LET US PRAY...

   We encourage you to remember the  

           following in your prayers

 

If you have a special prayer to be added to these…please phone Pastor at (847-593-7670) or email him at  jeffgavin@sbcglobal.net

 

                       Prayers as of August 01, 2020

 

WE CALL UPON YOU O LORD JESUS AS OUR GREAT PHYSICIAN, TO GRANT YOUR PRESENCE AND YOUR HEALING POWERS TO ALL WHO ARE ILL.

 

ESPECIALLY DO WE PRAY FOR: Liz, Ron, Vi, Fred  Ed, Jill and Kristi,

for your son who is contending with increasing health challenges, and for your daughter for a complete recovery.

 

For Ron, Joanne, John, Chad, Mark, Chris, Pastor Dan, Lillian, Allison, Marge, Cloie, Rudy and Mirille, and Margarie…ALL THESE WHO ARE RELATIVES OR FRIENDS OF OUR ST JOHN FAMILY.

 

AS WELL AS FOR ALL WITHIN OUR ST JOHN FAMILY, WITHIN OUR OWN FAMILIES, OR AMONG OUR FRIENDS, WHO NEED TO BE TOUCHED BY YOU.

 

GRANT O LORD, YOUR PRESENCE AND STRENGTH TO THESE YOUR CHILDREN AND TO THEIR FAMILIES AS THEY LOOK TO YOU AS THE LORD OF THEIR LIVES.

 

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AND WE CALL UPON YOU DEAR LORD AS THE LORD OF ALL NATIONS AND THE LORD OF OUR LAND…BE WITH AND BLESS YOUR PEOPLE AND YOUR WORLD.

 

We pray for your protective hand to be upon us in this time of global pandemic.

Grant mercy to your world’s people, to the sick and suffering, to those who are mourning, to those living with fear and anxiety and to those who risk their lives to protect ours. Preserve your churches and our own St John. Strengthen our faith to trust in your grace and mercy as we turn to you.

 

We pray for your blessings upon our nation, bring peace to hearts and minds, justice for all and restore peaceful unity and

understanding to our nation.

 

ALL THESE THINGS DO WE PRAY, IN THE NAME OF YOU, OUR DEAR SAVIOR AND LORD, JESUS CHRIST.  -  AMEN.  

 

 

           AS WE RETURN TO WORSHIP...

                                    and for awhile thereafter...

             we are implementing the following for our protection:

 

1.  A front door will be kept open.

2.  No ushers will be used.

3.  Bulletins will be available to be taken by each person...

       after the service…please take the bulletin with you and dispose

       of it at home.

4.  Personal distancing must be mandated (with the exception of 

        spouses and family).

      Spread out in seating over the whole church. In the pew keep      

        at least 6 feet away from non-family members. Those able to

        climb the stairs, consider sitting in the balcony.

5.  No handshaking…with Pastor or with others.

6.  Wearing of a face mask is required. 

         If you don’t have one, they will be available.

7.  The service will be printed in the bulletin, or on a printed order

        of service. Hymnals will not be used and there will be few

        congregational responses.   

8.  Pastor alone will read the Scripture readings and he will preach

         from the pulpit.

9.  Offerings will not be taken during the service by any passing of

         the plates.

      There is a wooden box on the South wall of the narthex into

        which all offerings may be dropped as a person enters or exits

        the church. No Welcome Cards, except for Visitors, will be used.

10.  Regarding Communion…due to health concerns only individual

         cups will be offered.

11.  The procedures for receiving Holy Communion will be as 

         follows... (No ushers will be used.) 

        You will rise from your pew and come forward, on your own,

          keeping the 6 feet social distancing between yourself and

          others, (who are not your family).

      

         From front to back, you, will come down the center aisle to

           where Pastor (wearing gloves and a mask) will give you the 

           wafer as you stand before him. - You will turn, and at the end

           of the communion rail will be  located a tray of individual cups,

           you will take one and drink and carry that cup to a nearby

           pedestal which has upon it a basket into which the empty cup

           can be placed, and then you will return to your pew by the

           side aisle.

     

             In many churches, including Lutheran, this is called

              "pass-by" communion.

       

   The number of worshipers allowed at a service is determined by 

     state regulations, and since a May 28 declaration our building 

        capacity would allow for some 50 people at one time. 

   But as social distancing is much better served with two services, 

     our regular two Sunday services will be conducted until further 

     notice.

 

Common surfaces will be sanitized prior to each worship service.

We seek to make St John a place where you will feel safe being here.

 

 

      These are unusual times...with few precedents,

          and all decisions come with consequences.    

      For awhile…there is a “new normal” in our lives

                        to which we need to adapt.