Bethlehem Prayer Service to be broadcast live at St. John's Lutheran on Dec. 19

Bethlehem prayer service

Everyone is invited to attend a unique worship service in Northfield this month. Televised live from Bethlehem, Palestine, and Washington, D.C., the Bethlehem Prayer Service will be shown at 8:45 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at St. John's Lutheran Church, 500 3rd St W, Northfield.

The Northfield service will begin with a brief introduction. At 9 a.m. local time, it will join via satellite the simultaneous services at Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem, where the time will be 5 p.m., and the National Cathedral in Washington, where it will be 10 a.m.

All are invited to will join us, those in Bethlehem, those in Washington and others around the world for this time of worship. The event is sponsored by Northfielders for Justice in Palestine/Israel.

At this time of year, our hearts and minds turn toward Bethlehem, where angels continue to keep their watch of wondering love in the city that gave birth to the Prince of Peace.  As the age-old carol reminds us, it is a place where darkened streets hold within them the hopes and fears of all humanity.

Over the course of 2,000 years, the people of Bethlehem continue to live in fear, a cruel wall separating them from their families and their livelihoods. The local Christian population has dwindled as families, like the Holy Family from that first Christmas, seek safety and stability elsewhere. Yet many cannot and will not leave; Bethlehem remains a place where meek souls receive him still, the dear Christ who came to bring a message of peace, reconciliation and the blessings of God's heaven.

Join the congregations of the National Cathedral and Christmas Lutheran Church in a special simulcast prayer service. Together with the morning stars, we will proclaim the holy birth, sing praises to God the King and pray for peace for men on earth.