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In fall of 2019, we began "A Year of Prayer:" a new opportunity to share in prayer together as a church family. As we work on the physical building of our congregation, so too we want to build up the spiritual strength of our life of faith together in Christ, through prayer. Each week we will share a prayer, written by a leader in our congregation, on a specific program area of our life together. We invite you to pray this prayer each week as we bring our joys and concerns to the Lord.


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This Week's Prayer


Love God. Love Other People

Heavenly Father, we cry out to you in these turbulent times. We want desperately to obey your command to be anxious for nothing but every day there is so much news that makes us anxious. We come to you full of fears, frustrations, and anxieties. The double pandemics of CoVID 19 and racial injustice threaten our safety, our well being, our peace and sense of security. As followers of Jesus, we know the power of good over evil and love over hate. But it is hard to do good to them that hate you. It is hard to get over decades of abuse, and hatred because of skin color. Yet, we cannot let the injustice make us hopeless. We know that social justice is aligned with Your Word.
         We know in our hearts that You are bigger than any concerns we have but our fears take control of our minds. Remind us that You are our rock and our refuge. Help us to remember that you created everything and each one of us. Our wonderful differences are the result of Your creativity. Remind us that it is You who sustains us and this world we live in. 
        Use these challenging times to bring us closer to you. May we take more time to be still and know that you are God. Help us be more patient, slow to anger, slow to speak. Help us to use this time to listen, to learn, to change, and grow. Help us reach out to those who are different even if it makes us uncomfortable. Help us learn to love you more and our neighbors as ourselves—and give us opportunities to broaden our understanding of different neighbors. In short, help us love You and love other people—different people, your people, all people. In Jesus’ name, Amen.                                 
-Peggy Lewis 


 He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
-Matthew 22:37-40


Prayer Archive

More Come to Christ - August 9, 2020

More Come to Christ 

 And we have seen and do testify that the Father has sent his Son as the Savior of the world. God abides in those who confess that Jesus is the Son of God, and they abide in God. So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.
- 1 John 4:14-16
        Lord God, our Creator and Sustainer, we bow before you in gratitude for your love and unmerited grace. We thank you for loving us so much that you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to make known the depth of your love for us; and through his life, death and resurrection you adopted us into your family. We thank you that Jesus prayed that his disciples may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.  And so, we pray, as Jesus prayed, for those near and far who do not yet know you as the only true God and Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We pray that by the power of the Holy Spirit their eyes and minds will be opened to the good news of the Gospel; that they would come to know Christ and confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. We pray that you will Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
         Lord Jesus, help us to be channels of your love and grace as we walk with those who are new in the faith as they learn about your gifts and graces. By your spirit grant us courage, strength, knowledge and wisdom to reflect your glory as we love and care for these new disciples of Christ. Help us to be the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid as we grow together in our faith and trust in your faithfulness and trustworthiness. Grant, we pray, as your followers, we may in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Hear our prayer compassionate God. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.
-Lucille Smiley


Nomination Committee - Election of Officers - August 2, 2020

Nomination Committee - Election of Officers 

"A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves."

-Luke 22:24-27
        Lord, you are the model we are called upon to emulate. You created the universe, our world, and each of us.  You did not create us to live alone, but to live in harmony with you and with each other.
        We have not lived up to our task, but like sheep have wandered off and gone our own way. You have risen up prophets and leaders through the generations to guide us to live in your righteousness and walk in your pathways.  In our generation we are called upon to keep the faith of your apostles and to sustain and grow the mission you have given us; to be a light unto this world and to hold a lamp at our doorstep to welcome all who are heavy laden. 
        But to do this we must be led by believers who both fear and love you and take the Great Commission most seriously.  In our church a part of fulfilling that charge is given to our Nominating Committee, whose sober task is to find and recommend dedicated believers who might be willing and able to devote their talents and time to the spreading of your good news through the auspices of our church. 
        We pray for these men and women that their work would meet with your favor and most important, that our church will remain faithful to the good news revealed in scripture. Remind us that we are not called to be what the world likes but, instead, what you love.  Amen.  
- Ron Martinson


Food Supply Chain Workers - July 26, 2020

Food Supply Chain Workers 

At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here, and eat some of this bread, and dip your morsel in the sour wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he heaped up for her some parched grain. She ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over. When she got up to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, “Let her glean even among the standing sheaves, and do not reproach her.”
- Ruth 2:14-15
      Dear Lord, please protect everyone who is involved in our food supply chain during this time of pandemic. You know the farmers who grow the food and raise the animals, the workers that pick the crops and process the meat, the truck drivers that distribute the food, the grocery store clerks who interact with the customers, the restaurant workers who prepare food,  the food delivery workers who bring food to our homes. Many of us take our food and food system for granted because we live in such abundance. We often don’t give proper consideration for the people involved in the production of our food. Now, more than ever, we see how every single person in the food supply chain is essential. Lord, please help all the food industry workers who have been unable to work due to closures.
      We know that this disease will pass but not without significant additional hardship. Please grant our leaders the wisdom to address the difficult decisions of when and how to re-open the economy. Even when the threat of the disease passes, the effects on our economy will be long-lasting.  
      We have seen your presence in the incredible acts of generosity demonstrated throughout our country from neighbor to neighbor and between complete strangers.  We know that this period in our history will forever change how we live. We hope that it has reminded everyone of the importance of their relationships with their friends, families, communities, and most importantly, with you.  In Christ’s name we pray. Amen.                                              
-Scott Herndon   
To Be Faithful Followers - July 19, 2020

To Be Faithful Followers

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
- Matthew 28:19-20
        Lord, you have given us so many good gifts. You are the great Creator and Provider, and you see us and know us completely. As believers in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and as recipients of your boundless blessings, we know we should not fear or be anxious in these uncertain days. And yet we fall short. We do worry, and we are anxious. Forgive us. By your Spirit, take our seeds of faith, and open our hearts to your nourishment. Grow our faith as only you can. Draw us to you and to your word. Strengthen our resistance to sin, curb our tongues and guide our actions. Calm our hearts and minds. Bring us your peace. 
        So many need to know your love and hear your truth.  Lord, give us the joy of serving others as you have called and equipped us. We pray for opportunities to show love for the unlovable, gentleness in the face of negativity, and financial generosity to those in need. Embolden us to come near to those trapped in sin and suffering, and especially to the lost among our friends and family. Free us from our judgmental hearts, and enable us to show compassion and mercy as you have done with us. Equip us with words of truth and your salvation - prepare us to share the Gospel! May this be a time of revival, according to your will and to your glory. Amen. 
-Alison Dickey     
Health Care Workers - July 12, 2020

