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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

Hail thee, festival day! Blest day that art hallowed forever;

Day wherein Christ arose, breaking the kingdom of death!

O One who set the sun in the heavens to light up the earth by day and the moon by night, you sent Jesus Christ to shed light into our broken world.

When you shattered the darkness of Calvary, we learned that love and light can never remain buried; we learned that nothing can ever separate us from the flame of your eternal love. Shine your light over us, in us, and through us, we pray, that we might shine all our days as Easter people.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Hail thee, festival day! Blest day that art hallowed forever;

Day wherein Christ arose, breaking the kingdom of death!

O One of Peace, your resurrection is a daily celebration over fear, our greatest enemy. For when we are afraid, we do foolish things: we turn our thoughts inward; we take more than our share; we obsess about the future. Beginning this day, O Risen One, we pray you would give us the peace to live with uncertainty, with questions and doubts. Then the world shall know we are believers in the Son who displayed no alarm, even when his ghastly sentence was pronounced. Let us place our hope in the resurrection of our Lord!

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Hail thee, festival day! Blest day that art hallowed forever;

Day wherein Christ arose, breaking the kingdom of death!

Because of the miracle of the cross, O Author of New Life, we know that nothing is impossible with you, so bend your ear close and receive with kindness these petitions offered by our faith community:

  • A Wesley House grandmother offers thanks for kindness and thoughtfulness of church members during these trying times
  • Gratitude for church staff who make communications possible
  • Thank you for prayers: sister in Cleveland who had delicate heart surgery has been released a few days early
  • Safety for NY physicians and healthcare workers who serve at great risk
  • A cousin in a KY nursing home; he and 41 others tested positive for COVID-19
  • Continued protection for a friend in poor health who lives alone
  • That we never lose sight of the hope and love of Jesus Christ
  • Safety for all who unselfishly work on the front lines to provide food, medical care, and daily services to protect and sustain our communities
  • Loved ones locked in nursing facilities, gratitude for their caregivers
  • Appalachian Service Project home repairs have been closed until August, a major blow to the poor who depend upon volunteers

Visit all our homes this day, bringing a ray of peace and bright blessing.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Hail thee, O Reason for the Festival, we know our Savior hears the pleas of even the smallest lamb, so we lift up all our prayers in your name, that we might live in the gladness and grace of Easter all our days:

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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Join us for Easter Worship! Sunday, April 12 at 10 am

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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

Holy Saturday, April 11, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

O Lord, today is a day of holy silence, as Jesus rests lifeless in the tomb, and as the sentries keep vigil. Help us also to keep vigil as the world mourns the heinous crucifixion of your Beloved Son. And when the silence completely envelops us, may we become aware of our own brokenness and weakness. All the while, may we grow in our belief that death never has the last word.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Eternal Hope, today we remember Mary, who mourned but did not despair. She may have sensed something stirring deep within the silent earth. And given our present circumstances this Holy Saturday, she reminds us that it is never too late for a new beginning. So when our work is deemed “nonessential,” when our purses are almost empty, when a virus stalks our neighborhoods, when our loved ones are shuttered away, when we long for a human embrace, when the expected becomes the unknown, we turn our eyes toward the One who loves us and is already preparing a new road for us.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

O Great Restorer, we reflect upon our recent misdeeds . . .

and again seek restoration.

We also remember the graces you have showered upon us . . .

Thank you, Good Lord. Now receive also, we pray, these earnest petitions from our church family:

  • Gratitude for prayers: a member’s MRI & CT scan showed no abnormalities; but please pray for an answer to his symptoms
  • Gratitude for an out-of-state son who has come home to help his mother recovering from surgery
  • Thank you for praying – three Nashville family members have all recovered from COVID-19
  • Grateful parents were not exposed to COVID-19, as earlier presumed
  • Thanksgiving for musicians and choir who bring us hope via recordings
  • Solace for all in our church who mourn loved ones during Holy Week
  • Healing for a sister facing upcoming treatment for lung cancer
  • Prayers for a member suffering from strep throat
  • Pray for an adult son who is in desperate need of work
  • Healing mercies for our church members in cancer treatment

Embrace all who watch and wait for your promised deliverance.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Almighty One, whose only Son rose from the silent grave to glory, grant that all of us, who were buried with him in baptism, might also be raised to eternal life.

