DO YOU HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST?

We greet you in gratitude today, during this Second Week of Advent. Always we pray together.

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:

Alice—Living with Parkinson's; trying to make difficult life choices not entirely in her control

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

Andy—Struggling in prison

Ann—Living with metastacized cancer

Anne—Living with M.S. and pulmonary issues

Asylum seekers

Bill—Living with aging-related health issues

Bob—Recovering from Carotid endarterectomy 

Bob—Living with loneliness and grief 

Bob—Living with aging-related health issues

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

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. Mark's, Moscow, Idaho; St. Matthew's/San Mateo, Prosser, Wash.; Holy Trinity, Sunnyside, Wash.; and St. Timothy's/San Timoteo, Yakima, Wash.

Cynthia—Breast cancer

Jerry Dean—Chronically ill from heart failure and kidney failure; and prayers for his wife Alice

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

Faye

George—Living with mental illness

Grace—Vulnerable teenager living on the street in the winter cold in the northern U.S.

Tommy Harner—Two years old. Born with leukemia and still fighting it. 

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" 

Marcia Jacobs—Plantar fasciitis

Jasper—Hospitalized with paranoid schizophrenia; and his mother Nancy

Jim—Living with Leukemia

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

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

Kathy Johnson—Living with early-onset Alzheimer's; and her husband Ron

Kaitlyn—Living with chronic lung disease

Katie—And husband Brent, living with Katie's metastatic cancer

Kay—Living with alcoholism 

Sharon Kehoe—Living with stage 4 lung cancer—taking a break from chemo

Kris—Living with ME/CFS

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

The Laird family

Dianne Lowe—Living with Parkinson's disease 

Holly Luck—Preparing to die from lung cancer that has metastasized to her brain

Nancy Lyle—Recovering from knee replacement surgery

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

Mary—Treatment for back pain

Mary—Heart arrhythmia and anxiety

Mary—Enduring chemo for non-Hodgkins lymphoma

Mary Beth and Alice—Discernment

Jim Mayberry—Living with bone cancer; and daughter Jane, caring for him

Our nation, as it normalizes 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

The Palestinians, especially those in Gaza and the West Bank

Dee and Nigel Parkhurst—Residents of Paradise, California, whose house was not burned—but they are without a neighborhood, without a community.

Pat—Treatment for edema

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 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 in the face of climate change and war that threaten more people with death by starvation than any we have known in this century

Elizabeth Pluhta

Postulants and Candidates for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Spokane: Nathan Empsall; Shanna Hawks; Lucas Kulhanek-Arenas; John MacDonald; Pat Munts; 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; those who seek asylum

The Rohingya people of Myanmar and Bangladesh, including those who have resettled in Spokane, Washington

Rose—Living with a rare untreatable cancer

Seamus—A youth with mental illness

Sensible gun laws

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 in California affected by wildfire, including the catastrophic  Camp Fire. For the families mourning the dead; for the displaced; for those who have lost their jobs; and for those whose health is fragile.

Those in Christian discernment, exploring their faith, lives and ministries, including, Colin, Rachel, Rebecca, Ron, and Scott

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

Victims of abuse at the the hands of partners or family members, or others they love/trust 

Joshua Dale Watson—Living with a brain tumor; prayers also for his wife and four young children

Donna Woolston—Shoulder injury

Helen Wootton—The long road of grief

Xander—At risk

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And in Thanksgiving for:

Bahá’i Community of Moscow

Riley Ballard

"Bet Shabbat"

Bridge Bible Fellowship, Moscow, Idaho

Caregivers

Community

Composers

Critical thinking—May it be nurtured in all

Every little bit of snow we get in Idaho in this third year of a predicted 20-year drought

Godly resistance

Grace Episcopal Church, Dayton, Washington

Hope

Living authentically

Mother Nature/Mother Earth

Reporters of fact-based journalism

Retreats

Sabbath

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)

This beautiful, dangerous, messy world

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

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:

Terry Green (d. December 9)

Donal Wilkinson (d. December 4)

Those killed in the latest wildfires in California. In the Camp Fire alone at least 85 people were killed, as of Dec. 9, with 11 people unaccounted for

Jama Sebald (d. Nov. 29)

Gerald "Mike" Kinnear (d. Nov. 25)

Eric (d. Nov. 23)

Those killed by gun violence in our country in 2018: 13,816 children, women, and men; and 26,715 people injured (as reported through December 13) 

Go here to read our Bishop's statement on domestic violence. Go here to read a statement by our Bishops Against Gun Violence.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

[Photo Credit: Elisabeth Brackney]