Health Care Workers 

“Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.”
- Mark 8:25
Dear Heavenly Father,
      We lift up to you an earnest prayer for our healthcare workers, our nurses, doctors, custodial staff, paramedics, administrative staff, scientists, volunteers,  and all their families. Please provide them with patience and grace, for themselves and each other, as they navigate an unprecedented health crisis. Please extend your healing and restorative powers to them physically and mentally, so they may maintain their energy and care day to day.
      Please fill them with your comfort and peace as they provide counsel and solace to those receiving their care. Fiercely protect their spirit and faith during this challenging  time. Please draw close and remain near to each one if they are unable to be with their families and loved ones; provide them the presence of your Holy Spirit so that they do not feel isolated or alone.
      Please fill us all with comfort knowing that You are always with us in our trials and struggles. You give us strength to take up our cross, comforted in knowing that you do not give us more than we can bear.
      As Michael Weiss (1531) joyously praised, “We offer up ourselves to you,/may our wants, words, and deeds be true./ In union with your heart will you us lead./ In you will our work be graced indeed.” [Bonhoeffer, Dietrich. Life Together: Prayerbook of the Bible]. Amen. 
-Lauren Favreau-Kim      
Wisdom for Government - July 5, 2020

Wisdom for Government

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth…You are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
- Psalm 8:1, 103:8 
      Most holy, loving and merciful God, thank you for your gifts of freedom from fear and want, and the freedom to enjoy: life itself, the beauty of your creation, music and art, family and friends, and our community of faith. Make us more aware and grateful for your daily gifts of food, water, sanitation, public services and health care that we take for granted, but which many lack.  
      Father, help us in these days as we face a relentless onslaught of negativity concerning the state of our world and community. Shape us to be a community of hope, reflecting your sovereignty and limitless compassion.  You do care when people suffer for reasons of poverty, sickness, injustice, greed and misuse of power.  
      The demands for health services and economic assistance have greatly increased the role of government in our lives.  The responsibilities of our leaders (local, state and national) are great.  We pray for our patience and understanding in governance.  May those in responsibility seek from you an extra measure of wisdom, justice, compassion and humility.  
      You instruct us to “carry each other’s burdens;” so may we take mutual responsibility with our leaders for addressing and resolving these challenging issues as a result of Covid-19. May we learn to live so we cherish each day and make more of the precious moments you give us.  O God, lead us into acts of love today and always.  Amen.
-Clyde Taylor
The Anxious and Worried - June 28, 2020

The Anxious and Worried 

“Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:6-7 6 
      Our loving Heavenly Father, in this anxious time of loss and uncertainty; we open our hearts to you. You have promised peace to those whose hearts are set on you. When everything around us is changing, you alone are the same yesterday, today, and forever.
      This pandemic has removed so much of what we depend on for security and connection. Our family and friends are not present, our jobs have changed, our finances seem unstable, we are unable to gather with our church family for worship. Our worry, fear, loneliness and anxiety bombard us with negative thoughts and affect our openness and receptivity to you and your Word.
      Help us, O Lord, to pay attention to the ways you are present in our lives with love and understanding; your connection to us has not changed. When we are afraid, help us to feel deeply connected to you and to turn our hearts to you. We ask you to take away our fear, and replace it with your peace and the assurance that we are always in your care. Help us to draw upon the power of the Holy Spirit to calm our hearts and remind us of your truth. Help us to keep the spiritual disciplines of: time in your Word, prayer, and trust in you. We boldly ask for all the power of heaven to comfort us and give us your peace and joy, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
-Mary Lou Lyon
Father's Day - June 21, 2020

Father's Day 

“And, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
- Ephesians 6:4 
      Heavenly Father, we celebrate our earthly fathers, acknowledging the many ways they have guided and shaped our lives. You have given our fathers a love and instinct for family. You have endowed them with a devotion to you as they provide, guard and protect us. They become examples for us and teach us how to make wise decisions. With the love of our mothers, they prepare us to love and raise our own families. We cherish the love we have received from our fathers.  
      We seek to bear the likeness of our earthly fathers, made in Your likeness, one of: integrity, love, service, and honest work ethic. We are sometimes upset when they correct us, but realize this discipline comes only from passionate love and concern for us. You provide us all with what we need and we praise and thank you for our earthly fathers. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
-Gene Thompson 
Immigrants and Vulnerable - June 14, 2020

Immigrants and Vulnerable 

"When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." –Leviticus 19:33-34
  Heavenly Father, we praise your name! We thank you for always being with us, you will not forsake us. Strengthen and sustain us with your love and grace. Father, we place in your hands those who are  truly in need, especially those who are; immigrants, poor, vulnerable and lacking in adequate medical care.  Shower them with your blessings, and protect them from hunger and sickness.
      Father God, you know of those who are needy, suffer with inadequate food supplies, sub-standard or nonexistent medical care, and lack of housing. Now with the coronavirus, those in need are even more vulnerable.  Spread out your hands over them, protect them from this virus, and heal those who are sick. Bring your servants to serve them, to provide them with food, shelter, and a healing touch.
      Father, we praise you for how you encourage us as a church family to provide resources to help those who are in need. Bless the efforts of those in our city and around the world, who are your hands sharing your love, and lifting up those who live in poverty. Through these efforts, we pray that those in need will turn their hearts towards you and your son, Jesus.  We look forward to the many ways that you will support and love them in the future. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
-Angela Bednarczyk
Season of Pentecost - June 7, 2020

