The 1st Commandment: You shall have no other gods.
Luther’s Small Catechism: What is this? We are to fear, love, and trust God above all things.

God’s Word:

Jesus said, “But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:44-45)


Jesus makes a promise of sun and rain, that this is always around us—good or bad, human or not.
How does this promise of needs of life help you love and trust God?
What leads you away from the promise, leading you to place trust in other things?

Give thanks for 100 things you encounter in creation today as a way to remember that God is source of everything, working forever to bless us all with what we need to live.

In October 2017, Lutherans mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with the occasion of Martin Luther writing his 95 Theses. As a church that is “always reforming,” we know that the good news of God continues to encounter us in our life. We are invited to look at classic Lutheran teachings in new ways. These daily summer devotions look at Luther’s Small Catechism through the Lens of Ecology & the Earth. Pastor Molly edited and adapted them from the website