January 10. 2018
For your prayers –
Pastor Tom and Patti Christell (Grace, Springfield) welcome your prayers at the death of Patti’s father, Walter Chelgren, on Saturday, January 6, 2018. In addition to his active service in congregational ministries and civic organizations, Walt served as synod statistician for the C/SIS from the formation of the ELCA in 1988 to 2002. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in Peoria, with visitation beginning a 9:00 a.m.
O God, before whose face generations rise and pass away: we remember before you with gratitude this your beloved child, who lived and died in Jesus Christ our Lord. Give us grace to follow in the footsteps of those who themselves followed in the footsteps of your holy Son. Grant to all who mourn the strength to meet the days to come with steadfastness and patience, not sorrowing as those without hope, but in thankful remembrance of your great goodness in past years and in the sure expectation of a joyful reunion before your heavenly throne; through the same Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
S. John Roth