DO YOU HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST?

We greet you in gratitude and peace on this Good Friday. Always we pray together—most especially for those who are living with loneliness, hunger, grief, or despair.  

Please email our priest Mother Robin if you would like us to pray for you (or another) by name. Provide as much or as little information as you'd like. Unless otherwise requested, we will publish first names only, and will publish the type of request only if you ask us to.

If you'd like to continue on the list, please renew the request weekly. 

Below are the requests we've received for our prayer this week. We entrust you to include them in your own prayer.  

Please Pray for:

Adina—Newly adopted; and the rest of her family

Amanda and her son—Living in the chaos of her addictions

Andy—Struggling in prison

Ann—Living with metastacized cancer

Anne—Living with Multiple Sclerosis and pulmonary issues

Annette—Death of partner of 28 years

Anthony—Seeking a faith community

Asylum seekers, forced migrants and others seeking protection in the United States

Bill—Living with aging-related health issues

Butch—Living in nursing care with aging-related health issues and loneliness

Kris Hawley Carlson—Treatment for stage 3 breast cancer

Carol and Jim

Congregations in our diocese in discernment for new clergy leadership and/or another holy way forward: St. Luke's Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; St. Mark's, Moscow, Idaho; St. Matthew's/San Mateo, Prosser, Wash.; and  Holy Trinity, Sunnyside, Wash.

Dan and Lizzie and others on pilgrimage in the Holy Land

Jerry Dean—Kidney failure requiring hospitalization and dialysis; and prayers for his wife Alice

Emmaline—Seeking a faith community

An end to the epidemic of gun violence in this nation, which puts ownership of military style semi-automatic weapons, and easy access to other firearms as a higher priority than the lives of children and humans of all ages

An equitable tax system in the U.S. that will grow and strengthen the middle class, that all may share in opportunities for adequate and affordable education, health care, and old age 

Gwyn—85 years old and living alone in NYC

Healing of the divides in this nation, especially around race, class, and gender—through repentance and amends by those who hold privilege—and through a renewed commitment by the President, Congress, the Supreme Court, and all in power to "strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being" 

A healthcare system that is not profit driven

Ione

Jasper—Hospitalized with paranoid schizophrenia; and his mother Nancy

Jeanie—Living with TBA, mental illness, and alcoholism

Jim—Living with Leukemia

Joan, Ted, and family

Heidi Johnson—In life-prolonging, but not curative, treatment for cancer

Julie

Karen—Living with dementia, living alone, and unable to safely care for herself

Kathy Johnson—And husband Ron, living with Kathy's early-onset Alzheimer's

Kaitlyn—Living with chronic lung disease

Kay—Living with alcoholism 

Sharon Kehoe—And husband Rob; living with Sharon's Stage 4 lung cancer

Kris—Living with ME/CFS 

Kris and Tom—Living with alcoholism

Kristen's sons—Living in the chaos of their mom's addiction

Laurel—Seeking a faith community

Louie—Aging and angry and scared and not taking care of himself

Dianne Lowe—Living with Parkinson's disease 

John MacDonald—Living with kidney disease; on the transplant list

Mary—Life challenges

Melissa—In a toxic relationship

The Muslim Uighur people in China, persecuted, interned, and families separated to facilitate governmental "re-education"

Our nation, which has normalized a narrative of fear, greed, hatred, and meanness instead of the story of hope, common good, love, and kindness among all its peoples, which could make it great

Our nation, which denies its own systemic racism, white privilege, and unjust structures and, in defiance of a Gospel of love, inclusion, and community, withholds justice and opportunity from African-American people, First Nations people, and other people of color

Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank

Wade PalmerMontana Highway Patrol Trooper ambushed in his patrol car, shot three times in the face, head, and neck, and critically injured

The people of Chad, especially in the region of Lake Chad which has diminished by 95% and no longer provides livelihood to its peoples; and the people's daily struggle under threat from Boko Haram, with little or no protection from its ineffectual and corrupt government

The people of the Cheyenne Indian Reservation, the Rosebud Indian Reservation, and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation—South Dakota—many of whom already live well below the poverty line and after March floods have been struggling to restore their homes and lives

The people of Haiti who have never fully recovered from the 2010 earthquake, for safety amid internal violence, for relief of the current economic crisis, and for their empowerment in civic participation

The people of eastern Nebraska, and elsewhere in the midwest, struggling to recover from devastating flooding

The people of Syria. Always we pray, especially for the most vulnerable there: the elderly, children, and women—struggling to make a life under tyranny and during war. More than a generation of Syrians has been deprived of education because of the catastrophe

The people of Sudan, especially the women and children, suffering ongoing violence, drought, and famine

