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Sioux Falls church prepares for George McGovern's prayer service

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Sioux Falls is making preparations for the prayer service and funeral for Senator George McGovern.

First United Methodist Church will host the prayer services tomorrow.

KSFY News went inside the church sanctuary to see what preparations are taking place

The church is ready to welcome the many guests expected to come into town to pay their respects to George McGovern.

Pastor Bob Ruedebusch will lead the prayer to remember the senator. He tells us he doesn't believe the church has seen anything like what or who it can expect to see tomorrow.

Pastor Ruedebusch is not surprised the vice-president is coming to town.

"Obviously, Senator McGovern has some friends of people who he's worked with and having the vice-president here really honors his life and his witness through his faith," Pastor Ruedebusch said.

Pastor Ruedebusch said preparing for the large scale prayer service is something the church hasn't seen before.

"This would probably be the biggest one ever. I would imagine in the 140-year history of Sioux Falls First United Methodist Church, they've had some local dignitaries of governors, this would probably be the biggest service we've held in the church," Pastor Ruedebusch said.

Pastor Ruedebusch has some preparations of his own to do.

"I've been thinking quite a bit about what kinds of things we want to say and in relationship to prayers but also following the liturgy of our church."

Senator McGovern and pastor Ruedebusch shared a connection.

"One of the things that was helpful was that I was also a graduate of Dakota Wesleyan university so I had a connection with him through that so I was kind of able to meet with him," Pastor Ruedebusch said.

The church is prepared to expect a large gathering.

"It will be projected, what's happening in this room in the sanctuary will be projected on a screen so if we're too full in here and can't have any more people than we're prepared for an overflow," Pastor Ruedebusch said.

Pastor Ruedebusch said McGovern's compassion makes it fitting the prayer service is held at the church. He says it's an appropriate place to celebrate and remember the special contributions the senator made to the people of South Dakota.

The viewing for Senator McGovern will be held tomorrow from 1p.m. until 6p.m. at First United Methodist.  The prayer service starts at 6:30 p.m.

On Friday, the funeral will start at 1pm.

We'll have live coverage of the funeral on KSFY and on

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