Living Lutheran magazine

Living Lutheran is your source for news, reflections and stories from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and its local and global companions.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

ELCA presiding bishop issues pastoral message on abortion

Elizabeth A. Eaton, presiding bishop of the ELCA, has issued a pastoral message on the U.S. Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion on abortion. “The people of this church and this country have various and perhaps contrasting responses” the opinion, Eaton said in the message. “Regardless of where each of us stands on the issue, the


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Prayer ventures: May 17

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Tuesday, May 17 Ask the Spirit


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A sacred space

Tamika Jancewicz and Laura Kigweba James started the podcast For Collard Girls as a sacred space for women of color in ministry to feel affirmed and cared for. Launched in 2017, the podcast shares the narratives of women of color serving in the church, in the community and in the world. Jancewicz, a pastor of First


Monday, May 16, 2022

Lectionary blog: Not what I expected …

Lectionary for May 22, 2022 Sixth Sunday of Easter Acts 16:9-15; Psalm 67; Revelation 21:10, 22–22:5; John 14:23-29 I’m writing this in Egypt on the first night of the first month of Ramadan. This isn’t where I saw our family living at this time last year. A chance visit to elca.org completely changed our plans


Monday, May 16, 2022

Prayer ventures: May 16

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Monday, May 16 Remember in prayer


Monday, May 16, 2022

Rewriting the story of a life well-lived

When I first met author and theologian Erin S. Lane, we were both voluntarily child-free. Meeting her was a gift to me because, especially in the church, I felt that much of my worth was tied up in my family or perceived lack of one. Though both of us have since taken on mothering roles,


Sunday, May 15, 2022

Prayer ventures: May 15

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Sunday, May 15 Pray that we


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Prayer ventures: May 14

Every day, Living Lutheran offers a prayer from the ELCA resource Prayer ventures, which can be downloaded here. These daily petitions are offered as a guide for your own prayer life as together we pray for the needs of the world and give thanks for the ministries of our church. Saturday, May 14 Pray for the


Friday, May 13, 2022

A map of faith

With nearly 9,000 congregations across the United States and in the Caribbean, the ELCA’s ministry encompasses the geographic diversity of the country. For some congregations, their distinct location plays a part in shaping their ministries. Whether they’re in physically remote locations or an area where simply being Lutheran might feel singular, they exemplify the expansive



Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, May 17
11:00am: Bible study
Wednesday, May 18
9:00am: Food Pantry
Sunday, May 22
10:00am: Worship
Tuesday, May 24
11:00am: Bible study

Lectionary Texts:

May 17, 2022:
First Reading: 2 Samuel 1:4-27
Psalm: Psalm 133
Second Reading: Acts 11:27-30
May 22, 2022 Sixth Sunday of Easter:
First Reading: Acts 16:9-15
Psalm: Psalm 67
Second Reading: Revelation 21:10, 22-22:5
Gospel Reading: John 14:23-29 or John 5:1-9

RCL (C) 1992 The Consultation on Common Texts used by permission



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