As many of us enhance our discipleship practices during Lent, the synod staff invites you to join us for devotions before our staff meetings on Tuesday mornings from 9:05-9:20 a.m.

Go to to view the Livestream. Or listen in on your phone from 1-712-770-8000, Conference Code 335126. Lent extends from March 1 through April 13 this year.

We’re going to use Luther’s Small Catechism for our devotion time. Staff will use “Free Indeed: Devotions for Lent 2017.” It i available in a mini-booklet from Augsburg Fortress and as an e-book. Themes from the Small Catechism can be followed without purchasing “Free Indeed.” One place to find an app for the Small Catechism, for example, is from the website.

  • (concluded) Tue. Mar. 7 led by Bishop Graham – The 7th Commandment, “You shall not steal”
  • (concluded) Tue. Mar. 14 led by the Rev. Leila Ortiz – The Creed: The Second Article, “I believe in Jesus Christ…”
  • (concluded) Tue. Mar. 21 led by Katharyn Wheeler – The Second Petition, “Your Kingdom Come”
  • Tue. Mar. 28 led by Karen Krueger – The Lord’s Prayer: Conclusion, “For the kingdom… Amen.”
  • Tue. Apr. 4 led by the Rev. Phil Hirsch – How people are to be taught to confess
  • Tue. Apr. 11 led by Makoura Kone – The Evening Blessing

Phone into a conference call or watch the Livestream on Facebook.

  • Conference Dail-in #1-712-770-8000. Enter the code when prompted: Conference Code 335126. This is a listening-only participation.
  • Go to to view the Livestream. Your comments are welcome.

The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton, ELCA presiding bishop, has been encouraging study of the Small Catechism in a movement called “With New Voices – The Small Catechism in the 21st Century.” Explanation materials say: For almost five centuries Martin Luther’s simple explanations of the Ten Commandments, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion have been a treasure for generations of Lutheran Christians. Today the Lutheran community of faith includes a rich and diverse choir of voices through whom the Holy Spirit can fire our imaginations with new passion for serving this message of God’s forgiving and reconciling mercy in Christ. “With New Voices – The Small Catechism in the 21st Century” is an invitation to all congregations and members of the ELCA to engage Luther’s Small Catechism in a new way.

For one session or for all, for a few minutes or all 15 minutes, it would be a pleasure to join our hearts in reflection and prayer together.