January 19, 2018

How often do you pray?

How often do you Pray?

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1500 W. Maryland Ave.

Phoenix, AZ  85015

Email:  office@sov.us

602.249.1936    602.249.1991(Dial-A-Prayer)

Wednesdays in the nave:
   6:15p Worship and Prayers
Saturdays in Christ Chapel:
   5:00p (Informal)
Sundays in the nave:
   8:30a  Traditional service
   10:30a Contemporary service

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Church History


Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church (SOV), founded in 1958, has a rich history. It was started by the congregation of Grace Lutheran Church, 1124 N. 3rd Street in Phoenix, and Pastor Lyle Burns. The current 10-acre site at 15th Avenue and Maryland was purchased in early 1958, after selling a smaller, previously purchased parcel which proved to be too small for the church's needs. On August 16, 1959, ground was broken for three buildings:  Lambland, Fellowship Hall (now Burns Hall), and the Administration building. A Youth Building (now the Music Center) was completed in 1962. The first worship service on the new property was held in Fellowship Hall on April 10, 1960. Pastor Burns was called as the first pastor of SOV.


When a new sanctuary was needed, a capital campaign was launched in 1964. Ground-breaking took place November 1, 1964. The sanctuary and site features:

  • stained-glass windows designed by Judson Studios in Los Angeles
  • 45' tall hand-woven tapestry behind the altar depicting the Good Shepherd
  • sanctuary roof that rises 82' above street level
  • 125' bell tower topped by a 25' gold leaf cross
  • 3 1/2 acre parking lot

Since that time, the following structures have been added to the campus:  a beautiful chapel (1997), a columbarium (2000), and a memorial wall (2010).


One of the most moving and beautiful aspects of our Sanctuary is the stained-glass windows. Each floor-to-ceiling panel depicts a theme of the "I AM" proclamations of Jesus. The windows were designed with a general color scheme common to all - the top portion is a field of heavenly blue; the bottom section is a field of earthly green; the central section is turquoise, a blend of the blue and green.


At the top of each window is a symbol of the Triune God, reaching downward to man. In the center portion of the window on the side panel is a symbol of Christ. At the bottom of each window are the hands of man reaching upward toward heaven in gesture of aspiration and devotion. Lines of communication and transmission do not pass directly from God to man or from man to God, but rather pass through the symbol of Christ.


"For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human..."   1 Timothy 2:5

History of the ELCA

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was formed over 20 years ago. This new church was created from three separate and well-established North American church bodies:


  • The American Lutheran Church
  • The Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, and
  • The Lutheran Church in America

Beginning January 1, 1988, these churches, with shared beliefs and missions, officially formed the ELCA. Two decades later, this energized church is composed of close to 5 million members and nearly 10,000 congregations across the U.S. and Caribbean. Today, the ELCA reflects the rich and diverse heritage of the people it serves.


But to understand our heritage fully, one must trace our roots back through the mid-17th century, when early Lutherans came to America from Europe, settling in the Virgin Islands and the area that is now known as New York. Even before that, Martin Luther sought reform for the church in the 16th century, laying the framework for our beliefs.

Read about Lutheran Roots in America on the ELCA website >>


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