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

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…

Survey to assess pastoral needs for ministry in a multireligious world

​CHICAGO — The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is conducting a survey to collect the experiences and needs of the church for ministry in a multireligious world. The survey is a first step in the development of guidelines for the church as outlined in A Declaration of Inter-Religious Commitment: A policy statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, adopted by…

Genesis 45:1-20

1Then Joseph could no longer control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, “Send everyone away from me.” So no one stayed with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard it. 3Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph.…

ELCA congregations participate in annual day of service

​ CHICAGO (Sept. 11, 2020) – On Sunday, Sept. 13, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) will observe “God’s work. Our hands.” Sunday. Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, ELCA members will mark the annual day of service by helping make a positive change in their communities, building and deepening relationships and sharing God’s love. Although the pandemic has…

Genesis 41:53 — 42:17

41:53The seven years of plenty that prevailed in the land of Egypt came to an end; 54and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in every country, but throughout the land of Egypt there was bread. 55When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said…

Genesis 37:12-36

12Now his brothers went to pasture their father’s flock near Shechem. 13And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers pasturing the flock at Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” He answered, “Here I am.” 14So he said to him, “Go now, see if it is well with your brothers and with the flock; and bring word back to me.”…

Psalm 119:65-72

​65You have dealt well with your servant, O LORD, according to your word.66Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.67Before I was humbled I went astray, but now I keep your word.68You are good and do good; teach me your statutes.69The arrogant smear me with lies, but with my whole heart I keep your precepts.70Their hearts are fat…

Deuteronomy 17:2-13

2If there is found among you, in one of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you, a man or woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, and transgresses his covenant 3by going to serve other gods and worshiping them — whether the sun or the moon or any of the host of…