Bethany Lutheran Church

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

Pastor's Message

October 16, 2020

Grace and peace to you!  The sun was playing peek-a-boo earlier today, but now is mostly in hiding, so I’m going to give you today’s hymn up front in this email – Keep on the Sunny Side – this one doesn’t have lyrics -- and - this one HAS lyrics.

Updates for our prayers:

  • Doug Holt has received the great news that he will be able to go home from rehab next Wednesday! Let us give thanks to God for the wonderful progress Doug has made and continue to pray for his healing and strength. Praise God!
  • Austin Ekman is awake, breathing on his own, talking and even eating (applesauce at last report).  This is miraculous news! He has a long road ahead with surgeries to put back together his broken body, but God’s healing hand has been upon him! Bless the Lord!
  • Linda Pempeck is feeling much better and continuing to rest up at home after being hospitalized overnight Monday. Please continue to pray for her to gain strength, and for wisdom for her doctors to determine her treatment. The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear?(Ps 27:1)
  • Joyce Nelson is preparing to move out of her home and will be traveling along with parrot, dog, and cat to temporarily live with one of her sons until a house can be built there for her. Please pray for Joyce as she transitions from familiar territory to unfamiliar and help her ride out the changes with calmness and a peaceful heart. Shelter Joyce in your arms, blessed Savior.

Here are the prayers for this coming Sunday’s worship so that you can more easily follow along in the video:

With confidence in God’s grace and mercy, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

We pray for the Church: that we may manifest each day the work of faith, the labor of love, and the endurance of hope that is ours as God’s people.

We pray for the grace of discernment: that we may recognize the various motives in our hearts and respond to those that come from the Holy Spirit.

We pray for Wisdom: that God will guide us in being faithful citizens without compromising our discipleship and service of God.

We pray for the conversion of our hearts: that the false gods of power, prestige, pleasure, and security may be dethroned so that the God of mercy, compassion, forgiveness, and justice may receive our service.

We pray for all God’s people: that formed in the image and likeness of God, we will manifest God’s presence in our workplaces, our families, and our society.

We pray for all government officials and employees: that they may wisely use their offices to promote justice and the common good.

We pray for civic leaders in places of unrest: that God will inspire their efforts to communicate, guide them in establishing just policies in their communities, and help them recognize the giftedness and dignity of each person.

We pray for conversion from violence: that the Spirit of God will impel us toward resolving conflicts through dialogue and mutual cooperation.

We pray for all recovering from storms and wildfires: that God will give them strength, a spirit of hope, and a supportive community so that they may rebuild their lives.

We pray for all educational leaders: that God will give them insight and courage as they strive to balance the educational needs with the concerns for the safety of students and staff.

We pray for ourselves and for our families and friends: for Linda Pempeck, Austin Ekman, Katie Ortega, Noelle Kane, Karen Crockett, Inez Hollmann, Ted Fredricks, Terry Harvey, Marlene Martin, Gary Burbridge, Gary Christensen, Arlene McBride, Doris Thompson, Beryl Linnell, Sally Pollock, Doug Holt, Diane Mettler, Harry Thomas, Liz Hanson, Ken Thompson, Marc Olson, Owen Schuetz, Obe Estby, Leanne Wells, Wendy Sandor, Cathy Churchill, Belle Shrader, Joanie Harrelson, Jill & Frank Kerton, and those we name now silently or aloud…(Joyce Nelson).. 

Listen as we call on you, O God, and enfold in your loving arms all for whom we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Reminder to send me names for All Saints Sunday, November 1 (if you have not already done so).  We will be chiming bells for those who have died since All Saints Sunday in 2019.

Keep on the sunny side, keep on the Son’s side,
Pastor Janeen