Eaton Calls ELCA to Join Dec. 10 Prayer to End Hunger

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sisters and brothers, Advent is a season of hopeful longing. Hope for the coming of the Christ child and longing for the abundant life Christ promised. But we know many in our communities and around the world are hungry. You know this because of the work you do in your communities through your food pantries, and in your community meals. And because of the work we do together through ELCA World Hunger.

This Advent, at the encouragement of our brother Pope Francis, we have been invited to join with all people of faith to pray for the end of hunger. I urge you to pause wherever you find yourself at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 10, and take part in a worldwide wave of prayer. Together, let’s pray that citizens and world leaders will work to find just and equitable solutions to end hunger so no person goes to bed hungry.

Thank you for taking this moment to pray at noon on Dec. 10, and for the many ways that you take action through your congregation and together in ELCA World Hunger to end hunger in your community and around the world. In this season of hope and anticipation, what a fitting way for us to participate in God’s incarnate love.

Blessed Advent,

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton
Presiding Bishop
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
 

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Happy Thanksgiving: The Power of Gratitude

In just a couple days we will celebrate Thanksgiving.  It has always been one of my favorite  holidays.  Our family had the tradition that I suspect many follow where we went around the dining room table before grace and asked each person to name one thing that they were thankful this year.

There is now scientific proof that people who express thankfulness or gratitude are actually happier.  In fact, you can increase your sense of happiness by expressing opening your gratitude to someone who has made a difference in your life.

Watch this seven minute video as it might just change your life.

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