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

Prayer Request help needed!  When a difficult time arises, and we are in need of prayer it is easy to make a call or send a message asking for prayer.  However, when God answers, and the need is no longer pressing we forget to contact the Prayer Team with an update.  Some requests therefore linger on the list long after the need has been satisfied.  Since there are more than 250 people who look to the church for ministry in this way it would be most helpful if you would take a moment to send a note advising of the status of your situation, friend, or loved one.  Thank you for your help!   Together we are making a difference in the lives of people who need the comfort and help of people to pray.

Diane Dresback is requesting prayers for our friend Sandy Hoffmann. Sandy is experiencing severe headaches. She is having a CT scan today 12/7. Please pray for pain relief and comfort. Thank you.

Please pray for Bev Fornander.  Bev is in Freedom Point Rehab after suffering a spine fracture.  Also, pray for her husband John during this difficult time.  Thank you.

Please pray for Milt Wiest, Dawn Keough's brother. He will be having extensive back surgery on December 1st at a hospital in Ocoee, Fl. Pray God guides the surgeon's hands and for a successful surgery and recovery. Update; Milt is home but struggling with pain control issues. Please pray for pain relief and comfort.

Please pray for Diane Dresback as she is having abdominal surgery on December 1st in Ocala. Pray God guides the surgeon's hands and for a successful outcome and recovery. Update; Diane came home the day of surgery and is doing extremely well. Thank you for all the prayers and concern.

Please pray for long time member Carole Zaccone.  Carole had a heart attack recently and needs our prayers for strength and healing.  Also, pray for her husband Dick during this difficult time.  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.

Mary Starkweather requests prayers for Gary Burmaster.  Gary is having heart and lung issues and now tested positive for COVID after having the vaccines.  He is in a very weakened condition.  Pray for Gary.

Please pray for Jean Gorney as she is going to having an Interventional Endoscopy on Monday to evaluate the masses in her abdomen. Please pray they are not cancer. She is also experiencing constant itching due to a condition called dermagraphism. She is so very appreciative of the prayer shaw given to her which is giving her comfort. Thank You.

Please pray for Pam Sabo as she is having severe pain in her right knee. She will be having a knee replacement on 1/4/2022. Please pray for a //successful surgery, pain control and speedy rehab. Thank you.

Please pray for Carol Andreasian as she is having heart surgery on November 17th, being admitted on the 16th. Pray for the surgeon to have steady hands, a successful outcome and an excellent rehab period. Thank you all.

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

Mary Ellen Kresel is requesting prayers for her brother Louis. His dementia is worsening and he has fallen several times. He also has been admitted to the hospital with abdominal pain. Update: Louis passed away last evening at 6 pm to be with our Lord and Savior. Please continue to pray for Mary Ellen and her family. Thank you.

Pray for Bill Lewis.  Bill is back in the hospital.  This is his third time being admitted in the last several months.  His wife Karen asks us to pray for Bill. Update: Bill has been transferred to a rehab center for continued care and strengthening.  Let's pray for healing and comfort for Bill and strength for Karen in this difficult time.

Please pray for Judy Nichols.  Judy and her husband Therm have attended many events at our church over the years.  They have been long time friends of the Wigners, Starkweathers and Keoughs from Michigan.  Judy is currently in The Villages Hospital after receiving a pacemaker.  This comes after a difficult week before being diagnosed.  Pray for the Nic

Please pray for Libby Regan as she is experiencing shortness of breath and weakness. Pray her breathing becomes easier and she regains her strength.

Please pray for Deanna Gomez and family.  Deanna is the daughter of our sound company owners, Don and Barb Peterson.  We have worked with Don since our building was built six years ago.  Deanna's husband, Justin, passed away from COVID recently.  He leaves his wife and three children Xander, Lily, and Bryson).  Pray for God's comfort and direction for this wonderful fam

Please pray for Courtney Stein.  Courtney is the young mother of a ten month old who is about to have her third brain surgery.  She and her husband both have worked regularly and now find themselves in need of our Infant & Toddler Pantry for help.  Pray for successful surgery and healing.

Please pray for Kathy Hall, is recuperating at home from cardiac issues. She lives in the village of Santo Domingo. She now has lost vision in one eye from a stroke. Pray for comfort and a speedy recovery. Thank you.

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, treatment and outcome.

Prayer request from Ginny Poe:  "Mindy Parker is a young single mother with 3 young children and is scheduled for surgery for stage 3 breast cancer.  It's an aggressive cancer and she needs prayers,"   Please pr

Please pray for Jerry Starkweather  fell and broke bones in his knee and ankle. He is at home with nursing care. Please pray for healing, comfort for Jerry and also for his wife Mary.

Bonnie Pearson is requesting prayers for Russ Stehle who is experiencing internal bleeding.  He is having testing done to locate the source of the bleeding.  Please pray for a swift diagnosis and treatment plan.  Pray for his wife Kathy as she helps him through this difficult time

Carol Andreasian is requesting prayers for her friend Pat Sheridan in Chestnut Hill, MA. Pat is having cardiac issues and she and her family needs our prayers.

Diane Dresbach is asking for prayers for Helga York, a member who moved up north to be closer to family. She has just recently been diagnosed with cancer and will be moving into an assisted living facility. Please send cards of greetings and encouragement to Helga York, 66 Hawthorne Dr.  Apt. 215, Bedford, NH 03110.

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

Please pray for Natalie Andrews.  Natalie is having some atrial fibrillation issues. Your prayers will help.

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

Karen Roosa is requesting prayers for her "quilting sister" Mary Ann Sasenick, who is undergoing chemo treatments for breast cancer. Please pray for successful treatments and comfort for her and her family.

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 pray.

Please pray for Bob Gorney's brother, Anthony.  Anthony is dealing with cancer and the treatments. An update on Anthony is that his condition is worsening and he needs prayers for peace and comfort. Thank you.

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.

Pray for Steve Feustel.  Steve is home in Michigan for the summer having rehab and overcoming the effects of a stroke.  Steve will soon be having cataract surgery.  Pray for Steve and Beth.

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.

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. The most recent report is that Tami will be going to Shands Hospital in Gainesville for new treatments.

Please pray for Bennie Exum's son, David, who suffers from pulmonary fibrosis.  David recently had COVID and pneumonia.  He is now on a heart and lung transplant list.  Please pray for David and his mother Bennie.

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 ord

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.

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or call the pastor at 352-250-6160