Welcome to “Blessed Beyond Belief:  St. Barabara’s Call to Hope and Prayer” 

This is where you can share requests with the community, or ask that they be just for the eyes of the healing ministry team.  And–this is also the place to encourage others by letting them know you are praying for them —   just click on the button (you can do this just one time, or every time your pray!)

You are not required to give your name so you can make anonymous requests.  Your email is required only for technical reasons and does not appear publicly.  All public prayer requests are reviewed by the healing ministry team before being posted online.

There may be more requests than can fit on one page.  You can use the arrows at the bottom of the prayers to advance back and forth between the pages.

Please note two restrictions:

  1.  For your security, we will not indicate situations or times when you or others may be away from the house.  This means we may not mention hospitalizations, appointments, specifics about road trips, etc.  We will edit the wording of all requests appropriately.

2.  If you are asking for prayer for someone else and they do not know about the request, we will make sure that they stay anonymous.  If you would like their name or relationship mentioned, please let us know that you have received their permission.


“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so God can heal you.  When a believing person prays, great things happen!” — James 5:16


I prayed for this

Prayed for 2 times.

Pastor Thomas

Please pray for the District Superintendent, the Bishop, and our own Pastor-Parish Relations Committee as they select Hope's new pastor!

Received: January 9, 2021

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Who is “St. Barbara?”

        For decades, Barbara Roderick (1927-2020) was the prayer warrior for Hope United Methodist Church and beyond.  She was a loving parent, a faithful friend, a Thunder basketball fanatic, and a committed disciple of her Lord Jesus.  People constantly asked her to pray for them, and (with permission) she sent those requests out to church members and friends as well.  She wouldn’t take anyone off the prayer list until she knew 100% that God had answered their prayer.  By her actions and her words, she called all of us to a deeper life of hope and devotion.

A few years ago when we were in the process of renaming the church, we generated a list of 100 possible new ideas.  One tongue-in-cheek suggestion that appeared on the list was “St. Barbara’s United Methodist Church,” in recognition of her impact on the life of this faith community (many people have said privately that this is the name they will use, no matter what is on the deed).  This is not too far-fetched:  the centerpiece of Hope’s sanctuary–an eastern-facing stained glass window featuring the cross, two doves, and a lilly–was donated to the church by Barbara.

Barbara’s favorite saying was, “I am blessed beyond belief, and I love you all.”  Because of the prayer ministry of Barbara Roderick, countless persons will testify that they, too, have been blessed beyond belief.  This online “Prayer Wall” is just one way we continue this prayer ministry at Hope United Methodist Church, with deep gratitude for the grace of our Lord so faithfully modeled in the life of “St. Barbara.”

For a biblical reflection on being “blessed beyond belief,” take a few minutes and enjoy this song about Abraham: