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 Carol Andreasian.  Carol is scheduled for hip surgery on February 8th.  Pray for a successful recovery and strength.

Please pray for Ken Walk.  Ken is the husband of our church accountant.  He is scheduled for a heart Catherization in the near future.  Pray for healing and strength.

Sylvia Walden is requesting prayers for Debbie Skellum, her sister who has been newly diagnosed with lung cancer. Please pray for strength, healing and comfort for her and her family. Thank you.

We are saddened to report the passing of Bob Dawson.  Bob was the husband of Harriet Dawson.  He was a Veteran.  We will remember Bob with a memorial candle on 2/5/2023.  Please keep Harriet in your prayers during this difficult time.

Dawn Keough is requesting prayers for Barb Mangels a golfing friend. Barb is having multiple health issues. A prayer shaw was dedicated for her today and taken to her by her daughter-in-law. Update: Barb had to be admitted to TVRH yesterday 2/2 for decreasing health. Update: Barb passed away early this am with family at her bedside. Please pray for peace and comfort for her family and friends. Thank you all.

The Keoughs are requesting prayers for Dawn's brother Milt Wiest. He will be having gallbladder surgery on 2/1 at the Villages Hospital. Please pray to guide the surgeon's hands and a successful surgery. Update: Milt's surgery was successful and he is home recovering. Please pray for pain relief and comfort.

Diane Dresback is asking for prayers for her cousin Chris Colgrove. Chris had sacral spine procedure today 1/23 and is at home under Diane's care. Please pray for pain relief and healing. Thank you. Update: Chris is recovering well with less pain. Thank you all for your prayers and concern.

Diane Dresback is asking for prayers for Sandy Hoffmann. Sandy had a successful lung lesion biopsy done on Friday 1/20 and is anxiously awaiting the results. Update: Sandy will be having robotic thoracic surgery on 2/17 at Ocala Regional Hospital. Please pray to guide the surgeons hands and a successful outcome. Thank you.

Please pray for Shirley Boothroyd.  She is in the Leesburg Hospital.  There have been some cardiac issues and she needs our encouragement and prayer support. Shirley is at home presently and still needs our prayers and concern.

Please pray for Leo's 3 year old grandaughter with newly diagnosed probable Autism. Leslie and Leo are hopeful for continued avenues of testing,diagnosis and support services to benefit their little one and her family.

Please pray for the family and friends of Bruce Taylor.  Bruce passed away on 1/7.  He was the cousin of Darla Webb.  Pray for comfort and peace at this time of sadness.

Please pray for Ginny Hartman, a neighbor of Beth and Steve Feustel.  Ginny was in a serious auto accident and has back injuries.  She is in the hospital ICU in Ocala.  Pray for healing.

Brad Stehle, the son of Russ and Kathy Stehle, was hospitalized in New Jersey with a ruptured abscess in his colon.  Brad is home with his family with extensive home nursing care. He is improving daily but still has a long way to a full recovery. Please pray for pain relief and healing. Pray for his family who are taking such good care of him.

Pray for Dan Boadler, the grandson of Dale and Darla Webb.  Dan is very ill and needs our prayers for strength.  Also, pray for Dale and Darla at this difficult time. Update: Dan passed away the 17th peacefully holding his cross and listening to praise music. Please continue to pray for Darla and Da

Ginny Poe requests prayers for Joseph Carmichael who is battling cancer.  This has happened to Joseph before and he will need strength for the battle.

Pray for a friend of Ginny Poe named Sue.  Sue is going through tests to determine the source of a great deal of pain in her body. She will need prayers for the doctors to find the source of the pain and a cure.

Please pray for Nancy Doggett's daughter-in-law, Janet Doggett.  Janet was recently diagnosed with liver cancer and now there is a fear it may have metastasized to the shoulder area.  Pray for strength and healing.  Also, pray for Janet's family as they support her and care for her.

Karen Lewis is requesting prayers for her daughter Jessica whose best friend's daughter has been diagnosed with leukemia. She is 14 years old and is in the hospital having a tough time. Please pray for this sweet, frightened girl and her family. Thank you.

Cleo Simon is requesting prayers for Edward Simon for healing of the wounds on his feet thus preventing a leg amputation. Also please pray for a stronger faith for Edward. Thank you

Pam Sabo is requesting prayers for her daughter Vickie's friend Decker Pettis. He has been hospitalized in Tampa, Fl. for a week in ICU and is paralized from the waist down and with other neurological issues. Please pray for healing and comfort for him, his family and Vickie. Thank you.

Please pray for Nancy Lampitoc.  Nancy, one of our church family for many years, has had a stroke.  Pray for healing and strength.

Leslie Muhlhauser is requesting prayers for her sister-in-law Beth who's sisters' spouse died suddenly in Sarasota, Fl. Please pray for this family at this very difficult time. Beth is now in a memory care facility for supervised care.

