BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Prayers for the Church Street Family

October 28, 2020

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

Breath Upon Breath, we hear you breathing within another new morn: in the rising of the sun, in the ever-changing complexion of the sapphire sky, in the full whiteness of meandering clouds, in the drifting leaf from the maple, in the crisp call of the orioles as they wing their way southward. Oh, that we might capture these moments and relive them every day! But the seasons change, you tell us, and we must move on. Other gifts will come, you seem to say, as we work together for the kingdom.

O One Whose Ways Cannot Be Measured, you are truly our refuge and strength. Even when the earth is reeling in disease and conflict, even when the fires blaze and the tempests roar, even when sin’s shadow looms large, even when we feel utterly helpless, you are that Rock that does not yield. Our troubles seem to come in bundles, and at such a swift speed that we are often rattled, responding with anxiety rather than trust. Brace us with your word of confidence, we pray, that others might see your courage and strength within us. May this be so, Lord, not for our glory, but that all might come to know you as the One whose love quells any storm.

Lord Jesus, our own deepest needs and desires you have long known, and you are acquainted with those precious ones about whom we care so earnestly. In this morning’s silence, receive again those cherished names, for we trust that you will hear and you will heal . . . . . . ; and also receive into the arms of your mercy all those hurting ones whose names we may not know . . . . . . .; and each of these concerns and celebrations from within our Church Street family:

  • Thanksgiving: After 3 bouts with cancer, a friend is pronounced healed
  • Grateful for prayers: Pastor with kidney ailment is improving
  • Two offer thanks for improved health issues
  • Prayers for two members assist with sister-in-law’s funeral in FLA
  • Healing prayers for a pastor with kidney disease and his anxious wife
  • Help for young son suffering with major addiction problems
  • Lifting of depression for three members who suffer significantly
  • Calm for one facing cataract surgery today, skill and wisdom for surgeon
  • Healing for best friend in North Carolina with virus; that her family is not infected
  • Young friend, newly married diagnosed with leukemia, courage for family
  • Healing of dear friend – young man in critical care, battling Covid-19
  • Sustaining prayers for mother in hospice care, comfort for her family
  • Continued prayers for healing of beloved elderly mother
  • Healing of young son with virus and protection of his family
  • Nephew in Missouri on ventilator with Covid-19 and his wife infected
  • Granddaughter (18) with virus, protection for family, especially her father

In your truest self, Holy One, you remain among us: God above us, God beside us, God within us. And in each shadow and light, in each day and night, give us your sacred presence, your boldness, and your courage to work for peace and for the well-being of others. All these prayers we offer this day in the name of the Blessed Son:

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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BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Prayers for the Church Street Family

October 27, 2020

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

Praiseworthy Friend, birdsong and rosy dawn announce another fresh beginning, offered to us without cost. This newness that springs from your grace is a hallowed gift and worthy of praise. Though yesterday’s attempts to follow you may have been flawed, you hold out another string of hours for us to bear witness to your love. And within these hours, may the prayer of the ancients be our song, for they held firm to the truth, knowing that it is in giving that we will receive; it is in becoming weak that we will be strong; it is in loving others that we will be loved; and it is by surrendering ourselves that your kingdom will unfold.

O Lord of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, when we sift through our memories of years gone by, your grace and mercy are best revealed. And in peering through our rear-view mirror, we discover you at those most precipitous junctures: When death colored our family’s path, we felt you there beside us. When piercing disappointments, upheavals, and betrayals came our way, you made yourself known. When there were decisions of great import to be made, your Spirit did not desert. Lord, in the world of the present, turning points of grief, loss, trials and tragedy place themselves in our path; but because of your forever faithfulness, we move through them with a growing confidence. If you are for us, who can be against us?

