Weekly prayers for the people, the community, the country, and for peace

Dearest Wintergarden Faith Community, 

As we continue to pray for one another, our community, our country, and our world, let us do so with love and hope. Our weekly email of prayers is a way for us to share the prayers shared in worship, through the food pantry, and our various other ministries with a larger group. Due to privacy needs we will only include the first names of people and not last names. We also know this list will not be perfect and in need of constant updating. We will review this every week and be mindful of how we are being asked to pray for one another, our community, our country, and our world. 

Blessings,
Pastor Devon 

We Have Weathered a New Storm

First Ian and now Nicole… We have all weathered a new storm. After the devastation in our area, we continue to lift up our experiences, pain, frustration and wondering… We pray that when things are hard and we are worried for loved ones or love lost, that we will continue to feel Your presence with us and through us out into a hurting world. 

As we gather for Breakfast Church this week, the words that were spoken were:

  • words of hope and gratitude, 
  • words of guidance and healing,
  • words of help, patience and compassion,
  • words of peace and love…

Lord, in these hard times, help us to bring Your hope and healing to our community. Let us bring Your light, peace, and love to a hurting world. In this, we pray you help us to sing a new song. That You are with us, and continue to deliver us in all ways. We pray this prayer to you today, in Your name. 

Prayers of Joy

  • Grateful to Jodi and Bob for breakfast last week. 
  • Kymmie gave thanks for her grandfather who just celebrated his 100th birthday. Also that her dad made it in for the celebration. It was good family time. 
  • Barb was thankful for Carol and Sal arrived to help. 
  •  John gave thanks for a new great granddaughter. (Dusty and Lindsey’s new arrival.) 
  • Special thanks to Eric and Carol from Church of the Palms for all their generous support through our recovery. 
  • Our gratitude continues for all our volunteers! This recovery would not be possible without our dedicated volunteers! 
  • For Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) for the recovery work they are doing. 
  • Prayers of joy for an amazing work day. And most especially for Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) students, Church of the Palms members and other community volunteers joined with our Wintergarden family to clean up the Garden of Eatin’. Rev. Devon indicated they completed everything on her to do list and more!

Prayers of Concern

  • Maralee asked for healing for her mom who is experiencing breathing issues.
  • She also expressed concern for her neighbors and all the rebuilding that is needed in her community.
  • Deb asked for healing for Jeff from his shoulder surgery.
  • Gale requests prayer for her sister-in-law, Julie as she continues treatment.
  • Cheryl requested prayers for a neighbor who is just finishing treatment for bladder cancer. 
  • Cheryl also asked for prayers for her anxiety related to backed up office work and the 150 blue cards she’s just completed. 
  • She also requested all her usual prayer topics: for housing, finances, her family, and for world peace. 
  • Pastor Devon requested prayer for Emma and everything she is working through.
  • Michelle asked for prayer of peace and rest for her son who is flying back from Puerto Rico where he attended a funeral for a friend who died from suicide. Sadly, it’s not it’s not his only friend lost this way. Heal all those reeling from the shock and grief and confusion that always accompanies these losses. Surround all those impacted with loving and help them find peace. 
  • Barbara request continuing prayers for Fred.
  • For those struggling with mental illness, and for those that care for them. 
  • Please pray for everyone fighting to recover. Pray especially those dealing with unsafe housing needs. Also for those grappling with outside agencies when it feels like there are endless barriers in getting things done.
  • For the people of Ukraine and Russia. 
  • For peace for our hearts and minds. 
  • Pray also that we continue to live into our mission of feeding people: body, mind, and soul. 
  • And for all the unspoken prayers on our hearts. 

Prayers for Those Traveling

  • Deb expressed prayers of gratitude and requests traveling mercies for friends Palm Beach are coming to help. 
  • For all the recovery workers as they travel in and through out community. 
  • For all our snowbirds, as they decide what this season will look like. 
On the website for the church, there is a way to submit your prayer requests. If this is something you would be interested in doing, please do so. The prayer requests are emailed to Pastor Devon once they are submitted. 

Here is the link: https://www.wintergardenpres.org/prayer-requests/