“Countdown: Four Weeks to Assembly”

Countdown: Four Weeks to Assembly   On Thursday, June 14, the Thirty-First Annual Assembly of the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will begin at 6:45 p.m.   Voting members from the 89 congregations of this synod – along with pastors and deacons – will gather for the Service of Holy

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“Calling All Assembly Voting Members”

  The thirty-first annual assembly of the Grand Canyon Synod will convene on Thursday, June 14, in Resurrection Lutheran Church, Oro Valley, just north of Tucson. But before the assembly, we have important work to do together.     Voting members of the assembly from the 89 congregations of this synod will prepare for the assembly

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“Time of Testing”

Time of Testing  “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Paul, on his final journey to Jerusalem, stopped to visit the leaders of the Church at Ephesus. He reminded them that “we must support the weak, remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, for he himself said, ‘It is more blessed

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“Countdown”

Countdown In five months, the voting members from the 89 congregations of the Grand Canyon Synod will gather for the thirty-first annual assembly. We will meet June 14-16 at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Oro Valley, Arizona. A key assembly decision will be the calling of the sixth bishop of this synod. Work is under way

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“Messy Praying”

Messy praying The most ragged part of worship in many congregations occurs in the transition into praying the Lord’s Prayer. Some worship leaders launch into the prayer and expect the congregation to catch up by the second or third petition. A few say, “Let’s say together the Lord’s Prayer,” as if the congregation is being

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Ecumenical Statement for the Healing of Memories

The Rev. Lowell G. Almen, bishop of the Grand Canyon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of the Catholic Tucson Diocese, signed an ecumenical statement on October 20, noting this 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Lutheran Reformation. The statement calls attention to two

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“Much in the News, also in Our Hearts”

Headlines and news bulletins have focused on decisions in Washington, D.C., regarding “Dreamers,” that is the program of “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA). The program was established by a presidential executive order after legislation did not pass Congress to address various immigration issues, including the status of persons who were brought into the U.S.

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“Floods, Fires and Hurricanes”

Wild storms and rampaging fires besiege our own country and the world.  Those who are dealing with disasters directly are overwhelmed either with preparing for coming storms or fires or cleaning up and recovering from current and past storms and fires. Those safe from disasters are also overwhelmed by images of destruction and loss and

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“Confidence Amid Change”

Confidence Amid Change “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith…” Hebrews 12:1-2a. Our forebears in

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“Come Away to a Deserted Place…”

  “The apostles gathered around Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ ” (Mark 6:30-31) I just spent two days sharing time with middle-schoolers, adult leaders and pastors at Lutheran Campfirmation in Payson. It is amazing

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