Weekly Prayers for the Church Street Family

Week of June 22, 2022

Rev. Tim Best

Gracious God, as we reflect upon Father’s Day, we are grateful for all men who have nurtured us and helped us learn more about your love: fathers, grandfathers, uncles, teachers, brothers. Thank you for special relationships and bonds that reflect your image of grace, acceptance, wisdom, and growth.

We pray for children everywhere – may each child know that they are loved by you. Open our eyes that we may know how to care for children – not just our own – but those in our community, in the schools around us, in our neighborhood. May our decisions and our actions all be done in an effort to guard, guide, and defend them. Give us the strength to protect them from dangers seen and unseen; give us the faithfulness to live holy lives in front of them; to never stop trying to be spiritually alive members of the church and ambassadors for Christ everywhere we go. 

Loving God, bless us that we may be a blessing to our children. Help us remember who we are and from where we have come. Help us remember the things you have done for us in the past so we can teach them to our children. May we give them hope and enthusiasm for the future. May we give them openness to your holy message of forgiveness, grace, and love. May they too want to walk in the paths of righteousness. May your word live in them and for generations to come. Hear this prayer we offer today. We give thanks that Covid vaccines are now available for our youngest children.

Our Juneteenth observance just past reminded us of our shortcomings as a nation, and how we exploited the vulnerable, and have not traversed the road to equality as we have promised.  Therefore, we pray for all who are still in bondage … may they hear good news that there is freedom in Christ – whatever their bondage. Forgive us when our own prejudices and fears have kept people labeled as other or “less than.” Overwhelm us with your grace that we might embrace all others as fully blessed, beloved, and created. Reveal to us the ways in which we benefit from the oppression of others and transform our thinking and our living. Embolden us to declare with our words and our works that through Christ all are made free. 

And may that same overwhelming grace spill over into all the lives of these friends who call upon your name, both in thanksgiving and in need this week.  In whatever way you will, surround them with the peace and confidence for which they long:

  • Gratitude for safe passage home for Master Arts European travelers
  • Family elated: Youngster with head trauma is now home, much improved since his accident, ask for prayers for complete healing
  • Wife, caregiver, appreciates prayers & offers of assistance from friends
  • Nephew thankful for prayers, his uncle died peacefully
  • Thanksgiving for a festive church wedding on Saturday
  • Happy couple celebrate their second wedding anniversary
  • Couple thankful for their 53rd wedding anniversary on Thursday 
  • Family deeply appreciates prayers during a bereavement
  • One grateful for all remembering him throughout his hospital stay
  • Thankful for eager & energetic children attending VBS  
  • Church & family celebrate the baptism of 2 young daughters Sunday
  • Thanksgiving for the life and witness of a remarkable Christian woman who succumbed to cancer on Sunday
  • Prayers for adult son & family grieving recent death of his father
  • Wisdom, safety for members suffering from Parkinson’s
  • Safe delivery of baby boy, mother with worrisome complications
  • Safety & resilience for friend boldly speaking out for children’s safety in classrooms & for protection of voter rights 
  • Prayers for member grieving death of wife, safe travel for a daughter & family traveling to area to offer support
  • Continued prayers for all pastors in transition this week & for the congregations they will serve
  • Strength, faith, & hope for an aunt entering a new phase of cancer treatment
  • All working to bring about the end of the Ukrainian crisis, for healing, help, and hope for these suffering people
  • Patience, continued humor, & healing for an uncle recovering from a stroke
  • Healing for a brother in severe kidney crisis & for his family
  • A strong bonding of all races within our community
  • A fractured family relationship
  • Wisdom and insight for leaders at every level to end gun violence 
  • Easing of pain & infirmity – member recovering from knee surgery
  • Prayers for couples who long to have children  
  • Member recovering from hip surgery & colon perforations 
  • A new position needed: Adult son in unhealthy work situation  
  • For reliable caregivers to be found to help an infirm husband
  • All working to end violence, hunger, and poverty in our community

We thank you for accepting these prayers offered in sincerity, and, as those made one in Christ, we offer that prayer he taught us, saying:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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One of our favorite things about the spring semester each year is celebrating our graduating seniors.  And this year, we have a special Senior Spotlight series on our blog.  Our seniors answered interview questions earlier this spring and it has been so much fun learning their answers! Check back in each week to get to know our seniors better and help to cheer them on as they wrap up high school and prepare for their next steps!

