Weekly Prayer: 8/11

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God of miracles, You are with us when we gather. Bring us together into community and help us learn & live your love. Continue to bring your everyday miracles of compassion, generosity, care, patience, forgiveness, and love. Empower us to find new ways to care for each other in the midst of the new challenges. Empower us to see the …

Matthew 14:13-21

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Now 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.  When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick.  When it was evening, the disciples came to him …

Faith and Politics

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Questions, Not Answers (QNA) is an intergenerational discussion group that brings together a variety of folks from Grace Lutheran and PSU students for open disucssion about the challenge us. We wrestle with questions that don’t have easy or clear answers, and we often leave with more questions than we came with! On September 20th at 7 pm, John Hall, recent …

my snowdogs

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I haven’t written about my dogs lately.  Really, that is somewhat surprising. They are part of every day for me.  Each day begins with our morning walk. In these summer months, we walk at or shortly before sunrise, when it is cool.  Aspen and Lola and I discover the new day together.  Our evening walk timing depends on the temperature, …

Weekly Prayer: 8/4

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A prayer of thanksgiving for all the animals – Mother Theresa of Calcutta Thank you, Lord for all the animals.  The tiger, the bear, the elephant, the horse the cow and the goat.  You are the shepherd who calls us “your flock.” Thank you for the birds that sing hymns to you and for the fish that swim in the …

good trouble

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Each time I hear stories about how Congressman John Lewis helped lead non-violent action as part of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, I am struck by how young he was when he began to confront racism and work for justice.  At 15 years old, he heard about Rosa Parks’ arrest and the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott.  He heard …

Weekly Prayer: 7/28

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God of love and justice, Thank you for the life and legacy of John Lewis. Thank you for the countless ways his work, his example, his calls for justice have changed our nation. Thank you for all who have been part of the civil rights movement,    for their courage, their sacrifice, their vision of the beloved community. Thank you …

Weekly Prayer 7/21

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God of grace, Speak to me through your word. Help me to encounter you in the stories of your people. Show me who you are. Show me what you are calling me to do, who you are calling me to be. Empower me to read with a critical eye;   to question and wonder about your people in these stories, …

going home

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I have lived in central PA for nearly 25 years.  This is literally my home now.  But I am not from here.  My family and many friends from the previous parts of my life are back in the Midwest.  So every year, we make the journey to Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.  This year, it is uncertain, and that makes …

Penn State Phased Return to Campus

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Penn State had announced plans for a phased return to campus this fall. There is and abundance of information and updates on the Penn State website. Here’s the link. At this point, we waiting to learn just what that will mean for the life of Lutheran Student Community. As more information is available from the university about guidelines and expectations …