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June 10, 2020

 

Members of Bethlehem

 

Welcome back as we come together to enjoy in-person worship. If you are not comfortable coming back to Service we all understand.  You have to make the best decision for you and your family based on the available information. If you do choose to attend, we need to remember this will only work if we all observe several things.

  1. Please allow people with need to park in near parking spots.

  2. Please enter through south doors.

  3. As you enter there will be hand sanitizer and masks.  We recommend the use of both.

  4. Social distancing will be observed.

    1. Please avoid physical contact with other members.  This is for their safety as well  as your own.

    2. Allow ushers to seat you in designated areas.

    3. We will share the peace verbally only.

    4. Hymns will be sung by soloists or duet.

    5. Allow ushers to dismiss you after Service, leaving the sanctuary through the east and west doors.

  5. Please place offerings in collection plates as you leave worship.

  6. Please exit through north/east and west doors.

  7. Please do not gather in Augustana Hall.  There will be no fellowship time.

 

If we all follow the recommendations listed above, we should have a safe return to in-person worship during this time.

Rest assured that the Service will be recorded and available for viewing at a later date. We are also looking into what it will take to live stream the worship services in the near future.

I close with this verse,

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10).

With this in mind. we will be holding worship at 9:00 AM and look forward to seeing you!

 

Tim Jorgensen, Church Council President

**Daily Devotionals & Inspirational Quotes**

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Intercessory Prayer in the midest of the spread of COVIC-19

O God our Healer, show your compassion for the whole human family that is in turmoil and burdened with illness and with fear.  Hear our cry, O God, 

Listen to our prayer.

Come to our aid as the coronavirus spread globally, heal those who are sick, support and protect their families and friends from being infected.  Hear our cry, O God, 

Listen to our prayer.

Grant us your spirit of love and self-discipline so that we may come together, working to control and eliminate the coronavirus.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Make us vigilant, attentive, and proactive in the eradication of all diseases, malaria, dengue, HIV & AIDS, and others that create suffering and often result in death for many people.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Heal our self-centeredness and indifference that make us worry only when the virus threatens us, open ways beyond timidity and fear that too easily ignore our neighbor.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Strengthen and encourage those in public health services and in the medical profession:  care-givers, nurses, attendants, doctors, all who commit themselves to caring for the sick and their families.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Inspire, give insight and hope to all researchers focused on developing a vaccine.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Sustain all workers and business owners who suffer loss of livelihood due to shut-downs, quarantines, closed borders, and other restrictions.  Protect and guard all those who must travel.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Guide the leaders of the nations that they speak the truth, halt the spread of misinformation and act with justice so that all your family may know healing.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Heal our world, heal our bodies, strengthen our hearts and our minds, and in the midst of turmoil, give us hope and peace.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Hold in your gentle embrace all who have died and who will die this day.  Comfort their loved ones in their despair.  Hear our cry, O God,

Listen to our prayer.

Remember all your family, the entire human race, and all your creation, in your love.

Amen!

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