source of it all

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I started to write a nice little reflection piece around the gospel reading for this week where Jesus talks about how important the main vine is to the branches that grow from it and to the fruit it bears.  Then, I caught myself and thought, “What am I doing? This is finals week. The semester is ending.  Graduation is this …

Weekly Prayer: 5/4

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O God, You are the source of my life and everything I am. Like a branch growing from the vine, I am nourished and sustained by you. My whole being is in and from you. Help me to embrace this connection, and to dwell in your love. Help me as I share your compassion and care for the world around …

John 15:1-8

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[Jesus said:] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit. You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear …

Pop-Up Office Hours!

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For finals week and through the summer, Pop Up Office Hours will be by appointment! You can set a time to meet with Alicia on campus (sometimes with her dogs Aspen and Lola, if you like), or online if the weather isn’t cooperating or if you are away from State College! You can check in about your day, ask questions, …

good shepherd

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One repeated image for God in scripture is a shepherd.  A good shepherd.  One who sees and provides for the needs of the creatures in their care.  Who helps the flock find safe and abundant places to feed and find rest.  Who walks with the flock through places of danger and death, providing comfort and protection.  Who knows the individual …

LSC Travel Blog!!

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Share a few photos and reflections about somewhere you’ve visited!  As things are opening up, we are still gathering posts, photos and thoughts from students, staff, alumni, and friends of Lutheran Campus Ministry about places folks have visited!  We’d love to see your photos and thoughts from your travels. Pick out 2-5 photos to share, including one with you in it!  …

Weekly Prayer: 4/27

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O God, You care for and protect us all like a good shepherd cares for the sheep. Help me to see you care, your wisdom, your guidance. Help me to realize the abundance and resources that surround me. Guide me as I make my way through the dangers and difficulties of life. Remind me of your constant presence and your …

Psalm 23 / John 10:11-18

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Psalm 23  1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want. 2The Lord makes me lie down in green pastures and leads me beside still waters. 3You restore my soul, O Lord, and guide me along right pathways for your name’s sake. 4Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil;  for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  5You prepare a …

new awareness

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I live about 3 miles from campus, in Lemont.  We’re in a small neighborhood on the side of Mount Nittany.  There are woods and a creek below us and the Mount Nittany Conservation area above us, so we always have lots of wildlife making their way through.  There’s always deer, rabbits, squirrels, skunks, possums, groundhogs and the occasional fox.  This …

Tulsa Race Massacre Writing Contest

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REPOST from African Descent Lutheran Association: The Tulsa Race Massacre (known alternatively as the Tulsa race riot, the Greenwood Massacre, the Black Wall Street Massacre, the Tulsa pogrom, or the Tulsa Massacre) took place on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of white residents, many of them deputized and given weapons by city officials, attacked black residents and …