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In our prayers...

Prayers for the members of Claremont UMC

"Hear my prayer, O Lord; give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness; answer me in your righteousness." ~ Psalm 143:1

In Memoriam: Sue Carlisle

Dear Friends,
Let us join in prayer together for one another.

We learned earlier this week that Sue Carlisle, who had been one of our unwillingly absent members for the past several years, died on January 2, 2021 after a recent diagnosis of Covid-19. We hold close in prayer all of Sue's loved ones. May all who are grieving her death know and feel God's loving and comforting presence with them. Absent from the body...present with the Lord.

In our prayers...

We hold Jackie and Lisa Campo-Poe and their family close in our prayers as they mourn with Jackie's cousin, whose 15 year old son died unexpectedly. May Jackie, Lisa, their daughters and all of their family who are grieving know and feel God's loving and comforting presence with them.

And in this light, we hold close all those for whom the holidays were difficult because of the loss of a loved one, or separation from their loved ones. Again, we pray that they would know and feel God's loving and comforting presence with them.

We continue to hold JoAnn Brewer, Melanie and Dave Little and all of their family in prayer as they grieve the death of Les Brewer. We pray that they, too, would know and feel God's loving and comforting presence in their grief.

As Rev. Karen so beautifully and pastorally wrote on Wednesday, we hold the United States, its people, and its democracy in our prayers. We pray for healing in this country, for racial justice, for our cherished freedoms, for safety for ALL, and especially, we pray for peace.

We pray for all who are caring for those with Covid, and for all who are working in the healthcare field. We pray that they would know God's healing presence, and God's comfort and strength, and that God would keep them healthy.

We pray, too, for ALL who suffer from oppression, and violence due to racist systems and beliefs at work in the world, that God would show up and bring about righteousness and justice. We know that God is working for Good in this world, that God is working for the liberation of all who are discriminated against and oppressed. Just as Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to his disciples, we know that the Holy Spirit remains with all of us as well, and may we all work with the Holy Spirit to eradicate and dismantle racism.

May we all feel God's peace, which surpasses all understanding. May we all find ways to put our full trust in God. And may we feel the love we send to one another.

We pray for the children and parents who have been ruthlessly separated at our borders. May God guide us to make this right, to reunite the children with their parents and families. May God protect and be with these dear ones in the dire conditions they face.

As we feel and face all of the darkness, may we remember, and look to the Light that shines in the darkness, and remember the darkness does NOT overcome it! Remember to look for those who reflect this true Light in the world today.

If you know of anyone in the CUMC family who should be lifted up in prayer and included in a future prayer email, please contact the church office via email,  Please be sure to have their permission to be included on the prayer list and in the prayer email.

We pray for God's loving and healing touch to be upon all who are on our hearts and minds.  We ask for God's blessing to be upon each one, upon each of you reading, and upon all of our loved ones.

Epiphany Blessings,
Jessica Johnston
Claremont UMC Administrator
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