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On behalf of Bishop Jeffrey Clements you are invited to the first ever "Longest Night Prayer Vigil" by the Northern Illinois Synod. This idea was first put forth by Pastor Miho Yasukawa of Good Shepherd, Lena, and the idea was supported and made to happen by many others.who volunteered to be part of this very special time of prayer.

The Northern Illinois Synod first ever “Longest Night Prayer Vigil” will be held from Monday, December 21 at 4:30 p.m. to Tuesday, December 22 at 7:30 a.m. Please plan to join us during any of the 15 hours to pray with others through this, the longest night of the year.

The Vigil may be accessed on the Northern Illinois Synod Facebook Page found at

The Longest Night Prayer Vigil Schedule of Hours may be found here: Click here for a downloadable PDF of the Schedule 

Questions, contact Deacon Cheryl Erdmann.

"The Longest Night” Prayer Vigil Schedule of the Hours – all Central Time

1 - 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Psalm 46  Pray and name our losses.  Thank God for our many blessings. Click here for the Hour 1 Bulletin Mrs. Esther and Dr. John Prabhakar, Faith, Rochelle

2 - 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Matthew 8:23-27  Prayer service of light. Click here for the Hour 2 Bulletin PATHWAYS CENTER of Christ, Belvidere

3 - 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.   Job 12:7-10 Pray for healing of creation. Click here for the Hour 3 Bulletin Creation Care Team; Ms. Becky Keller and Pr. Scott Ralston 

4 - 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Psalm 121  Pray for families who have lost loved ones this year. Pray for school students/youth and teachers. Click here for the Hour 4 Bulletin LIGHT, the youth ministry team of the NIS

5 - 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.  Ecclesiastes 1:4-9a Pray for those who have or had suffered from COVID-19; Pray for college and university students in this time of disruption and uncertainty. Click here for the Hour 5 Bulletin Grace Place Campus Ministry, Pr. Mack Patrick 

6 - 9:30 – 10:30 p.m.   Acts 10 Pray for Racial Justice and healing in the U.S. and around the world. Click here for the Hour 6 Bulletin Faith, Joliet. Pr. Jana Howson,

7 - 10:30 – 11:30 p.m.   Isaiah 61 Pray for those who are incarcerated. Pray for those who work in jails and prisons.  Click here for the Hour 7 Bulletin United, Rockford; Pr. Julane Nease 

8 - 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. [11:00 a.m. – noon IST on 12/22] John 3:16, 1 John 4:4-7, Ps. 34:17-18, Hebrews 13: 16 Pray for the ministries and those served by the Arcot Lutheran Church/India; pray for the companion congregations and parishes; pray for those all over India who have had or died of the COVID-19 virus. Pray for Christ’s love, caring and sharing to be part of our lives. Click here for the Hour 8 Bulletin Arcot Lutheran Church, Tamil Nadu, India, Rt. Rev. V. Samuel Kennady, Bishop

9 - 12:30 – 1:30 a.m.  Ephesians 1:2-4, 15-23 Pray for the ministries and those served by the North Central Diocese of Tanzania. Prayers for justice and for all those affected by COVD-19. Click here for the Hour 9 Bulletin Pr. Gary Erickson, staff liaison to the Global Mission Committee.

10 - 1:30 – 2:30 a.m.  Psalm 51  Pray for those who cannot sleep. Click here for Hour 10 Bulletin Augustana, Andover; Pr. Reed Pedersen

11 - 2:30 – 3:30 a.m.   Isaiah 43: 1-7 Pray for the first responders. Click here for the Hour 11 Bulletin First, DeKalb; Pr. Janet Hunt

12 - 3:30 – 4:30 a.m.  Psalm 134 Matthew 11:28-29 Pray for those who are awake this hour. Pray for the frontline workers. Click here for the Hour 12 Bulletin Salem, Sycamore; Pr. Preston Fields

13 - 4:30 – 5:30 a.m.   Luke 2:1-7  Pray for those who are on the road this hour. Click here for the Hour 13 Bulletin Dn. Carla and Mr. Ron Vanatta

14 - 5:30 – 6:30 a.m.   Psalm 91  Pray for family who are preparing for another day Click here for the Hour 14 Bulletin Bethlehem, DeKalb, Pr. Elizabeth Mascal

15 - 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.  Matthew 4:16, John 1:5, John 8:12  Pray for the coming of the Light. Click here for the Hour 15 Bulletin  Zion, Rockford, Pr. Mike Thomas