Season of Pentecost 

"Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." - I John 4:4 

Father God,
      Thank you for pouring out your Holy Spirit upon us and giving us fresh insights. You are walking us through a unique time in history. All of us have had our lives disrupted. Yet a long time ago you walked with your followers through major disruption with the death and resurrection of your Son. You turned their world upside down, but you gave them a promise to send the Helper, Comforter, and Advocate – the Holy Spirit. It may seem as if our world has turned upside down, but you have just turned it right side up.  We cry out to you, “Don’t let us miss what You are saying to us right now.”  
      You have told us in your Scriptures that when we come to faith in you, our lives are meant to never be the same again.  In this season of uncertainty, our lives cannot be the same. We pray that we will not expect life to go back to normal, but go deeper and wider with you to see transformation that you desire.
      Thank you that we can walk in these words from John 14:11-12, “Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see— these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things.” Thank you that everything is possible through your Holy Spirit who came at Pentecost and has never left us and never will. Amen.
-Anya Johnson


COVID-19 Research Efforts - May 31, 2020

Research Efforts

"Then afterward I will pour out my spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions." -Joel 2:28

      Dear Lord, As we cross this deep and dark valley of death, may you guide those physicians and scientists who are seeking to find a path that will lead us out of this great abyss. Shine the light of your infinite wisdom on the difficulties that lie in their way, so that they may identify a path for us, through this pestilence and out of this most fearsome valley. Help these investigators to identify the vaccines that will enable your earthly servants to produce antibodies that will protect them from contracting this unrighteous plague. Likewise, direct these scientists and physicians to discover drugs that will neutralize and eliminate these most foul microbes, while not hurting the already injured tissues of those diseased patients, who so desperately need their infected bodies rid of this evil virus.
      Please protect the doctors and nurses, who are testing these as yet unproven agents in clinical trials, including trials in patients already infected with this most deadly adversary. May your infinite mercy shield these courageous health care professionals as they risk their lives to validate the efficacy of these experimental agents by working closely with these highly contagious patients. And may you welcome into your eternal kingdom, not only the patients who are unable to exit this valley, but especially those nurses and doctors, who through their great sacrifice in testing these therapies in infectious patients, become infected from and succumb to this pandemic. These things we ask in the name of your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

- Paul Waymack

Those Dying Alone - May 24, 2020

Those Dying Alone 

Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you."

- Deuteronomy 31:6

Gracious good Shepherd, 
      We pray for those who are in their final days in hospital, or at home and not able to touch or say goodbye to the ones that they love the most. We pray for those among us who cannot be with parents, children, and other loved ones who are ill and suffering. Father, comfort them in their anguish, and give them the peace that only you can give. Give us all hearts to reach out to those friends who have loved ones sick and dying who they are unable to visit. Let us be your hands, hearts and ears and a loving presence.
      O, Lord, we trust your sovereign will over all things.  “Where can I go from your Spirit, and where can I flee from your presence? All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be” (Psa. 139). We are reminded in the Confessions that our only comfort in life and death is that we are not our own, but belong, body and soul to our faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.
      Lord, our hearts are broken when we cannot hold the hand and pray as the one we love enters your Kingdom,  but we do take solace  in the knowledge that even if we are not present, those in Christ never pass away alone, but are immediately joined with you and surrounded by all the members of the Invisible Church. We praise you Lord that you have victory over sin and death unto eternal life.

-Kathy Arveson 

Mother's Day - May 17, 2020

Mother's Day 

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
- Proverbs 31:26
        Loving Father, we thank you that you ask us to pray. We are grateful to you for everything, both what is easy to be grateful for and what seems harder to be grateful for, as all good comes from you even when it is disguised as difficulty.
        We especially want to thank you for mothers today. Mothers who we were born to and mothers who came into our lives. We thank you for the children that you have blessed us with, both those of a young age and those that are older, those born to us and those who you’ve given to us by your grace. We pray for your protection for mothers who are awaiting the birth of a child during these uncertain times. We also pray for those with an unanswered longing for a child. Please grant them patience and peace.
        Give us wisdom during this time of pandemic. Show us ways to share your love with all your children. We pray for energy to give care even when our bodies are tired. Holy Spirit, we would ask that you would soften our hearts so that we will listen with compassion and know how to pray for those whose needs may be so great. May we share the grace you’ve given us in the name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. In His name we pray,  Amen. 

-Kristy Chikes 

Youth Sunday - May 10, 2020

Youth Sunday

Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 

- 1 Timothy 4:12      
      Lord, today we give thanks for and celebrate the youth in our congregation. We thank you for how you have led our seniors through this chapter of their lives. Prepare the way ahead for each of them as a new chapter unfolds. We pray that you would place people in their lives to continue to support them in their Christian walk of faith and point them towards you.
      We pray for our underclassmen and middle school youth, and we ask that you would be place peers and mentors in their lives who guide them to put their trust in you.  Equip and show our congregation how we can be a cloud of witnesses who surround each of our youth as they persevere in faith and seek you.
      We give you thanks for those who care for, teach, and support our youth in our congregation. We praise you for the faithfulness of Sunday school teachers, youth group and small group leaders, Confirmation mentors, and committee members who seek to shepherd the youth of our congregation.
      And above all, we give you thanks for the youth themselves - the gifts they bring to the body, the ways they serve you in our congregation, and the ways your Spirit is at work in their lives.
Through Christ Jesus we pray. Amen.

-Kristen Franke 

NPS Students and Staff - May 3, 2020

NPS Students and Staff 

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot."
-Matthew 5:13 
Good and gracious God,
      We give you thanks this day. Thanks for knowledge, thanks for education, and thanks for our friends and partners at National Presbyterian School. Be with this community of learning, God—close to 300 boys and girls in Nursery through 6th Grade and their families, more than 75 faculty members and staff, and countless others in our community who support this mission of our church. As the school seeks to safeguard the decade of childhood, strengthen their students’ intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual foundations, and love all children placed in their care, we pray for faith, hope and love. Guide the administration and staff as they support the students and their families during this season of online learning. Guard each one and keep them healthy and well.  May National Presbyterian School continue to do God’s work here on the corner of Nebraska Avenue and Van Ness Street. Amen.  
-Chaplain Todd Sutton
Stephen Ministers and their Care Receivers - April 26, 2020

