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Psalm 119:33-40

​Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist 33Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statutes, and I will observe it to the end.34Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.35Lead me in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it.36Turn my heart to your decrees, and not to selfish gain.37Turn my eyes from looking…

Jonah 3:10 — 4:11

​Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost 3:10When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it. 4:1But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 2He prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD! Is not this…

Matthew 19:23-30

23Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 25When the disciples heard this, they were greatly…

Nahum 2:3-13

3The shields of his warriors are red; his soldiers are clothed in crimson. The metal on the chariots flashes on the day when he musters them; the chargers prance.4The chariots race madly through the streets, they rush to and fro through the squares; their appearance is like torches, they dart like lightning.5He calls his officers; they stumble as they come forward; they…

Presiding Bishop responds to gross disregard for human life and dignity at private detention facility

​“As Christ on the cross did not lose his dignity, but in fact revealed himself fully in vulnerability, every human who is being mistreated retains the image of God that confers dignity. A society should not deny a person’s dignity for any reason.” —ELCA social message “Human Rights,” p. 4 On Monday, Sept. 14, I learned of the very disturbing account of human rights violations against…

Nahum 1:1, 14 — 2:2

1:1An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh. 14The LORD has commanded concerning you: “Your name shall be perpetuated no longer; from the house of your gods I will cut off the carved image and the cast image. I will make your grave, for you are worthless.”15 Look! On the mountains the feet of one who brings…

Mark 11:20-25

20In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. 21Then Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you…

Laura Barbins elected bishop of the ELCA Northeastern Ohio Synod

​CHICAGO — The Rev. Dr. Laura Barbins, Mentor, Ohio, was elected Sept. 12 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Northeastern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The election took place during an online synod assembly. Barbins was elected on the fifth ballot, with 171 votes. The Rev. Angela Freeman-Riley, pastor of Bethesda on the Bay…

Psalm 133

​1How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!2It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down over the collar of his robes.3It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the LORD ordained his blessing, life forevermore. This…

Genesis 50:15-21

​Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost 15Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” 16So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, 17‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers…