Living Lutheran – 'The millennial mystery'

Living Lutheran – 'The millennial mystery'

Millennials, known as people born between 1982-2000, are the largest living generation in the U.S., but you won’t find many of them at church. According to a Pew Research study, both the church and other member-based institutions aren’t being embraced by millennials like the institutions were by previous generations. But this doesn’t mean millennials aren’t seeking out community. In Living Lutheran’s cover story, hear from millennials on why they've stayed in the church, left the church or how they’re looking for spiritual nurture.

Bishop Younan honored

Bishop Younan honored

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton joined international Lutheran leaders and dignitaries from Palestine and Jordan to celebrate Bishop Munib Younan’s 42 years of service to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL).

Serving Your Neighbor through Circles of Care 

Serving Your Neighbor through Circles of Care 

Want to help your (literal) neighbor? The Area Agency on Aging connects senior citizens who need support with neighbors who can transport them to medical appointments, provide friendly visits and support, and regularly call to check in. If you or a small group of people are interested in reaching out to a neighbor, please call 602-264-4357 or caringcircles@aaaphx.org. You can also pick up a packet of information, including a volunteer application, from the back of the sanctuary or the church office.

Sermon: 1/21/2018

Sermon: 1/21/2018

Following Jesus is the part of Christianity I find most compelling.  Weekly worship, Bible study, even believing certain things, these for me are not as compelling as Jesus’ call to follow.  I imagine where Jesus’ disciples, his original followers, went when they followed Jesus.  I imagine the people they met and with whom they spent their time.  I imagine their lifestyle.  I imagine their surprise and hesitancy to follow at times because of the outrageous things Jesus did.  And imaging all this makes me laugh because it in no way resembles the lives of most Christians here and now.

Sermon: 12/24/2017

Sermon: 12/24/2017

My dad’s also a Lutheran pastor.Three weeks ago, he retired after 39 years of ordained ministry from Spirit of Hope Lutheran Church in east Mesa. Of all the Christmas Eve sermons I have heard him preach, the one that sticks with me is the sermon where he told the story of a young woman giving birth in her car, a hatchback, behind a particular Circle K in east Mesa, cold, alone, scared.