Why Do We Pray?

Prayer is the practice of the presence of God. It is the place where pride is abandoned, hope is lifted, and supplication is made. Prayer is the place of admitting our need, of adopting humility, and claiming dependence upon God. Prayer is the needful practice of the Christian. Prayer is the exercise of faith and hope. Prayer is the privilege of touching the heart of the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you." James 4:8

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil. 4:6-7

Father, in Your mercy, hear our prayers.

Hands closed in prayer on an open bible

Please Pray for The Following:

  • Please pray for Rick Nelli.  Rick is in the hospital in Ocala with pneumonia and a high temperature.  Results of a COVID test have not come back yet.  He is very ill.  Pray for him and for his wife Diane.
  • Prayer request from Ginny Poe Klenk:  "I just received a call about my dear friend Linda Sandusky.  She fell through the floor in the attic of her home while getting Christmas decorations.  She is a dear, kind, fun, full of life friend who needs our prayers badly.  She is currently recovering from surgery.  Please pray for Linda.
  • Pray for the Carroll family.  Jerry Carroll passed away recently in rehab.  Jerry's wife, Nancy, is battling pancreatic cancer.  The Carrolls are friends of Penny Stinton.
  • Please pray for the children in Bronwyn Smith's 7th grade homeroom.  One of the students has tested positive for COVID and the entire class is now on home quarantine.
  • Please pray for Danielle and Scott DeWitt.  Scott and Danielle (Jim & Dawn Keough's daughter) have COVID-19.
  • Please pray for Dawn Payzant.  Dawn has attended our services many times and is a good friend of Nancy Doggett.  Dawn lives in Nova Scotia.  She is currently suffering from an advancing case of Parkinson's Disease.  This dear lady needs our encouragement and prayers.  If you want to send a card or note (2 US stamps needed for Canada) her address is:  Dawn Payzant, 1058 Albany New Road, Caledonia, Nova Scotia, BOT1B0 Canada.  Her birthday is coming up on 12/28.
  • Please pray for a Catherine, friend of Heidi Allen, who is in the hospital with a TGA - transient global amnesia.  Catherine doesn't have any family close by and the prayers of our church family will be a blessing.
  • Pray for Steve Feustel.  Steve had a recent stay at Leesburg Hospital.  He is recuperating at home.  Please continue to pray for Steve and Beth as he heals and recovers.
  • Please pray for Ruth Ann "Pinky" Bigley.  Pinky's mother, Eleanor, passed away this morning, 11/16/20.  Pinky just sang for our service yesterday morning.  Eleanor would have been 90 in two weeks.  Our prayers are with Pinky and her family. If you want to send a card or note to Pinky her address is:  6034 Delphina Loop, The Villages, FL  32163.
  • Pray for Carole Masters, Jim Keough's Administrative Assistant for many years in Michigan, who had a bad fall and broke her arm just below the shoulder.  Pray for healing and relief from pain. She will have surgery on December 7th.
  • Pray for Jerry Starkweather whose brother, Don, just recently passed away.
  • Please pray for Nancy Cowell. She had a bad fall. Please pray for a healing and pain relief.
  • Pray for Helga York.  Helga and Bill York have been part of our church family for many years.  They moved to New Hampshire some time ago but have kept in contact and remained interested in our church.  Bill passed away after a long and valiant battle with several health issues on Sunday, November 8th.  After a long and beautiful marriage Helga needs our prayers and support.  You can send a card or note to:  Helga York, 2 Golan Drive, Londonderry, New Hampshire, 03053.
  • Please say a prayer for Dottie Landermann.  Dottie's surgery was canceled.  Please keep Dottie in your prayers.
  • Pray for Nancy Doggett.  Nancy had successful cancer surgery and is about to begin radiation therapy.
  • Please pray for Pauline Brannigan.  Pauline in the daughter of Judie Parker, a long time part of The Congregational Church family.  Pauline recently had successful surgery for a melanoma on her leg.  Thank you for your prayers.
  • Please pray for Mike Howard. Mike is recuperating in rehab after a surgical procedure on his arm.
  • Please pray for Leslie Adams. Leslie is one of our church family and leads our Infant and Toddler Pantry.  Leslie had successful cancer surgery and is now recuperating at home.
  • Please continue to pray for Paul Fortin as he had shoulder surgery on 10/23 and is at home recuperating and will begin outpatient rehab shortly.
  • Please pray for Janice Nystrom.  Janice is the wife of our Board of Trustees chairperson, Carl Nystrom.  Janice had a recent hospital stay at The Villages Hospital and will recuperate at home.
  • Jim & Ann Denholm had asked for prayers for their friend Tony Mont.  Tony is now recovering at home from his surgery and is improving.  Thank you for your prayers.
  • Please continue to pray for Cory and Bonnie Pearson's friend Gail Meloni as she begins treatments for lung cancer.
  • Please pray for Kevin Hensley and all our returning armed service personnel who have been exposed to various diseases from the "burn pits" during their military deployments.  Pray that the bills before congress will pass and bring these heroes relief.  Pray for H.R. 1381 The Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act and H.R. 4574 The Veterans Right to Breathe Act passage.
  • Please pray for Cathy Reitmyer's niece, Renee.  Renee has been diagnosed with bladder cancer.  She is only 37 years old and has 4 young children.
  • Please pray for Billie Thatcher's sister, Mary Lou Kovacs.  Mary Lou is suffering with severe memory issues.  Pray for her and husband Ron.
