The community of Queen Anne is one of Seattle’s oldest Euro-American residential neighborhoods, originally dubbed “Eden Hill” by Pioneer settler Thomas Mercer. However it was the Duwamish people who occupied the area dating back at least 3,000 years. During the “Indian unrest” of 1855-1856, many of the Euro-American settlers of Queen Anne temporarily moved into the safety of Seattle. After the unrest, the lush, forested, water-lapped district became a growing residential suburb and by the mid-1880s acquired the name Queen Anne Town in reference to its showy domestic architecture. Queen Anne’s character has been shaped by human resources and activism, built upon by progressive, well-educated families that made the hill their home from the outset. This has left a lasting legacy, including but not limited to the construction of the Century 21 World’s Fair complex in 1962. The overarching goal of the neighborhood today remains the preservation of its vibrant, human-scaled sense of place, where currently over 30,000 people reside.
(Source: Queen Anne Context Statement)
Counterbalance Park (Top) - Galer + Queen Anne Ave N. (Map)
If you’ve ever found yourself needing to walk up to the 456 ft of elevation that is Queen Anne Hill, you can easily understand the early need for the Counterbalance. One of the early technological developments for Queen Anne and its growth was the creation of a counterbalance trolley system that ran up and down the hill. The Counterbalance not only made the trek up the hill easier, but provided access to the neighborhood, rendering it less isolated than before. In 1901 the original cable car system was replaced with new electric trolley cars, and by 1940 the tracks and trolleys were replaced by gas-powered buses.
(Source: History Link)
Our Father who art in heaven…
“Lord, You are Father to us. We confess that it often comes too easy for us to place you in heaven while forgetting you in our midst. Help us to see the sacred spaces that remind us of your role in the story of this place. Here in this space of technological advancement where isolationism was rejected and then embraced, we remember the words of Scripture to reach out to those in need, to open our homes and our hearts to one another, to be a people united. May we see the sacred revealed to us in the hidden spaces and may this corner be a space where your glory is continually revealed. Amen.
Queen Anne Christian Church - 3rd Ave W. + Lee St. (Map)
Built in 1911, this church is one of the three original church congregations of this neighborhood that still stand (Queen Anne United Presbyterian Church, 1907 at 5th W + W Howe St.; St. Margaret of Scotland Church, 1910 at 14th Ave W + W Dravus St.) Currently, Queen Anne Christian Church also houses our congregation, as well as Kavana an independent Jewish congregation.
Hallowed be Your name…
“Lord, we long for your presence to come to this space in a special way. In the midst of the upheaval and change that surrounds our neighborhood, may your name be lifted in these peaceful places. May your creative character and care continue to be reclaimed in thoughtful and beautiful ways. May we reflect your character in the spirit of unity and love, and may people come to know you because of our presence and the presence of all the churches here in this neighborhood.
Kerry Park (Map)
As development pressed forward throughout the neighborhood in the early 20th century, neighbors banded together to purchase this lot to prevent construction of an unidentified project that they did not want. A project that would have obstructed the views of Mt. Rainier, Elliot Bay, and an overlook of the city. In 1927 the neighbors donated the land to the city and named it after the Albert S Kerry family, who donated $20,000 towards its purchase. We enjoy this beautiful space that honors creation because of people who joined together to make a difference.
(Source: Queen Anne Historical Society)
Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven…
Lord Jesus, we thank you for your creation. We thank you for this view that declares your glory. And Lord we pray your blessing over this city for the work that is done here… for the lives that are being restored, and for those who labor to bring a slice of heaven to earth. May this city and our neighborhood be a “thin space” where heaven truly meets earth with redemption and new hope.
Queen Anne Library - 4th W + W Garfield (Map)
Built in 1913 with funds from the city, the Carnegie Foundation and local contributions, this is the original building and location of the Queen Anne Library. Seattle is one of the most educated cities in the United States with one of the more robust library systems available to all. The library also serves as an unofficial shelter for the homeless during the day to stay out of the heat of summer, the rain of fall, and the cold of winter days.
Give us this day our daily bread…
Lord, everyday people in this city worry about not having enough food, clothing or shelter while living in the shadow of extravagant wealth. The economy of man here can seem hopelessly skewed and we confess to losing our reliance on you as provider. As buildings rise and fall, we pray that the forces of change, the wisdom and ingenuity of man, and the wisdom of your Spirit may come together to create a solution for all who call this city home. May your economy of love balance the scales between want and need.
Queen Anne Farmers Market - W Crockett + Queen Anne Ave N. (Map)
The Farmers Market is the only independent farmers market in the city of Seattle. From May to October the market serves as a gathering space for business and relationships, where children and adults congregate on the hill to eat, share, spend time with one another and connect with each other. In an introverted city, the market serves as a place for connections to happen.
And forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us…
Father, may we see this life as a journey and not a competition. Help us to consider how we may be companions instead of adversaries. As spaces for connection dry up in the winter months, may other rise up in their wake. We long for connection, for healing, for restoration, and for hope. May your church inhabit these relational spaces and help to make them sacred for all.
Simple & Just - 2213 Queen Anne Ave. North (Map)
Police estimate that over 500 children are trafficked, and prostituted throughout King County. As sex trafficking continues to explode throughout the world, Simple & Just is a boutique that gives 100% of its profit to organizations who are on the frontline of rescuing and providing care and support to the survivors.
(Source: KING 5)
And lead us not into temptation…
Lord, in this place of intersection where the fight is on to combat the exploitation of women and children for sexual means, we pray for your Spirit to be made manifest. We pray that this not be a place of either or… may those who make the exploitation of women and children a part of their lives be able to see past the mask of their desire and objectification of others. May they face righteous justice and may their hearts and minds be turned in repentance towards you. May this be a space that makes an impact in the trafficking of the 500+. May this space be a place that helps bring restoration and healing to the victims. May this be a space that makes change, in Jesus name.
Seattle Pacific University (Map)
Founded in 1891 as a Free Methodist University and Seminary to train missionaries for overseas service. On June 5, 2014 a gunman opened fire on this campus killing one and injuring two others. The gunman was stopped by a student who used pepper spray to disarm him.
(Source: KING 5)
But deliver us from evil…
Father, may your spirit of peace prevail. We pray that peacemakers would be present and active here. That the future would honor the past, and that this moment would not be forgotten but would be remembered as a lament and a part of the larger story of gun violence that ravages this land. We pray for continued healing and peace to prevail.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen
Lord we pray that you would be glorified in this neighborhood and throughout this city. We pray that people would praise you and look to you as the one who never changes. May they see these undeniable evidences of change as an urgent call to engage the story that has been written here long before memory and continues far beyond imagination. We lift up the future as yours and pray for those who will continue the work of redemption and restoration… longing for the day of your return… when all things will be renewed. “No to Him who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be the glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
* A special thank to Neighborhood Liturgy for helping us design this neighborhood prayer walk.