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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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

Good Friday, April 10, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

Today we pause to remember your sacrificial love, O Savior of the World, even though the message of the cross is difficult to take. We struggle with your teaching that strength is found in weakness, for we are weak ourselves; and we have long envisioned a mighty Savior who would create a world without strife, without injustice, without pain, without fearful illness. But we remember you said faith the size of a mustard seed is sufficient, so we turn to you this day, O Suffering One, with our fragmented faith, for you alone have the words of life eternal.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Wounded One, on that darkest day, the sky turned black and purple. We wonder how an innocent and righteous one had so few defenders – for only three or four brave ones huddled close at the foot of the dreaded cross. Some say the torrents that drenched the earth that day were really the tears of angels. May our own tears mingle with theirs, O Lord, for deep down we wonder if we ourselves would have had the courage to remain faithful, or would we also have run away? Could we have witnessed such agony?

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

In spite of our tentative ways and our sporadic commitment, your apostle reminds us to pray without ceasing. And so we humbly place the praises and longings of our own hearts, and also these sincere petitions from our church family, at your feet:

  • Gratitude: brother in VA, ill with cancer, tested negative for COVID-19
  • Gratitude for a sister who sits daily with her grieving brother
  • Thankful that close relatives in NYC remain safe and healthy
  • Appreciation for all who are donating blood to benefit virus victims
  • Strength for brave, yet weary healthcare workers who serve so nobly
  • Prayers for a friend in Birmingham whose father died suddenly, and the bereaved family cannot gather to hold a service
  • The unemployed and the under-employed, for financial relief
  • Four worried members who cannot visit loved ones in assisted living
  • A family grieving the imminent death of their longtime canine friend
  • Peace and healing of a family member with cancer, facing surgery soon
  • A sister awaiting radiation treatment for stage 1 lung cancer
  • All who are depressed and lonely during this time of confinement

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

O Sacred Head Now Wounded, we bow to you this day, as it was you alone who brought hope out of devastation, triumph out of sorrow, life out of death, and who also 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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Good Friday Passion & Chorales, Today at Noon

Join Church Street on YouTube at noon for the story of Christ’s Passion. Presented by Terri Ward and Edie Johnson.

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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

April 9, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found. The words of the hymnist were never more evident than on this Maundy Thursday, O Lord Most High. On that long-ago Thursday, we remember that the tenderness of Jesus poured out meaning and mercy to the very disciples who were to deny him. And in his stunning grace, your Son also overlooks our own failures, choosing to cover them with his love. At table, he shared the Passover meal with his band of brothers.

Thus, we remember our own sins . . .

and we know they will soon be swept away from your memory. We also bow our heads and open our hands to gladly receive the bread of heaven and the cup of salvation.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found. And after supper, we recall how Jesus stooped to wash the feet of his friends. Wash not only our feet, Merciful Savior, but wash our hearts, our souls, our hands, and our wills; then we will be strengthened to follow your new mandate: Love one another as I have loved you.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Where charity and love prevail, there God is ever found. Open wide our eyes this day, O Lord, that we might find new ways to address the needs of the world. Is there a card or a donation we might send? Is there a phone call we could make? Is there an errand we might run for a homebound friend? Are there more prayers to be offered? And as we continue our prayers for others, may the world come to know we are Christians by our love. Hear these most recent prayers offered by our church family:

