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Online Worship Only This Weekend

9:00a Sunday
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Relationships Sermon Series 

Spring 2020 has brought some new challenges we have never faced before: social distancing, at home learning, fears about a very real virus, job stress, financial stress, and of course the shortage of toilet paper! How are we getting along with one another living in such close quarters, or in being isolated alone in one’s house/apartment? The pandemic has people feeling and exhibiting a whole range of emotions: from fear, boredom, loneliness, anxiety, crankiness, despair, hope and more.


In this series we are going to spend five weeks talking about our emotional and spiritual health. Emotional health and spiritual health are tied to one another. You can’t have one without the other. Each week we will explore a new theme and learn a new skill. 



Dear Friends,

Lake Harriet UMC cares about you, our community and our world. Please be advised of the following changes and cancellations in order to comply with the guidelines put out today by Governor Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health.

  1. Sunday – No “in person” worship. Please join worship via Live Stream.  We will stream one worship service at 9:00a. A recording of the service will also be available to watch later. Go to the church website, click on the “Media” button at the top of the page and scroll down to “Live Stream.” https://www.lakeharrietumc.org/stream/   There is always a “Live Stream” reminder post on Facebook on Sunday mornings that will direct you to the live stream too.
  2. All in-person ministries of the church are shut down until further notice, with the exception of the Lake Harriet Preschool, which will still be in session. Keeping the number of people in the building to an absolute minimum will help prevent the spread of illness.
  • No Wednesday dinner or activities until further notice. The Health Department guidelines require a six-foot space between people, which would make having a meal together, singing in a choir or playing bells really tough!
  • Godly Play, Youth groups, adult small groups and team meetings, are also on hold until further notice.
  • Activities of outside groups that meet in the building is also on hold.


While we are “social isolating” ourselves to help prevent the spread of illness, this does not mean that we will be socially isolated.  The staff is working on creative ways to bring worship, and other spiritual enrichment opportunities to you using technology.  I am still blogging the “Running with Mark” series so every day there is a new devotional reading which can be found on the church website and on Facebook. There are virtual meeting websites that can allow us to do discussions/Bible study and may also be accessed by ministry teams that need to meet. 

What can you do?

  1. Pray for the containment of this virus. Pray for health care workers and public health workers. Pray for those who are ill.
  2. Reach out to members of the congregation by phone or email. Make it a point to reach out to our folks who live alone.
  3. Your continued generosity in supporting the church will help us weather this storm. https://www.lakeharrietumc.org/give-pay-pledge/
  4. Remember the clients who use the Joyce Uptown Foodshelf. These folks are perhaps the most vulnerable. Lorrie Sandelin, Director of the Foodshelf suggests cash donations are the most helpful at this time. We will bring the milk products we have been collecting to them at a later date. Consider making a donation to Joyce at joyceuptownfoodshelf.org. Click on the donate button. There may also be serving opportunities at the food shelf as a new method of food distribution is implemented (pre-packaged food boxes) to mitigate the spread. Watch for specific ways you can help.


Friends, I know that this is an uncertain and perhaps scary time. If you would like to talk and pray (by phone, online etc.) please know that I am available. Reach out to me at karen.bruins@lakeharrietumc.org 


This situation is fluid so please do check the website and social media for updates.


Trust in God. Hear these words from Isaiah 41:10, “Fear not, for I am with you, do not be afraid for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you.”


Grace and peace,

Pastor Karen Bruins



  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
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God is with Us 03.19.2020

Hello Friends,
Proverbs 29:18 in the King James version says, “Without vision the people perish.”  Vision is a great word.  What is our focus?  What is the thing that guides our thoughts and our decisions? 
Tonight we focus on the vision of our lives, the source of our strength.  Proverbs 29:18 in the New Living Translation says, “When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.”
As you listen to the sing and listen to the hymn, read closely the words of the text, and the meaning of the lyrics.
Tonight’s devotion comes from Dr. Jungjoo Park, Director of Music Ministries at Lake Harriet UMC. 
Click on the link to hear the video.

Be Thou My Vision – devotion by Jungjoo Park

451. Be Thou My Vision
About the lyrics:
According to mythology, when St. Patrick was a missionary in Ireland in the 5th century, King Logaire of Tara decreed that no one was allowed to light any fires until a pagan festival was begun by the lighting of a fire on Slane Hill. In a move of defiance against this pagan ritual, St. Patrick did light a fire, and, rather than execute him, the king was so impressed by his devotion that he let Patrick continue his missionary work. Three centuries later, a monk named Dallan Forgaill wrote the Irish poem, “Rop tú mo Baile” (“Be Thou my Vision”), to remember and honor the faith of St. Patrick. Forgaill was martyred by pirates, but his poetry lived on as a part of the Irish monastic tradition for centuries until, in the early 20th century, Mary Elizabeth Byrne translated the poem into English, and in 1912, Eleanor Hull versified the text into what is now a well-loved hymn and prayer that at every moment of our lives, God would be our vision above all else.
About the tune:
SLANE is an old Irish folk tune associated with the ballad “With My Love on the Road” in Patrick W. Joyce’s Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909). It became a hymn tune when it was arranged by David Evans and set to the Irish hymn “Be Thou My Vision” published in the Church Hymnary (1927). SLANE is named for a hill in County Meath, Ireland, where St. Patrick’s lighting of an Easter fire–an act of defiance against the pagan king Loegaire (fifth century)–led to his unlimited freedom to preach the gospel in Ireland.
Dear God,
Be my vision.  Help me keep my eyes focused on you, especially when the world tries to distract me, or fear threatens to overwhelm me.  Be my guidance.  Be my strength.  Be my Rock and my Redeemer. Amen.

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God is with Us 3.18.2020

Greetings from Pastor Karen’s back porch!
Click on this link to watch Karen’s devotional. 

3.18.2020 from Pastor Karen’s back porch

Do you know what the words above the church door say?  Write your answer in the comments.
How may I pray for you?  Let me know in the comments section (note – your prayer will be public)
Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins

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God is with Us 3.17.2020

Dear Friends of Lake Harriet,
It is a scary time in our world.  So much is unknown.  The status and situation changes daily, sometimes hourly.
Let us stay connected with God and one another.  This is the first of our daily 7:00 p.m. devotions.  Every night something different will be posted.  It may be a song, a video, a poem, a piece of art, a personal devotion etc.  Let’s make this a collaborative community project.  If you’d like to help, please contact me at karen.bruins@lakeharrietumc.org
Tonight’s devotion is a powerful video called “Christ Be with Me”. Click on this link to view the video devotion.

Christ Be with Me

We’re charting new paths in virtual worship and communication. I’m sure there may be a technical hiccup or two along the way.  Let me know if a link doesn’t work or if you are having trouble.
“Fear not for I have redeemed you.  I have called you by name.  You are mine.”  Isaiah 43:1
How may I pray for you?  Post your prayer request in the comments.  Please note that the comments section is public.  If you’d prefer your prayer to be private, please email me at karen.bruins@lakeharrietumc.org
Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins

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