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

Our love and prayers reach out to the victims of Sunday, November 5 tragic shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.

We pray for God to intercede in matters of racial and religious tension across the nation (and throughout the world). These on-going struggles are vital issues which demand God’s justice.

 

 

Prayers of Joy and Gratitude:

We celebrate the birth of Isaac Patrick Kennedy (nephew of Sue and Gary Lindhorst).  Praise God for birth and life!

Gratitude to God for continuing guidance on our journey welcoming to our church home a new preschool.  We are thankful for God’s abiding grace…

 

Prayers for God’s Healing:

… We are grateful that Ashwath Sampath is home from the hospital.  We pray for continued healing.

… for Bill and Jane Dunehew (parents  of S. Heend) as Bill continues on an extended journey of physical recovery.  Giving thanks for ongoing healing and improvement; we rejoice Bill no longer requires the use of a wheelchair.

… Steve F.  receiving palliative care.  Prayers for Steve’s wife Cathy and their 2 children.

… Donna Gerdes (mother of Mark Gerdes) who is recovering from an accidental fall.

… Laura and Bob Dalton (grandparents of K. Lowry) who were hospitalized in October.  May God continue guiding and helping.

… for Liz Burns (friend of L. Lowry) who is receiving treatment for breast cancer.  Liz had a second surgery Sept. 25.

… for Cindy Bumb (friend of Wilsons) who is receiving cancer treatment.

… for Sue Lindhorst who had surgery Sept. 5. (9/2017)

… 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 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)

… Vicki Sizemore (sister of J. Molyneaux) home from the hospital but experiencing ongoing health issues.

… 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.

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

… Cheryl Gosch (sister of J. Wirtz) has a broken arm.

… 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.

… for God’s continued blessing on Zach Ward (grandson of R. Washburn) and Zach’s wife Mariah.

… for Vicki McKinley (friend of Litzingers) who has been diagnosed with a disabling illness.

… for Gary and Helen Nelling.  Gary (cousin of C. Winship) is receiving chemo/radiation treatment for cancer.

 

Prayers for God’s ComfortSupport and Presence

… 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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