Prayers


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Prayers

                                                                          God in Christ Jesus loves you.                                                                                                           May this day in your life be blessed by God.  God loves all people.                                             Whoever you are, wherever you are on life’s journey; you are welcome here.      

                                          We ask God to guide and to bless Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ.                                            May all involved here faithfully serve God’s ministry.

We embrace God’s calling for Ivy Chapel United Church of Christ to live as a faith community affirming and loving all people.  We are seeking to be God’s Living Church.  We rejoice every time a person feels at home and safe here.  Of course, our hope is that this always would be.  In reality, though, there may be times when unconditional love is not what a particular guest experiences here.   In the event this happens, we pray for God’s forgiveness and grace.  We sincerely regret such instances.  But they do occur.  Extending genuine hospitality to all is a Christian pursuit.  As Christ’s followers, we are aware that God is calling us 100% of the time to offer every person grace, hospitality and love.  While this is not be something which we achieve without fail; this is our on-going ministry   –   blessing all who come here with God’s true sanctuary, safety and love.

 

Prayers of Intercession

A movement towards peace, compassion, kindness and goodwill in the hearts of all people.  (submitted during Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 worship)

Our love and prayers reach out to the victims of the March  20, 2018 mass shooting at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland.

Our love and prayers reach out to the victims of the Feb. 14, 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Prayers for the creation and passage of significant, transformative federal legislation restricting guns and firearms.

Our love and prayers reach out to the victims of the deplorable Nov. 24, 2017 violence at the North Sinai Rawda mosque in Egypt.

We pray for God to intercede in matters of racial and religious tension across the nation and throughout the world.  Every one of God’s children is important and God loves each one.

 

Prayers of Joy and Gratitude:

Rich and Nancy Marston celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary on December 6.  Happy 50th Anniversary, lovebirds!

A Blessed Thanksgiving!  Peter LaSalle and Sally Dodge both participated in worship on Sunday, November 24!  We rejoice that Peter is now recovering at home following an extended hospitalization.  Thanks be to God for healing.

Prayers of joy and thanksgiving for healthy, newborn grandson Weston William Grote (child of Kyle and Megan Grote; grandson of Mike and Donna Grote) born October 2.  Praise God!

With joy, her family rejoices with Laverne Schmidt (mother of S. Wilson) who is celebrating her 90th birthday this month.  Praise God for life!

Prayers of joy for Christine Lindhorst and Adam James  who were married Sept. 7, 2019.

Prayers of gratitude for the continued healing and recovery of John Parsons after heart surgery.

Gratitude to God that Lee Headrick has been able to return home to her apartment at Cape Albeon.

Celebration of the 21st anniversary of Peter LaSalle’s liver transplant.  Praise God!

Michael Winship had heart valve surgery July 1, 2018.  By the grace of God, Michael has been blessed with a steady, strong recovery.  Praise God for Michael’s healing.

We celebrate with the faith community of St. John’s UCC in Trenton, Illinois where Rev. Christy Eckert (niece of L. Lowry) was installed as pastor and teacher on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 9, 2018.  Praise God for faithful leadership and pastoral care.

With complete amazement, we give God thanks and praise!  How wonderful that the 12 young Thai soccer players and their coach of the Wild Boars Soccer Team were all safely rescued from !  We praise all of the caring people of so many nationalities who worked cooperatively, creatively and tirelessly to rescue the team.  We rejoice in this miracle of God.  Amazing!

We rejoice that God so abundantly blessed Michael Winship’s heart valve surgery.  Thank you, God!  (July 1, 2018)

We celebrate the sacred union of Katie Lindhorst Cox and Matt Amsler, who were joined in marriage on May 27.  Blessings on your life together, Matt and Katie!

We give God thanks and praise for the April 22, 2018 birth of Macie Jo Kempa (daughter of Jessica and Conrad; granddaughter of Debbie and Tom Glenn).  The miracle of birth!

 

Prayers for God’s Healing:

… Kendra Hackman (daughter of co-worker of S. Wilson) who is in hospital.

… Jerry French (father of J. French) had exploratory heart surgery on Dec. 4.  Surgery went well.  Jerry was released from hospital.

… Barbara Degnan (friend of N. Litzinger) who is struggling with stroke and heart complications.

… Peter LaSalle who is recovering from an illness.

… Laura Dalton (grandmother of Krissy Lowry) who is in the hospital.  Prayers also for Laura’s husband Bob.

… Michelle Moody who is recovering from knee surgery.

… Leslie Sabol (friend of G. Thoele) who now is home and continuing to recover following two spinal surgeries.

… Elaine Lydon (friend of N. Litzinger) who had shoulder replacement surgery in October.

… Bruce Patterson (brother-in-law of L. Schurwan) who is battling late stage cancer.  Prayers for Bruce, his wife and their four children.

