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Devotional Material

"By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust your strength lies."
--Isaiah 30:15

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Monona United Methodist Church
April 19th, 2020 - 2nd Sunday of Easter

Monday 4/20/20: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Tuesday, 4/21/20: Psalm 116:1-4, 12-19
Wednesday, 4/22/20: 1 Peter 1:17-23
Thursday, 4/23/20: Luke 24:13-35
Friday, 4/24/20: Psalm 148
Saturday, 4/25/20: Psalm 149

Prayer Journal
Use this weekly prayer to help you begin your time with God each day.

]God of redemption and resurrection, we come to you as we are, rejoicing that our Lord is alive, yet still afraid of the chaos around and within us. We are tempted to question your goodness when so much suffering surrounds us. The pandemic continues to cause sickness and take life. Resources are scarce in the places they are needed the most. People all over the world are desperate for life’s basic necessities. Our Easter alleluias get stuck in our throats when we survey the pain of your
glorious creation.

Come, Risen Lord, walk among us, show us your wounds, give us your peace, breathe the Spirit into our weariness and worries. Thank you for your unwillingness to leave us alone. For you are here, risen Lord, wounded and standing before us. Your sure presence gives us peace. Your Spirit, our Advocate, Comforter and Teacher, will show us the way, accomplish your plans, and lead us through this day. 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: 
    Victoria Greer, accepted to Howard University in Washington DC
    All of our members reaching out to check in and help others while staying safely apart
    The dedicated medical staff and grocery workers, as well as all the other essential workers who are helping us through this pandemic. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

Prayers for Health and Healing for: 
   All those infected with the coronavirus
   Pat Kavanagh, brother of Kay DeBraal, dealing with liver failure
   Neil & Carol Johnson’s grandson, Dylan, with a cyst on his brain, awaiting another MRI in 4-6 weeks
   Ella Tkach, receiving hospice care at home
   Norma Gard, recovering in rehab in Richland Center
   Marjorie Kaukl, dealing with a recurrence of cancer
   Rosemary, aunt of Mark Buffat, dealing with pancreatic cancer
   Continuing prayers for Lisa Martin, Jim Goulding, Charlotte Terry, Joan Hansen, George, Tammy Conrad’s father, Phil Kavanagh, Edward Johnson, Norma Gard

Prayers for Encouragement and Concern for: 
    Dear neighbors of Kay Mackie, Rhonda and Eric Christensen, whose son Dane, 32, died in a car accident on Easter evening in Minnesota, where he lives.
    Family of Brad Sanderson, Sue Eberle's cousin, passed away unexpectedly earlier last week
    Deanna Esser, friend of Tim & Sue Eberle, after her husband Jerry passed away on Good Friday
    Irma Phillips and her family, upon the death of her son
    Lou Ann Van Fossen and the family of Rhoda, her friend who passed away
    Those on the front lines in dealing with the coronavirus
    Those unable to be with us: Bob & Fran Lerdahl

Prayers for a Wisconsin Church: 
   Arthur, their clergy, Carter Jorgensen, and the 26 members

Messagae 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:

  1. to reach out to one another just to check in with one another and see that we are alright
  2. to ask whether we are well and not sick
  3. to be sure that we have enough home essentials
  4. 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,
 Pastor Brad

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