DO YOU HAVE A PRAYER REQUEST?
We greet you in prayer on this day. Where we are, winter approaches with heavy skies, but the morning's sunrise is spectacular. Always we pray.
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—Addictions; and pray for her son
Amy—End-of-life transitions; and prayers for her husband Bob and their family
Amy—With her children, anticipating a move and a new job
Boards of organizations whose decisions bear on so many lives
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.; Church of the Nativity, Lewiston, 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.; and St. Paul's, Walla Walla, Wash.
Frances Eberlein—Stroke and heart disease
An end to the epidemic of gun violence in this nation. We have become inured to mass shootings. The 50,000+ victims each year, and their families, demand more than "our thoughts and prayers."
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 care
The Espe family
Healing of the divides in this nation, especially around race, class, and gender—and a renewed commitment by the President, Congress, and the Supreme Court and all in power to "strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being"
Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii)—Stage 4 kidney cancer
JT—Gender transition; and their daughter
Janet—Discernment re: identity and work
Harry Johnson—Pneumonia at the end of life
Katie—Pneumonia after treatment for lung cancer
Kay—Aging and alcoholism
Kristen—Addictions; and prayers for her sons
Kristi—A dysfunctional work environment
The Very Rev. Tracey Lind—Frontotemporal degeneration
Holly Luck—Lung cancer
Sen. John McCain—Brain cancer
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
Neil—Alcoholism; and his familly
The people of Puerto Rico, most of whom are still without electric service and other basic infrastructure
The people of Eritrea and Ethiopia
The people of Sudan, especially the women and children, suffering ongoing violence, drought, and famine
The people of Syria, especially the women and children
Postulants and candidates for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Spokane: Nathan Empsall, Shanna Hawks, John MacDonald, and Dave Walker
The preservation of and improvement of the Affordable Care Act into a single-payer system, to bring down costs and improve access for all
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 "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
Roberta—Stroke; and her daughter Linda who cares for her
The Rohingya people of Myanmar and Bangladesh, including those who have resettled in Spokane
Rose—Rare untreatable cancer
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, 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; and LGBTQ youth worldwide; and LGBTQ persons in Chechnya
- 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 lives and ministries, including: Beth, Chris, Colin, Fred, Lorena, Lucas, Mike, Nancy, Nathan, 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
And in Thanksgiving for:
Critical thinking—may it be nurtured in all
Dan Carlson-Thompson—Successful surgery
Emergency services workers
The Rev. Jane Gober—Ordained to the diaconate
Methow Episcopal Congregation
The moisture of autumn snowfalls
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 they rest in peace and rise in glory and may God comfort those who mourn:
Lorraine Ashland (November 18); her daughters Sara and Susanne, and granddaughter Jessica
The 5 people killed by a shooter armed with a semi-automatic gun in Tehama County California (November 14)
The 500+ people killed in an earthquake on the Iran/Iraq border (November 12)
The 26 human beings killed at the First Baptist Church by a single shooter armed with a semi-automatic weapon, in Sutherland Springs, Texas (November 5)
The eight people killed in Manhattan when a man drove a truck into them on bike path (October 31)
Those killed by gun violence in our country this year: 13,816 children, women, and men; and 28,115 people injured (through November 20)
Law enforcement officers killed by gunfire in the line of duty in the past 30 days:
- Nov. 17. Police officer Brian David Shaw, 25, New Kensington (Pennsylvania) Police Department
- Nov. 16. Det. Sean Suiter, 43, Baltimore City (Maryland) Police Department
- Oct. 21. Police Officer Justin Leo, 31, Girard (Ohio) Police Department
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 the past 30 days
- Nov. 14, Army Sgt. 1st Class Hughton O. Brown, 43, Brooklyn, New York
- Nov. 4. Army Sgt. 1st Class Stephen B. Cribben, 33, Simi Valley, California.
- Oct. 27. Army Chief Warrant Officer Jacob M. Sims, 34, Juneau, Alaska, died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan
[Photo Credit: Robin Biffle]
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.