Meet Reece Wood!

What high school are you graduating from?
Bearden
What are your plans for next year?
Going to the University of Tennessee
What is your favorite bible verse?
Numbers 6:24-26
If you could choose one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chicken tendies with Mac n cheese
If you could give some advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Whatever you are doing make sure you are having fun
What are your top 3 favorite movies?
Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, Rush Hour 3
What is your favorite Church Street memory?
Can’t decide, so all of it! (If I have to pick something I have always liked working at the Wesley house with the kids, it was especially funny seeing some BOLT out of the theatre when a jumped scare came)
What are you most excited about going into the next season of your life?
Meeting new people and using what I have learned to be a better person!

One of our favorite things about the spring semester each year is celebrating our graduating seniors.  And this year, we have a special Senior Spotlight series on our blog.  Our seniors answered interview questions earlier this spring and it has been so much fun learning their answers! Check back in each week to get to know our seniors better and help to cheer them on as they wrap up high school and prepare for their next steps!

Meet Josiah Libby!

What high school are you graduating from?
Fulton High School, Communications
What are your plans for next year?
Pellissippi
What is your favorite bible verse?
John 9: 3
If you could choose one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Chicken and Pineapple Fajitas
If you could give some advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Take that leap
What are your top 3 favorite movies?
How to Train Your Dragon Series 1 through 3
What is your favorite Church Street memory?
Walk Through Bethlehem (and even played the youngest Baby Jesus!!)
What are you most excited about going into the next season of your life?
So many sweet challenges

Weekly Prayers for the Church Street Family

Week of June 15, 2022

Rev. Catherine Nance*

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, 

Early in the morning our song shall rise to thee.

As we observed this past Trinity Sunday, we became more keenly aware that there is really no adequate way to explain how you are Three in One; One in Three. And so, we do not attempt it, but simply marvel at the mystery of Blessed Trinity. We see in you, O God, in your very expression, the desire for community. Because we are created in your image, we need community and thrive in community. Forgive us, when we have said that we need no one or that we can go it alone or, “I am responsible only for me and mine!” We are a people who seem to care about only ourselves. Open our hearts and minds and eyes and ears to your desire for us to live peacefully with one another. We cannot be who you created us to be until we see your image in others.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Holy, holy, holy God, in calling forth creation from the void, revealing yourself in human flesh, and pouring forth your wisdom to guide us, you manifest your concern for your whole universe. You invite us, as your people, to gather the world’s needs into our hearts and bring them before you.

We skim headlines and scroll past images from the news, but the images remain in our hearts and minds. Instead of ignoring or wanting to forget, we pause this day to focus and to pray – for Ukraine, for Russia, and for all who are still hurting from the effects of wars that we have forgotten about. We pray for veterans who are still struggling from past wars. We pray for families in communities who have been devastated by gun violence. Forgive us, O Lord, for placing our trust in platitudes about rights and ignoring your demand to care for one another. We pray that those who are in power and who have power to make changes would lead with reason and not fear. 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We remember Nehemiah who held leaders to accountability, O God. Too often, we blame our leaders for everything, forgetting that we are citizens. We live in community; may our concerns not be only for those who have the same home-owners association as we do; may we not care only for the students who in our children’s classes. O God, may we truly care for all people.  Regardless of whether we voted for our current leaders or not, we know we have a responsibility to be aware of the challenges they face, to know about decisions they must make. We wait until a crisis and then proclaim – “Look what they have done!” So, we pause in these moments to pray for our leaders. It is our duty as part of community to offer our leaders to you in prayer: 

