Pastor's Daily Message

Bethany Lutheran Church

Janeen Smith, Pastor ~ 26418 Mountain Highway E, Spanaway, WA ~ 253-847-8801

Aug 8, 2020


A blessed Sabbath eve to you all,

For our prayers:

  • Karen Crockett is home while she gets more testing and oncologist appointments taken care of.  Her sister, Linda, is with her.  Please continue to pray for strength and peace of mind and body for her as she faces this uncertain time.
  • Don Goddard is having more difficulties with swallowing as time goes on. Please pray for him to improve so that he is able to eat and drink on his own and pray for his family as they help him make care decisions.
  • Marilyn Holt is home and doing well.  Please pray for her continued healing in the coming weeks.
  • Liz Hanson came through her surgery well.  Please pray for to grow stronger and for her body to be made whole again.


Here are the prayers of intercession for tomorrow’s worship which were recorded earlier this week so that you can more easily follow along in the service.

Prayers for 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Confident of your care and upheld by the Holy Spirit, we pray for the church, the world, and all in need, responding to each petition with the words “Save us, we pray.”

For your church throughout the world, we pray: Strengthen the faith of all who believe. Speak to us through your word of power and mercy. Abide with those Christians who are isolated from others. Give wisdom and stamina to all preachers who bring your good news to the world.

Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

For the well-being of your creation, we pray. Protect waterways, forests, lands, and wildlife from exploitation and abuse. Tame the storms that threaten human habitations. Maintain the health of pets.

Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

For the leaders of nations, we pray. Inspire those who govern to keep peace with their neighbors and to maintain justice for their citizens. Calm the world’s violence. Strengthen the world’s democracies, and keep autocrats in check. Uphold a free press around the globe.

Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

For those in need we pray. For those who are unemployed, or homeless, or hungry, or hospitalized; for those whose money has run out; and for those who are fearful of the future.

Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

For the world facing the coronovirus we pray. Sustain medical workers, especially Lois, Carrie, Judy, Jodi, Creig, Valina, Rodney, Sean, Marcus, Wendy and Jeannette, for their arduous tasks. Assist our Congress and governors in legislating wisely during the pandemic. Give wisdom to educators as they plan the fall semester. Give us kindness with one another and patience for ourselves. And we beg: give us a vaccine.

Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

For the end to racial injustice we pray. Frustrate all prejudices between peoples that are based on ethnic origin or skin color. Unite into one body politic all who share this land.

Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

For ourselves, we pray. Reach out your hand to us; save us when we are sinking; and receive now the petitions of our hearts as we pray for members and friends of our congregation: Marilyn Holt, Jeannette Kuhlmann, Don Goddard, Karen Crockett, Liz Hanson, Gary Burbridge, Tom Moore, Marc Olson, Noelle Kane, Wendy Sandor, Jamie Lima, Jill Kerton, Frank Kerton, Belle Shrader, Louise Harris, Ken Beals, Nellie Fay Nedland, Gary Christensen, Joanie & Rich Harrelson, Claudia Leslie Rice, Obe Estby, Leanne Wells, Ken Thompson, Cathy Churchill, Owen Schuetz, Lance Baker, Kathy Olson, …and for all others we name from home.

A longer period of silence.

Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

We praise you, O God, for all who have died in the faith, for martyrs, for leaders in the struggle for civil rights, for victims of COVID-19, for those dear to us. Especially this week we glorify you for Mary, the mother of our Lord. Bring us at the end with all your saints into your everlasting life.

Hear us, holy God:
Save us, we pray.

In the certain hope that nothing can separate us from your love, we offer these prayers to you; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Amen.

Here is the link to tomorrow’s video-recorded worship https://youtu.be/DX66OxtCFZk for the 10th Sunday after Pentecost - I pray that you are blessed by it!

If you have told me that you are joining us at outdoor in-person worship at 10 AM tomorrow I will be sending you a digital copy of the hymn/readings handout in a separate email.  There will also be  printed copies available.

Here is our sing-a-long hymn for this day, He Leadeth Me - https://youtu.be/5J7xUcMay3E

See you tomorrow, virtually or actually, at worship,
Pastor Janeen