… Donna Gaffain (friend of P. LaSalle)  who is receiving chemo and radiation therapy prior to a liver transplant.  Donna’s husband Bill is a co-worker of P. LaSalle.

… Will Johnston (friend of T. Lowry) who is recovering from brain surgery and will be receiving further treatment.

… Jim Rivett (brother-in-law of G. Thoele) who is receiving treatment for liver cancer.  Prayers for Sue Rivett (Jim’s wife).

… Nancy Wilson (sister of L. Lowry’s sister-in-law’s sister) who broke her shoulder and her arm.  She is recovering following Sept. 14 surgery.

… support and encouragement for Becky Tharenos (friend of N. Litzinger) receiving treatment for lung cancer.

… for Tim Bassler (son-in-law of S. Dodge and P. LaSalle) who is receiving treatment for leukemia.

… Fred Klott (cousin of J. French) had a heart attack in August.  Gratitude to God, Fred was treated and released from the hospital.  He is home!

… for Donna and Bill Gaffain (Bill is co-worker of P. LaSalle); Donna is being evaluated for a liver transplant.

… for Diane Droege recovering following outpatient surgery (7/2/2019)

… for Michael Lauer (son of Heide and Rudi) who experienced a stroke(6/2019) Prayers for Michael and wife Amy.

… for Laura Griffith (cousin of D. Stevens) recovering following heart surgery.

… for John Parsons who is recovering following heart valve replacement surgery (6/6/2019)

… for Cameron Maupin (future son-in-law of co-worker of S. Wilson).  Cameron was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

… for all victims included physically wounded (Noya Dahan; Almog Peretz; and Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein) and psychologically injured in the Saturday, April 27 Shabbat service shooting at Congregation Chabad (Poway, CA). 2019

… Paris Brown (client of P. LaSalle) who is in end-stage renal failure and waiting to be placed on transplant list.

… for Marilyn Gibbs (mother of Debbie T.; friend of Sue Wilson) who is home from hospital and recovering following March 7, 2019 heart surgery.

… Jessica Branson (daughter of friends of Mike and Donna Grote) who is dealing with a recurrence of cancer.

… Lydia Disbro (daughter of Carrie Elliott; a college friend of A. DiVesta)  who is experiencing a recurrence of cancer.  Lydia was a patient at St. Jude Hospital in Memphis.  Her sister Zoey donated her bone marrow for a transplant, and both of the sisters are doing well presently.  Glory be to God!  Prayers for their parents, Carrie Elliott and Tim Disbro.

… prayers for healing for Chris Maxwell (friend of Trish and Mark Baker) who is receiving medical treatment.  Prayers for strength and comfort for Chris’ husband, Doug, and children, Lauren and Alex.

… for Ted and Billie Frey (friends of Litzingers).  Ted is receiving a heart pacemaker.

… healing and comfort for Cliff Heggs (friend of Washburns) contending with cancer. (11/2018)

… healing for Tom Wehling recovering from Nov. 13, 2018 knee surgery.

… Sue Wilson is recovering from Oct. 11, 2018  knee surgery.

… Rick and Betsy Happel (friends of Wilsons); Rick is receiving medical treatment.  For God’s enduring presence and guidance, we lift up to God in our prayers Rick and his partner Betsy.

… Michelle Moody recovering from Sept. 21, 2018 knee surgery.

… Dennis Kehm (brother of D. Washburn) recovering from Sept. 28, 2018  heart valve surgery.

… Brian Smith (friend of P. Winship) who has leukemia.

… Lois Grunder (friend of Litzingers) –  prayer for strength and healing.

… George Guernsey (husband of C. Steffens’ niece Carol Miller) recovering from hip surgery Aug 15, 2018.

… Bob Stelmach (friend of Litzingers)  in his recovery from a concussion and surgery.  Prayers also for Carol.

… Zach Ward (grandson of R. Washburn) who had surgery July 14, 2018 and is recovering.

… Michael Winship was released from hospital. Prayers for continued healing following July 1, 2018 heart surgery.

… Bill and Darcy Holford (uncle and aunt of Anna DiVesta); Bill was in a serious auto accident June 14.  Has returned to Peoria and is in rehab facility.    Prayers for God’s healing and blessings.

… Barb Smith and her husband Jim (friends of P. LaSalle); Barb is recovering after a lengthy hospital stay.

… Brenda Thomas (friend of S. Lindhorst) who had surgery May 22.  Prayers for Brenda and her son Chase.

… Sara Crook (friend and past co-worker of C. Tichy)  had surgery May 15.

… Mike McGowan (28-yr-old friend of Lindhorst family) suffered a major stroke. Prayers for strength and recovery.

… Dena Stegmann (friend of E. Stecher) recovering from open heart surgery.

… Walter Denton (friend of C. Ramey) cancer has returned.

… Lucy LaSalle (wife of P. LaSalle’s cousin Norman) who is receiving experimental treatment for breast cancer.

… Jeanette Gartner (friend of Winships) who had heart procedure.  Prayers Jeanette’s heart will remain in rhythm.

… for Sue Ritinger (co-worker of Sue Wilson) who is receiving cancer treatment.

… for Liz Burns (friend of L. Lowry) receiving treatment for breast cancer.  Liz had a 2nd surgery Sept. 25, 2017.

… for Sue Lindhorst who had surgery Sept. 5. (2017)

… for Jeanette Gartner (friend of Pat and Carl Winship) experiencing heart problems.  Prayers that medication will resolve Jeanette’s medical issues, so that Jeanette will not require surgery.

… for Bryant Craig (friend of N. Marston) has bladder cancer.

… Steve Scalise (U. S. House of Representatives Majority Whip) injured in June 14, 2017 shooting.

… Matt Mika (director of government relations for Wash., D. C. office of Tyson Foods) injured in June 14 shooting.

… Zachary Barth (staff member working with U. S. Rep. Roger Williams) injured in June 14 shooting.

… Crystal Griner (U. S. Capitol Police Officer) injured in June 14 Alexandria, Virginia shooting.

… David Bailey (U. S. Capitol Police Officer) injured in June 14 Alexandria, Virginia shooting.

… all people traumatized by the violence of the June 14 Alexandria, Virginia shooting. (2017)

… Stephanie Stearns (daughter of B. Otterson) who is recovering from a traumatic brain injury and broken bones as a result of being thrown from a horse. (2017)

… Lucy and Norman LaSalle (cousin of P. LaSalle) –  Lucy was recently diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer; evaluating treatment options.

… Jerry Diekroeger, Jr. (friend of Steffens and Washburns)  –  2017.

… Kristin Lowry  (fiancee of Dan Doetzel; Dan is a co-worker of A. Scott).  Kristin received a liver transplant April 23.  Sadly, her body rejected the kidney.  Miraculously, another liver was located and Kristin received a 2nd liver transplant May 3.  Our prayers for a successful transplant for Kristin continue.

… for Linda Brazeal (wife of John Brazeal, a friend of C. Ramey) who is receiving hospice care.

… for Marlene who had surgery Aug. 25, 2016.

 

Prayers or God’s ComfortSupport and Presence

… Lynn Goeddel (sister of C. Tichy) passed on to life eternal Dec. 4.

…   (daughter of Kathy Streiker; niece of Pat and Carl Winship)  passed on to life eternal Dec. 4.

… John Grewe (uncle of S. Heend) passed on to life eternal Sat., Nov. 30.  Prayers for his wife Dorothy and their family.

… family and loved ones of Barbara Kassel (cousin of J. Hertenstein)  who passed on to life eternal.

… family and loved ones of Marie Farr (aunt of J. Hertenstein)  who passed on to life eternal.

… family and loved ones of the 3 students killed in Saugus High School shooting:  Those who died are:  Gracie Muehlberger, Dominic Blackwell and Nathaniel Berhow.

… Nancy Zelle (friend of N. Marston) has pancreatic cancer and is in hospice care.    (11/10/2019)

… God’s comforting presence with Cliff Heggs (friend of Washburns and Wirtzes) has pancreatic cancer. Prayers also for Cliff’s wife Julie. (11/2019)

… God’s comforting presence with Jim Dame (friends of Washburns and Wirtzes) has pancreatic cancer and is in hospice care.  Prayers also for Jim’s wife Sue.  (11/2019)

… for family and loved ones of Everett Griffith (husband of cousin of D. and B. Stevens) who passed on to life eternal.  Memorial Service celebrating Everett’s life was Sunday, October 6.  Together, Everett and his wife Fay made 49 mission trips to Jamaica.

… for family and loved ones of David Miller (friend of D. Droege) who passed on to life eternal October 4.  David was 54 years old.

… for family and loved ones of Dottie Buchmueller (friend of Litzingers) who passed on to life eternal in late Sept.

… for family and loved ones of Lester Smith (high school classmate of P. LaSalle) who passed on to life eternal.

… for family and loved ones of Larry Vollertsen (husband of Rev. Pat Vollertsen) who passed on to life eternal Sept. 15.  May Living God comfort Pat, Amanda and John in their sorrow.

… for family and loved ones of Steve Cole (uncle of S. Heend).  Steve passed on to life eternal Sept. 5.  Special prayers for Steve’s wife Becky.

… for family and loved ones of Gerald “Jerry” Finke (father of N. Marston) who passed on to life eternal Sept. 4. Prayers for Jerry’s children Trudy Finke, Nancy (Rich) Marston and Rick (Sharon) Finke.  Jerry’s birthdate is May 27, 1924.

… for family and loved ones of Jon Braude (father of S. Wilson’s friend Benji).  Jon passed on to life eternal Sept. 6.  Special prayers for Jon’s wife Cyndi.

… condolences to the family and loved ones of Jerry Diekroeger (friend of Washburns) who passed on to life eternal August 31, 2019.

… God’s comforting presence with Jim and Sue Dame (friends of Washburns). Jim is receiving hospice care (9/2019)

… God’s comforting presence with Cliff and Julie Heggs (friends of Washburns).  Cliff is ill with cancer (9/2019)

… may the steadfast love of God surround, support and bless all who are recovering following tragic mass shooting in Odessa, Texas.

… for family and loved ones of Tom Shasserre (friend of M. Gerdes) who passed on to life eternal August 14, 2019.

… strength and comfort for the family and loved ones of Joe Seiler (friend of Litzingers) who passed to life eternal this week.

… for family and loved ones of Craig Aubouchon (neighbor of Marstons) who was killed in a car accident while on vacation with his family in Colorado.

… for family and loved ones of William Margenau (husband of Sarah; father of Michele; uncle of G. L.) who passed on to life eternal July 11.

… comfort for the family of Susan Krombach (friend of N. Litzinger) who passed on to life eternal at the end of June.

… for family and loved ones of Dee Volz who passed on to life eternal June 20, 2019.  Our prayers for God’s comfort and love to bless Dee’s husband Dick, and their children Michael, David and Carrie Volz-Dewey.

… for Mary Ann Carey (grandmother of Sarah Marino; friend of E. Winship) who passed on to life eternal May 21, following a long illness.

… for housemates and loved ones of Jacquie O.  (Seven Pines House friend of our congregation) who passed on to life eternal May 1.

… for family of Alma Reitz (friend of Litzingers) who passed on to life eternal.

… for family and loved ones of Linda Rowton (sister of H. Lauer) who is in a care facility in Albuquerque.

… for family and loved ones of Rev. Paul Porter (pastor of Eden UCC – Affton; and colleague of Pastor Dan) who passed on to life eternal April 27.   Special prayers for Paul’s wife Cindie, children Emme and Tristan, stepchildren Eric, Beth and Trevor, and additional family members.

… for family and loved ones of Rose Brandes (mother of D. Grote) who passed on to life eternal April 29, 2019.

… for family and loved ones of Opal Most (mother of Kathy Most Scholtes and Peggy Most; “adopted” mother of Jan Wirtz) who passed on to life eternal April 27.

… for family and loved ones of Lori Kaye who was killed in Congregation Chabad (Poway, CA) shooting April 27.

… for Lynn Goeddel (sister of C. Tichy) who is receiving hospice care(2019). We pray for comfort and the presence of the Spirit of God with Lynn who has been battling pancreatic cancer for 4 1/2 years.

… for family and loved ones of Ellie Bednarek (friend of S. Wilson) who passed on to life eternal April 13, 2019.  Special prayers for her loving parents Kathy and Jim, and her loving brother Cass.

… for Rob Northem, Brian Steiner, Sarah Wilson and their families.

… for George Hughes who is in an end of life phase and receiving hospice care.  Prayers for George’s wife Mary Beth.

… for Joan Siegersma (sister of D. Wolff)

… for family and loved ones of Vivian Culver (friend of P. LaSalle’s parents) who passed on to life eternal at age 96.

… for family and loved ones of Don Griffin (high school teacher of P. LaSalle) who passed on to life eternal at age 103.

… for family and loved ones of Arie Irawan (who died April 7).  Comfort for his wife Marina Malek in her sorrow.

…  for the family and loved ones of David Marjamaa (friend and former co-worker of M. Ramey) who passed on to life eternal in March.

… comfort for victims of the March 15 mass shootings at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre in Christchurch, New Zealand.  We pray for God to bless the killed, the injured and the grieving.

… for Amy Lauer (daughter-in-law of Lauers) who is contending with health issues.  Prayers for Michael Lauer (Amy’s husband).

… for all people in the U.S.A. who are overwhelmed, seeking to cope with catastrophic flooding.

… for all people in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe who are overwhelmed, seeking to cope with catastrophic flooding.

… for the loved ones and family of Yusuf Omar (3-week-old child of Mufti Asif Umar and his wife).  Yusuf became ill and passed on to life eternal March 10, 2019.  Our love and prayers for the Umar family.

… for family and loved ones of Ingrid Bail (wife of Bill Bail, former classmate of P. LaSalle).  Ingrid passed on to life eternal in March.

… comforting presence with Bob Whittier (father of John) who is in hospice care.

… for all victims of Sunday, March 3 tornadoes.

… family and loved ones of Ryan Brady (son of Mark and Christine Brady; friends of Beth Noonan and Frank Pfau).  Ryan passed on to life eternal January 21.  May God comfort and sustain Christine and Mark.