We pray for our President, Joe Biden; we pray for Vice-President Kamala Harris. We pray for their families. We pray for Senators Blackburn and Hagerty; and for Representative Burchett. We pray for their good health and pray that you would give them wisdom in leading. Place on their hearts the desire for all people to live healthy and meaningful lives free from fear and want. We pray for Governor Lee and for State Senator Briggs and other legislators. Give them a strong sense of your purpose for the community we call Tennessee. We offer prayers for Mayors Kincannon and Jacobs as they face decisions, conversations, and problems that we know nothing about. As we call for leaders to be accountable to us, may we be accountable to you, O God. May we be the kinds of citizens that model your kingdom values. 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

And to all these petitions, Holy Lord, we lay before you the thanksgivings and the concerns that are on the hearts of your people of Church Street: 

  • Family appreciates prayers: Mother completed testing at Mayo with no incidents
  • Gratitude: 10-year-old grandniece completed delicate spinal cord surgery
  • Family offers thanks for prayers: A healthy baby born on Friday 
  • One expresses gratitude for a coveted summer internship
  • Young husband has accepted a new position and is thankful for all prayers
  • Gratitude that national leaders are nearing an agreement to limit the sale and distribution of firearms
  • Young couple celebrate their engagement
  • Celebrating our youth who helped with home repairs for the indigent through Operation Back Yard
  • Thanksgiving that a dear friend, longtime cancer sufferer, was able to die at home surrounded by all family members
  • Prayers for member whose wife died on the weekend; comfort for him and his family as they make plans to gather in remembrance
  • Prayers for all pastors in transition this week & for the congregations they will serve
  • Comfort for member & all family burying cherished mother this weekend 
  • Healing for a brother in severe kidney crisis & for his family
  • For an end to the destruction of Ukraine & the terror thrust upon its people
  • Complete healing for youngster recovering from head trauma
  • Member recovering from hip surgery & colon perforations
  • Member mourning death of favored aunt & the family pet 
  • Dear friend with cancer; husband with bouts of depression
  • A new position needed: Adult son in unhealthy work situation 
  • Safety & good health for CS Master Arts European travelers 
  • For reliable caregivers to be found to help an infirm husband
  • Continued prayers for youngster recovering from side effects of spinal surgery
  • All working to end violence and poverty in our community
  • Member in pain, recovering from knee surgery 
  • Pray for all young people making transitions this season & their families 
  • Young couple very much desiring children

Holy, holy, holy God,
fill us with strength and courage, with discernment and compassion, that we may be your instruments of justice and love in this world, that it may be on earth as it is in heaven. 

We gather our hearts and voices as one, joining with Christians around the world as we offer the prayer our Lord Jesus Christ taught us:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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*Prayer adapted: Vanderbilt Divinity School Lectionary Website

Upcoming Events

Below, you’ll see all of the upcoming events for the whole summer. It’s going to be such a great few weeks together! If you want some more details, click on the newsletter to read more.  If you have any questions, contact Jenny at (423) 747-8774.

  • Bible Study – Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00AM @ Church Street (Youth Porch)
  • VBS Volunteering – June 21-24, 5:00-8:00PM @ Church Street (Parish Hall)
  • June Hang Time – June 23, 3:00-4:30PM @ Church Street (walk to Cruze Farm)
  • July Hang Time – July 6, 11:00AM-12:30PM @ Church Street (walk to Farmer’s Market)
  • MAD in the City – July 10-13, all day @ Church Street (overnight)
  • Smokies Game – July 29, 5:00 PM @ Smokies Stadium

Summer So Far

This past weekend, we partnered with Operation Backyard and then went white water rafting on the Ocoee! Our crew had the privilege of building a handicap ramp this weekend for our new friends, Mr. Mac and Mrs. Bernie. They have been married 54 years and been in their home just as long. Now, they can safely enter and exit their house! What a gift to work together and provide a solution for their need. On Sunday, we traveled to Cleveland to rafter the lower half of the Ocoee. It was so much fun! We had beautiful weather, great rapids, and a wonderful trip down the river.

 

Senior Spotlights

One of our favorite things about the spring semester each year is celebrating our graduating seniors. And this year, we have a special Senior Spotlight series on our blog. Our seniors answered interview questions earlier this spring and it has been so much fun learning their answers! Check back in each week to get to know our seniors better and help to cheer them on as they wrap up high school and prepare for their next steps!

Head to the Youth Blog to read all the full interviews!

