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The Northern Illinois Synod will hold a Prayer Vigil over the Longest Night, December 21 from 4:30 p.m. on Monday, 12/21 until 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 12/22.

Please plan to join us on Facebook for this special event.

Questions, contact Dn. Cheryl Erdmann at

The Planning Team is looking for congregations, ministry teams, and prayerful individuals to volunteer for one of the hours. this involves:

  • Video a “meditative place” for 10 minutes which can be looped for the hour. (to see what we mean, please check Emanuel Lutheran Church, Strawberry Point, IA’s Evening Prayer video on FB.) We will loop the video for an hour.
  • Audio a spoken prayer/scripture on the hourly prayer focus. Cheryl and Miho have put together some ideas for these focuses, but the congregation/ministry team/individual can also choose a prayer focus that is meaningful to them, so if you want to do that, just pick your hour and add your prayer focus.

The group/person who signs up to provide the video and audio is not required to be present, but is welcome to do so, to monitor the comments section and respond if appropriate.

Date Hour of Prayer Time - CST Prayer focus (tentative)

12/21 Hour 1 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Name our losses Pray for those on their way home

12/21 Hour 2 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Pray for food ministries Pray for those who are lonely

12/21 Hour 3 3 - 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Pray for healing of creation

12/21 Hour 4 30 – 8:30 p.m. Pray for families who have lost loved ones this year Pray for school students/youth and teachers

12/21 Hour 5 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Pray for those who have or had suffered from COVID-19; Pray for college and university students in this time of disruption and uncertainty

12/21 Hour 6 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. Pray for Racial Justice and healing in the U.S. and around the world

12/21 Hour 7 10:30 – 11:30 p.m. Pray for those who are incarcerated Pray for those who work in jails and prisons

12/21-22 Hour 8 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. Pray for those who are working this hour 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.

12/22 Hour 9 12:30 – 1:30 a.m. Pray for the ministries and those served the North Central Diocese of Tanzania.Pray for the hospital workers, nursing home staff

12/22 Hour 10 1:30 – 2:30 a.m. Pray for those who cannot sleep

12/22 Hour 11 2:30 – 3:30 a.m. Pray for the first responders

12/22 Hour 12 3:30 – 4:30 a.m. Pray for those who are awake this hour Pray for the frontline workers

12/22 Hour 13 4:30 – 5:30 a.m. Pray for those who are on the road this hour

Date Hour of Prayer Time - CST Prayer focus (tentative)

12/22 Hour 14 5:30 – 6:30 a.m. Pray for family who are preparing for another day

12/22 Hour 15 6:30 – 7:30 a.m. ray a prayer of praise for Christ our Light, as we end this longest night and look to the lengthening of day light, and the coming of Christ.