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    • Virginia Aebischer elected bishop of ELCA South Carolina Synod July 28, 2020
      ​CHICAGO — The Rev. Virginia S. Aebischer, Columbia, S.C., was elected July 25 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly.Aebischer was elected on the fifth ballot, with 280 votes. The Rev. Jacqueline Utley, […]
    • Craig Schweitzer elected bishop of ELCA Western North Dakota Synod July 23, 2020
      ​CHICAGO — The Rev. Craig A. Schweitzer, Bismarck, N.D., was elected July 17 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Western North Dakota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly. An in-person synod gathering had been scheduled earlier in the spring, but […]
    • ELCA Unveils New Design for Future of the Church July 22, 2020
      ​CHICAGO — This week, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) unveiled a new, innovative design for the future of the church that will ensure the answering of God's call to invite more into the way of Jesus. This design will focus on attracting young, diverse people to position the ELCA for the future."The world […]
    • ELCA Joins Faith Communities in Calling for Day of Mourning for Hagia Sophia July 21, 2020
      ​CHICAGO  — The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), calls on the church to join with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and faith communities around the world for a day of mourning on Friday, July 24.The observance was called for in the July 19 encyclical from […]
    • ELCA Joins Ecumenical, Interreligious Partners in Calling On the Turkish Government to Maintain Hagia Sophia as a Unifying Heritage Site July 14, 2020
      Hear the voice of my supplication, as I cry to you for help,as I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary(Psalm 28:2). On Friday, July 10, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey announced his decision to convert the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul from its long-term status as a museum to a mosque. This decision […]
    • Season of Creation devotions offered by four heads of communion June 25, 2020
      ​CHICAGO — The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), and leaders from The Episcopal Church, the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada have prepared a series of devotions to observe the Season of Creation 2020, Sept. 1–Oct. 4.The season, which begins with […]

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    • Romans 1:8-15 August 3, 2020
      ​8First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is proclaimed throughout the world. 9For God, whom I serve with my spirit by announcing the gospel of his Son, is my witness that without ceasing I remember you always in my prayers, 10asking that by God's will I may […]
    • Matthew 14:13-21 August 2, 2020
      Ninth Sunday after Pentecost13Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. 15When […]
    • Matthew 7:7-11 August 1, 2020
      ​7"Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give […]
    • Romans 9:6-13 July 31, 2020
      ​6It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all Israelites truly belong to Israel, 7and not all of Abraham's children are his true descendants; but "It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you." 8This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the […]
    • Proverbs 10:10:1-5 July 30, 2020
      ​1The proverbs of Solomon. A wise child makes a glad father, but a foolish child is a mother's grief. 2Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death. 3The LORD does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked. 4A slack hand causes poverty, but the […]
    • Mark 4:30-34 July 29, 2020
      30He also said, "With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? 31It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; 32yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all […]

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    • Romans 1:8-15 August 3, 2020
      ​14I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish 15— hence my eagerness to proclaim the gospel to you also who are in Rome.
    • Matthew 14:13-21 August 2, 2020
      Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full.​
    • Matthew 7:7-11 August 1, 2020
      ​"Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. 8For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.
    • Romans 9:6-13 July 31, 2020
      ​11Even before they had been born or had done anything good or bad (so that God's purpose of election might continue, 12not by works but by his call) she was told, "The elder shall serve the younger." 13As it is written, "I have loved Jacob, but I have hated Esau."
    • Proverbs 10:10:1-5 July 30, 2020
      ​4A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. 5A child who gathers in summer is prudent, but a child who sleeps in harvest brings shame.
    • Mark 4:30-34 July 29, 2020
      ​33With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; 34he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples