“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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“Hearing the Call to Lead”

“Fools are headstrong and do what they like; wise people take advice.” (Proverbs 12:15) In less than 30 days, voting members from across the synod will gather at Love of Christ Lutheran Church, Mesa, Ariz., to focus on the theme “Hearing the Call to Lead.” The assembly will be able to listen to current seminarians

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“He is not here. He is risen!”

“Do this in memory of me.” “It is finished.” “He is not here. He is risen!” These three phrases help me to frame what is core to our Holy Week and Easter proclamation. Through bread and wine shared we join those first followers of Jesus. We remember and we receive what only God can offer;

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“Play Ball!”

Within a few short weeks Spring Training will be alive and well in the Grand Canyon Synod. As this annual tradition of Major League Baseball players and fans descend into our midst, I find myself thinking about the amount of resources that are invested and poured into the development of prospects and talent for each

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