… family and loved ones of Donna Lehmann (wife of Dave Lehmann; best friend of Bill Wirtz).  Donna passed on to life eternal January 19, 2019.

… family and loved ones of Jay Gosch (brother-in-law of Jan and Bill Wirtz).  Jay passed on to life eternal Dec. 30, 2018 of injuries from an accidental fall.  Special prayers for Jay’s wife Cheryl Gosch.

… family and loved ones of Vicki McKinley (friend of Litzingers) who passed on to life eternal.

… for Laurie Feldman (friend of Litzingers)  whose partner Tom died.

… for Gerry McClain (friend of G. Theole)  who is receiving hospice care.

… with everyone in Alaska impacted by November earthquakes.

… Cherish Tripp Collins (friend of Sue Wilson) who is very ill.  May God bless and reassure Cherish of God’s unending love for her.

… family and loved ones of Everette Griffith (cousin of Donna and Bill Stevens) who is in final stage of a journey with terminal pancreatic cancer.

… for Jeanette Gartner (friend of Pat and Carl Winship) will be having a cardiac oblation treatment.

… Brad Jacobson (friend of Jim French).  Brad’s father passed on to life eternal.

… family and loved ones of Lesley Wagner (niece of F. Purviance; Godmother of M. Purviance); who passed on to life eternal Sept. 23.  May God comfort and bless her loved ones.

… may God’s presence offer support, comfort and love to Gary Nelling (cousin of C. Winship).  Treatment which Gary is receiving for his illness is not working.

… for all who are in the process of moving to a new home.

… for family and loved ones of Merrill Ryder (high school classmate of P. LaSalle) who passed on to life eternal August 2.  (2018)

… comfort of the family and loved ones of Margaret Hamilton (mother-in-law of Kristi Ponder) who passed on to life eternal the week of August 1. (2018)

… family and loved ones of Glenna Massler (mother-in-law of D. Wolff) who passed on to life eternal.  A lovely service celebrating Glenna’s life was celebrated at Chesterfield Community Church on July 10.

… comfort and peace for  the family of Mary Jo Cannon (friend of N. Litzinger) who passed on to life eternal.

… for friends and loved ones of Bobby Patterson (uncle of Joy Weiland) who passed on to life eternal June 2.

… for family and loved ones of Ramona Schaeperkoetter (wife of Cleo Steffens’ cousin Ivan) who passed on to life eternal.

… for family and loved ones of DeWitt Talmadge Segler, Jr. (close friend of R. Marston) who passed on to life eternal May 28.

… for family and loved ones of Ralph Dubray (cousin of F. Clark) who passed on to life eternal June 1.

… for family and loved ones of Juanita Gibson (former Ivy Chapel UCC member) who passed on to life eternal.  Prayers for her husband Frank, and children, Becky and Terry.  In 1988, Juanita and Frank Gibson received Ivy Chapel UCC “Whale of a Fellow Award.”

… for family and loved ones of Lucas Shanker (brother of friends of Emily and Michael Pfau) who was killed in a bicycling accident.  A worship service giving God thanks for Lucas’ life was celebrated Sunday, May 6.  Rest in peace.

… for family and loved ones of Ethan Renaud (father of preschool classmate of K. Lowry) who passed on the life eternal.  Prayers for Ethan’s wife Courtney and their children Ethan and Louie.  Rest in peace.

… for the Philipak Family (friends of K. Kuntzman).  Their teenage son died April 19.  May his soul rest in peace.

… for family and loved ones of Maureen Adams (friend of G. Thoele) who passed on to life eternal April 14, 2018.  Prayers for Maureen’s husband Keith; children Bryn and Harper; sisters, Amy and Katie; parents, George and Linda Wilson.  May God provide comfort in this time of sorrow.

… for family and loved ones of Jocelyn “Joey” Einig (wife of Dick Einig; neighbor of F. Purviance).  Joey passed on to life eternal Thursday, April 5.

… for friends and loved ones of Courtney Hake (work acquaintance of C. Tichy); Courtney was killed in a car crash Sat., March 31.

… for all in the extended “ice hockey family” affected by the  tragic April 6 bus crash of the Humboldt (Saskatchewan, Canada) Broncos Junior League Ice Hockey Team.

Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 Prayer Request: “A prayer for all those affected by gun violence  –  What would Jesus say?” 

… for all people affected, injured or killed in March 15 FIU-Miami  pedestrian bridge collapse.

… for family and loved ones of Jim Wendt who passed on to life eternal March 18, 2018.

… for family and loved ones of Marcella Buzzetta (mother of J. Hertenstein) who passed on to life eternal March 8.

… for family and loved ones of Kitty D. (neighbor of Wilsons) who passed on to life eternal March 1, 2018.  Special prayers for her husband Jim.

