O God of life, you are older than time. You have seen generations who have died through sacrifice, war, courage and folly. You have comforted generations who mourned and grieved and sang solemn songs and laid flowers on graves. Gather us in your embrace and cradle us with your compassion. As we remember those who have died in past wars and conflicts, help us to remember that you were there when the mountains were formed. You were there to sooth our grief and breathe hope into the hopeless. You are with us still. We give you thanks for life in Jesus and pray that your lives may be reflections of his love. Amen.Read More
The intricacies and diversity of creation are mind-boggling, a reflection and reminder of the power and glory of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit expressed through the created order. The United Nations honors creation on May 22 through the International Day for Biological Diversity. This year’s theme is “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health.” Marking the dayincreases our understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues in God’s good creation.Read More
Read the situation report and be a part of the response:
Pray: Please pray for the people who have been affected by wildfires in California.
Give: Gifts to “U.S. Wildfires” will be used to assist those affected by the wildfires until the response is complete.
In this episode of the Three Sides podcast we speak with Dawn Rundman, author of “Little Steps, Big Faith: How the Science of Early Childhood Development Can Help You Grow Your Child’s Faith.”
Rundman discusses the science behind children’s brain development in the first five years of life and how to use this scientific insight in faith formation with daily practices for parents. She also provides insight into how congregations can create an inviting environment for children to experience God.
Rundman’s book is available from Beaming Books.Read More
God often surprises me. I believe it was Anne Lamott who said, “God can be such a showoff.” Indeed.Read More
Christ Lutheran Church in Visalia, Calif., is a church transformed. In opening hearts and doors to a ministry among the community’s Lahu people, the congregation has become a two-expression congregation moving toward the future with hope and promise.
The first step was to welcome a worshiping community of Lahu people. The second step was to join with the Lahu community to support and encourage the Rev. Samee Singkeovilay, who became the first ordained Lahu pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, in April 2018. Soon after, he became the mission developer pastor for the Christ Lutheran Lahu Ministry, a Synodically Authorized Worshiping Community sponsored by the Sierra Pacific Synod. Read more »Read More
Presentation and action-focused discussion on the recommendations from the 2018 Town Halls on Criminal Justice in Arizona. Registration is free. Spanish interpretation, transportation and childcare provided. Thursday, May 30, 6-8 pm, Mountain Park Health Center Baseline Clinic, 635 East Baseline Road, Phoenix, AZ, 85042. Registration and info»Read More
With great joy, we pray for the marriage of Bishop Deborah Hutterer and Reverend Alan Field. As they enter into a new adventure and gift of love, we turn to God with thanks and praise.Read More
We pray for the people of Lord of Grace, Tucson, Arizona, as they spread the word that every one of us is loved by God, our creator, whoever we are and wherever we come from. We lift up: Pastor Lars Hammar; Kellie Funk, Administrative Assistant; Todd Martin, Director of Traditional Worship; Stuard Oliver, Praise Band Director; Jon Nicholson, Choir Director; and Kate Elliott, Volunteer Coordinator.Read More
What event has shaped and changed your life more than any other?
Transforming Moments: Yet again the nation is dealing with a school shooting, this time on the campus of UNC-Charlotte. On May 1, a young man entered a classroom and began shooting. Two were killed and four were wounded. Police were unclear as to the possible motives of the shooter. Read more»
Faith Lens features weekly bible studies that engage youth and young adults in connecting world events with the Bible, faith, and everyday life.Read More
The Lutheran Campus Ministry at Northern Arizona University is seeking applications for a part-time Program Coordinator position. This person will work closely with the campus minister assisting in the day-to-day affairs of the organization. This position is a great opportunity for those discerning a future in ministry. View our PDF for more info»Read More
Sema Foundation is delighted to invite you to share the Ramadan Experience with our friends at Arizona Faith Network. Each year, we host more than 2,000 guests and share more than 4,000 meals throughout Ramadan for FREE.On May 24th at 6:30 PM, we are partnering with AFN to host a joyful Friday evening at the Sema Foundation (325 N Austin Dr #4, Chandler, AZ 85226). More info and registration»Read More
Thank you to everyone who submitted their 2018 annual parochial reports (Forms A & C.) 100% of the congregations in the Grand Canyon Synod submitted their reports and in time for the system closing deadline!
We really appreciate your efforts in completing the reports. Another way we are church together, better together for the sake of the gospel. You are amazing!Read More
The Rev. Robert C. Blezard continues to provide a “Stewardship Toolkit” for congregations. This month’s theme: Develop a heart of generosity..
It consists of an original newsletter article and RCL-based “stewardship snippets” that they can cut and paste into their publications. It also has resources to explore the theme set out in the newsletter article.Read More
The GCS Stewardship Team received notice from the Stewardship of Life Institute (SOLI) that they are the recipients of a $6000 grant to help bring The ELCA Generosity Project to the Grand Canyon Synod over a course of 18-months, beginning fall 2019.Read More
We will explore the relationship between the Church and western culture, contrasting the 20th and 21st Centuries, and differences in faith and world views between generations.Read More