September 7, 2018

We joyfully lift in prayer Salem Lutheran Church, Peoria, and Pastor Craig Swenson, as Pastor Swenson is installed as senior pastor this Sunday morning, September 9, at worship beginning 10:45 a.m.

Almighty God, all honor and glory are yours.  As you have raised up in your Church apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers for the work of ministry, for the building up of the body of Christ, grant now the indwelling of your Holy Spirit to Pastor Craig Swenson as he takes up this call: that he may faithfully fulfill the duties of this ministry, be sustained and encouraged in this household of faith, and rightly proclaim your gospel.  We pray that the saints at Salem Lutheran Church receive him with respect and affection, and that he return the same to them, that together they may reflect the love that you have for all in Christ Jesus our Lord.  To you we give praise forever: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Bishop John RothComment