Pulse of Everlasting Love, send a sense of renewal, we pray, to the hurting ones across our globe, that they might know they are not alone. We lift up the refugees stranded in lands where they are unwanted, those on the move because of famine or war; those in the grips of addiction and their families; those who are hungry and unsheltered; those who grieve what is no longer; and those who believe their cause is lost. To these, we ask that you also touch each of these concerns that are carried in the hearts of your people at Church Street:

  • One offers thanksgiving for a generous unexpected gift
  • Thanksgiving for the birth of a great-grandson
  • Two offer thanks as they celebrate their recovery from Covid-19
  • Couple celebrate the closing on their first house
  • Safety and comfort for two traveling to sister-in-law’s funeral in Florida
  • Guidance and strength for member raising his teenage grandchildren
  • Healing prayers for a pastor with kidney disease and his anxious wife
  • Pray for dear wife returning to Mayo’s today for further diagnosis
  • One facing cataract surgery Wednesday – skill and wisdom for surgeon
  • Healing for best friend in North Carolina with virus; that her family is not infected
  • Young friend, newly married just diagnosed with leukemia, that calm and comfort might surround her & the family
  • Healing of dear friend – young man in critical care, battling Covid-19
  • Prayers for our nation, that bitterness and dissension might cease
  • Sustaining prayers for mother in hospice care, comfort for her family
  • Continued prayers for healing of beloved elderly mother
  • Healing of young son with virus and protection of his family
  • Granddaughter (18) with virus, protection for family, especially her father

We do praise you, Sacred One. You call us to surrender, to be at peace with our vulnerability, even though you know that surrender is the most difficult part of our faith walk. By your tender provision, however, we believe that Christ accompanies us, that the Spirit dwells within us, and that your love for us is unending. With these convictions, we boldly offer the prayer taught us by Jesus:

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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BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Prayers for the Church Street Family

October 26, 2020

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

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

O Listening Heart, thank you for the mysterious gift of prayer. The apostle taught us that your candle is never diminished and that you wait through the long hours for our call. But still, we frequently feel we are making a nuisance of ourselves when we arrive at your door with another basket of wants and needs. Of course, you know that our own inner light flickers when we travel the shaded roads of life, and we so need a share of your eternal flame. And how faithful you are to share your glory. Why, even today, the flame of your sunrise stoops down to brighten our spirits!

Eternal One, so much has unfolded this past year that we are anxious about what tomorrow will bring. The rampant virus has intensified throughout your created world, putting all in danger, particularly the poor and the vulnerable. We pray for these victims, and for the lonely, the hungry, the despondent, and the dying. The prophet once told us you had plans for us, plans for a future filled with hope. We hold onto that hope, Lord, for all we are worth. Knowing you are looking out for us makes all things bearable.

The evidence of your working on our behalf is solid, as miracles are being played out in all places, even within our church family. Our hearts fill with gratitude for your wonders and benefits. And as we lift up these personal situations to your care, we seek most of all that peace that surpasses all understanding:

  • Gratitude: A member offers praises for God’s healing in her life
  • Young father recovering from oral surgery, prayers appreciated
  • Praises that tests revealed no recurrence of colon cancer
  • One offers thanksgiving for her full recovery from the virus
  • Prayers for strength for member raising his teenage grandchildren
  • Healing prayers for a pastor ill with kidney disease and his anxious wife
  • Pray for dear wife returning to Mayo’s today for further diagnosis
  • Healing for best friend in North Carolina with virus; that her family is not infected
  • For help to assist member embroiled in a family misunderstanding
  • Healing of dear friend – young man in critical care, battling Covid-19
  • Sustaining prayers for mother in hospice care, comfort for her family
  • Prayers for mother with debilitating illness, wisdom for physicians
  • Healing of young son with virus and protection of his family
  • Teenager (18) with virus, protection for family, especially her at-risk father
  • Guidance & healing: One depressed, searching for a new residence
  • Healing mercies for member with lingering pain

