Posts in Prayers
Young adults heading to Senegal

On Tuesday, July 15, four young adults form the Grand Canyon Synod will be heading to Senegal to further our companion synod relationship with the Lutheran Church of Senegal. Julie Gerrish (Esperanza/University), a former YAGM in Senegal, is leading the trip. Geraldine Carillo (Faith), Stephanie Petrilli (Our Saviour's-Phx), and Sam Perez (Faith) round out the delegation.

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Prayers for Abounding Grace, Tucson

We pray for Abounding Grace Lutheran Church in Tucson as they fulfill their mission to be God's instruments on earth, reaching out to the unchurched, loving their neighbors and welcoming all.

We lift up their faithful staff: Reverend Keith Hardy, Parish Secretary Jay Froehlich, Music Director Steve Natoli, Financial Secretary Bill Aurand. We pray for the church council: President Bill Froehlich, Vice President Mark Westlake, Council Secretary Jay Froehlich, Treasurer Brendan Victorson. We pray for deacons Walter Brewer, Paul Surhoff, Ken Luthro, Jeff Williams, and Karen Paye.

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We pray for Christ Lutheran, Las Vegas

We pray for Christ Lutheran Church, in Las Vegas, where they live out their calling to be followers of Jesus sharing Good News. We pray for their staff: William Phillips, Senior Pastor; Kristina Best, Church Administrator; Marianna Phillips, Child Care Director; Zane Skufca, Campus Logistics Coordinator; Patrick Panknin, Director of Worship Band; Taylor Welch, Youth Ministry Coordinator; Donna Fitzgerald, Bell Choir Director; Christine Phillips, Sunday School Coordinator; and Michael Phillips, Multi-Media Design.

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Prayers for Ascension, Paradise Valley, AZ

We pray for the congregation at Ascension Lutheran Church, in Paradise Valley, AZ, as they grow as a a vibrant, team-driven congregation. We pray for Rev. Paul Campbell, pastor; Tom Mueller, Parish Administrator and Treasurer; Dr. Karen Parthun, Director of Music; Dale Niehaus, organist and choral accompanist; Judy Lenz, lead Children’s Minister; Mary Wilkinson, assistant administrator; and Carol Hoy, office volunteer.

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Thank you, Norine Floyd

We offer up prayers of thanksgiving and support for Norine Floyd, our outgoing Director of Administration and Events. Anyone who has interacted with Norine this year has surely noted her friendliness, professionalism, and attention to detail.

Norine has been the steady center of the Office of the Bishop in this transitional year. Building from a good foundation, she leaves the office with an efficient system in place and detailed operations manuals. We are also very grateful for her coordination of this year’s synod assembly.

Norine and her husband David are returning to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where David has a teaching job. We hold our time together close to our hearts.

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Independence Day Prayer

As we celebrate the gift of freedom, pray for those in our communities, our nation and our world who still experience oppression, persecution or inequality. Ask for God’s forgiveness for the ways in which we deliberately or unconsciously exert or support control over others for our own benefit or advantage; pray that we might exercise our freedom responsibly and compassionately for the well-being of all people.

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In memoriam: Robert E. Duea

Robert ("Bob") Duea, age 79, passed away with family by his side on June 27, 2019, at the Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West. Bob was a man of spiritual strength and found his call to service through Lutheran Social Services (LSS).

Family, friends and others whose lives Bob touched are invited to the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West, AZ, on Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. to reminisce, grieve, support each other and, of course, celebrate a loving man.

O God of grace and glory, we remember before our brother Bob. We thank you for giving him to us to know and to love as a companion in our pilgrimage on earth. In your boundless compassion, console us who mourn. Give us faith to see that death has been swallowed up in the victory of our Lord, Jesus Christ, so that we may live in confidence and hope until, by your call, we are gathered to our heavenly home in the company of all your saints; through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Amen.

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Prayers for America Lutheran, Sun City, AZ

We uplift in prayer American Lutheran Church of Sun City, AZ. We pray for Rev. Lowell D. Nelson, Senior Pastor; Rev. Gary R. Ulrich, Pastor of Care; Rev. Gary R. Garvey, Pastor of Visitation; Linda Shirck, Interim Organist; Janet MacDonald, Interim Choir Director; George Zoske, Director of Christo Bells; Julie Ochs, Financial Coordinator; Diane Lewis, Admin. Assistant; Carol Weber, Financial Consultant; Lori Kellar, Wellness Coordinator; Judy Gilmore, Communications Coordinator/Admin Assistant; Dave Tigges, Property / Grounds,

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Prayers for Shepherd of the Valley, Phoenix, AZ

In our prayers, we uplift Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Phoenix, AZ. We pray for Pastor David M. Marz, Equipping Pastor John Schaumburg, Children and Youth Director Casey Goslin, Minister of Place Tom Berggren, Minister of Administration Carol Carpenter, Contemporary Worship Leader, Daniel Camacho, Bookkeeper Lise Ryden, and Lisa Henderson with the Shepherd’s Foundation.

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In memoriam: Rev. Richard Andersen

We pray for Patrick Burns and the friends and family of Rev. Richard Andersen, who passed away on Sunday, June 2, surrounded by friends and family. Rest eternal grant to him, O Lord; and let light perpetual shine upon him.

Rev. Richard Andersen’s memorial service will be at Ascension Lutheran, Paradise Valley on Friday, June 21 at 3 pm. Clergy are invited to process: gather at 2:45, the color of the day is white.

Richard Andersen was born in Iowa and grew up in Minnesota. He was a Vietnam veteran and a graduate of the University of Minnesota and Luther Seminary.  He initially helped construct the ARC Retreat Center in Minnesota.

He served as pastor at Watson Immanuel Lutheran churches in southwestern Minnesota. Later, he was Executive Director of the Foundation of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi, Minnesota, while also serving as interim pastor at St. Paul-Reformation Lutheran Church in the city of St. Paul.

In 1991, Richard began a successful fifteen-year career at Thrivent Financial. He co-founded a Minnesota non-profit called Third Act Ministries which served groups of people as they individually considered ways in which to transform their lives. Before coming to Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center, Richard was called by the ELCA to be Director of Congregational Relations and Senior Major Gifts Officer for Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS).

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