Category Archives: Reflections

Nampa City Council Invocation – April 5, 2021

Holy God, we give thanks for this day of grace and for gathering us from different corners of this city to do the work you have put before us.  Before we begin this holy work, we pray for your mercy. Forgive … Continue reading

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Proximity with the Marginalized

Originally posted on tvprays.org A Rewriting of Psalm 113: Praise the Lord! You who try to faithfully serve the Lord; praise the name of the Lord. Praise Immanuel, Prince of Peace, Holy Spirit, Redeemer, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Savior, Healer, … Continue reading

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Rest

Originally posted on tvprays.org I have found myself needing rest and enjoying rest in new ways. My body, mind and spirit are occasionally beyond tired—really weary. Sometimes I thankfully have moments, usually when I am in conversation with lay people … Continue reading

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Horizons

Originally published on tvprays.org. “The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature. This Emerson quote has always resonated with me. My family … Continue reading

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Opening Mark’s gospel in 2021

Pastor’s column for Trinity Lutheran’s February Epistle Dear Friends in Christ,     Of all the things I could write about this month, I may have picked an odd one—Mark’s gospel. I could implore you all to read the many pages in … Continue reading

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Trinity New Hope Annual Report

Trinity New Hope is its own separate nonprofit. However, it share ties to the congregation through board members, proximity of the homes to the church property, and office space in Trinity Lutheran Church’s building. We like to include a report … Continue reading

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Pastor’s Annual Report

Today we sent our our annual report packets to our congregation, Trinity Lutheran Church, Nampa. There is a lot to read there. I will be distributing the reports daily here on my blog, encouraging members to read a report or … Continue reading

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Affordable Housing in 2020

If any of my blog followers are looking for a year-end giving opportunity, here is one. Trinity New Hope affordable housing is in the middle of a statewide online financial campaign (Avenues for Hope) for various nonprofits that are addressing … Continue reading

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Predecessors

A recent Living Lutheran article, titled Foremothers of Mission, was about domestic missionaries for a predecessor body of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Women were finally invited to do this work when men were fighting in World War II. … Continue reading

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Holidays in 2020

The evening of Wednesday, October 14, a dozen Trinity Lutheran, Nampa members gathered on the church’s lawn. We brought our own dinners, many were take-out, split into two smaller groups and brainstormed how to safely celebrate the fall/winter holidays in … Continue reading

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