  • Gratitude is offered for physician friends who remain virus-free
  • Thanksgiving for all public servants who continue to work despite risks
  • Thank you for praying – an Ohio friend’s tests showed no cancer
  • A small business is able to remain open and provide income for workers
  • A lonely husband in hospice care, for his wife who worries
  • A lonely grandmother who cannot be visited in nursing facility
  • Strength, endurance and safety for all healthcare workers
  • Courage and healing for a family member facing cancer surgery
  • Friends in New Orleans trying to isolate infected family members
  • Brother in VA, ill with cancer and may have been exposed to COVID-19
  • Physician son and family in NC, limited supplies, staff incomes cut in half
  • Son-in-law and family in Nashville – company facing bankruptcy
  • A member struggling with pain due to cancer, for her healing
  • Parents who have been exposed to COVID-19, for negative test results

Wherever charity and love prevail, there God is ever found.

Brought here together by Christ’s love, by love are we thus bound.

As we are indeed fed by your love and bound to you by commitment, we boldly lay all our prayers at the feet of our Savior, 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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Maundy Thursday Holy Communion, Tonight at 7 p.m.

Join Pastor Palmer live on our Facebook page or on YouTube at 7 pm for virtual Holy Communion.

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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

April 8, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

O Astonishing One, you come to us in surprising ways. We ask for success, but you teach us acceptance. We ask to be loved, but you ask us to love others. We long for the easy road, but you offer detours and challenges. Somehow you know what is best for our growth in faith. So we reach out our hands today and place them in yours, knowing that your faithfulness never falters and that, in spite of unexpected byways, you are traveling with us.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

We recall the loud Hosannas we offered just a few days ago — so the world might hear of Jesus’ glad arrival. Yet we remember his ride to Jerusalem ended in unimaginable suffering. In the days ahead, we pray for courage, lest we desert, as did those first disciples. For resolve to stay the course, we trust in God as our strength and the Holy Spirit as our comfort.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

O Suffering Servant, at this half-way point on your own path of anguish, we turn to you with our own concerns. You know our situation is bleak, and too many are in pain throughout the world. We pray for our brothers and sisters everywhere, particularly those who unselfishly serve the ill, grow our food, deliver needed supplies, stock our shelves, and those working for a cure for this deadly disease. Hear also these petitions from members of our own church family:

  • Gratitude to a family making cloth face masks for others
  • Gratitude: a friend’s COVID-19 test was negative
  • Thank you for praying – a friend with a GI infection is much improved
  • Gratitude for friends who helped us greatly during our bereavement
  • Prayers for a dear sister who had to move her husband in hospice care in a local facility; she is not allowed to visit him
  • A healthcare worker is overworked & stressed; the long hours & lack of rest are depleting her energy; prayers for time apart and renewal
  • A worried husband whose work projects have been cut
  • Courage, strength, and healing for a family member, cancer diagnosis, facing surgery in these uncertain circumstances
  • Brother in VA, ill with cancer and may have been exposed to COVID-19

Even as we offer these situations on our hearts, help us to know, Caring God, that you are already cutting a trail through our thickest fears.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Holy One, may your own grace and tenderness be made known through each of us, as we rededicate ourselves to reaching out to help the hurting ones in our community, for this is the way of 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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Though we won’t be able to join together in person during Holy Week, Church Street offers several offerings online that will honor these most important days of the Christian year: Jesus’s death and miraculous resurrection.

Our YouTube Channel is linked here

Holy Week Worship Opportunities:

+Stations of the Cross: A new display of 14 masterworks is available for your private viewing and spiritual meditation throughout Holy Week. Each painting depicts a gripping event in the final drama of Jesus’s life on earth. Premieres on Sunday, April 5 on YouTube.

+Holy Week Devotion: Live on Monday, join Pastor Palmer as she follows the lectionary with greetings, scripture from the daily lectionary, a short message, and prayer. On the Church Street Facebook Page at noon, and afterward on YouTube.

+Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday: Join us at 7 pm on Thursday, April 9 on our YouTube channel for a virtual communion table with our clergy. We encourage you to use items in your home already (do not go to the store and risk illness). Preferred items are grape juice and baked bread, but any juice or liquid, along with bread or crackers will work to take part in this spiritual practice.

+Good Friday Program: In remembrance of Christ’s Passion and death, this contemplative program will feature the Passion account from the Gospel of John read by Terri Ward, interspersed with organ chorales played by Edie Johnson. Premieres on Friday, April 10 at noon on YouTube.

+Easter Sunday Worship: Join us for worship on Sunday, April 12, as we celebrate the risen Lord! Premieres Sunday, April 12 at 10 am on YouTube.

+Daily Prayers: We hope you are enjoying Pastor Jan’s daily prayers. If you would like to receive them by email, contact communications@churchstreetumc.org.

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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

April 7, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

Come, Holy Spirit, and visit us in our homes, workplaces, or wherever we find ourselves this day. May your personal touch be upon each one caught up in this mysterious virus malady and turn our thoughts to you as our Anchor. As your Son showed authority over wind and wave, bring peace and calm to each one who is troubled or in danger, we pray. Brush away those burgeoning clouds of dread and despair that hang too close above us. May we hear again those words you spoke so clearly in the presence of your first disciples: “Peace be still!” And it was so.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Especially, Gracious Lord, ease the hearts of those who suffer this day, and particularly accept these concerns and gratitudes offered by members of our church family:

  • Gratitude: physician friend in Brooklyn hospital remains virus free – continued prayers requested for her & her weary colleagues
  • Gratitude for members of our Armed Forces, the National Guard, and their leaders as they help America through this crisis
  • Thank you for praying – a daughter’s spine pain has disappeared
  • Prayers for academic success of students in online learning situations
  • Prayers for a nearby friend, diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor
  • Traveling mercy for a bereaved couple; prayers for a grieving husband
  • Prayers for a member who feels God is leading her to a new ministry
  • Safety for and blessings upon all healthcare teams & first responders who risk their lives to offer healing to others

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

With the quiet breath you yourself breathed into us, in these moments of calm, we now reflect upon our most recent regrets . . .

Forgive us, O Merciful Father, wash us clean, and remember our sins no more.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Thank you, Most Holy God, for gathering us into a beloved community, for your blessings too numerous to count, and for hearing our prayers, as we offer them in the name of Christ Jesus, who lives and reigns with you forever and ever:

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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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

April 6, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

O Master of Life, your glories abound in the springtime. Your wonders are the treasure found in the field. Trees are covered in green lace; cascading blossoms dance in the air. We give thanks for this sacred awakening of the earth. And there are personal blessings that also remind us of your growth within us. We now silently give thanks for your generous personal benefits which you have provided, even in our time of trial . . .

Create within us truly grateful spirits.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Lord of Mercy, we lift up to your light our loved ones who have recently entered into your kingdom. Embrace especially those dear ones whom we now name in the silence of our own hearts . . .

Wrap each in your cloak of grace and shine your light perpetual upon them. Grant solace to their families, we pray, and also touch each of our church members, especially those who are mentioned in these particular prayers:

  • Gratitude for members of our Armed Forces & the National Guard & their leaders as they help America through this crisis
  • Thanksgiving – a friend is recovering from the flu
  • Gratitude for all dedicated healthcare workers
  • Grateful for public service workers who unselfishly offer help
  • The friend who visits & talks to me through my glass door
  • Prayers for grieving husband (and family); his devoted wife died Friday
  • Cherished sister dealing with cancer, her husband with dementia
  • Prayers for a serviceman who returns to the Middle East on Tuesday
  • One enduring stress & strain in her workplace; for situation to change
  • Academic success for students in challenging online learning situations
  • Safety for a sister in assisted living, for those near her who have the flu
  • A worried member, scheduling medical tests, for his courage

In your own perfect way, O Beloved One, answer each and every plea.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Lord, you are in the midst of us and we are called by your name. Show us ways to assist our brothers and sisters who may be in need at this time of confinement. Blessed are those who reach out in love and service, and especially all those who continually offer prayers on our behalf.