  • Please pray for Frank Szczepanski.  Frank is having lung infection treatments that will last up to 24 months.  The side effects from the medications have caused him to lose his hearing which will not likely return.  Also pray for his wife, Vi, as they struggle through this difficult time together.
  • Please pray for Pam Sabo.  Pam has been dealing with blurriness in her eye resulting from a slight stroke in the eye.
  • Please pray for Ruth McGuy.  Ruth, a long time member of our church, had surgery recently in Massachusetts.  She will be having radiation treatments in a few weeks. Ruth's address is 6 Mary Avenue, Seekonk, MA  02771.
  • A close friend of Bob and Harriet Dawson, Ernie Groves, suffered a stroke on 9/25.   He is alert and communicative, however, he is unable to walk and lacks balance.   Ernie is in  the hospital's Rehab Facility for extensive therapy to learn to walk again.  Please pray for Ernie and family.
  • Update on Ann Ellenwood, neighbor of Virginia Hampton. She finished chemo in August and starts radiation today, 9/29, 6 weeks 5 times a week. Unfortunately she’s having to reside in a hotel room due to rains wetting her ceilings during a roof replacement which caused mold. Continued prayers are requested during this trying time as if the COVID-19 wasn’t enough already.
  • Janet Moe has asked for prayers for her Dad, Ken Bradeen.  Ken just turned 99 years old and was doing well until a fall which caused an ankle fracture and some other injuries.  Pray for Ken and family.
  • Please pray for the sister-in-law of my friend Sue Aulgur in Michigan.  Her name is Marie France.  She is 81 years old and is very frail with lung cancer.  Marie's husband, Bill, Sue's brother has dementia and this further complicates the situation.   Pray for this family, please.
  • Sally Gillies, a friend and from Michigan, is having procedures and treatments for stage 3 cancer. Please pray for Sally to have strength, hope and healing.
  • Please pray for Tami Blaze.  Tami has worked in our Infant & Toddler Pantry.  She has been bravely battling health issues for several years.
  • Please pray for Pam Albright.  Pam, age 50, is an elementary school teacher in Michigan.  Pam is in the hospital on a ventilator battling COVID-19.
  • Please pray for Michelle Mindak Makas.  Michelle had cancer surgery recently in New Orleans and is now back home in Florida recuperating.
  • Pray for Bob Mitchell, Annelle Baird's cousin, who has been diagnosed with cancer and is receiving treatments.  He is 87 years old and lives in Lexington, KY.
  • Continue to pray for Cathy Reitmyer as she is recovering from heart issues.   Please pray for Cathy and her Mom (Rose).
  • Pray for Shirley Boothroyd.  Shirley is a member of our Mission Board and is recovering from a recent surgery.
  • Pray for Carolyn Baker.  She is having pain in her hip and is receiving treatment.
  • Please pray for Bennie Exum's son, David, who suffers from pulmonary fibrosis.
  • Pray for Jerry Starkweather's long time friend, Les Hartzman, who was diagnosed with lung cancer and is going through chemo and radiation.
  • Please pray for Jean Gorney.  Jean had a fall at home and broke her left shoulder along with several other painful injuries.  Pray for her and husband Bob as she recovers.
  • Pray for Danny Bethard.  Danny is Libby Regan's nephew and he had a mass successfully removed from one of his kidneys and is now having chemo.  Thank you for your prayers and keep praying!
  • Pray for Sandy Hoffmann.  She is suffering with terrible headaches.  Pray for relief from the pain.
  • Biff McBee is asking for prayer for a good friend, Bob Huizing.  Bob is dealing with cancer and the start of chemotherapy.  Also, pray for Bob's wife Ginny as she seeks to help him through this.
  • Please pray for Leslie Tate, she is the wife of Otto Souder.  She is battling cancer and other health issues. Leslie is scheduled for surgery soon and your continued prayers will help.  She and Otto are most grateful for your prayers and concern. Also son, Scott, in Maryville, TN, has MS and recently fell and fractured his sternum.  If you want to send a note of encouragement:  Leslie Tate, 13670 SE 97th Terrace Rd., Summerfield, Florida  34491.
  • Prayers are needed for Louise Tucker, the sister of Jean Gorney, who has been suffering due to a stroke and liver problems..
  • Please pray for Bev Huey, a friend of Cathy Reitmyer, who has been diagnosed with kidney failure and had a recent heart procedure.
  • Pray for the necessary reforms to be brought about that will establish unity and justice for all citizens of our country.  May economic justice, police reform and an end to racism be established.
  • Pray for the families of the police officers and individuals who have been killed in the recent violence in our country.  Pray for the store and business owners who have lost everything to the senseless violence of the last few weeks.
  • Pray for peace to return to the cities and towns of our country.  Pray to stop the violence, looting and hatred.  Give our leaders the wisdom to take the actions necessary to restore order.
  • Please pray for Cathy Kivitt, the sister-in-law of Charles and Kathy Kivitt, she is battling cancer and other health issues.  Pray for healing, comfort and strength.
  • Please pray for Roger Marvin.  He has been placed in Hospice care where he fell and broke his hip.  He and his wife, Shirley, need our prayers.
  • Pray for the many people around the world who are suffering from the coronavirus.  Pray to stop the spread of this virus, halt the panic, heal the many children and elderly it is afflicting.
  • The children who visit our Infant and Toddler Pantry and their families.
  • Pray for the success of our new church programs: The Memorial Garden, and The Infant and Toddler Literacy Program.  Thank you.
If you have a prayer request contact Dawn Keough at:  Nana6bn5g@aol.com
or call the pastor at 352-250-6160.