One of our favorite things about the spring semester each year is celebrating our graduating seniors.  And this year, we have a special Senior Spotlight series on our blog.  Our seniors answered interview questions earlier this spring and it has been so much fun learning their answers! Check back in each week to get to know our seniors better and help to cheer them on as they wrap up high school and prepare for their next steps!

Meet Ann Clark Bellamy!

What high school are you graduating from?
Webb School of Knoxville
What are your plans for next year?
I plan to attend the University of Tennessee and I am currently enrolled in the Haslam College of Business.
What is your favorite bible verse?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 28:11
If you could choose one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Waffles
If you could give some advice to your younger self, what would it be?
Ask smart questions and know how to ask for help!!! The world is waiting to help you!
What are your top 3 favorite movies?
1.) Secretariat
2.) Talladega Nights
3.) The Blind Side
What is your favorite Church Street memory?
Children’s Worship with Mrs. Sue will always be special to me! The mentors that I have grown to know and love in the youth program are some of my favorite parts of Church Street!
What are you most excited about going into the next season of your life?
I can’t wait to make new friends and join new organizations in my community! I am excited to see what opportunities there are for me to explore my faith with on-campus Christian groups!

Weekly Prayers for the Church Street Family

Week of June 8, 2022

Rev. Jan Buxton Wade

O Loving and Creating Spirit, we gaze at your enchanting world, observing your mysterious Vine of Newness working its way through every living thing.  What a testament to Who you are! Christ’s announcement, “Behold, I make all things new!” reverberates within our very beings as we drink in the explosive beauty you display so liberally. Enshroud us with those green tendrils of grace this day, we pray, that we might nourish that fresh growth until its fruit ripens deep within us. Then, someday we might also stand as resilient witnesses who know they have no life in themselves apart from that rich and verdant Vine. 

Lord of Life, hear our prayer.

We do confess and lament, Holy Life-Giver, that we are part of that which continues to desecrate the peaceable kingdom you created.  We cherish what we have, yet we do not want to share. We prefer the convenience of living in a throw-away culture, neglecting our responsibility to refrain from polluting and wastefulness. We pray for peace, but harbor personal grudges and do not work for concord within our own families and communities; nor do we risk lifting our voices on behalf of the voiceless. Spur us on to become the living ambassadors of the resurrection we claim to be.

Lord of Life, hear our prayer.

We long for your healing and holy comfort for friends, family, and neighbors in need this day. Sustain all caregivers, we pray, for they are your very own anointed. May those who are hurting somehow feel your presence and companionship through your servants who offer tender support. May all who are grieving and isolated find rest in your very own corner of comfort. And knowing that all life begins and ends in you, we turn to you with these prayers on behalf of our church community:

  • Gratitude: Holy Land leaders now home safe, free of Covid
  • One grateful for Vanderbilt eye exam & news that vision impairment may be arrested
  • Celebration of the work & witness of our Youth Choir & their leaders
  • One offers thanks for prayer support during her 8 months of chemo
  • Prayers appreciated: June 3rd surgery was successful 
  • Family grateful for safe extended vacation to visit family
  • Thanksgiving for successful & renewing Annual Conference
  • Gratitude for the extensive ministries & missions of the UMC
  • Member grateful for prayers: A job with benefits has been obtained
  • Thanksgiving: Cancer meds are still being tolerated by member
  • Please pray for cherished wife in heart failure
  • Prayers for all pastors in transition this season
  • Safe delivery for mother & newborn to be delivered this weekend
  • For an end to the destruction of Ukraine & the terror thrust upon its people
  • Complete healing for youngster who suffered a head injury
  • Dear friend with cancer; husband with bouts of depression
  • Young friend who mourns the loss of her unborn child
  • A new position needed: Adult son in unhealthy work situation 
  • Safety & good health for CS Master Arts travelers in Europe 
  • For reliable caregivers to be found to help an infirm husband
  • Prayers for cherished mother at Mayo for heart exam
  • 10-yr-old niece undergoing very serious spinal cord procedure on Friday
  • Increased funding at all levels for treatment of mental illness 
  • Guidance for a young husband seeking new employment
  • Pray for all young people making transitions this season & their families 
  • Young couple very much desiring children
  • Comfort for a good friend in final stages of cancer 
  • Elderly husband who is ill at home, wife who offers care
  • Healing of broken relationships within two families 

