Prayer for Memorial Day

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.

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Goodness of biodiversity: Mindfulness required

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.

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Six Months Later: 2018 California Wildfires

Read the situation report and be a part of the response:

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Three Sides Podcast: Little Steps, Big Faith

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.

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First ordained Lahu pastor in the ELCA serves in two-expression church

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 »

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Prayers for Lord of Grace, Tucson

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.

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Faith Lens: Transforming moments

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.

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Parochial Reports 100% complete!

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!

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June Stewardship Toolkit available

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.

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