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Trinity Sunday, June 7, 2020 ELCA Message from Bishop Eaton YouTube.com/ELCA .

Acts 17:10-15

​10That very night the believers sent Paul and Silas off to Beroea; and when they arrived, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so. 12Many of them therefore believed, including not a few Greek women…

ELCA commemorates 500th anniversary of Luther’s The Freedom of a Christian

​CHICAGO — This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s treatise The Freedom of a Christian. To observe this milestone, the Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), invites the church to read, study and reflect on this Lutheran witness of the Christian faith. In his work, Luther spoke of how God liberates us…

Matthew 15:32-39

​32Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for the crowd, because they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat; and I do not want to send them away hungry, for they might faint on the way.” 33The disciples said to him, “Where are we to get enough bread in the desert…

ELCA and Lutheran World Relief partner to fight COVID-19 around the world

​CHICAGO — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has worked with Lutheran World Relief (LWR) to repurpose $160,000 in project funding for emergency responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Latin America, Africa and Asia. In Latin America, the funding will be used for food assistance in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, which have been hard-hit by the coronavirus and the resulting…

Psalm 78:1-8, 17-29

​1Give ear, O my people, to my teaching; incline your ears to the words of my mouth.2I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old,3things that we have heard and known, that our ancestors have told us.4We will not hide them from their children; we will tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of…

Romans 1:8-15

​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 somehow at last succeed in coming to…

Matthew 14:13-21

Ninth Sunday after Pentecost 13Now 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 it was evening, the disciples came…

Matthew 7:7-11

​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 a stone? 10Or if the child asks…

Romans 9:6-13

​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 children of God, but the children of…

Proverbs 10:10:1-5

​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 hand of the diligent makes rich.5A child who gathers in…