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    • This is the Day June 5, 2020
      ​               "Out of my distress I called on the Lord" (Psalm 118:5).We are a nation in distress. We are a church in distress. The coronavirus has killed 103,000 of us. The virus of racism has taken hundreds of thousands more throughout our history. Now these two deadly viruses […]
    • ELCA presiding bishop calls on church to observe national day of mourning May 29, 2020
      ​CHICAGO (May 29, 2020) — The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), has called on the church to join with faith communities across the United States in lament and remembrance, and on our elected leaders to observe Monday, June 1, as a day of mourning to honor […]
    • ELCA reaffirms commitment to combat racism and white supremacy May 29, 2020
       What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8). The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) reaffirms its commitment to combating racism and white supremacy following the recent murders of Black Americans. Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Dreasjon (Sean) Reed, and George Floyd […]
    • Statement on Illinois anti-Semitic messages May 18, 2020
      “As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you”  (Genesis 9:9).Dear church, In today’s lectionary text, Genesis 9:8-17, Noah receives God’s covenant. The rainbow becomes a sign of the irrevocable promise of God’s faithfulness and mercy — of God’s peace for all creation. So, too, are we called to be […]
    • ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on COVID-19 racism and white supremacy May 13, 2020
      ​For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. —I Corinthians 12:12 May 13, 2020 Dear church, Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!  During the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, I am encouraged by your resilience and creativity in our witness to […]
    • ELCA’s Young Adults in Global Mission cancels volunteer placement for 2020-21 April 17, 2020
      ​CHICAGO — As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread within new regions of the United States and across the globe, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has decided to cancel sending Young Adults in Global Mission (YAGM) volunteers for the 2020-21 program year. The program was scheduled to begin in August.Young Adults in Global […]

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    • Job 38:12-21 June 5, 2020
      12"Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, 13so that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? 14It is changed like clay under the seal, and it is dyed like a garment. 15Light is withheld […]
    • Job 38:1-11 June 4, 2020
      ​1Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind: 2"Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? 3Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall declare to me. 4"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. 5Who determined […]
    • Psalm 104:24-34, 35b June 3, 2020
      24O LORD, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. 25Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great. 26There go the ships, and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it. 27These all look […]
    • Ezekiel 39:7-8, 21-29 June 2, 2020
      7My holy name I will make known among my people Israel; and I will not let my holy name be profaned any more; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. 8It has come! It has happened, says the Lord GOD. This is the day of which I […]
    • Luke 1:39-57 June 1, 2020
      ​Visit of Mary to Elizabeth (transferred)39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with […]
    • 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 May 31, 2020
      ​Day of Pentecost3Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says "Let Jesus be cursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy Spirit.4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; […]

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    • Job 38:12-21 June 5, 2020
      ​16"Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep? 17Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? 18Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this.
    • Job 38:1-11 June 4, 2020
      ​4"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. 5Who determined its measurements — surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
    • Psalm 104:24-34, 35b June 3, 2020
      ​33I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have being. 34May my meditation be pleasing to him, for I rejoice in the LORD.
    • Ezekiel 39:7-8, 21-29 June 2, 2020
      ​28Then they shall know that I am the LORD their God because I sent them into exile among the nations, and then gathered them into their own land. I will leave none of them behind; 29and I will never again hide my face from them, when I pour out my spirit upon the house of […]
    • Luke 1:39-57 June 1, 2020
      ​43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the […]
    • 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13 May 31, 2020
      ​12For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body — Jews or Greeks, slaves or free — and we were all made to drink […]