"By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust your strength lies."
Grow, Pray, Study
Monday 11/23/20: Isaiah 64:1-9
Tuesday, 11/24/20: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
Wednesday, 11/25/20: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Thursday, 11/26/20: Mark 13:24-37
Friday, 11/27/20: Psalm 78:1-7
Saturday, 11/28/20: Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25
Use this weekly prayer to help you begin your time with God each day.
God of all creation, I greet your new day with thanksgiving and praise. Do not let me neglect the needs of those I meet today, and keep me faithful to your ways, for I want to live for you. Amen.
My prayers this week:
Lifting Up Our Church Family in Prayer
(Feel free to add those you hear about during worship)
Prayers of Praise and Thanksgiving for:
All of our members reaching out to check in and help others while staying safely apart
Happy Thanksgiving to all! Stay safe while celebrating virtually.
Prayers for Health and Healing for:
All those infected with the coronavirus
Zoe Rockhill, Tim & Sue Eberle’s "step" granddaughter. She recently gave birth to a healthy girl, but she herself has COVID and is hospitalized.
Mary Seitz, dealing with pain from arthritis and fibromyalgia
Gary Duerst, recovering after receiving 15 stitches, from a wood cutting accident
Shelley Wilken, recovering from breast cancer surgery
Bonnie Jacobus, continued recovery from a broken shoulder
Jeremy Waugh, recovering from knee surgery
Kurt, friend of Mark Buffat, now recovering at home
Barb Helsel’s daughter, facing a bone marrow transplant
Abner Phillips, grandson of Irma, diagnosed with a serious cancer, facing treatment
Penney, niece of Barb Helsel, going thru chemo/radiation for uterine cancer
Marjorie Kaukl, going through a new chemo treatment
Continuing prayers for Joan Hansen, Norma Gard, Phil Kavanagh, Edward Johnson, Pat Kavanagh, Rosemary, aunt of Mark Buffat, Robert Dilworth
Prayers for Encouragement and Concern for:
Those who have lost loved ones during the coronavirus pandemic
The family of Josey Zell, who passed away on November 16
Joyce, Ed McDonald’s sister, entered hospicecare
Siv Goulding and her family, upon the death of her husband, Jim on October 29
Mary Murphy and her family, upon the death of her husband, Jerry on November 1
Laverne, Susan Katzenmeyer’s brother, receiving hospice care
Those unable to be with us: Bob & Fran Lerdahl
Prayers for a Wisconsin Church:
Dell UMC, their clergy, Jorge Ochoa and the 48 members.
Message from Pastor Brad (April 1st)
I want you to know that I miss seeing you and talking with you. I also miss us being a “congregation”— a group of people who actually congregate! So what can we do instead under the current circumstances?
We can continue to keep in touch with one another by telephoning the people we know from church, along with our phone calls to relatives or other friends. The word “worship” actually means “the work of the people,” and for the time being this is our work:
- to reach out to one another just to check in with one another and see that we are alright
- to ask whether we are well and not sick
- to be sure that we have enough home essentials
- to enquire if anything is needed from the grocery (which can be delivered)
I really think this is how we can be the church right now, and not just for each other but for our neighbors as well.Thank you for all your prayers for the front-line workers during this strange and stressful time. Blessings to you for your faithfulness and trust in God, and for your love of your neighbor.
Prayers, peace, and health,
Additional Prayers and Devotionals
And here is a song, a quiet meditation about a longed-for world from the perspective of those who have not been as privileged as I have been.
“God Will Heal Our Wounds (I Long For A World)” by Brittney Spencer in the Common Hymnal
The lyrics are:
“If we stop loving on our own terms, God will heal our wounds.
If we stop loving on our own terms, grace will lead us home.”