Weekly Prayer: 3/30

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O God, This holy week, as we remember your passion, we anticipate celebrating your resurrection. Each week of our lives, as we live through difficulty and sorrow, we trust that new life will come. Remind me each day that new life will win. Amen.  

Mark 11:1-11, 14:1- 15:47

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When they were approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, [Jesus] sent two of his disciples 2and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and immediately as you enter it, you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden; untie it and bring it. 3If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ …

Lent 2021 – Week 6

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Meditate At times, we can quiet ourselves and try to clear our minds and listen for God.  Very seldom does God shout wisdom to us, but God does speak in thoughts, ideas, yearnings and feelings. Sit or stand or lie silently.  Find a comfortable place and position.  Include music if you like. Clear your mind of thoughts and ideas. If …

new growth

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Back in early February, on those coldest and harshest days of winter, it was hard to imagine that spring would ever come.  If I hadn’t seen winter end and spring arrive before, I’m not sure I could have wrapped my mind around the fact that the same neighborhood where snow, ice and bitter winds chilled me to the bone would …

Weekly Prayer: 3/23

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Oh, God, You are always bringing hope where I can only see loss. Like fresh green sprouts that mark the change of winter to spring, you bring new growth deep within me. Like tiny flowers that push through last fall’s old and sodden leaves, something beautiful will arise. As certainly as the seasons change, sorrow and loss will be transformed. …

John 12:20-33

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20Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24Very truly, …

Lent 2021 – Week 5

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EXPLORE We are simply surrounded by God’s creation.  Spend time observing, exploring, and appreciating the natural world around you.  You can visit somewhere away from your usual places, or notice what is right there every day.  -Begin with a slow, deep breath -Spend time paying attention to nature.  Notice what you see, hear, feel, smell. -Think about the vastness of …

a common thread

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Story from the Old Testament this week:  The Israelites had been freed from slavery in Egypt through a series of miraculous plagues that God set up on their Egyptian captors, and then they were saved from re-capture by the parting of the Red Sea as they made their escape.  Freedom was sweet, yet they were still in the wilderness without …

Big 10 Trivia Night Online!

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Friday, March 19th at 8 pm eastern time! Join students from Lutheran Campus Ministry groups across the Big 10 for Trivia Night online! It promises to be great fun!! Sign up here or email Alicia ara2@psu.edu and make sure you are on the team!

Online Discernment Day

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Considering Your Call Weekend Saturday, March 20, 2021 9:30 am – 3 pm Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa has a reputation for forming faithful leaders ready to meet the leadership needs of our church. Their programs prepare candidates for ministry with theological education and pastoral formation through academic coursework, pastoral accompaniment, and practical ministry training with our dedicated seminary faculty …