DO YOU HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST?
We greet you in gratitude today. Always we pray. We wish for you a holy Lent.
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.
We'll include your request in several prayer lists for the coming week. 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:
All the "Dreamers"
Amanda and her sons—Living with her addictions
Andrea—Struggling in prison
Morton K. Beach
Carroll Bloyd—ALS; and his wife The Rev. Elisabeth Hazen
Butch—In nursing care
Congregations in our diocese in discernment for a holy way forward and/or for new clergy leaders: St. Luke's, Coeur D'Alene, Idaho; St. Matthew's, Prosser, Wash.; St. John the Evangelist, our cathedral parish in Spokane, Wash.; Holy Trinity, Sunnyside, Wash.; St. Paul's, Kennewick, Wash.; St. Paul's, Walla Walla, Wash.; and St. Timothy's/San Timoteo, Yakima, Wash.
An end to the epidemic of gun violence in this nation, which puts right to own semi-automatic guns, 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 they may share in opportunities for adequate and affordable education and health care and old age
The Espe family
Marcia and family—As they deal with her alcoholism
Healing of the divides in this nation, especially around race, class, and gender—and 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"
Immigrants and asylum seekers
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)—Stage 4 kidney cancer
Implementation of a single-payer health system in the U.S.
JT—Mental health crisis
Kristen and her sons—Living with her addictions
Tracey Lind—Frontotemporal degeneration
Dianne Lowe—Living with Parkinson's disease
Holly Luck—Lung cancer
Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona)—Brain cancer
Nathan and family
Our nation, as it normalizes a narrative of fear, greed, hatred, and meanness instead of the story of hope, common good, love, and kindness which could make it great
Our nation, which denies its own systemic racism, white privilege, and unjust structures, and withholds justice and opportunity from African-American people, First Nations people, and other people of color
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 struggle under Boko Haram and an ineffectual/corrupt government
The people of Eritrea and Ethiopia
The people of Puerto Rico, still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria that struck on September 20, and demolished their infrastructure
The people of Sudan, especially the women and children, suffering ongoing violence, drought, and famine
The people of Syria, especially the women and children, who have been trapped in a civil war for nine years.
Postulants and candidates for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Spokane: Nathan Empsall, Shanna Hawks, John MacDonald, and Dave Walker.
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
The Rohingya people of Myanmar and Bangladesh, including those who have resettled in Spokane, Washington
Rose—Rare untreatable cancer
Susan—Heavy metal toxicity
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, especially in Chechnya; trans people, especially those in the U.S. armed forces; LGBTQ youth worldwide
- Victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation
- Those who suffer abuse or violence at the hands of someone they love and/or trust
Those in Christian discernment, exploring their faith, lives and ministries, including: Beth, Karen, Lucas, Pat, Rachel, Scott, and Wayne
Those who 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
Tommy and his family—Relapse of leukemia
And in Thanksgiving for:
Critical thinking—May it be nurtured in all
Hot and cold running water
Moscow-Pullman Friends (Quakers)
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)
Snow-plow drivers and other road maintenance people
This beautiful, dangerous, messy world
Those who teach and work toward restorative justice, non-violence, and reconciliation
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:
Dave Sanchez (d. February 20)—And prayers for wife Dolores and family
Bill Yule (d. February 16)—And his wife The Rev. Deacon Lynn Yule
The 17 young people shot dead by a single male shooter with an AR-15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida (February 14)
Esther Bernardo (d. February 13)—And her family; especially son Dan and his wife Pam
Annette (d. February 10)—And her family; especially daughter Julie and son-in-law Dave
Elbert "Bart" Barton (February 1)—And prayer for his wife Elna and their family
Frances Eberlein (January 24)—And prayer for her daughters, especially Gerri Sayler
Those killed by gun violence in our country in 2018: 2,175 children, women, and men; and 3,703 people injured (as reported through February 23)
Law enforcement officers killed by gunfire in the line of duty in the past 30 days:
- Feb. 21. Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin, 51, Prince George's County (Maryland) Police Department
- Feb. 20. Police Officer Justin Billa, 27, Mobile (Alabama) Police Department
- Feb. 13. Commander Paul Bauer, 53, Chicago (illinois) Police Department
- Feb. 10. Police Officer Anthony Morelli, 54, Westerville (Ohio) Division of Police
- Feb. 10. Police Officer Eric Joerring, 39, Westerville (Ohio) Division of Police
- Feb. 9. Police Officer Chase Maddox, 26, Locust Grove (Georgia) Police Department
- Feb. 7. Police Officer David Sherrard, 37, Richardson (Texas) Police Department
- Feb. 6. Deputy Sheriff Steven Belanger, 52, Los Angeles County (California) Sheriff's Department. Succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained in 1994. He was 29 years old when he was shot
- Feb. 5. Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick, 34, El Paso County (Colorado) Sheriff's Department
- Jan. 28. Police Officer Glenn Doss, 25, Detroit (Michigan) Police Department
- Jan 24. Deputy Sheriff Heath Gumm, 32, Adams County (Colorado) Sheriff's Office
Those who die at their own hand—including a reported 22 military veterans every day in our country
U.S. military service members killed in action in the past 30 days
- None in the past 30 days
[Photo Credit: Robin Biffle]
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.