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

Long time member, Donna Austin, passed away this morning. She joined the church in January 2008! Please pray for her friends and family. Donna will be remembered in our service Sunday, May 29th, with a memorial candle and moment of silence.

Rev Jim Keough lit a candle by the altar in St.Francis of Assisi Basilica and prayed for our friend Bill Deysher who is very I’ll and battling cancer. Please pray in seeking peace and comfort for this good man.

At this writing Jerry Starkweather is in West Marion Hospital in ICU.  Please pray for Jerry to get the relief and and care he needs to feel better.  Also, pray for Mary as she takes care of him and travels back and forth to the hospital.

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.

Ginny Poe is requesting prayers for her daughter-in law's mother Jane Fini. Jane is in a hospital in Mass. with COVID and the family has been told the next 24 hrs. are critical (written on April 28th). Please pray for comfort and a full recovery.

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. Please pray for pain relief and a successful rehab. Also please pray for her husband Bill.

Shirley Boothroyd is requesting prayers for her daughter Cheryl Chandler who is receiving iron infusions. Please pray for comfort and good results. Please pray also for Shirley as she continues to go to the Dr. to check on her health status. Thank you.

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. Thank you all.

Danny Sabo's brother Paul passed away recently.  A time of remembrance was held for Paul on Sunday 4/24. Please pray for peace and comfort.  Also, pray for his family at this very difficult tim

Nancy Reid requests prayers for her husband Jim who is having shoulder surgery on Monday, April 18th in Ocala. Jim had a successful surgery and is doing well. Thank you all for the prayers and concern.

Please pray for the family of Ed & Marilyn Mann who were tragically killed when hit by a car.  They were residents of Stonecrest.

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 in the trauma ICU in the hospital in Ocala.  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 Ginny Poe's nephew/Godchild, Danny Plourd who is facing 4th stage pancreatic cancer.  Pray for Danny and his family at this difficult time.

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.

Please pray for Bob Dawson. After a short stay in the hospital, he is now in Memory Care. Bob is now home with nursing care. Please pray for stability and comfort. Also pray for Harriet during this difficult time.

Please pray for Joyce Hutchinson.  She recently went to the hospital for a 2 hour pacemaker procedure, had a pneumothorax, and spent four days.  When she returned home she found out her brother had passed away.  This has been a very difficult time for Joyce.  Please remember her in your prayers.

Bill Deysher is in the hospital in Pennsylvania.  He has some internal bleeding they are trying to isolate the cause and source.  He needs healing from this issue so he can go to Sloan Kettering for cancer treatment.  Pray for Bill Deysher as he battles metastatic melanoma.  Bill, who has served as one of our Deacons, needs our prayer support for streng

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.

Rick and Diane Nelli were involved in an auto accident on 3/4/22.  Rick is dealing with back and neck pain.  Diane with an injury to her hand and ribs.  They were treated at the hospital and released.  Now home in pain trying to recuperate.  Pray for these two special people to get well rapidly.

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.  Janice, who lives in Pennsylvania, is home bound and in need of medical evaluation/testing.  Pray for healing and strength.

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 all.

Candy DeGarmo's neighbor Diane Williams received wonderful news.  Her cancer tests are back and there appears to be no cancer.  Diane has gone through a number of tough situations recently (the loss of her mother and hernia surgery) so this is a real blessing. Diane received one of our prayer shawls and wrote to say "It gave me great comfort and a little bit of hope to hang on to".  She was very grateful.  Keep praying for Diane to regain health and strength.

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 . A miracle is being sought to return this cancer survivor to full health and mobility. Pray for patience to deal with the problem. Thank you all.

Please pray for Kathy Carney.  Kathy is a good friend of Penny Stinton.  She has recently moved to the Chatham Glen Nursing Home and has continuing health problems.  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.  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 you.

Pray for Karen Lewis.  Her husband Bill passed away recently while in rehab in New York.  Bill was a long time member of our church family and worked tirelessly on many projects over the years.  He will be greatly missed.  Also, pray for Karen as she faces several health issues.

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 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.

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 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.