The people of Yemen, a land in crisis in the face of climate change and war with Saudi funded Sudanese child-mercenaries that threaten more people with death by starvation than we have known in this century

Elizabeth Pluhta

The President of the U.S., his Cabinet, advisors, and staff, and our Congress and Supreme Court, that their hearts may be turned to serve the common good, especially toward "the least of these" among us, to foster justice and equity, and to use their prerogatives and power to protect and sustain our planet and its peoples

Refugees and forced migrants; those who seek asylum

The Rohingya people of Myanmar and Bangladesh

Rose—And her family; learning to live with her generalized epilepsy

Rose—Living with a rare untreatable cancer

Seamus—A child trying to live with serious mental illness

Sensible gun laws

Tabitha—Leukemia

Those people and business affected by flooding in Latah (Idaho) and Whitman (Washington) counties

Those facing danger and oppression

  • Archbishops Paul Yazigi and John Ibrahim, Syria, abducted in 2013, fate unknown
  • Christians persecuted in Sudan, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, India and Pakistan
  • Muslims persecuted in India, Israel, Myanmar, Europe, and the USA
  • All women and girls of the world
  • LGBTQ persons and trans people, especially youth 
  • Victims of human trafficking, slave trade, and sexual exploitation
  • Those who suffer abuse or violence at the hands of someone they love and/or trust

Those who suffer the demons of despair, fear, hatred, and hopelessness

Those working 12-step programs and in other ways engaging recovery

Tom—Lewy Body dementia

Tristin—A catechumen (i.e., preparing for Baptism)

Lester Waldmann

Betty Wayman—Lung and brain cancer; and prayer for her husband Bill and family

John Waldmann Wharton

Helen Wootton—The long road of grief

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And in Thanksgiving for:

Access to medical care

"Bet Shabbat"

Birdsong

Books that make you think

Caregivers

Carolyn and Michael, and children Anna, Gunnar, and Sarah

The Church of the Resurrection (Episcopal), Spokane Valley

Community

Critical thinking—May it be nurtured in all

Enough

Friends who hold space for grieving friends

Godly resistance

Healing

Hope

Peace

Poets and poetry

Prayer

Reporters of fact-based journalism

The Rock Church, Moscow, Idaho

The Rose Garden Trio

Sabbath

Shariah and Ben—Expecting a baby

The Sisters, Oblates, staff, and friends of the Monastery of St. Gertrude (Cottonwood, Idaho—Roman Catholic)

The Sisters, Oblates, staff, and friends of the Convent of St. Mary (Sewanee, Tennessee—Episcopal)

Spring flowers

Survivors

This beautiful, dangerous, messy world

Those who teach and work toward restorative justice, non-violence, and reconciliation

Those who work for the common good, in any capacity

Volunteers

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And those who have died. May their lives be for blessing. May friends and angels lead them into the Light; and may God comfort those who mourn:

Bill—(d. April 14) and his extended family, especially wife Suzi, sons Dana and Andrew, Andrew's wife Rachel, and their children Solomon and Violet 

Tommy Harner—(d. April 10) and his parents, siblings, and other family and friends.

Destiny MacPhereson—(d. April 10) and her family, especially son John and wife Serendel, and granddaughter Fiona

Becky Hughes—(d. April 4), and her family, especially her children

Pam McElroy—(d. April 4), her parents Rose and John Sibley and their family, especially beloved nephew Drew

Bob Bird—(d. April 4), his sons Kenton (Gerri) and James and their family

Jim Mayberry—(d. March 26), his daughter Jane and their family

 Jeremy Richman, 49, father of Avielle who was killed in the Sandy Hook massacre of school children, took his own life (d. March 25)

Sydney Aiello, 19, a survivor of the shooting at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, took her own life (d. March 24)

Calvin Desir, 16, a survivor of the shooting at Margery Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, took his own life (d. March 23)

Those killed by gun violence in our country in 2019: 4,107 children, women, and men; and 7,456 people injured (through April 18)

Go here to read a statement by our Bishops Against Gun Violence.Go here to read our Bishop's statement on domestic violence. On Fridays through June 7, on the Episcopalians Against Gun Violence Facebook page, the bishops offer a pop-up live-stream prayer service against gun violence. Bishop Mariann Budde will officiate this week's live prayer service on today at 6 am (!) Pacific. The theme will be Jesus' solidarity with suffering, those who have died from gun violence, and those who grieve. The reading will be John 18:1-19:42 (Good Friday Passion). Or you can check out the previous weeks' services, still available on Facebook. Alternatively, for an observance anytime, we offer this Litany by the Bishops Against Gun Violence. (The Bishops update and publish periodically, but you may adapt as needed.)

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

[Photo Credit: Robin Biffle]