First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
General Requests for Prayer during the COVID-19 Pandemic
last updated: 6/1/20, 6:30 am
For our healthcare and research responders:
- Pray for medical workers, chaplains, and all others in essential service jobs – including those in food/grocery and deliveries, serving our communities at their own peril. UPDATE as of 5/27: pray for medical workers and chaplains inside of our congregation who are bearing the weight of their work while holding space for the grief of many others, and for strength as this continues for an unknown length of time.
- Pray for doctors, scientists, and lab workers doing research to make a path for testing and treatment for COVID-19.
- Pray for protection for the son of congregants, who is a nurse at a Manhattan clinic for homeless youth, several of whom are now in isolation there, as he travels there by subway to care for patients with the help of the only doctor on staff. UPDATE as of 5/6: So far, only 20 street kids who come to their clinic were infected and all are on the mend without hospitalization. He continues to protect himself with PPE at work and on the subway. Pray that this experience will bring him back to his earlier Christian faith.
- Pray for an ER nurse, a congregant’s daughter, who is treating COVID-19 patients, that she would remain healthy. Pray for protection for this nurse and her mother.
- Prayer for energy and stamina for four congregants performing essential office work at Alameda County Behavioral Health during this time.
- Pray for a psychotherapist whose clients are primarily health care workers taking care of Covid-19 patients, that God will give her wisdom and strength as she ministers to those on the front line in this pandemic. May God give her words that lead to a measure of hope and peace found in Christ. Pray that God will give her strength in handling her own stress due to an increased workload with stressed clients.
- Pray for safety for a paramedic in San Diego, the son of congregants, who has contact with COVID-19 patients.
- Pray for a congregant who is a hospital chaplain, for ongoing resilience in the face of working with people in intense grief, and that he could let go and not carry it himself. Pray for protection as he is feeling vulnerable as he also deals with staff who are working with COVID-19 patients, and for protection for his health and that of his family.
For our congregation as a whole, individuals and their families:
- Pray for our congregation that we will come out of this crisis stronger than when we went into it, experiencing God’s power in a new way, strengthening our bonds and deepening our love, that we may be generous in our love toward one another and the community around us.
- Pray for the nephew of congregants, a young man recuperating at home following brain surgery, as he deals with pain, and struggles with speech. UPDATE as of 5/4: He is doing better recuperating from the last surgery, but is facing more cancer treatment ahead.
- Pray for comfort and relief for an older congregant with a cracked vertebrae and in pain, resting at home, but is unable to tolerate pain medication well. Her back has improved but she also has knee pain, so continued prayer is appreciated.
- Pray for congregants and their adult daughter, who is in very fragile health who has returned to a private room in her group home. Pray for the well being of others in the group home and their caregivers.
- Pray for a congregant’s father who is on kidney dialysis and in very fragile health, and for his family deeply concerned for his health, especially if he is exposed to COVID-19.
- Pray for a congregant couple who have both lost their jobs in the past few weeks, that they would have their needs met, as they try to pay bills while looking for work during this very difficult time.
- Pray for a congregant whose daughter is having a baby in late May in Texas. She needs wisdom about traveling there to be of help with concerns for protection for all involved.
- Pray for peace for a congregant’s very anxious 88 year old father who has two younger generations in his household, as they shelter in place together, which has added to his stress and unease. Pray for her wisdom as they rely on her for counsel and advice.
- Pray for a family in the congregation with these concerns: The husband lost his job and is looking for employment, the wife needs to be working her job (put on hold seven weeks ago) as soon as possible. Both of their sons are dental school graduates each relocating, one to TX and the other to CA to do graduate work. Pray for provision and peace for all.
- A congregant who relocated to San Jose has asked for protective prayer for himself and all of the residents at the assisted living facility, Sunrise Villa, where he now lives.
- Pray for peace and comfort for two congregant families, one whose adult daughter passed away after a long season with cancer, and another whose very elderly mother also passed away recently.
- Pray for a congregant with hip pain, who had a planned surgical replacement for July, but due to her pain level, needs to have it done sooner. Pray for relief from pain and for protection as she goes into medical buildings and eventually the hospital.
- Pray for a congregant couple with these concerns: he is still working in San Francisco, although immunocompromised, so pray for protection for his health. She asks prayer for wisdom in her school leadership team as they plan to reopen, preparing for what’s next, and need prayer for communication challenges in her family.
- Pray for a congregant who, due to spinal cord surgery and radiation for cancer 10 years ago, has gradually been losing his ability to walk. He has just had surgery with hopes of correcting this. As he recovers in the hospital, and awaits more test results, pray for a good outcome and that he feels the love and support of his family and church. UPDATE 5/19: he is able to walk after a successful surgery. Pray for no infection as he continues to heal.
For our wider community:
- Pray for parents as they work from home, while schooling and caring for their children.
- Pray for the most vulnerable in our communities who lack food and housing security, that their needs will be met.
- Pray for those in unhealthy or violent relationships (adults and children). With the additional stress placed on with the inability to get away from a threatening situation due to shelter in place orders, vulnerable people may be in increased danger.
- Pray for those who have had their work scaled back or lost it completely, that their families’ needs will be met as they pursue other options.
- Pray for small business owners as they navigate their options for a path forward.
- Pray for justice, peace, protection, and grace for all in our communities in these times of racial upheaval and despair, that we may listen well and that our eyes will be open to wise and meaningful ways to respond with radical love and courageous faith.
For the ministries of First Pres:
- Pray for the staff and leadership of First Pres to have strength, wisdom, creativity and imagination as they lead and minister in this ever changing situation, while caring for their own families.
- Pray for our young adults who are navigating financial straits and moving back in with their families due to the pandemic–that they may receive and extend support and grace.
- Pray for our Mission Partners, navigating virtual fundraising, while bearing the load of more people than ever needing care, that they would have enough resources to share.
- Pray for our Community Group leaders as they continue to shepherd and care for their group members and foster deep connections.
- Pray for our prayer teams, specifically that technology works seamlessly, as they uphold many in prayer.
- Pray for graduating seniors from colleges and universities who missed the opportunity to celebrate their graduation together and now face an uncertain future post graduation.