Please pray for Judy Seitter, a friend of Jessie Edwards, who had a hip replacement and is at Chatham Glen. She is being discharged this Friday and needs assistance at home. Pray for help from the discharge dept. and from her friends at her church. Thank you all.

Jessie Edwards is requesting prayers for Katerina Malin a CNA at Chatham Glen. Katerina is testing for a nursing program which is expensive, and we need to pray please she is successful in her first attempt. Thank you.

Please pray for Jan Doran who is presently in NY. She had surgery on 10/17 and will start radiation treatments in 4-6 weeks. If you would like to send her a card her address is: Jan Doran c/o Nancy/Robert Wiegand, 5439 Kick Road, Lockport, NY 14094. She hopes to return to Fl. for Christmas. Please pray for healing and wellness. Thank you all.

Leslie Muhlhauser is requesting prayers for a co-worker at TVH who has had a reoccurrence of breast cancer after 9 years. She will find out her treatment options and go from there. She is going tom have radiation only as nodes and margins found to be clear. Please continue to pray for her and her family.

Barbara Kramer is requesting prayers for her friend Billie Sharp, a 20 something yr. old who was in a motorcycle accident. He has been flown to Orlando and appears to be in critical condition. Please pray for comfort and peace for this wonderful young man. Thank y

Please pray for Libby Regans daughter Kym. She has an abdominal aortic aneurysm. Her surgery has been postponed as the Dr.'s feel it is too early to do the surgery. They will continue to monitor Kym. Libby should be returning home to Fl. soon. Please keep Kym and her family in your prayers.

Please say a prayer for Pam and John.  They are looking for a place to rent that is quiet and private.  Pray that they are led to a place to live that provides them with the comfortable situation they desire.  Thank you.

A request from Leslie Muhlhauser :  pray for John, 24 year old nephew, who is battling some mental issues in York, Pa.  John needs are prayers that he can receive the help and care he needs, stabilize his medications, and find peace.  Please pray for him and his family.

Patty Adams is asking for prayers for her sister, Peggy Brennaman.  Peggy is in need of a lung transplant.  At just 4' 10" it requires someone small in stature to be the donor.  Peggy is currently in Indiana University Hospital.  Pray for a donor, successful surgery and complete recovery.  Thank you.

A prayer request from Leslie Muhlhauser for her brother-in-law, Thomas Gerz.  Thomas has had two bouts with cancer and successfully overcame the issues.  However, he was recently diagnosed with cancer again and there is fear it mighty involve the Pancreas.  Please pray for a miracle and the strength to move forward.  Update:  Thomas has restarted chemo.  Hoping to make a trip in October for a family celebration.  Continue to pray,

Please pray for a former church member in MI. Sally Gilles, who has a history of cancer and just recently sustained a fall. She is currently in the hospital but hopefully will be able to return home with help from friends. Thank you all.

Please pray for Carol Andreasian.  She will be going to Moffitt in Tampa for scans of her lungs.  Pray that the tests and procedures bring a successful result.  We ask for healing and strength for comfort.

Leslie Muhlhauser and Leo VanderMeer are requesting prayers for family friends and neighbors of Crystal age 51, who was killed in a tragic road rage incident in Va. Update: The 22 year old who shot Crystal has been charged with 2nd degree murder.  Basically two lives have been wasted over this awful incident.  Pray for all involved. There will be a trial in May.

Tami Blaze is requesting prayers. She remains in constant pain and has lost 30 pounds since she has worked at the pantry.  She is also asking for prayers for her brother Bill who has Parkinsons and brother-in-law Pete who is suffering with Alzheimer's. Thank you for your prayers and concern.

A prayer request from First Congregational Church in Clarkston, Michigan.  Lori, the church administrator, asks for prayers for her sister who suffered a stroke recently.  Pray for Janet to receive healing and strength.

Please pray for Chad Skaggs, a former US Marshall, and his family who are going through a very difficult time presently. Thank you.

Libby Regen is requesting prayers for her nephew Danny Bethard who has been battling bladder cancer for over 2 years.  He will be having additional bladder surgery on August 15th. Please pray for a successful surgery and a positive outcome.

Please pray for Edward Simon.  Ed is a veteran and is suffering from the effects of agent orange.  He is currently in rehab due to an infection.  His wife Cleo is a member of our church family and requests our prayers for Ed.  Pray for strength, healing and family.

Ken Roth is requesting prayers for his wife Kay who will be going to Winnie Palmer Hospital soon for cancer surgery. He also requested a prayer shaw for her. Please also pray for Ken as he goes through this difficult time with Kay. Thank you all for your prayers and concern.

Darla Webb is requesting prayers for Bruce Taylor {79} who is in the latter stages of dementia as a result of multiple heart surgeries. Please pray for comfort for Bruce and his family. Thank you.

