Prayer  letter

from the week of jan 11

I Lift My Eyes To The Mountains – Where Does My Help Come From?
My Help Comes From The LORD, The Maker Of Heaven And Earth.”  
Psalms 121.1-2

Prayer Matters.

I joined with others in praying for our country Wednesday. It had been a week since the protest and attacks at the Capital building in DC. The group I joined to pray with, provided some scriptures to meditate on – one of which was chapter 58 from the book of Isaiah.  Verse 9 stuck out to me, “Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”

On Tuesday, the day before I read this Isaiah scripture, I was on a walk. Just me and the Lord. I was heartbroken, grieving the anger and hostility I was seeing in our world. And I sensed Father God saying to me – “I am here. I am listening. Share your heart, dear one.” And I did…for most of the walk I shared my heart and the more I shared, the lighter I felt.

To read Isaiah 58.9 was confirmation to me that God knows his creation and he cares deeply for us.

Encouraged by Christ,
Ericka Clark
The Rev. Dr. Ray Riese (honorably retired) died and passed into God's eternal kingdom on December 4, 2020. He had been living at Cristwood Park in Shoreline since 2000 and had spent many years on staff at our church. The family has invited our church family to virtually attend his memorial service on January 23 at 3:00pm via Zoom. The link is below, if you would like to participate.
Topic: Ray Riese - Virtual Memorial Service Time: Jan 23, 2021 03:00 PM Pacific Time
Join Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81628084581?pwd=N3VmVHMrZndDWG91clFjSDR6ZWNDUT09
Meeting ID: 816 2808 4581 Passcode: Psalm23

our praises

“Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.” Isaiah 58.9
  • Praise God for my family’s good health!
  • I am thankful for the messages I hear on Sundays.  God is good!
  • Thank you, Lord, for the peace you have provided the Anderson/Teusink family in their time of loss.
  • I am thankful for the ways God has guided me in my job and shown us a new way.
  • Praising the Lord for blessing me with peace and rest.
  • Thankful to read scripture on unity when praying for our country. The Lord is increasing my faith and I am learning to trust Him more.
  • I am thankful to be living with my daughter and that we have all stayed healthy.
  • Thankful for all the things our church is doing to stay connected. Praise God!
  • God has been at work in my life as he prompts me to learn more about Jesus.
  • Praise the Lord for new beginnings!
  • I am grateful God is softening my heart and sanctifying me – I am quicker to let go of things that bring me frustration.
  • Thanks be to God for today’s (Sunday) timely, good word. I am trusting God in a difficult family matter and would appreciate prayers.
  • Praise Jesus for our daughter-in-law’s recovery from the virus!
  • Lord of lords and King of kings! We worship you, Father in Heaven. We praise your holy name.

Our prayer requests

“The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.” Isaiah 58.11 
  • Lord, heal our nation. We come to you seeking forgiveness for not trusting you, not following you. Heal our hearts and restore in each of us a right spirit – we want to be in unity with you.
  • Prayers of comfort for the family of Charlotte MacKenzie who passed away recently.
  • Healing prayer for G’s health issues.
  • Please pray for wisdom for our son and daughter-in-law as they contemplate a move and job change.
  • We ask prayer for healing for our daughter, Christin, who is currently experiencing a relapse of her MS.
  • Please pray for Don’s surgery Monday to be successful and for full healing, in Jesus’ name.
  • The Lord has blessed us with a car to be able to gift to someone in need of transportation to get to their job. Please be in prayer and let the church office know.
  • Healing prayer for L as he recovers from a fall.
  • Please pray healing for my uncle Ralph who has major health issues. Prayers of peace and discernment for his wife.
  • Continued healing and complete relief from back and leg pain for C.
  • Please pray nothing will interfere with my upcoming total hip replacement on January 19.
  • Praying for Derek to find a job that he loves. Lord, show the way.
  • Prayers for healthy communication and a culture of honor & respect for our government – city, state, and country.
Thank you for praying for our elders and deacons:

Elders: Jeff Arkills, Rosanne Bacon, Doug Bernd, Michele Elledge, Marcus Huck, Janet Krieger, Carla Kupp, Jeff Steere, and Robin Stuber.

Deacons: Mike Bealer, Ken & Jeanne Breeding, Joe & Connie Buckley, Doug & Janet Doty, Loxi Engebretson, Edith Figueroa-Gonzalez, Debra Girard, Al & Nancy Harding, Rick Larsen, Matt & Sarah Miles, Cindy Peugh, Monte Schilperoort, Cathy Simons, Peggy Steere, Steve & Kathy Stermolle, Carol Stuhley, Barbara Toweill, Don & Jennifer Ulmer, and Jake Weber.
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 (ESV)

LORD, Hear our prayers!  We love you Jesus – in your name we pray, AMEN.

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