Stephen Ministers and their Care Receivers  

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. -Colossians 3:12-13


Gracious God,  
      We praise you that you have promised to walk with us always, even though the valley of the shadow of death, and to be with us even to the close of the age. What a comfort it is to know that we are yours. 
      Today we thank you for those you have called to care for us, from Stephen and his fellow care-givers in the early days of your church to the Stephen Ministers of our church today. We thank you that these Stephen Ministers have responded to your call and completed the training required for this program to learn how to care for others by listening and encouraging them spiritually. 
      We pray that you will guide and sustain each of them as they walk with members of our congregation going through difficult times. We pray for wisdom for the leaders of this program as they match these talented caregivers with those needing care. And we pray for all who mourn any kind of loss, as we have faith that you will comfort them. Help each one of us to provide words of comfort to those in need, by proclaiming your life, death, and resurrection, until you come again. Amen.  
-Glenn Schmitt


Easter - April 19, 2020


Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” - Luke 24:31-32


God of the Resurrection,
      Like believers on the very first Easter, we are experiencing a mix of emotions: we are sorrowful, disoriented, and stunned by hopeful Good News all at the same time. Jesus is alive! Make us alive in him!
      Like believers throughout the ages, we face unexpected challenges in our lives, and we are acutely aware that life is even more precarious for so many people in this world. Jesus is alive! He is the light of the world!
      In a world that sometimes seems hopeless, thank you for the hope that you have given us in the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you that even though we must be apart from our beloved church community this week, Jesus is still real and still close to us right now. Even if we don’t feel joyful or feel hopeful, his power is real. Jesus is alive! Help us to sense his presence!
      Lord, please guide us in our daily decisions and our deepest struggles. Strengthen those who need an extra dose of fortitude today to face the road that lies ahead. Bring peace to those whose paths are coming to an end. Jesus is alive! He is our hope!
      Please comfort and heal COVID-19 victims in our own city, across our nation, and around the world. Please encourage and strengthen exhausted doctors, nurses, caregivers, public health officials, journalists, service workers, and everyone fighting on the front lines of this pandemic. Please give wisdom to our President and public officials at every level. Jesus is alive! He is the source of our strength!
     In this broken and hurting world, give us courage to stand for what is right, to share what we have with those in need, and to introduce others to your saving grace. Help us to become more like our Lord Jesus Christ every day. Jesus is alive! He is our Savior!
      We pray in his holy and powerful name, Amen.   
-Rev. Donna Marsh


NPC Staff - April 12, 2020

NPC Staff

"So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you. Very truly, I tell you, servants are not greater than their master, nor are messengers greater than the one who sent them. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them." - John 13:14-17


Gracious God, 
      We praise you that you have established your church for all who believe in you and claim you as Lord.  And we thank you for calling so many faithful over the decades to build and sustain the National Presbyterian Church as our home and sanctuary from the storms of daily life. We know that there are many gifts, but the same Spirit who gives them.  And we thank you for the gifts you have given to each member of the NPC staff as they work to be faithful witnesses to you through their service to us. 
      We ask you to bless each one of them, those we know and those we may not know.  Guide them in their work during these uncertain times. Sustain them physically as they work long hours. Inspire them, even though they may not see us in person each week, to find new ways to connect with us. And remind them that you have equipped them and called them to this work, and that they praise you by the work they do for your church each day.  Amen. 
-Glenn Schmitt


One Great Hour of Sharing - April 5, 2020

One Great Hour of Sharing  

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday. The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail. Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to live in.

-Isaiah 58:6, 10-12
  Almighty and most gracious God, for Your unmerited Grace we are thankful. You fulfilled Your promise to send us the Holy Spirit to empower us for Your mission. Great is Your faithfulness. Help us to be faithful in our calling to “Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ”. By Your Spirit give us generous hearts. Help us to share the gifts you have given us and to witness Your love to our sisters and brothers around the globe who are in need. Grant that through our shared witness of Your love as the body of Christ we may glorify You in our living, giving and action. Bless these One Great Hour of Sharing gifts we pray, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, Amen. 

-Lucille Smiley 

Pastors - March 29, 2020


Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called. And all the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the temple.

-Luke 21:37-38
Holy God,
      As our Creator, you know us better than we know ourselves.  You know our strengths and talents as well our weaknesses and limitations.  We thank you for calling us to be your covenant people and for pouring out your Spirit to equip us for service.
      Recognizing our diverse talents and gifts, you have called some to be apostles, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers. We give you thanks for our pastors, who have heard and answered your special call to the ministry of word and sacrament.  Thank you for their dedication to your church, both the church universal and our congregation.  
      We ask that you continue to bless their ministry among us.  Grant them wisdom as they seek to equip the members of this church for service in your kingdom.  Inspire them with a vision for how our congregation can witness to a city and society in need of renewal and redemption.  As we move together through this challenging pandemic, we ask that you grant them wisdom, patience, energy and health to deal with the many challenges of leading our church at this time.  And while we affirm the particular call and ministry of our ordained pastors, we ask that you strengthen each one of us as we seek to answer your call to witness in the world and to serve others. We ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. 

-Jim Bridgeman

COVID-19 - March 22, 2020


Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. You turn us back to dust, and say, “Turn back, you mortals.” For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night. For all our days pass away under your wrath; our years come to an end like a sigh. The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong; even then their span[d] is only toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. Who considers the power of your anger? Your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you. So teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. Turn, O Lord! How long? Have compassion on your servants! Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, so that we may rejoice and be glad all our days. Make us glad as many days as you have afflicted us, and as many years as we have seen evil. Let your work be manifest to your servants, and your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and prosper for us the work of our hands—O prosper the work of our hands!
-Psalm 90: 1-4, 9-10, 11-17
Merciful God,
      You have seen nations rise and fall, you know every tribe and nation, no language is foreign to you. You better than us know the power of pestilence and disease. We trust your healing mercy.  We praise you for your majesty and might, for your sovereignty across every age.  We know that we are dust, and our time a blink in the span of created history, but hear our pleas for mercy.  
      As fears of the COVID-19 virus capture the rhythm of our daily lives, and we seek to be careful in our personal habits and interactions, heal our land. Guide us as members and friends of the Body of Christ at NPC to be your careful hands and compassionate hearts during this time of distancing. We are so mindful of our elderly, our health care workers, doctors, nurses and first responders. It feels like we are on the precipice of a disaster. Calm our fears. As public places close and businesses and restaurants shut their doors, we are mindful of so many workers, our family and friends, who are losing any type of gainful employment. As the stock market falls day after day, we know of plans and gifts, and futures that will have to be altered.  
      We put our trust in you. Guide us to works of compassion, and careful pursuits, draw us to learn new ideas, and reshape our priorities. Give us a new dose of love and appreciation for our family members.  Draw us to a future where all are cared for and the vulnerable are protected. We believe in the power of amazing grace through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.  

-Rev. Joyce Emery 

Children's Ministry - March 15, 2020

Children's Ministry 

 People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.
-Luke 18:15-17
  Heavenly Father, we give you great praise and thanks for the National Presbyterian Church and particularly for its Children’s Ministry. Through your Holy Spirit, countless lives of children and their families have been shaped. You have brought gifted, creative leadership to this ministry which has further drawn committed volunteers whose hearts are filled with Your spirit.
      Please Lord; continue to fill each teacher and leader with wisdom, patience, kindness and compassion as they seek to encourage children in Christ's ways. We pray that the things You want instilled in the hearts of Your children are the things that they show them. Lord, inspire more leaders to step forward and teach the next generation how to walk with you and love others in Your name.
      We pray that many children will receive Jesus Christ as Savior, and build friendships with people they can bless and be blessed by. May the Bible lessons they are taught draw them closer to you. Please watch over them and surround them with your protection. We praise you that you have blessed our Children’s Ministry so richly, and pray that your continued presence may further bind us together in Christ. We ask these prayers in Jesus’ name. Amen.

-Sue Lockwood 

College Students - March 8, 2020

College Students  

He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

-Luke 12:22-31

      Lord God, we lift in prayer to you today the many college and university students affiliated with National Presbyterian Church. We pray for those students who have worshipped with us and their families here for many years, but whose studies have taken them to schools around the country and around the world.
      We also pray for those students who have found a home during their college years here in Washington and have made National Presbyterian Church a part of their life in our city. Be with them all, as they seek to know your will for their lives. Give them strength, courage and vision for their futures. Help us to help them, in the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen.

-Nancy Piho

Men's Ministry - March 1, 2020

Men's Ministry     

Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.” Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection.

-Luke 20:27-36

      As Jesus gathered His disciples from seashores and fishing boats, walking through the community and even a tax booth. He invited them to follow Him in an adventure of a lifetime!
      NPC Men’s Ministry seeks to follow that example - calling men to be Christ’s disciples -reflecting Jesus’ love, grace and wisdom in the places where we walk, fellowship, raise families, worship and work.
      To that end, our prayer is that as we grow in serving the King of Kings, we might be men that faithfully study and apply His Word, pray for the redemption of lives around us near and far, and witness to His hope in the joyous and hard places He puts us. In Christ’s Powerful Name! Amen.

-Gregg Gochnour 

Who is Missing - February 23, 2020

Who is Missing  

      Heavenly Father, thank-you so much for all those you have brought through our doors: members, regular attenders and visitors. We pray that all those attending our worship services may feel your love and your presence.
      We pray especially for those who have attended regularly, but whom we no longer see. We pray that wherever they are, may they be surrounded by love, faith and your Holy Spirit. We also pray most fervently, that if there are some in our church family who are “missing,” and need our help and support, that you will lead us to those people, so that we may minister to them in loving and helpful ways.  We pray all this in Jesus’ name, who reminds us that wherever we are, He is with us always.  Amen.

-Ginny Beeson


“Or what woman having ten silver coins, if she loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

-Luke 15:8-11

Small Groups - February 16, 2020

Small Groups  

Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! It would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea than for you to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard! If another disciple sins, you must rebuke the offender, and if there is repentance, you must forgive. And if the same person sins against you seven times a day, and turns back to you seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive.”

-Luke 17:1-4


      Lord Jesus, thank you for setting an example for us while you were here, of the power of a small group. Your 12 disciples, equipped by your Spirit, shared the power of your Gospel, and new believers are added to your family every day because of their faithfulness!
      Our small groups today are no less powerful! You are alive- your Spirit is alive- your Word is alive, and through our small groups we can be reminded of these truths, lay our burdens down together in prayer, and grow in boldness for you and your kingdom!
      Help us be willing to be family for one another in small groups. Grow this ministry at our church in number and in power, Lord, for your good pleasure. Thank you Father. In Jesus name. Amen.

-Lynne Gochnour 

Family Winter Retreat - February 9, 2020

Family Winter Retreat 

Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.’”

-Luke 15:31-32 


Heavenly Father,
      We praise you for the upcoming Family Winter Camp and for promising your presence whenever two or more are gathered in your name. We ask that your holy purposes would be accomplished and we thank you, even now, for how you will provide beyond what we can imagine.
      For those who have organized this event, we ask that you multiply their efforts as only you can. We pray for the speaker, for inspiration and wisdom as he prepares his talk on Love Languages. We pray for each parent and child attending. Help them to grow in love for you and for each other and to enjoy the beauty of your creation. Lord, protect them from injury, sickness and the temptation to take this opportunity for granted. We ask that you refresh, renew and strengthen all those participating so they may live lives to your glory.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

-Amy Thompson

Confirmands and Mentors - February 2, 2020

Confirmands and Mentors

So he told them this parable: “Which one of you, having a hundred sheep and losing one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that is lost until he finds it? When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance."

-Luke 15:3-7 

Lord God,
      We praise Your name and thank you for your presence in our lives and the gift of your grace every day.  We offer our gratitude for these young confirmands and their mentors – guide them through this confirmation process as they lean on each other seeking to learn more about you.
      Strengthen the mentors; give them the knowledge to help forge a path for these young Christians toward their confirmation. Bless these confirmands with the presence of your Holy Spirit; may they see You as they seek a better understanding of Your word; gift them with wisdom…with discernment…with insight.  We humbly ask that you energize our congregation as we offer our loving support to all who are a part of the confirmation process.
      Lord, what a blessing it is to come before you and know that you hear our prayers; we praise you for your everlasting faithfulness to us; may our hearts be filled with the love of Christ every day.  Amen.