Lord of Life, to all these prayers, we add the truth of ourselves. Keep us aware of the tangible signs your newness all around us. And give us the courage to live as Easter people, called to live into the fresh forms of ministry you are creating. Open our eyes, ears, hearts, and hands to joyfully serve our Risen Christ, who taught all disciples to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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Weekly Prayers for the Church Street Family

Week of June 1, 2022

Rev. Tim Best

Gracious God, we give you thanks and praise for the beauty of creation in this season of the year. We marvel at flowers that show your beautiful creativity; we find comfort in watching vegetables grow that can nourish and satisfy. Our mornings are greeted by the sounds of birds and other creatures that you fashioned; our evenings are illuminated by the beauty of the stars. We are filled with awe at your handiwork. 

Even as we recognize the beauty of all that you have made, we recognize the ways that it is twisted by sin and wickedness. We hoard and destroy; we dominate the things you made for us to delight in; where you offer beauty, we seek power. Even as we hear the songs of birds and see the beauty of flowers our hearts are troubled and heavy. 

We pray for a swift and just end to the war in Ukraine. We pray for those families; Ukrainian and Russian, that have lost loved ones. We pray for all of those who live with war in other regions and places. Transform our hearts to be dedicated to the work of peace; in our communities and around the world. May we speak and act out the peace of Christ in all that we do and say. 

We pray for the victims of violence within our own nation and community. Help us and our leaders to move beyond talking points and to work toward solutions that prevent violence, protect the vulnerable, and build trust within communities. We pray especially for Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas. When we run out of words for this violence let our voiceless cries be heard by you. 

We pray for those who suffer, are lonely, or are in any kind of trouble. Grant your peace and strength to those who are overwhelmed by the challenges of life. 

And lift up, we pray each of these, who have brought their private prayers to your throne of grace in recent days:

  • Thanksgiving for the remarkable ways in which our Youth Choir is representing our congregation during their tour in Chicago
  • Family offers thanks for a safe vacation in Italy
  • Unceasing gratitude for all who sacrificed their lives on behalf of our nation
  • Young person expresses thanks for his scholarship
  • Church family offers gratitude for support during a bereavement
  • A relative celebrates her final chemo treatment on June 6
  • Gratitude: New medicines and PT are helping a Parkinson’s sufferer  
  • Brother offers thanks that his sister is released from jail
  • Safe travels home for leaders of Holy Land Pilgrimage
  • Prayers for family funeral June 2 in our church
  • Decreased pain and continued healing as member recovers from surgery
  • A dear friend with cancer; husband with bouts of depression
  • Guidance for suffering Ukrainians displaced by the war
  • Open doors for a new position: Adult son in unhealthy work situation 
  • Prayers for a grandmother’s peaceful passing and her daughter
  • Complete healing following a friend’s heart procedure June 1
  • For reliable caregivers to be found to help an infirm husband
  • Pray for all wounded by sexual misconduct within the Southern Baptist 

Pour out your Spirit upon your church that we would be united in your mission to redeem and reconcile all creation to your very self. We ask all these things as we offer the prayer your son, our Lord, Jesus Christ has taught us…. 

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

Have a Prayer Request?

One of our favorite things about the spring semester each year is celebrating our graduating seniors.  And this year, we have a special Senior Spotlight series on our blog.  Our seniors answered interview questions earlier this spring and it has been so much fun learning their answers! Check back in each week to get to know our seniors better and help to cheer them on as they wrap up high school and prepare for their next steps!

Meet Daniel Richter!