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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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

April 5, 2020 (Palm Sunday)

Pastor Jan

 

O Lord of All That Is, through this Lenten season we have made our weary way. Many times, however, we confess we have lost our direction, entangling ourselves in the brush by the roadside. But just when the shadows have become their darkest, we see the figure of our Savior in the distance. He rides not a great steed, but rather, he sits upon a lowly donkey; and we know this image itself is his message of humility. So we ourselves kneel and ask for pardon for all those times we have thought too highly of ourselves. We follow Jesus’ lead toward the road of return, but this time we do so with unpretentious and unassuming hearts.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

“Hosanna!” the people cry. “Lord, save us!” Today we join our voices with all those who are weighed down by private sorrow and all who are unable to pray for themselves. We ask that you hold each one fast and sustain each in their suffering. Also receive both these prayers of gratitude and the pleas for courage and guidance from our church family:

  • Thank you for prayers – a sister’s heart surgery went well, continued prayers are requested for her 2-week recovery
  • Gratitude: A COVID-19 sufferer is now healed & returns to work Monday
  • Gratitude for prayers, a mother died peacefully today and is in heaven
  • A family gives thanks for prayers during their week of bereavement
  • A member is grateful her physician son remains healthy in Middle TN
  • Strength and safety for a physician friend in Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn
  • All the unemployed, anxious and depressed workers in our city and state; available counseling for those who are contemplating suicide
  • A beloved mother in lockdown in a nursing facility, that she might remain healthy; peace for her daughter who worries about her
  • Prayers for all healthcare workers throughout the world; may they receive protection and blessings for their sacrifices
  • Calm for a daughter-in-law most fearful of contracting COVID-19

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Lord, you know that we can be an angry and critical people, particularly when our needs are not swiftly met. But on this holy day, we do not raise a clenched fist. Instead, we raise the palm branch, the symbol of hope, triumph, and salvation; all these shall come to us in due time from the hand of your 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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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

April 4, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

Faithful Presence, we seek your Spirit this day. The prophet Isaiah once wrote:  “O Lord, you have hidden your face from us.” But we know it is really the other way around. We have hidden ourselves in the darkness of our own making; we have placed our trust in the wrong things. We have depended upon our own resources and abilities to make things happen. The result has been our lonely walk through a cloudy void. In this time of rampant illness, however, we have learned it is walking in faith as community that is of prime importance. When one hurts, we all hurt. When one suffers, we all feel pain. When one succeeds, we all rejoice. Truly, your presence, for which we have waited, has been here all along, breathing ever near. Breathe on our  community afresh this day, O Breath of Life, for we are one in your sight.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

And just so, as members on one body, we lift up our individual praises . . .

And also our private confessions . . .

Accept these, O Breath of New Life, and also receive these petitions from the hearts of our church members:

  • Grateful that husband & wife, D.C. physicians, remain virus-free
  • Gratitude for unexpected time to enjoy flowers & blossoms of spring
  • Gratitude for all health professionals who set aside personal safety to help others – prayers for their strength, courage and peace
  • Reassurance and strength for a physician son in NC who worries about contracting COVID-19 & infecting his wife and children
  • Hope and help for family members and friends who have lost jobs
  • Prayers for courage and strength as a family bids farewell to their young daughter at her graveside today
  • Safety and strength for a longtime friend who is alone, ill and needy
  • Reassurance for a member, anticipating tests for unknown illness
  • Four faithful churchwomen presently undergoing cancer treatments

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

May your holy peace breathe in our hearts as we carry on amid our trials, we pray, and hear us now as we join our voices in community with all the saints:

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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