… for family and loved ones of Keith Alabach (cousin of P. Winship) who passed on to life eternal Jan. 25, 2018.

… for family and loved ones of Lucille Doing (aunt of Kay Kreder) who passed on to life eternal.

… for all victims of the Feb. 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

… for family and loved ones of Marge Faust (mother-in-law of C. Faust) who passed on to life eternal Jan. 17, 2018.

… for family and loved ones of Ruth Miller (sister of Cleo Steffens) who passed on to life eternal Dec. 28, 2017.  Memorial Service was celebrated Jan. 17 at Parkway Baptist Church.

… for the family and loved ones of Dave Walden (husband of Rebecca; cousin of F. Clark) who passed on to life eternal Dec. 19, 2017.  May God comfort and sustain each of Dave’s loved ones.

… for God’s comfort and love for Judy Engberg (friend of N. Litzinger) who is dealing with major health challenges

… for the family and loved ones of Steve Fraser who passed on to life eternal Dec. 5.   Special prayers for his wife Cathy and their children.

… for the family and loved ones of George Scott (father of S. Scott; grandfather of G. Scott) who passed on to life eternal.

… for the family of Janet Ellis (mother of Lowrys’ niece’s husband Jeremy Ellis) who died Nov. 28  Prayers for Jeremy, Melissa, Brayden, Lucas and Jeremy Ellis.

… for the family and loved ones of Dana Whitelaw (niece of Steve Shene, a friend of P. LaSalle) who was killed in a car crash Nov. 23.

… for the family and loved ones of Brennan Gaeth (son of Jan and Dave Gaeth; friends of Wilsons) who died Nov. 23.

… for family and loved ones of Anna May Nugent (mentor of P. LaSalle) who passed on to life eternal Nov. 18.

… for Janelle Walker (friend of Sarah Wilson) whose dad passed on to life eternal Nov. 15.

… for Eli Abeles (husband of Diane Droege’s friend Stacy) who is contending with kidney cancer.

… for family and loved ones of Evelyn Williams (sister of R. Washburn) who passed on to life eternal Nov. 7.

… for family and loved ones of Bruce Gibson (husband of Glenda; cousin of F. Clark) who passed on to life eternal November 6.  May Bruce rest in peace.

…  for everyone contending with recurring trauma following a violent event.

… for the family and loved ones of Mary Mitchell who passed on to life eternal Sept. 23, 2017.  A Service of Thanksgiving for Mary’s life was celebrated on Saturday afternoon, October 21 at Ivy Chapel UCC.

… for family and loved ones of Mike Miller (long-time friend of C. Ramey) who passed on to life eternal in Sept.  Prayers for Mike’s wife Jan and family.

… comfort and strength for the family of Joyce Ringkamp who passed on to life eternal.

… comfort and strength for the family of Kirk Mayer (friend of Litzingers) who passed on to life eternal.

… faith and comfort to the family of Carl Phillips (acquaintance of Litzingers) who passed on to life eternal.

… faith and comfort to the family of Mary Fran Berne (acquaintance of Litzingers) who passed on to life eternal.

… for family of William Bell Volpe (friend of Ivy Chapel UCC)  who passed on to life eternal Aug. 24.

… for family and loved ones of Jeanette Fellows (friend of Wilsons) who passed on to life eternal Aug. 22, 2017.

… comfort for the family and loves ones of Officer Berke Bates (Virginia State Trooper killed August 12 in Charlottesville, VA).

… comfort for the family and loves ones of Lieutenant Jay Cullen (Virginia State Trooper killed August 12 in Charlottesville, VA).

… comfort for the family and loved ones of Heather Heyer (32-year-old killed August 12 in Charlottesville, VA).

… for the family and loved ones of Pastor Sultan Masih, a Christian pastor who was killed by 2 strangers in Ludhiana, Punjab, India in July.  Pastor Masih was a huble servant of God.

… the family and loved ones of Gary Tripp (uncle of Anna DiVesta); Gary passed on to life eternal.  Special prayers for Gary’s wife Myra (sister of Norm Aaron).

… the family and loved ones of Bob Gregory who passed on to life eternal.

… the family and loved ones of David Warth (former co-worker of T. Glenn) passed on to life eternal July 21.

… family and loved ones of Rachel and Kyle Smith.  Sadly, their newborn son Luca died 30 minutes after birth.  (Rachel is the daughter of friends of Mike and Donna Grote.)

… Jeff Stearns (son-in-law of B. Otterson) had another surgery in July.  Prayers for Jeff and his wife Stephanie.

… family and loved ones of Janet and Stanton Williams (sister and brother-in-law of J. Wirtz’ brother-in-law Jay Gosch);  Janet was injured and Stanton died in an auto accident.

… family and loved ones of Ron Fix in their sorrow.  Ron passed on to life eternal June 20, 2017.

