"By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust your strength lies."
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Monona United Methodist Church
Oct. 12th - 17th
Monday 10/12/20: Exodus 33:12-23
Tuesday, 10/13/20: Psalm 99
Wednesday, 10/14/20: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Thursday, 10/15/20: Matthew 22:15-22
Friday, 10/16/20: Psalm 96:1-13
Saturday, 10/17/20: Isaiah 45:1-7
Use this weekly prayer to help you begin your time with God each day.
[silence] I listen quietly, Lord, and the morning sounds of creation draw me to you. It is then that I hear your voice, “I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Sometimes it is difficult to fully receive your pleasure in me, to grasp that you are fond of me, even when I have nothing to show for myself. May I remember that I am yours today. 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
Donna Olson, who is singing with Pastor Brad today
Dianne Totten, our dedicated accompanist, sharing her music with us every week
Chloe James Hovey, newborn daughter of Matthew & Natalie, little sister of Claire &Callahan, granddaughter of Lynn & Roger, and great granddaughter of Shirley & Robbie Robinson
Prayers for Health and Healing for:
All those infected with the coronavirus
Barb Helsel’s daughter, dealing with a return of cancer and facing a bone marrow transplant
Abner Phillips, grandson of Irma, diagnosed with a serious cancer, facing treatment
Robbie Robinson, hospitalized and diagnosed with Covid
Lynn & Roger Hovey, diagnosed with Covid
Bri, daughter of Mark & Dorilee Miller, recovering from surgery for a broken ankle
Jeremy Waugh, grandson or Elgin & Carol, after injuring his knee, which may need surgery
Jim Jackson, recovering from carpal tunnel surgery
Patsy McDonald’s daughter in law and grandson, diagnosed with Covid
Sabrina Jacobus’ mother, Linda, hospitalized
Deb Munroe, recovering from knee surgery
Neil & Carol Johnson’s grandson, Dylan
Bonnie Jacobus, Jim’s sister-in-law, recovering from a broken shoulder
Penney, niece of Barb Helsel, going thru chemo/radiation for uterine cancer
Mel, Sabrina Jacobus’ friend, diagnosed with 3 brain tumors and facing surgery
Marjorie Kaukl, going through a new chemo treatment
Continuing prayers for Jim Goulding, 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
All those suffering the devastation of the West Coast wildfires and southern hurricanes
Oliver Huston and his friends, after a classmate’s suicide. Prayers for the family also.
Tracy Rott’s father in law, diagnosed with Parkinson’s
The family of Rich Scerba, friend of Barb Larson, who passed away following a stroke
The family of Nancy Zifka, who passed away on September 14
The family of Bob Schumann, who passed away on September 13
Jerry Murphy, receiving hospice care
Blake and Kittye, friends of LeeAnn Sinclair
Laverne, Susan Katzenmeyer’s brother, receiving hospice care
Those unable to be with us: Yvonne Jackson
Prayers for a Wisconsin Church:
Clarno: Zion UMC, their clergy, Sarah Mae Gabuyo and the 88 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.”