Father of All Mercies, it was through your mercy that you gave us Jesus Christ, who came to show us the way of faithfulness, even when we didn’t understand. And through your mercy, you created ministries for us to share, and even sparked a deep desire within us to please you. And best of all, though our understanding remains partial and often faulty, you believe in us. Your goodness never ends, Lord, so we know you accept the prayers we offer this day, and that you also hear our whispered prayer taught us by your Son:

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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BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Prayers for the Church Street Family

October 22, 2020

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

 

Master of the House, we lift up our church family to you and ask that you would bind us together more strongly than ever, even though our doors remain closed due to the lurking virus. The windows and doors of our hearts, on the other hand, can be flung wide, showing the world that the love of Christ is not bound by bolts or locks. Help us remember our vows to support our church by praising your goodness, by lifting up our brothers and sisters in prayer, by seeking your mercy and forgiveness, and by financially undergirding the work of your kingdom. In our moments of self-pity, we might consider our efforts and our gifts insignificant; yet Jesus praised the widow’s mite she softly dropped into the alms basin so long ago. May we give from our hearts, as well, knowing that whatever blessing we extend and whatever gift we offer will be multiplied through your grace.

Loving God, hear our prayer.

Voice of Encouragement, as we consider the ongoing troubles across the globe, we often think little progress has been made in our life-long work for peace and harmony. We confess our fears and we sometimes doubt if we have the energy to move ahead in our quest. Perhaps we should step back and let the younger generations take over for us, we think to ourselves. Ah, but then we hear you calling in the night:

“Wherever there is pain and suffering, you are needed.
Wherever there is loneliness and grief, there is a word only you can speak.
Wherever there is sickness and death, you must carry my love.
Wherever there is hunger and homelessness, you can address those needs.
Wherever there is inequality and oppression, your work must continue.”

Yes, of course, Good Lord, you have been our strength in all times past, and we have every reason to believe you will sustain us.

Loving God, hear our prayer.

Silent Friend, quiet the whirring of our minds and settle the anxieties that cling to our inward parts. And in the silence that ensues, may we offer our gratitude for your continued favors . . . . . . and whisper those who are closest to our hearts . . . .  And may your healing breath touch each of these individuals whose welfare is important to your Church Street family:

  • Gratitude: Faithful member recovering at home from heart surgery
  • Celebration: Infant in NICU for 3 months is now at home with family
  • Thanksgiving for our chorister and youth choirs who bless our worship
  • Grateful that mother in rehab is remaining positive and is improving
  • Prayers for three suffering from depression
  • Strength for daughter, sole caregiver for her mother
  • Sustaining prayers for mother in hospice care, comfort for her family
  • Healing of our nation’s divisiveness, distrust, violence and bitterness
  • Prayers for mother with debilitating illness, wisdom for physicians
  • Healing for a young father recovering from oral surgery
  • Healing of young son with virus and protection of his family
  • Cherished husband beginning dialysis today, for recovery
  • Prayers for three who are recovering from injurious falls
  • A broken family, prayers for sustaining one most wounded
  • Prayers for guidance for one searching for a new residence
  • Strength for loved ones isolated from families due to virus threat
  • God’s peace for elderly friend trying to recover from the virus

Thank you, Sacred One, for hearing our petitions this day, for reminding us that your hope is at work in the world, and for renewing our courage to step out in faith. And receive again, we pray, these words implanted in our hearts by Jesus himself:

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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BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Prayers for the Church Street Family

October 21, 2020

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

 

