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
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.
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
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
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
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
And in Thanksgiving for:
Bahá’i Community of Moscow
Bridge Bible Fellowship, Moscow, Idaho
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
Grace Episcopal Church, Dayton, Washington
Mother Nature/Mother Earth
Reporters of fact-based journalism
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
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)
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
[Photo Credit: Elisabeth Brackney]