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April 25, 2018

Generosity: Bearing Fruit

Generosity logo SEPA With Spring finally entrenched and summer on its way, we can turn to the many biblical images that relate to gardening and farming.  You don’t have to be engaged in either one to appreciate the images, though it certainly will give you a deeper understanding of why Jesus and the prophets used these common examples...

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April 16, 2018

Earth Day Message from Bishop Eaton

As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we share a deep love for all of God’s creation and a profound responsibility for it. Made in the image of God, we are called to continue what God is already doing for the earth (Psalm 104), enabling it to flourish. God assigns humans to...

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February 21, 2018

Bring Your Leaders to Vibrant Faith Summit

SEPA Synod and Brave New Church present the Vibrant Faith Summit April 12-14, hosted at Reformation Lutheran Church in Media. Join the Vibrant Faith team and fellow faith formation leaders in three days of learning and living into the how-to’s of transforming relationships, digital engagement, and adaptive leadership for strategic, transformational ministry in the 21st...

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January 26, 2018

Assembly, Bishop Election May 4-5

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod will elect a new bishop at its 2018 Synod Assembly May 4-5 at Franconia Mennonite Church in Telford. Congregations are allowed at least one lay male and one lay female voting member. In addition, congregations may have an additional youth/young adult lay member. Registration material will be available shortly. Information about...

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April 4, 2018

Refreshing Parish Worship

Our worship resources are entering “middle age.” What can we do to refresh and enliven our weekly liturgies? Join in “Refreshing Parish Worship” on Saturday, April 14, 9am to 3 pm, on the Gettysburg Campus of United Lutheran Seminary. This workshop will also be hosted in Allentown on June 16 and in Philadelphia on Nov....

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March 29, 2018

Holy Week Message from Bishop Burkat

Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light. — John 12:35-36 Blessings to you as you gather in...

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March 26, 2018

The Pros Use Coaches. Shouldn’t You?

Generosity logo SEPA Did you ever notice how many coaches professional athletes use?  These are the best in the world in their sport, and yet all of them use coaches on a regular basis.  In fact, in team sports like football or baseball (Go Phillies!!!) there are even specialized coaches for quarterbacks or pitchers; linebackers or a hitting...

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March 5, 2018

New Online Giving Option for Congregations

CHICAGO (March 1, 2018) –The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) has reached a preferred vendor agreement with Tithe.ly, a company that offers mobile and online tools to enhance financial giving to ELCA congregations and ministries. As a national organization working with many congregations and denominations, Tithe.ly offers a cost-effective way to increase congregational giving. Congregations...

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February 28, 2018

Anti-Racism Team Making a Difference

For Such a Time as This logo When “T,” a single African professional, and her children experienced mistreatment in their neighborhood and middle school in Havertown, a colleague — Chase Ferguson, a member of the synod’s Anti Racism Team (ART) — connected her with nearby Temple Lutheran Church. After Pastor Tim Johansen told “T”’s story in a sermon, the congregation wrote and...

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February 21, 2018

ELCA Response to Florida Shooting

Lifting prayers for the “inconsolable loved ones” and “those terrorized by what took place” at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Ash Wednesday, ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, in a message to the church, says that prayer and lament alone won’t solve the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our nation. “We acknowledge our own...

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February 21, 2018

Water and the Word Create New Life

In 1523, Martin Luther wrote his Little Book of Baptism. In it, he added something he called “the flood prayer” to the baptism liturgy. In this prayer, we give thanks for all the ways God has used water and for God’s promise to bring about new life. The prayer also connects the newly baptized person...

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