-Dennis Burgart

The Session - January 26, 2020

The Session

When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, he told them a parable. “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

-Luke 14:7-11  


Follow this link to listen to John Gregg read the prayer he wrote for Session:


Almighty God and Gracious Lord:
      We are grateful for your church on Nebraska Avenue and the community it creates in the name of your son Jesus Christ.  He has shown us that he is present when we gather together.
      We humbly accept the responsibility to be a self-governed church in our Presbyterian tradition.  We ask for your guidance for our governing body, the Session.  Have the Holy Spirit light fires in the hearts of these women and men who have pledged to serve the congregation so that they may be passionate about leading our church.  Give strength to both Session’s ruling elders (laity) and teaching elders (pastors).  Grant wisdom to the Session’s Moderator and leader, Pastor Renwick.
      Encourage the Session in its new season of strategic planning. Show the best ways that the congregation can serve the community in your name. Let newly ordained elders flourish in the soil of service.  Grow them into great spiritual leaders of the congregation.
      Sanctify too the work of Session’s Executive Committee as it designates elders for specific obligations of leadership at this time of transition. Continue to bless the work of our Councils as they oversee the ministries of the church and its operation.  May they work in harmony with the congregation to make our church reflect your light to our neighborhood, city, and even the world. In Christ’s name. Amen.  

-John Gregg

Officer Training - January 19, 2020

Officer Training

Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not indulging in much wine, not greedy for money; they must hold fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.

-1 Timothy 3:8-9  


Heavenly Father,
      We ask your blessing for those who will participate in our church’s officer training.  We thank you for guiding them to the opportunity to serve you and the congregation of this church.
      As they learn more about the important roles they will have in serving our congregation, guide each of them in fulfilling their duties and responsibilities. Give them the moral strength to make decisions that are in the best interests of our church and the community they have been asked to serve.
      During their term in office, help each of them to set examples that will not only encourage others to serve but also nurture the growth of our church. We ask this in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

-David and Renee Dragics



Facilities Team - January 12, 2020

Facilities Team

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.

-Ephesians 2:19-22


Dear Father in Heaven, 
      You have blessed this congregation with a beautiful church and campus: a fitting place to gather in your name, meditate on your word, and discern how we may act as your agents to carry out your work and purpose in the world.
      Thank you, Lord, for the hands, hearts and minds devoted to maintaining the church’s physical space and negotiating the challenges and aging systems within that space.  We hold up the entire Facilities Team, Lord, that you will sustain them in their efforts. Please grant them the strength and energy to face the challenges ahead; help them to seek your will when tough decisions must be made. 
      Help us, as a congregation, to recognize, honor and support the work of the Facilities Team. Help us to be very good stewards of all the donations that have been so generously gifted for this work. Encourage those in the congregation with gifts in facilities operation to feel called to come forward and assist the Facilities team in this important work. In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.

-John Neely 

Baptism - January 5, 2020


Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased."
-Luke 3:21-22   
Gracious God, creator,
      We thank you for your constant, generous love, given freely and unconditionally. Thank you, most loving father, for all of our blessings, especially for our children, those innocent joys and the future of our faith community.
      At the moment of baptism, we are reminded that you called us your children before we were even born. In your image you made us. In this and every child is planted the seeds of your eternal love. 
      We ask for your special blessing on all children baptized at NPC and their families. Guide us to support their faith journey on earth. Open their heart and mind to Christ. Nourish us with the fruits of the Holy Spirit so we may share a bountiful harvest of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control with our community.
-Bethany Velasco
Christmas & Christmas Eve Services - December 29, 2019

Christmas & Christmas Eve Services

"When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.  On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road." 
-Matthew 2:10-12  
Holy Jesus,
As we patiently wait for your coming once again, we ask your blessings on all those involved in the Christmas Eve services at National Presbyterian Church. Few of us know all the work that goes into these services, but we know that they proclaim to many – those who regularly attend, visitors to our church, and some who only attend services occasionally – the fulfillment of the promise you made to your people thousands of years ago for a Messiah. Guide and strengthen all those involved in planning and conducting these services. And open the hearts of all who attend them, so that they may be inspired to boldly confess that you are Kings of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the Savior of the world. Amen.
- Glenn Schmitt
Flower Ministry - December 22, 2019

Flower Ministry  

"And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?"

-Matthew 6:28-30


Dear Heavenly Father,
       Thank you for creating the Earth and all of the fantastic forms of life that inhabit our planet, especially the amazing and beautiful flowers in every color, shape, size and description that delight us and help us communicate our love for you and for each other. 
       Thank you for the women and men who established and have carried on NPC’s Flower Ministry for so many years.  We are grateful for their artistic gifts and their ability to use those gifts to glorify you. Please continue to bless and inspire the members of the Flower Ministry as they continue to create beautiful floral arrangements and displays which serve to reflect your beauty, bring comfort to those who mourn, bring cheer and encouragement to those who suffer and surprise and delight all of us during times of joy and celebration. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


-Joanna Lam & Gerri Hall  

Parenting Series - December 15, 2019

Parenting Series 

Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”
-Luke 2:27-32
      Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of children! We pray for their parents as they seek to raise their children in a world that often seems hostile or indifferent to the gospel. Give them strength and courage to seek You first. Grant them the wisdom to teach, correct and guide their children according to your Word. We pray that You will use the Parenting Series to help parents lead by example and to provide them with the encouragement of others who will affirm their purpose in raising children who seek to honor and follow You. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
-Amy Thompson 
Mission Gifts - December 8, 2019

Mission Gifts 

"Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith."

-1 John 5:1-4


      Lord Jesus, your birth is always special cause for celebration among your people. Not for tinsel, but for grace. Not for Santa, but for salvation. As we enter Advent, we ask that you would bless our NPC Mission Gifts, that they might give help and hope to the most vulnerable among us.
      We ask you to hold up especially our mission partners in our city, our nation, our world, who each day, labor to help those who need help most and to spread your Word, bringing it to people everywhere — no matter where they are in their spiritual journeys or their earthly journeys.
      We also ask your blessing and encouragement for the many in our Congregation and staff who serve you in Mission Gifts — the cashiers, the decorators, the organizers, the publicists, and yes, our many Givers. Use this time of your birth, Lord, to draw us nearer to you, and to our neighbors, near and far.  Amen.


