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 June 1, 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 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, Richard and Cloie…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 presence as our nation faces another crisis. Due to the regetful death of a man in the custody of one sworn to serve and

protect many have responded with criminal violence and civil unrest. We pray you to bring peace to hearts and minds, justice for all those who have committed criminal actions 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.  

 

 

 

           WHENEVER...we return to worship...

  and for awhile thereafter...we are encouraging

     the following for our continued protection:

 

1.  Social Distancing…spread out,  don’t sit near others 

     who are not your family. 

2.  No handshaking…with Pastor or with others.

3.  Mask may be worn.

4.  Regarding Communion…due to health concerns only 

     individual cups will be offered.

        (No, Jesus did not use a plastic individual cup.

         But He didn't use a silver plated cup, nor a nice

         round embossed wafer either.)  

 

         Pastor and the assisting Elder will wear gloves during

         distribution. (The Altar Guild will wear gloves

         dealing with the Communion elements, both before 

         and after the services.)

      Expect a reduction of the amount of people at the

      communion rail at any one time for social distancing.   

    (Instructions will be given before the worship services)

 5.  Anticipate a change also in the way in which we may

      receive your offerings and Welcome cards.

 6.  The Elders are also discussing a possible, temporary

      change regarding one or two Sunday services and   

      the worship time..     

 

  These steps are being implemented for your continued 

    protection and the continued protection of others. 

 

      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.

Let us do all WE can…

and then trust the rest to our LORD,

as we pray for this crisis to quickly end.