weekly prayer: 8/9

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O God, Thank you for bringing unexpected gifts into my days. You are present in surprises like bright blue skies, chance encounters with friends, moments of laughter, fresh tomatoes, and the beauty of creation in city settings. Open my heart and spirit to see you in the joyful surprises that crop up in my life. Amen.

genererous

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We often read of Jesus acting and speaking in ways that clearly communicate compassion, empathy, and kindness.  Mind you, when he reacts in these ways, he is most often responding to a person in need, someone who has sought healing or care from him.  The places in the gospels where we see Jesus frustrated, impatient and even angry are quite …

Weekly Prayer: 8/2

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O God, Help me to notice the abundance I have. Show me the many ways my life is full to overflowing. Resources. People. Opportunities. Options. Connections. Possibilities. Fill me with contentment with all that fills my life. Remind me how much more I have than I simply need. Move me to share. Fill me with generosity that grows from compassion …

Luke 12:13-21

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13Someone in the crowd said to [Jesus,] “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14But he said to him, “Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15And he said to them, “Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.” 16Then he told …

near

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In the gospel reading a few weeks ago, Jesus sends 70 of his followers out to the places he plans to go.  They are going to heal the sick, cast out demons, and share the good news that the kingdom of God has come near.  Before they go out in pairs, Jesus gives them instructions and warns them that there …

Grad Students – Summer Potluck!

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Summer weather is great and we are WAY overdue for a potluck! Let’s gather on Saturday, August 13th at 5 pm at Alicia’s house for a causal and relaxing time together! If the weather cooperates, we’ll eat on the deck and maybe even get out the yard games! Otherwise, we’ll be inside and try some retro board/table games!! RSVP via …

Diversity and Inclusion

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Grace Lutheran Church in State College is in the beginning stages of forming the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) group. Council members Lori Coup and Sarah Rodgers are leading the formation of the group along with the support of the pastors and Faith Formation team, and campus minister Alicia Anderson is part of the team. If you are interested …

Luke 10

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1After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. 2He said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 3Go on your way. See, I am sending …

Weekly Prayer

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O God, You have come near. You are closer than my next breath. You are also as wide as the whole universe. You bring love and justice to a world needing them desperately. You forgive so freely, generously, and abundantly. You pour out healing and new life in surprising places and remarkable ways. You are transforming me and the whole …

go and do likewise

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Each time I encounter a parable of Jesus, I find something new.  These short, intricate, simple-yet-complex stories use everyday situations and characters to shed light on powerful ideas at the core of Jesus’ message.  This time, as I look at the parable from this week’s gospel, I am struck by how Jesus reframed the question with his story. A lawyer …