-Bryan Smith

Winter Warmth Drive for the Homeless in DC - December 1, 2019

Winter Warmth Drive for the Homeless in DC 

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

-Luke 1:46-55


      Loving God, you made the earth and its seasons, and you know and love everyone who lives in your world. As the seasons change and the nights grow cold, we lift up our homeless neighbors to your care. Thank you for moving our hearts to share winter clothing items as the summer heat turns to chilling cold.
      We pray for emergency shelters and permanent homes to be opened up, safe and warm, for those without homes right now. We ask that you would grant courage to those afraid of that next step, and break down every barrier that would keep people away from a safe place to stay.
      Please give us compassion for the vulnerable among us, and grant effectiveness to the church’s mission partners and local service agencies who care for men, women and children without regular places to stay. We all look to you in hope for our true home in the life to come.  In Jesus’ name and in the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen.


-John Turpin

Festival Choir - November 24, 2019

Festival Choir

"On the way to Jerusalem Jesus was going through the region between Samaria and Galilee. As he entered a village, ten lepers approached him. Keeping their distance, they called out, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were made clean. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice. He prostrated himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus asked, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you well.”

-Luke 17:11-19


      King of Kings and Lord of Lords, echoes of praise resound across the centuries naming the Messiah, Jesus, as the source of our eternal joy and salvation.Thank you for the inspiration you poured out upon George Frideric Handel in the 1700’s as he sought to give glory to you.

      Bless our “Festival Choir” as members and friends join their voices together to bless us all during this Advent Season as they sing portions of “The Messiah.” Guide our Director Michael Denham, Carolann Haley, our accompanist and Todd Fickley, and each member of the orchestra that our hearts would be tuned to the glory of your praise forever and ever.  Amen.


-Dr. Joyce Emery

Milestones for Our Children - November 17, 2019

Milestones for Our Children

"Jesus went up the mountain and sat down there with his disciples. Now the Passover, the festival of the Jews, was near. When he looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, 'Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?' He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he was going to do. Philip answered him, 'Six months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little.' One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 'There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?' Jesus said, 'Make the people sit down.' Now there was a great deal of grass in the place; so they sat down, about five thousand in all." - John 6:3-10


Dear Lord,


     We thank you for the children of National Presbyterian Church. We thank you for their parents who faithfully bring them to church, keeping their vows of raising them in the Christian faith. We thank you for their Sunday school teachers, choir directors and others who volunteer each week to teach them about your Kingdom and your love for each of them.
     We celebrate with our families as their children reach these Milestones of the Christian faith and thank you that we can share this joy with our congregation. We pray that these Milestones will be increasingly meaningful to our children as their faith deepens and they grow in their love for you.


In the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen.


-  Nancy Piho

Online Worshiping Community - November 10, 2019

Online Worshiping Community 

"In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable; convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully." - II Timothy 4:1-5


Heavenly Father,

     Thank you for the freedom we have to gather and worship you openly every Sunday. Please be with us as we seek to worship you more joyfully and learn how to love and serve you more faithfully. Please be especially with all those who are worshipping with us online. Even though they are not with us physically, may they feel your love, your grace and your mercy.  As they participate in the service from wherever they may be, help them to hear a word from you, to feel your presence and gain strength from your word. May all who participate in Sunday services, either on-site or remotely, feel more prepared, encouraged and confident as we seek to follow you more closely every day. 


We ask this in the strong name of Jesus, our Savior.  Amen.          

- Ginny Beeson

Service of Remembrance - November 3, 2019

Service of Remembrance

"Jesus answered them, 'The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.'" - John 12:23-26


God our comforter and Savior,


     We praise you for giving us life here on Earth. Remind us to never take for granted each day that we get to spend with those we love. Thank you for blessing us with family and friends who walk alongside us in faith.

     On this All Saints Day let us take time to remember each beautiful moment shared together, and the great cloud of witnesses that surround us. Please bring comfort and peace to those who are grieving the passing of a loved one. Remind us that Your Son has prepared a room for each of us, and that there will be a day when we are reunited in Your loving arms. As Paul wrote in the book of Romans, “we are sure that neither death nor life…nor anything else is all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord."




- Liz Martin


Scouts - October 27, 2019


"And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, 'Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my slave, ‘Do this,’ and the slave does it.' When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, 'I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.'” - Luke 7:6-9


Dear God,

     We give thanks to you for the many blessings you have bestowed upon us. We are grateful for the food that nourishes us, the clothing and shelter that warm us, and for the love of family and friends that sustains us psychologically. We are especially thankful for the blessings of children. As we raise our children, please continue to help us to nurture them correctly, both physically and spiritually so that they may follow in the path of your son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.
     We would especially like to pray for the children who are participating in Boy Scouts. Please continue to guide the adult leaders of the Boy Scouts, as they teach the important physical and spiritual lessons of Scouting. Help them to ensure that the Scouts learn the true meaning that Scouts are to be “helpful…friendly…clean and reverent” and that Scouts are “to do a good turn daily.” Please protect our Scouts and give them courage as they go forth in their Scouting activities, so that they may learn the important lessons of life, and thereby more fully serve you as their lives progress. Please also watch over the adults, who have generously volunteered their time and efforts to aid in this most worthy endeavor.


We ask these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

- Paul Waymack

The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee - October 20, 2019

The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee

"A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher." - Luke 6:40
Dear Lord,
     We praise you for being a Great God, a merciful Savior, and a wonderful Friend. We need your wisdom in seeking and choosing our next Associate Pastor for Care. You know who you are preparing; please help this committee to discover the person you are preparing. Please lead and guide this committee through your Word and by your Spirit. As they do this work for you please increase their love for you, for one another, and for your Kingdom.
Thank you, Lord. In Jesus name, Amen.
- Lynne Gochnour
Sunday Ambassadors - October 13, 2019

Sunday Ambassadors

"And when day came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles..." - Luke 6:13 


Our Heavenly Father,

     We thank you that you know our every need and that you know what people are seeking as they enter our church buildings. We praise you for each member of the Connections team and each member of our congregation as we serve those who come to have relationship with you, even though they might not yet know your plan for their lives. Help us to be Ambassadors of Jesus and to do your will and to be your voice in our interactions with all those we meet. Guide our conversations.