O Approachable One, we remember how Jesus told stories of everyday living.  He spoke of money, taxes, greed, forgiveness, loving, sharing, sadness and lostness.  As those hungry souls who listened intently so long ago, so may we open our hearts to those timeless simple stories that never grow stale and never fail to prick our souls.  In the everydayness of our own lives, may we see your showers of grace and your gifts of renewal.
And as we look and listen, we are discovering little by little just what Jesus asks of us.  He calls us to live the life that he lived, and it is not easy.  Give us courage, we pray, to say “yes” to that One Who Calls today, tomorrow and each day that we are given.  We know it is a struggle to keep our pledge of faithfulness; but when we err, shake us up, turn us around, and point us toward that narrow path, the path of love that leads to Christ.
We feel you ever so near, O Healing One, and we believe you alone are sustaining us in this disturbing era.  Deliver us, we pray, especially in the evening hours when the lights grow dim, that we might remain hopeful witnesses to your enduring love.  You have been our Rock in all times past, so we cling to you, knowing we will not be swept away by any disease, national upheaval, or personal tragedy.  Thank you, Lord, for being our Healer; and as you invited us to do so, we lay our concerns and thanksgivings before you, knowing that you are already moving to bring about a new thing:
  • Gratitude: Promising news received regarding a medical exam
  • Thankful for prayers: 2 families with Covid-19 are much improved
  • Thanksgiving for unexpected contact with an old friend
  • Prayers for faithful member recovering from heart surgery on Tuesday
  • Courage & wisdom for grandfather raising his 2 teenage grandchildren
  • Husband dealing with depression & his overburdened wife
  • Sustaining prayers for mother in hospice care, comfort for her family
  • Healing prayers: Shrinking of tumor for one in therapy
  • Easing of tensions & resurgence of faith throughout our nation
  • Prayers for mother with debilitating illness, wisdom for physicians who are planning surgery and treatment
  • Healing for a young father recovering from oral surgery
  • Lift up cherished husband hospitalized with serious illness
  • Healing for an aunt who suffered fractures in a recent fall
  • A broken family, for wisdom and grace to sustain one most wounded
  • Continued prayers for two members recovering from painful falls
  • Upholding beloved husband in hospice care & strength for his wife
  • Friend with cancer, caregiver for sibling with cancer & an elderly mother
  • God’s peace for elderly friend trying to recover from the virus
Loving One, we thank you for receiving these prayers of our hearts.  In whatever way you think best, attend to our pleas.  Out of the depth of your mercy, you sent your Son to seek and to save; So pour out your courage upon us, that we might serve you more faithfully by sharing your saving goodness with others.  And at the last, may you find us still breathing those all-sufficient words taught us by Jesus himself:

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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BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Prayers for the Church Street Family

October 20, 2020

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

 

Reassuring One, it is no secret to you that we are a restless people, moving first in one direction, then another, wandering far from the path you have laid out for us to travel, chasing one empty promise after another, and falling for the same old lines handed down by society’s self-appointed gurus. We pray you don’t become too tired of our unsettling behavior and the ways in which we keep forgetting you are the Way, the Truth and the Life. More than ever before, Good Lord, we need your reassurance. Take us to task if you must; yet remind us that you won’t give up on us, no matter what.

God of Mercy, hear our prayer.

World Lover, yes, there is more to confess: We admit that we’re always putting ourselves and our country first. We generally offer only a casual nod to other nations of the world, particularly those in which greed, fear, and injustice triumph every day. Remove the scales from the eyes of our hearts, that we might see the world and all its children as your beloved. Hopelessness weighs heavy on the backs of multitudes who need safety and security, meaningful work, improved education, clean air, fresh water, and sufficient food. Watch over these vulnerable ones whose faces do not resemble ours, but their bodies and souls are precious in your sight.

God of Mercy, hear our prayer.

O Friend of the Afflicted, we pray for those everywhere who are struggling with anxiety, depression, loneliness, poverty, and any other emotional or physical illness. May each see a glimmer of your light, sufficient to help them make it through another day. May that beam also find its way into the lives of your people of Church Street, particularly these who ask to be remembered:

  • Couple offer thanks for their eighth wedding anniversary
  • Prayers appreciated: Surgery on Friday was completed as planned
  • Grateful for prayers – Member’s kidney surgery was successful
  • Thanksgiving for our church musicians & all staff
  • Gratitude: Atlanta friend’s Monday surgeries went smoothly
  • Prayers for mother hospitalized, for proper diagnosis & treatment
  • Husband dealing with depression & his overburdened wife
  • Healing prayers: shrinking of tumor for one in therapy
  • Healing for an aunt who suffered fractures in a recent fall
  • Friend whose husband was killed last week in a tragic auto accident & their daughter who is to be married on Saturday
  • Two members recovering from painful falls
  • Upholding beloved husband in hospice care & strength for his wife
  • Brother-in-law in Chicago w/ cancer; strength for his weary spouse
  • Friend w/ cancer, caregiver for sibling w/ cancer & an elderly mother
  • Prayers for guidance for a member making a weighty decision
  • God’s peace for elderly friend trying to recover from the virus
  • Continued healing for 2 member families recovering from Covid-19

God of Mercy, how fortunate we are that we might lay all our worries, our errors, and our thanksgivings on your doorstep. You are both the light in the window to welcome us and the home to which we always return. The Good Keeper, Jesus the Christ, sees that the door is open wide, and it is in his name we offer our prayers:

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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BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Prayers for the Church Street Family

October 19, 2020

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

 

Inspiring God, amid all the disorder and free-floating anger so close to home, we offer thanks for those souls around us who, even in the face of hard struggles, use their voices to speak of your goodness. And in spite of the unrest permeating our society, we thank you for those calm ones who offer kind words and reassurance.

And when confusion seems to rule the day, we are grateful for those who are able to articulate with clarity the higher road that leads to the welfare of the whole. When life seems harsh, we thank you for those who use their voices to sing of your love. Your inspiration shines through all these agents of grace. Grant that we, as they, might use our own voices to share your song of hope.

Gentle Spirit, hear our prayer.

God of Many Faces, in your love and wisdom, you have created such rich diversity among your people. Forgive us, we pray, when we fear our differences, for in doing so, we are really rejecting your creation and your holy will. Show us how to celebrate our varying individual gifts and graces, for we are each part of the Body of Christ. And as one complete community, remind us that when one of us is suffering, the rest of us share in his/her burden, or when one is celebrating, we share in his/her joy. Erase the strife and competition among us, that we may witness to Christ by the ways we lift up one another. 

Gentle Spirit, hear our prayer.

O One Worthy of All Devotion, we know that your regard for us is deep and beyond our comprehending. And so we pray for ourselves . . . for our forgiveness . . . for holy wisdom to do your will . . . for our prayers which have no words, even the whispers of our hearts . . . And as you are eager to hear all our longings, we lift up the thanksgivings and burdens from the hearts of your people at Church Street: 

  • Gratitude for prayers: diagnosis at Mayo Clinic was reassuring
  • Prayers appreciated: 4-day intensive course completed well
  • Thankful a father is recovering steadily from virus
  • 3 families express gratitude for rest & renewal during fall break
  • Thanksgiving: 97-yr-old friend with Covid is very much improved
  • Member undergoing surgery today, that all might go well
  • Healing prayers: shrinking of tumor for one in radiation therapy
  • Friend in Atlanta facing significant surgery today; for worried family, for wisdom & skill of her surgeons
  • Friend whose husband was killed last week in a tragic auto accident
  • Easing of a husband’s depression & his wife caring for ill mother
  • Two members recovering from painful falls
  • Upholding beloved husband in hospice care & strength for his wife
  • Prayers for brother-in-law in Chicago w/ esophageal cancer; upholding of his wife who also cares for her father w/ dementia
  • Friend w/ cancer, caregiver for sibling w/ cancer & an elderly mother
  • Prayers for guidance for a member making a weighty decision
  • Healing mercies for members of 2 families suffering from Covid-19

Loving God, may this day ahead be dedicated to you; and whatever transpires, may you be pleased with our efforts. May all that we undertake be reminiscent of those timeless deeds of goodness carried out by our Teacher, Jesus the Christ, who told us to pray in this way:

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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BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Prayers for the Church Street Family

October 15, 2020

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

 

O Holy Vision, some of us walk bruised, burdened, and blinded through the ways of the world. We continue to question the unease, the uncertainty, the unknown. The apostle said that we see through a glass darkly, as through a clouded mirror; he said that ours is not to know all things in this realm. Rather, we are asked to live by faith and not by sight. And we do, though it is sometimes frightfully hard. So in these pressing times, we ask for a tender memory of your loving promise: that one day we shall all see clearly, and then face-to-face. Until that grand shadowless day arrives, may we trust in your sure and certain providence.

Loving God, hear our prayer.

Dearest Confidant, we praise you that our lives remain an open book to you, for you know the secrets of our hearts, our deepest desires, and our long-held dreams. There is no need to rehash our pasts with you, no need to explain our plans or motives with you, for you never forget. Oh, what a blessing it is to merely pick up where we left off when last we conversed. You keep your back door unlatched for us, always willing to sit for a spell, to speak of both the trivial and the weighty, no matter how late the hour. A wise one once said that the best things in life are free. Whoever he was, he must have known the joy of sitting in your sacred presence.

Loving God, hear our prayer.

Kindest Heart, help us to look with the kindness of Jesus upon each one who crosses our path today. May our own hearts remain especially open to those who have been bitterly bruised by the world. Perhaps our small gestures of tenderness might not turn their lives around, but they just might offer a glimmer of grace that will soften their hearts. Thank you for taking all your little ones under your wing, and we know that you also remember these particular situations offered by your children at Church Street:

  • Gratitude for a mini-reunion with friends after long separation
  • Two families offer thankfulness for a fall respite
  • Remember wife at Mayo Clinic on Friday, wisdom for diagnosticians
  • Prayers for brother-in-law in Chicago with esophageal cancer; upholding of his wife who also cares for her father with dementia
  • Friend with cancer, caregiver for sibling with cancer & an elderly mother
  • Prayers for guidance for a member making a weighty decision
  • Healing prayers for two broken families & children involved
  • Lift up a custody mediation proceeding, that all might go well
  • Cherished wife & mother undergoing surgery today
  • Prayers for member in pain & may have to have more gum surgery
  • Friend in Atlanta facing significant surgery 1/19, for worried family, for wisdom & skill of her surgeons
  • Healing mercies for members of 3 families suffering from Covid-19
  • Continued prayers for 97-yr-old mother with virus & worried family
  • Wisdom & focus for member taking 4-day intensive course
  • Complete healing of 2-yr-old son who had leg surgery recently

Loving God, may this day ahead be dedicated to you; and whatever transpires, may you be pleased with our efforts. May all that we undertake be reminiscent of those timeless deeds of goodness carried out by our Teacher, Jesus the Christ, who told us to pray in this way:

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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BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Prayers for the Church Street Family

October 14, 2020

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

 

O God Most Holy, as we glimpse your morning brightness through the colored branches, we are filled with a deep longing to remain enfolded in your holy presence this day. Without reservation, the bracing breeze reminds us that we are accepted just as we are, and you wrap us in such rare natural beauty out of the goodness of your spirit. O Lord, your benevolence leaves us truly speechless; mere words do little justice to your mercy. We are aware of our faults and frailties, but you know that we are striving to be faithful to our promises to bear one another’s burdens and to dream one another’s dreams.

Song of Heaven, hear our prayer.

O Shining Light of Salvation, you are the stronghold of our lives, so what have we to fear? This we believe in our hearts, but in truth, we remain uneasy about many things. May all who are ill or frightened somehow feel your hand resting upon their brow. May those in sorrow remember your tears mingle with their own. May those who feel lonely open your door of welcome. May those who are impoverished receive a generous sharing of what we ourselves possess. Play your eternal lullaby throughout the late hours, we pray, and we shall then be at peace.

Song of Heaven, hear our prayer.

And as you bend your ear to receive the prayers of all who call upon your name, also accept these earnest prayers from your friends at Church Street UMC:

  • Thankful for prayers: mother is out of hospital, recovers in rehab
  • One family expresses gratitude for the respite of Fall Break
  • Thanksgiving for the life of a faithful saint who died in peace
  • Prayers for brother-in-law in Chicago w/ esophageal cancer; upholding of his wife who also cares for her father w/ dementia
  • Member facing a second kidney surgery, for pain relief & healing
  • Prayers for guidance for a member making a weighty decision
  • Healing prayers for broken family, for reconciliation, for children
  • Lift up a custody mediation proceeding, that all might go well
  • Courage for wife seeking leniency of the court; healing for husband
  • For a grandson’s emotional issues to soften as he studies in college
  • Healing mercies for members of 3 families suffering from Covid-19
  • For peace, forgiveness, & order to once again reign in our nation
  • Prayers for forgiveness for our taking our blessings for granted
  • Continued prayers for beloved mother w/ virus & worried family
  • Upholding member in great stress, broken family relationships
  • Wisdom & focus for member taking 4-day intensive course
  • Complete healing of 2-yr-old son who had leg surgery recently

Song of Heaven, thank you for making time for us and for welcoming our communion with you. As you have carved out a place in our hearts for yourself, help us to carve out a portion each day to meditate with you. May your music play on in our lives, enabling us to share your grace, hope, and joy in the time that we are given:

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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BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Prayers for the Church Street Family

October 13, 2020

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

 

O Great Physician, once a leper came to Jesus and said: I wish to be made clean.” Today we come before you with that same prayer in our hearts, for we carry many burdens and require renewal: There are the cruel words we spoke, the upheavals we may have brought about in our lives, the relationships we have failed to mend, the damage we have inflicted upon your creation, the part we have played in the world’s unrest, our fear of the future and our fear of those who are different. Lord, we lay our burdens down at the foot of the cross, believing that, as you cleansed the leper, you would also purify us.

God of Mercy, hear our prayer.

Good Lord, as you have emptied us of those timeworn burdens, we stand ready to receive all those things which your cross represents. We ask to be filled with the compassion, kindness, wisdom, courage, strength, forgiveness, and joy that were so deeply rooted in our wounded Savior. And because of your merciful healing, may we make this day a continuous prayer of praise to you. Should we find challenges in the hours to come, may we see them as opportunities to live out our recommitment to you and as testimony to your reclamation.

God of Mercy, hear our prayer.

Constant One, we ask for your loving care for all who are in need, and these special ones who are close to our hearts . . . . . . . . And watch over these friends and loved ones who have asked to be remembered in prayer. These we share with the One who bore the greatest of life’s burdens for our sake:

  • Grateful for prayers: daughter in TX & husband recovering from virus
  • One sends gratitude for prayers for her during her Bar exam
  • One celebrating medical news that chemo is not necessary
  • Thankful that a hospitalized mother is greatly improved
  • Member facing a second kidney surgery, for pain relief & healing
  • Prayers for guidance for a member making a weighty decision
  • Healing prayers for broken family, for reconciliation, for children
  • Continued prayers for older parents who recover from virus
  • Courage for wife seeking leniency of the court; healing for husband
  • Healing mercies for family – virus victims isolating at home
  • Mother w/ leukemia, for stamina & ability to continue chemo
  • Continued prayers for beloved mother w/ virus & worried family
  • Upholding member in great stress, broken family relationships
  • Wisdom & focus for member taking 4-day intensive course
  • God’s peace & comfort for all grieving recent deaths of loved ones
  • Healing of young couple recovering from virus at home
  • Healing of beloved wife diagnosed tumor, courage for caring family

Spirit of Newness, kindle within us that new light of hope that never dims, that our spirits might somehow brighten the days of our overburdened brothers and sisters. whom you have asked us to comfort. Remembering your grace and glory, we offer the ageless prayer taught us by our Redeemer:

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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