Mary Starkweather is requesting prayers for Natalie Andrews. She has a lesion on her lung and is going to Moffitt for treatment. She wants to thank everyone for their prayers for her great-grandson Jameson. He is growing and doing well. Natalie thanks everyone for the stability the church offers her. Please pray for successful treatment and recovery.

Jessie Edwards and family are requesting prayers for Dorothy Gruendler a friend who plays piano with their daughter at their church.  Dorothy, age 61, is in the hospital with COVID and pneumonia.  Pray for healing and strength.

Natalie Andrews asks for continued prayers for her great-great-grandson Jamison Sharp.  Jamison was born early Sunday morning, 6/26, and was in life threatening difficulty.  However, thank God and the prayers of many, he has rallied and is expected to do

Please pray for Dottie Landermann's son, Danny Coombs.  Danny has been diagnosed with bladder cancer and is under treatment.  Pray for healing and the success of the medical efforts being made for Danny.

Libby Regan is requesting prayers for her friend Sandra Hawthorn in Illinois who recently experienced a heart attack. Please pray for comfort and a full recovery for this younger very active lady.

Please pray for Michael Thompson who is in the hospital in Ohio with kidney failure.  His family asks for prayers for healing and strength for this difficult battle.

Cathy Reitmyer is requesting prayers for 7 year old Harry Hazlitt, from Olcott, Ny, who has been fighting cancer for 2 years. His cancer has returned in the forms of tumors in his brain and lungs. The cancer, Osterosurcoma, is very aggressive. Please pray for a healing miracle and comfort for

Dottie Landermann is requesting continued prayers for her brother Michael DelColle as he struggles to recover and rehab from the effects of a fall. Dottie thanks all for prayers and concern. Please continue to pray for pain relief and a successful rehab..

Dan and Pam Sabo are asking for prayers for their longtime friends, Bill and Nancy Orris.  Bill suffers from heart failure and Nancy with COVID and high fever.  They have called Hospice and Nancy is in the hospital.  Bill and Nancy come from Sabo's hometown

Please pray for Kathy Wright who is going through a difficult and painful time. Pray she receives comfort and peace.

Please pray for Pam and John Tracy.  They asked our church to pray for them as they weather some difficult issues.

Ray Gould is battling respiratory and other health issues.  Pray for healing, comfort and strength.  Also, pray for Ray's wife Sue.  The Gould's have been part of our church family for many years.

Candy DeGarmo is requesting prayers for Pam Sheehan.  Pam has been very ill with Crohn's Disease.  She also recently had a skin cancer removed from her arm.  Due to her medications she does not heal very well.  Please pray for Pam.

Karin Roosa is asking for prayers for her brother Jim Heikkila who will be having surgery on January 31th for a mass in his bladder. Please pray to guide the surgeons hands, a successful surgery and positive outcome. Thank you.

Ginny Poe Klenk is requesting prayers for a dear friend's husband in Maine. His name is Erick Schlapak who had a stroke and is recovering after surgery at Mass General Hospital. Please pray for a full recovery and for Erick's family. Thank you

Please pray for Caryl Peterson.  Caryl is a friend of Mary Starkweather and her brother, Bill.   She was diagnosed with lung cancer and will be starting radiation at Moffitt in Tampa next week.

Please pray for a member of Jim Keough's former pastorate in Michigan, Harry Moore.  Harry has had tests that reveal he has liver cancer. Treatment options are being considered. Please pray for healing and comfort.

Cathy Reitmyer is requesting prayers for her friend in Spruce Creek South, Rick Morressette. Last Friday he found out he has cancer and was told to go home and make the best of the time he has. Please pray for comfort both physically and emotionally for Rick and his friends and family. Thank you

Mary Starkweather is requesting prayers for Ron Baldak who is experiencing severe pain in his spine from degenerative disc disease and arthritis. He is only in his 50's from Waterford Mi. Please pray for comfort and healing. Thank you.

Jack and Annelle Baird are requesting prayers for their neighbor Dave Charles. He has been newly diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He received a prayer shaw today and needs our prayers for successful treatment and recovery. Thank you.

Please pray for Helga York,. She has been part of our church family for many years.  She now lives in New Hampshire in an assisted living facility.   Please send cards of greetings and encouragement to Helga York, 66 Hawthorne Dr.  Apt. 215, Bedford, NH 03110 (mark your card "Friend from The Congregational Church in Florida".

Jan Doran is requesting prayers for Dolores L'Homedieu. Dolores has kidney cancer, needs surgery and possible kidney donation/transplant. Please pray for a successful surgery.

The children who visit our Infant and Toddler Pantry and their families.

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.

Please pray for Billie Thatcher's sister, Mary Lou Kovacs.  Mary Lou is suffering with severe memory issues.  Pray for her and husband

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 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.