What high school are you graduating from?
L & N STEM ACADEMY
What are your plans for next year?
This summer I will work for a month for a sea turtle rescue in Costa Rica. I plan to attend Ohio University and major in either Environmental Science or Zoology.
What is your favorite bible verse?
“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12
If you could choose one meal to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Schnitzel and fried potatoes
If you could give some advice to your younger self, what would it be?
1) Your self-worth is not linked to your academic success
2) Don’t internalize stuff
3) Don’t take AP Chemistry
What are your top 3 favorite movies?
1) Avengers
2)Sharknado
3) Escape from Witch Mountain
What is your favorite Church Street memory?
My mom always volunteered with the youth group, so I started “youth” in preschool because I always got to hang out with them. Also, seeing my first bald eagle in the wild at my confirmation retreat.
What are you most excited about going into the next season of your life?
I am looking forward to being independent and in charge of and responsible for all my decisions.

Weekly Prayers for the Church Street Family

Week of May 25, 2022

Rev. Jan Buxton Wade

O Radiant One, the prophets of old spoke of you as the God of Light; and Jesus taught that your shining essence is embedded within each of us. And yet it seems that we have grown comfortable living within the hungry darkness. Will we wait until that somber bear of evil swallows us up before we make changes in our nation? Have we grown so accustomed to violence that we take it in stride, sighing in relief when tragedy strikes outside our personal domain? If this is so, forgive us, Good Lord. As witnesses to such unthinkable suffering, we must not remain silent. Rekindle that beam of the kingdom you planted within us, we pray, that we might dispel all apathy by lifting high your bright banner of healing, wholeness, and peace.   

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Lord, we carry with us those many lives torn apart by calamity, those many faces contorted by grief. Touch each being visited by tragedy in recent weeks, particularly the anguished ones in Uvalde, Texas; the deaths of children rips apart our sense of rightness. We mourn, as well, the innocent victims in Buffalo, NY and their families who have had to release their own loved ones back to your care.  We watch as havoc and murder play on, destroying the lives of the Ukrainian people. Such losses defy logic, and there are no words when loss numbs the soul; still, we believe you hear even the silent laments that scar the hearts of your people. Stay close, we pray, for the tears of your people are flowing.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We turn to you, O Burning Lamp of Hope, knowing that your love is the answer to the pain and sorrow that thrive throughout our world.  We long to be part of your answer, trusting you will give us a portion of your courage, wisdom, and presence to meet that end.  And even as we tremble, enfold us in your strong arms, along with our brothers and sisters in every region who are discounted, oppressed, misunderstood, lonely, hungry, and forgotten.  

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

And as each soul is dear to you, also receive these particular thanksgivings and petitions offered by your followers at Church Street:  

  • Mother much improved after severe traffic accident
  • Family grateful for daughter’s recent celebration of life 
  • Grateful for prayers: Brother’s cancer surgery at Vanderbilt was successful and full recovery is expected
  • Two families express gratitude for safe and restful vacations
  • Praises for our high school graduates
  • Undergraduate grateful for courage to complete his first year of study in another state
  • Wife thankful for husband’s peaceful death and support of church family
  • Thanksgiving: Brother safely moved to rehab center
  • Wife continues to improve following an accident at home
  • Family offers thanks for prayers and concern during a bereavement
  • Decreased pain and continued healing as member recovers from surgery
  • A dear friend with cancer; husband with bouts of depression
  • Guidance for suffering Ukrainians displaced by the war
  • Wisdom for leaders of the free world to help end the war in Ukraine 
  • Grace and guidance for adult son in a toxic work environment
  • Pray for all wounded by sexual misconduct within the Southern Baptist Convention and growing courage for SBC leaders working for justice
  • Prayers for safety for our Youth Choir & their leaders – on tour in Chicago area May 27-June 3
  • For safe delivery of a grandchild
  • Increased funding at all levels for treatment of mental illness 
  • Courage and healing for a mother with advanced cancer & her family
  • Prayers for open doors for one seeking a new job
  • Pray for all young people making transitions this season and their families 
  • Prayers for member needing work with insurance benefits
  • Son-in-law in depression – for physical and emotional healing
  • For our community leaders to address poverty & racial inequities  
  • All teens adjusting to community life after Covid  

We harbor no illusions, Lord, that we can make it on our own, for you are the Luminous Center which brought us into being; and around you we have framed our faith. Shore up our faith day by day as we come to you in all humility, offering all our spoken and silent prayers in the name of Jesus, the One who suffered for our sakes, and who taught us to pray:

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

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