     We pray that you will use us all to help others to discover the love, grace and mercy that only you can provide. Thank you for the incredible privilege we have in representing you.

In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

- Wanda Martinson

World Communion Sunday - October 6, 2019

World Communion Sunday

"Jesus answered, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick...'" - Luke 5:31

Heavenly Father,


     Thank you for this reminder that on this particular Sunday, churches throughout the world, in addition to ours, will be celebrating the Sacrament of Communion. In your worldwide church, may we be especially mindful of the persecuted Christian; help us to never forget them. Lord, remember them, protect them, strengthen them.
     We come before you knowing that Jesus Christ died for our sins, Christ rose from the dead and that Christ will come again in glory. Thank you God for this gift. May we honor this gift by obeying your commands, by loving you and loving our neighbor. For everyone today, the table is ready.


In Christ’s name, Amen.

- May Yamate

New Members Pathway Class - September 29, 2019

New Members - Pathway Class

"When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him." - Luke 5:11


Dear Heavenly Father,

      We come before you to ask your blessing on all those who will be attending the Pathways New Members Class at National Presbyterian Church. Please encourage those who are looking for a Christ-Centered church family to come and see how we seek to be a witness to God's love in Washington, DC.
     We ask for strength for our pastors and those who will be sharing information about our faith, our denomination, and our church. Be with us as we tell prospective members about worship at NPC and how we encourage our members to grow in their faith and love for Jesus Christ.
     We ask that you prepare the hearts of those who attend; help them to hear your voice and guidance as they decide if church membership at NPC is the right place for them to share their time, talents, and treasures, to your glory. We thank you for your power and might and your love for us as we try to make this important decision.

We ask all these in the name of our savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

- Barbara Mitchell

Stephen Ministry Training - 22, 2019

Stephen Ministry Training

"As the sun was setting, all those who had any who were sick with various kinds of diseases brought them to him; and he laid his hands on each of them and cured them." - Luke 4:40


God of compassion and love, Lord Jesus...


You walked the earth to bring the Good News of God’s love to all. You showed us by example how to love and care for one another. Make known to us your caring presence as we begin this training class for Stephen Ministry. Thank you for the members of this class who heard your call to service and witness. We thank you for those who are a part of this ministry of listening, loving, caring, and supporting. May this caregiving ministry be one way in which we touch the lives and hearts of people within and outside of our congregation. Reveal to us your presence as we care and serve.


In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

- Lucille Smiley

Music Ministry - September 8 & 15, 2019

Music Ministry

"But Peter said, 'I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.' And he took him by the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to them in the portico called Solomon’s Portico, utterly astonished." - Acts 3:6-11


Dear Lord,


     We thank you for the gift of music and the people you have given us who ably lead us in worship with music. Their talents are a blessing. We ask that you would use our choir, organist, and others with musical abilities to draw us all closer to you. We pray that your Holy Spirit will continually lead our music ministry to show your love and goodness. May all who hear sense your presence in both their hearts and minds. May your pleasure in our ministries for you be ever increasing, and may all your people grow in pleasing you. Amen.

- Carolyn Gasarch

Youth Group - September 1, 2019

Youth Group

"Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, 'You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.'" - Luke 3:21-22

Holy Father,

     Thank you for coming to us as a child in Bethlehem, and growing up in our midst. We are inspired by Jesus, who although worrying his parents, knew what his Father’s business was when he was found in the Temple with the wise ones of his day. We praise you for youth, for teenagers, especially the youth of this congregation and all those who serve with them.

     We hold before you the small group leaders, our Director of Youth Ministries, all who walk alongside our young people, who drive and host and counsel. We think of all of the decisions that face our youth each day. Give them courage to invite friends to Youth Group. Thank you for the gift of the Youth House and the recent renovation. May it provide a safe place for many holy conversations.

     May the strength and witness of this faith community, and the living Word of God, guide each one in every decision, friendship and opportunity for service. Keep us open to listen and learn together we pray.

Through Christ, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. Amen.

- Dr. Joyce Emery

NPS Students and Staff - May 3, 2020

NPS Students and Staff 

 “You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.
-Matthew 5:13 
Good and gracious God,
We give you thanks this day. Thanks for knowledge, thanks for education, and thanks for our friends and partners at National Presbyterian School. Be with this community of learning, God—close to 300 boys and girls in Nursery through 6th Grade and their families, more than 75 faculty members and staff, and countless others in our community who support this mission of our church. As the school seeks to safeguard the decade of childhood, strengthen their students’ intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual foundations, and love all children placed in their care, we pray for faith, hope and love. Guide the administration and staff as they support the students and their families during this season of online learning. Guard each one and keep them healthy and well.  May National Presbyterian School continue to do God’s work here on the corner of Nebraska Avenue and Van Ness Street. Amen.
-Chaplain Todd Sutton 


Neighbor Day - August 25, 2019

Neighbor Day

"As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, 'I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.'" - John 3:16-17

God our Creator,

     Christ our Redeemer and Spirit our Sustainer, Your creation calls us to live in community and to serve Your Kingdom here on earth. We thank you for the generous gift of this church, and for this spacious facility in which we are called to welcome our church family as well as our neighbors in this city to join in fellowship, experience the love of Christ, and serve our neighbors in need. We ask for your special blessing on our Neighbor Day event in September. Purify our hearts and ignite our passion for loving your people. Give us the gift of generosity to those in our midst and those who might come into our midst for this event.
     Bless our efforts to collect food for our neighbors in this city who are hungry. Fill our hearts with both joy and compassion as we seek to do good in Your name. Help us to work together and serve you in harmony and faith. Give us such a trust in you to work through this event that the fruits of our labors will be a witness to all.
     Thank you for the volunteers and leaders who will coordinate the many details for this undertaking, give them your spirit of enthusiasm. May your guiding hand be on every aspect of our undertaking. In joy and hope we pray, Amen.

- Leslie Saum