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    • Bishop Eaton issues message on 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day December 7, 2021
      ​"Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain" (Isaiah 40:4).Eighty years ago, on a beautiful Sunday morning, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was tragically transformed from an island paradise into a bloody battlefield. After the Japanese bombed the U.S. Navy, […]
    • Pastoral message on the verdicts concerning the murder of Ahmaud Arbery November 24, 2021
      ​In response to the verdicts in the trial of Travis McMichael, Gregory McMichael and William Bryan in Brunswick, Ga., for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, we offer a word of prayer and healing. We pray for Arbery's family because no verdict can ease the pain and suffering of the murder of their loved one. As a church concerned for […]
    • A pastoral message on the Rittenhouse acquittal November 19, 2021
      ​Dear church, In the book of Leviticus we read: "You shall not render an unjust judgment; you shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great: with justice you shall judge your neighbor" (19:15). Our social message on Community Violence urges us to become more involved in countering the reality and fear of violence […]
    • ELCA Church Council expresses gratitude for leadership of Bill Horne November 18, 2021
      ​CHICAGO — Gathering here Nov. 11-13, the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) began its meeting with a shared time in remembrance of William B. "Bill" Horne II, ELCA vice president, who died Aug. 14 in Clearwater, Fla.In action, the council gave thanks for Horne's life and faithful service and "expressed […]
    • Churches Beyond Borders releases devotional inspired by United Nations anti-violence efforts November 9, 2021
      CHICAGO (Nov. 9, 2021) – Working alongside the United Nations' "16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence" campaign, the four member churches of Churches Beyond Borders have compiled a 16-day devotional focusing on the campaign's theme opposing intersectional violence against women.The devotional — an annual tradition for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), The […]
    • ELCA Foundation announces launch of Ministry Growth Fund November 1, 2021
      CHICAGO (Nov. 1, 2021) – The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Foundation today announced the relaunch of its Endowment Fund Pooled Trust — also known as Fund A — under a new name, the Ministry Growth Fund, which better represents the foundation's goals for the future."As we look toward future growth for our church […]

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    • Luke 7:18-30 December 8, 2021
      18The disciples of John reported all these things to him. So John summoned two of his disciples 19and sent them to the Lord to ask, "Are you the one who is to come, or are we to wait for another?" 20When the men had come to him, they said, "John the Baptist has sent us […]
    • Psalm 126 December 7, 2021
      1When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. 2Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." 3The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.4Restore our […]
    • Roman 8:22-25 December 6, 2021
      ​22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not […]
    • Philippians 1:3-11 December 5, 2021
      ​Second Sunday of Advent3I thank my God every time I remember you, 4constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, 5because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. 6I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will […]
    • Malachi 4:1-6 December 4, 2021
      1 See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. 2But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall […]
    • Luke 1:68-79 December 3, 2021
      ​68"Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has looked favorably on his people and redeemed them. 69He has raised up a mighty savior for us in the house of his servant David, 70as he spoke through the mouth of his holy prophets from of old, 71that we would be saved from our enemies […]

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    • Luke 7:18-30 December 8, 2021
      ​28I tell you, among those born of women no one is greater than John; yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he." 29(And all the people who heard this, including the tax collectors, acknowledged the justice of God, because they had been baptized with John's baptism. 30But by refusing to be […]
    • Psalm 126 December 7, 2021
      ​5May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy. 6Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.
    • Roman 8:22-25 December 6, 2021
      ​22We know that the whole creation has been groaning in labor pains until now; 23and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly while we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not […]
    • Philippians 1:3-11 December 5, 2021
      ​. 8For God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus. 9And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight 10to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be […]
    • Malachi 4:1-6 December 4, 2021
      ​5Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. 6He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse.
    • Luke 1:68-79 December 3, 2021
      ​78By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, 79to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."