DO YOU HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST?

We greet you in gratitude today. Always we pray together—most especially for those who are lonely, hungry, cold, despairing, and grieving. 

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:

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

Asylum seekers

Bill—Living with aging-related health issues

Bob—Living with loneliness and grief 

Mary Bostick—Back pain

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

Kris Hawley Carlson—Beginning treatment for stage 3 breast cancer

Chuck—Guilty and convicted of three Domestic Violence felonies

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

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

Denise—Mental health and employment issues

Elisabeth—Recovering from surgery

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

R.F.—Unexplained bullae in her lungs

Faye

George—Living with mental illness

Gwyn—85 years old and living alone in NYC

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" 

Doug Jacobs—Invasive diagnostic cardiac procedures this week

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

Kaitlyn—Living with chronic lung disease

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

Katie—Over 65, with health challenges, and looking for a part-time job

Kay—Living with alcoholism 

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

Kim and Jim—The transitions of retirement and moving

Kris—Living with ME/CFS, and enduring a particularly rough patch

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

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

Dianne Lowe—Living with Parkinson's disease 

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

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

Melissa—In a toxic relationship

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

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

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 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 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

Sarah and her child—Domestic Violence survivors

Seamus—A youth with mental illness

Sensible gun laws

Lucas Smith

Tabitha—Leukemia

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 for whom the extended cold in the inland Northwest is a hardship

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

Lester Waldmann

Joshua Watson—36-year-old father of four fighting brain cancer, enduring heavy chemo 

John Waldmann Wharton

Donna Woolston—Frozen shoulder

Helen Wootton—The long road of grief

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And in Thanksgiving for:

"Beit Shabbat"

Books that make you think

The Rev. Dwight and Cathy Brown

Caregivers

Central heating

The growing light 

Community

Critical thinking—May it be nurtured in all

Emergency services workers in winter snow

Episcopal Relief and Development

Godly resistance

The graceful dance of clouds

Healing

Hope

The Islamic Community of the Palouse

The marriage of Joanne Sutton and Charles "Bunny" Best

The night sky

Peace

Poets and poetry

Prayer

Reporters of fact-based journalism

Road maintenance and repair crews in winter

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)

Skiable Snow

Snowpack building in the mountains 

Snowplow drivers 

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:

Margie Strang (d. February 19)

Those killed by gun violence in our country in 2019: 1,914 children, women, and men; and 3,291 people injured (through February 19)

Go here to read our Bishop's statement on domestic violence. Go here to read a statement by our Bishops Against Gun Violence. On Fridays through June 7, on the Episcopalians Against Gun Violence Facebook page, the bishops offer a pop-up live-stream five-minute prayer service against gun violence. The next is on February 22 at 9 am (Pacific) with Bishop Mark Beckwith. For a different observance, we offer this Litany by the Bishops Against Gun Violence.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

[Photo Credit: School of Theology, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee]