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  • Inauguration weekend locally

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    Many of our members are taking part in events around the inauguration next week, and some of our Metro D.C. Synod congregations are offering hospitality and reflection opportunities. Thu. Jan. 19, 6-7 p.m. - Vigil organized by members of Christ Lutheran Church in NW D.C. on the sidewalks along 16th Street NW from the White House to Silver Spring, Md. The theme is "Not a Protest, but a Promise: People of Faith Lighting the Way for Justice and the Planet." "With our witness and prayers, we pledge to uphold our country's democratic values, justice for working families, and the health of our planet," shared the Rev. Renata Eustis. More at www.facebook.com/events/1389958894367923/. Fri. Jan. 20, 6 a.m.-4 p.m. - Doors open at

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  • Words matter

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    by the Rev. James Phillips The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been hailed by many as the most prolific orator ever, in these United States of America. As we honor his memory this month, let us contemplate the power of his words. Through and because of Dr. Kings’ speeches and sermons, he was able to shape attitudes, to change hearts and to inspire righteous action. Dr. King’s turn of phrase and charismatic baritone voice moved people to tear down the walls of discrimination and open up the doors of equal opportunity for all of God’s children. The God that we serve is a strategic architect. Martin King Jr., this Black man, came out of the Church. I believe that this was no historic accident; it had nothing to do with blind

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  • Prayer for Christian unity

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    Hearts are touched as Christians come together to pray for their unity during the traditional Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, observed between January 18-25. The theme for 2017: "Reconciliation – the love of Christ compels us.” In the context of the Reformation Anniversary, the Council of Churches in Germany took up the work of creating the resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017. The materials have two accents: on the one hand, celebration of God’s love and grace. On the other hand, the materials recognize the pain of deep divisions which afflicted the Church, openly name the guilt, and offer an opportunity to take steps toward reconciliation. Find these materials in multiple languages, including a theme song,

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  • 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in 2017

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    During this anniversary year, many of us will be highlighting our five-hundred-year journey and energizing our mission and ministry for the present and future. Gifts of the Reformation and our Lutheran heritage center our ministries year in and year out. Learn about some special opportunities in 2017 to commemorate our heritage and challenge, including extended opportunities for online book study of Luther's writings and a gala concert from the National Lutheran Choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The list of opportunities is regularly updated on the Reformation 500 page. (NOTE: This "Then Now Always" image is used by permission of the ELCA Rocky Mountain

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  • Merry Christmas! ¡Feliz Navidad!

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    Knowing that the holy light of Christ is shining, may God give us eye to see it and hearts to follow where it leads us. Conociendo que la luz santa de Cristo brilla a nuestro alrededor, que Dios nos de ojos para reconocer su luz y corazones para sequír su dirección. (Special thanks to Jenna Jablonski of Lutheran Church of the Reformation in D.C. for her original artwork.) The full 2016 Christmas message from Bishop Graham is also

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