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Julotta worship Christmas morning at Bethany Lutheran

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Kathi Gorlewski

Join us Christmas morning at 8 a.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church, 8 S. Lincoln in Batavia, for an authentic Swedish worship service.

Julotta is not only a wonderful way to celebrate Christmas morning, but it carries on a recognition of Swedish ancestry and offers those who are not Swedish the opportunity to experience this very special event. We hope everyone, whether Swedish or not, feels welcome to come and share this with us.

Visiting Pastor Magnus Hillbo, a native Swede and trained opera singer, will deliver the sermon in English. The readings and hymns will be in Swedish.

Pastor Hillbo is from Northwest Covenant Church in Mt. Prospect where he is the director of worship. He is finishing his master of divinity at North Park Theological Seminary, to add to his music degree from North Park University. He also holds a master of music degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Bethany has held this wonderful worship service for decades and is currently the only church within the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in American to offer it. The synod covers four counties; Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, in the Chicago area with over 200 worshipping communities.

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