… day by day, may the peace of God Eternal guide humankind  –  comforting sorrow, relieving fear, inspiring loving kindness among all people.

… Cecilia Phillips (mom of neighbor of Litzingers) diagnosed with cancer.

… Barb Rosendall (friend of N. Marston) has acute leukemia.

… family and loved ones of Tracy Crippen (wife of S. Lowry’s nephew Tim Crippen).  Tracy passed on to life eternal.  Prayers of comfort for all who are grieving Tracy’s death.

… for loved ones of Harriet Ford (mother of Wilsons’ sister-in-law Laura Schmidt) passed on to life eternal May 10.

… for the family and loved ones of Bob Wiens (member or Tremble Clefs Choir) who passed on to life eternal.

… for Shirley Headrick who has relocated and is now living at Garden View Care Center (Olive Blvd.). [spring 2017]

… for family and loved ones of Mary Jo Benhardt (friend of S. Lindhorst) who passed on to life eternal.

… for the family of Susan Behrens (daughter of Art and Linda Behrens; Linda is co-worker of M. Ramey).  Susan died in a hiking accident in April.  Our sympathy of all of her loved ones.

… for family and loved ones of Eileen Baublite (Godmother of D. Droege) who passed on to life eternal April 17.

… for the family of Paul and Carol Craig (friends of Mike and Donna Grote):  Paul Craig recovering from April 11 surgery.  Rachel Smith (Craigs’ daughter) is experiencing complications with her pregnancy.  Jessica Branson (Craigs’ daughter) is receiving chemotherapy.

… we offer our love and prayers to the family of Earl H. Samel (husband of Pat Samel) who passed on to life eternal April 3, 2017.  A service giving God thanks for Earl’s life was celebrated on April 10.

… our prayers are with family and loved ones of Jacqueline ‘Jackie’ M.  who passed on to life eternal March 26. We appeal to God with special prayers on behalf of Jackie’s housemates and staff at Seven Pines House.  Jackie was a blessing of God to us all, a dear companion, and a precious soul who will be missed.

… for family and loved ones of Bob Peining who passed on to life eternal March 29, 2017.

… may God comfort the family of Dave (co-worker and friend of S. Burnley) whose son died in a car crash.

… for the loved ones of Lenore Moody (mother of M. Moody) who passed on to life eternal Friday, March 17, 2017.

… for Jeff Hahn (high school friend of S. Heend) who has received a terminal diagnosis.  Prayers for Jeff’s family.

… for family and loved ones of Daniel Dace (son of D. Dace) who passed away in February, 2017.

… for family and loved ones of Kathy McFarlin (neighbor of Litzingers) who died suddenly Feb. 14.     A mass giving God thanks for Kathy’s life was celebrated Feb. 20, 2017 at Incarnate Word Catholic Church.

… Dot Maciejowski (aunt of Sally Dodge) died in February, 2017.

…for family and loved ones of Amy Dillon (sister of Ann Altenbaumer) who passed on to life eternal Feb. 13, 2017.      A worship service giving God thanks for Amy’s life was celebrated Feb. 18 at Zion UCC – Central City, IL.

… for loved ones of John Alemani who passed on to life eternal February 6.   We are blessed that God enabled us to accompany one another on a portion of this earthly faith journey.  John was a beautiful soul, and he will be missed.

Prayers for families and for all people affected by executive order relating to immigration.  God’s justice for all.

… for family of Jerry Sheen (classmate of P. LaSalle) who died suddenly in his sleep.

… for family and loved ones of Tim Smith (friend of T. Glenn) who died unexpectedly and suddenly Jan. 25.  Prayers for Tim’s wife Susan and their children Jenna, Rachel and Bryan.

… for friends struggling with addiction.

… for Julie Kiehl (friend of N. Litzinger) grieving the passing of her dad and dealing with increased responsibilities with her mom.

… comfort and peace for the family of Stefan Oswald (friend of Litzingers) who passed away in January.

… comfort for the family of Larry Oberle (friend of Litzingers) who passed away in late Dec. 2016.

… comfort for the family of Jim Connaughton (friend of Litzingers) who passed away in late Dec. 2016.

… God’s presence with Mary M. who is receiving dialysis treatment (11/2016).

… God’s comforting presence with Elmer Snelling (father of a friend of Rameys) battling cancer and heart failure.

… for the family of Fran Watson (grandmother of Mark Baker) who passed on to life eternal Oct. 28, 2016.

… for the family of G. R. Schmidt (son of S. Wilson’s cousin Gene Schmidt) who died Oct. 24, 2016.

… for Suzie Baalmann (step-mother of M. Baalmann) who has a severe illness.  May God be with Suzie and her husband Lee as they continue on a difficult journey.

… for family and loved ones of Jason Clyde (friend of M. Winship) who passed on to life eternal Sept. 19.

