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 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.

Mary Starkweather is requesting prayers for Ray Arterburn who lives in Stonecrest. He recently had a heart attack, airlifted to Shands and had open heart surgery. He is currently at Chatham Glen Rehab. Please pray for a successful rehab and for his family.

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 faith.

Please pray for Harriet Dawson's sister-in-law, Toni Klausler.  Toni is in Hospice following complications from congestive heart failure.. Pray for strength for this difficult battle.  Also pray for friends and family.

Joyce Hutchinson is requesting prayers for her landscaper Logan LeCompte. He was in a horrific automobile accident the end of July and is in the burn unit on a ventilator at Shands Hospital with burns over 1/2 of his body. Please pray for pain relief and healing for this 23 year old. Thank you all.

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.

Request from Jim and Nancy Reid: Please pray for Denny Nurre, a friend, who had a golf cart accident.  He has serious burns from battery acid along with 3 broken ribs.   He also suffers from a broken clavicle and numerous cuts/abrasions.  He will be in Shands for treatment and recovery.  Pray for Denny to have healing and strength for this difficult battle. A prayer shaw is also requested for Denny.

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.

The Keough's are asking for prayers for Joyce Bryant, the mother of our daughter Danielle's friend. Joyce has a mass penetrating her brain and also has indications of blood cancer from testing done. She is having a biopsy of the mass on Monday am 7/31. Please pray for comfort and peace for Joyce and her 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.

Mary Starkweather is requesting prayers for Linda Walk, CPA, who is part of the churches' financial team, fell and injured her head. She is currently recovering at home. Please pray for healing and strength.

Nancy and Jim Reid are requesting prayers for John Urbanowicz who is in the final stages of Parkinson's disease. He is confined to a hospital bed at home with hallucinations. Please pray for him and his wife Alice in their time of need. The Reids are also requesting a prayer shaw for their friend.

Barry and Ginny Evans are requesting prayers for their youngest son Craig. Craig had a colonoscopy and a cancerous mass was found. He will be having radiation and chemo for an extended period of time and then surgery in February. Please pray for successful treatment and surgery. Ginny and Barry thank you all so very much and miss you al

Please pray for Nancy Doggett's daughter-in-law, Janet Doggett.  Janet was recently diagnosed with liver cancer.  Pray for strength and healing.  Also, pray for Janet's family as they support her and care for her

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 fi

Please pray for Bonnie Pearson as she is currently recovering and rehabing from a right total shoulder replacement. Continued prayers for a successful rehab is greatly appreciated..

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.

Please Pray for Bob Dawson. He fell yesterday, broke small vertebrae in his neck! He is at home.  Also Please pray for a quick recovery and also pray for his wife and caregiver, Harriet Dawson.

Jerry Starkweather thanks the congregation for their good thoughts and prayers! I am home and doing much better!

Shirley Boothroyd and her daughter Cheryl Chandler thank the congregation for their prayers

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 Harry and his family.

Please pray for Mary Starkweather's sister-in-law, Annell Gillow, who fell and broke her hip and femur.  She is presently at Chatham Glen rehab facility. Update: She was finally released and able to go home after 13 weeks at Chatham Glen Rehab. She thanks everyone for their prayers and concern.

Jack and Annelle Baird are requesting prayer for their 15 year old cousin Jake Collett who has been recently diagnosed with Epilepsy. Please pray for the best control of his seizures and difficult adjustment for a teenager

Please pray for little Matthew Velazquez.  He is 4 years old and has a stomach obstruction.  He will be going to the hospital on April 12th for a procedure to gain some relief.  Also pray for his mother Vajaira Velazquex.  They are clients of our Infant and Toddler Pantry.

Please pray for Dana Parker's husband Richard.  Richard was in a serious motor vehicle accident and is at home presently recovering.  Dana is the Executive Director of Love INC.

Mary Starkweather is requesting prayers for Arlene Doman who is a Stonecrest resident. She is a friend of the church and has just learned that she has brain cancer and nothing can be done. Please pray for comfort and strength.

Please pray for William, who contacted our website for prayer, he is a 67 yr old man who had a bad rash inside my right hip area.  He went to the Dr was told it's a bedsore.  He needs prayer that it will quickly improve and not worsen because he is disabled and sit a

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.

Please pray for Bill Sellers who is awaiting glaucoma surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. They send their love to all and enjoy being part of our church family. Thanks to all.

Good news; Margie Hutchinson has been discharged from the hospital to home where her children are caring for her until she can be independent again. Prayers answered, thank you all. Please continue to pray for a complete recovery.

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.

Please pray for Janice Henry. Update: Janice sadly has passed away. Please pray for comfort and peace for family and friends.

Please pray for Timothy Doyle son of a good friend of Nancy Sharff who sang at the church recently. He is under treatment for cancer and needs our prayers and concern. Thank you..

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

Pray for Carol Zaccone. Carol is home from a recent stay in Chatham Glenn.  She still needs our prayers for strength and healing.

Please pray for Sandy Hoffmann's friend, Danielle, who has been removed from her home and her children by DCF.  Pray she can get the assistance she needs and return to her children soon

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.

Mary Starkweather is requesting prayers for Rod Sowers who is in the hospital with Covid. The doctors want to place him on a ventilator. Please pray for successful treatment and recovery.

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.

Bonnie and Cory Pearson is asking for prayer for her friend, Gail Meloni, who has been paralyzed since December due to deadened nerves in her legs . Update: Bonnie has informed us today that Gail has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Please pray for peace and comfort.

Please pray for Kathy Carney.  Kathy is a good friend of Penny Stinton.  She has recently moved to Buffalo Crossings Rehab center and is receiving therapy.  Your prayers will be appreciated.

Diane Dresback is requesting prayers for our friend Sandy Hoffmann. Sandy has a suspicious lesion on her lung and an incurable condition in her mouth. A biopsy was not deemed necessary per her physician and she is being treated with medications. Please pray for her comfort.  Pray for healing and peace.

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 y

Diane Dresbach is asking for prayers for Helga York,. She has just recently been diagnosed with cancer and has moved into 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 Gale Wigner.  Gale was diagnosed with bladder cancer.  He has had several surgical procedures The latest news is that recent tests show him to be clear of cancer.  If you want to send a card:  6819 Williams Lake Rd., Waterford, MI  48. Gail will be having additional surgery on 12/20 in Michigan. Please continue praying for healing.

Bill Deysher is requesting prayers for his son-in-law Scott Rofofsky who has been diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal and liver cancer. Please pray for comfort and successful treatment. Bill greatly appreciates your prayers and concern.

Pray for calm, patience and peace for our world and society.  The pandemic, troubles in Washington, economic distress and more are causing the very fabric of our lives to be ripped and shredded.  Tension in homes and marriages.  A rise in the suicide rate.  Schools reporting increased behavioral problems.  We need to pray for serenity and an end to the turmoil.  Our bodies will have an increased negative reaction to this culture of anger.  Sickness of every type will increase.  Calm down and

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 Ron

Please pray for Tami Blaze.  Tami has worked in our Infant & Toddler Pantry.  She has been bravely battling health issues for several years. The most recent report is that Tami will be going to Shands Hospital in Gainesville for new treatments.

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.

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.