… for family and loved ones of  Larry Kettler (father of Matt Kettler) who passed on to life eternal Sept. 19.  A service giving God thanks for Larry’s life was celebrated Friday, Sept. 23.  Special prayers for Larry’s wife Sue, and for their three children Matthew, Brian and Scott, and for all extended family.

… for family and loved ones of Rev. Howard Self who passed on to life eternal August 16, 2016.  Special prayers for Howard’s wife Priscilla.  May you rest in peace, brother Howard.  Your soul now embraces our Savior’s promise: “Peace I leave with you.  My peace I give to you.  I do not give as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” [The Gospel of John 14:27]

… prayers for LESS:  less violence; less hatred; less senseless killing.

… prayers for MORE:  more genuine listening to each other.

… for the family and loved ones of Larry Tyler (friend and mentor of N. Gerdes) who passed on to life eternal May 6.  Special prayers for Larry’s wife Judy.

… prayers for God’s guidance in the lives of the daughters of Veda Bond.

… for the family and loved ones of Rev. Ed Heininger (father of M. Ramey) who passed on to life eternal March 14.

… for the family and loved ones of Mark Stevens (son of B. Stevens) who passed on to life eternal March 7.

… for the family and loved ones of Jerry Huth (co-worker of S. Heend) who unexpectedly passed on Feb. 12.

… for the family and loved ones of Jacob “Jack” Dorhauer (father of John Dorhauer) who passed on Feb. 4, 2016.

… for loved ones of  Kathy Eiswirth (friend of Mike and Donna Grote) who passed on to life eternal January 2016.

… asking God to be with Jerry Finke (father of N. Marston) who had a stroke in November 2015.

… for strength and faith for Maureen Bell (friend of N. Litzinger) who has been diagnosed with MS.

… for the family and loved ones of Steve Ganshaw (good friend of E. Moody) who died Oct. 31, 2015.

… for family and loved ones of Tom Hutchason (friend of Debbie and Tom Glenn) who passed on to life eternal.

… for the family and loved ones of Debbie Lindhorst (daughter of Betty Lindhorst; sister of Gary Lindhorst) who passed on to life eternal Oct. 1, 2015.

… for loved ones of Charlie Galvin (acquaintance of Litzingers) who passed on peacefully Sept. 19, 2015.

… for the family and loved ones of Sam Buzzetta (father of J. Hertenstein) who died August 18, 2015.

… for the loved ones of Helen Alabach (dear “Aunt Silver” of Pat Winship) who died July 13.

… for the family of Marian Lindell (mother of Joe Lindell) who died May 16, 2015.

… for the family and loved ones of Dolores Rine (mother of D. Carr) who died March 31, 2015.  (ongoing prayer for Donnagail’s dad Richard Rine).

… for the family of Mark Belline (family friend of Moodys) who died in early April.   Prayers for Mark’s parents Bob and Betty, and for Mark’s sister Debbie.

… prayers for God’s reassuring presence with Shirley Headrick now living at NHC – Maryland Heights (March 2017);  had moved to Cape Albeon (in 2015).

Prayers for God’s justice and God’s presence in all communities.  Every life is valuable.  There is nothing that makes anyone more valuable or less valuable than anyone else.

Prayers for Patricia Adams (mother of Eric Adams; college roommate of G. Tichy) diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Prayers of condolence for the loved ones of Donna Marie Lewis (daughter of D. Stevens) who died June 17, 2014.

Prayers for the family and loved ones of the Rev. Dennis Lindberg who died June 9, 2014.

Prayers of comfort for the loved ones of Gene “Skip” Manzo (sister of P. Samels) who died June 2, 2014.

Prayers that God will bless the family and loved ones of Lois Finke (mother of N. Marston) who died May 4, 2014.                               May God be with Gerald Finke (father of N. Marston).

Prayers for the Lorhan family (neighbors of G. Thoele) whose daughter Amanda is missing.  We pray for her safety.

Prayers for God’s presence with Patrick Scott and his parents, Sally and Neal (friends of M. Rine, brother of D. Carr).

Prayers for God’s presence in the lives of recent Ivy Chapel UCC guests.  We rejoice together that God eternally touches human hearts and moves us to faithful discipleship.

 

God be with you.

As sisters and brothers in Christ;   

we offer God prayers for one another.

 

“May you be made strong

with all the strength that comes from God’s glorious power.” 

Colossians 1: 11a

 

… that your faith might rest

not on human wisdom

but on the power of God.

First Corinthians 2:5

 

God Comforts…  Matthew 5:4  “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

God strengthens…  Philippians 4:13   “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 

God offers strength; and God provides strength. 

 “Do not fear; for I am with you.  Do not be dismayed; for I am your God. 

I will strengthen you.  I will help you.  I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 

We lift up to God in prayer all who are hurting.  

Rely on God.

God is with you.

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