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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

July 23, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

Ever-present One, this textured morning we thank you for the ordinary things that color our days: a roof above to protect us, the comfortable bed which offers sleep, sunlight peeping through the window, fresh fragrance of the earth, clean water from the tap, aroma of fresh coffee, food on the table, family members who understand us. Sometimes these small gifts bring a richness nothing else can satisfy. These are our treasures; yet such blessings are not to be taken for granted, for to whom much is given, much is expected.

Living Lord, hear our prayer.

O One Who Works Through Us, we live in a time of trial and a wind of discontent is blowing through our nation. We pray for the places where poverty has an iron grip, for families living everyday with financial insecurity, for those who are depressed and weary, for those who are experiencing a crisis of faith, for those who are marginalized and isolated. We thank you that your love reaches into the most lifeless places, but it is we who are most expected to deliver it. Help us to be people of peace and refuge, who offer the hand of support, and who walk that extra mile with others in need. Help us be that steadying hand that reaches out in solidarity with our brothers and sisters, while our fingers point to you.

Living Lord, hear our prayer.

Forgiving One, in your mercy, overlook our bumbling ways and our slowness in turning to you for wisdom before we hastily launch our own plans. Teach us to wait for the movement of the Spirit in all our quandaries, that our work may be for good and not for harm. Receive also, we pray, these thanksgivings and concerns carried in the hearts of your people at Church Street:

  • Prayers appreciated: member’s hip replacement was successful
  • Gratitude: hand surgery completed and points to full recovery
  • Thankful that residential decisions are made on behalf of a loving wife
  • Thanksgiving: an ill mother is responding well to present treatment
  • Grateful extensive cancer surgery is over with promising results
  • Prayers that a member is selected for a chemo trial today
  • Prayers for a sister’s calm and success in undergoing pacemaker procedure
  • Continued prayers for husband recovering from kidney surgery
  • Family mourning the death of a young father, for comfort and grace
  • Close friend facing 6 weeks of harsh chemo treatment
  • Son with virus symptoms; protection for his wife & 2 small children
  • Please pray for a family of 4, healing from Covid-19
  • A beloved father and a cherished father-in-law in hospice care
  • Calming anxiety of educators, parents & students as school openings are considered
  • Premature baby in NICU, heart condition & anxious parents

Living Lord, hear our prayer.

We know that Jesus dreamed of a world of life and beauty for all and we join him in that dream. As we ponder the present heavy problems in our world, we pray you would take the ordinary kindnesses we offer and use them as a solid foundation for that dream. Fill us, we pray, with such a spirit of love that it manifests itself in a thousand small ways in the week at hand. All these things we humbly ask in the name of the Beloved One, who gave us this prayer:

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

July 22, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

O Voice of Calm, we recall how Jesus commanded the waves to be still when the boat was rocked by the tumult. Fear flooded the hearts of his shipmates who felt the anger of the sea and the sting of the pelting rain. We confess that we have often revisited that story and wondered why the disciples were so terrified when their Master was there beside them. And now here today, we find ourselves in a dark-clouded tempest just as vile. Our heads are full of questions, our ears take in the anxious chatter of newscasters who are just as lost as we are, and our bodies are rigid, poised for the next lightning bolt. Rise up again, O Christ, and boldly speak your word of calm. And give us grace to listen to your word; for truly, your peace is not of this world, but it is the only peace that will see us through.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Forgive us, O Holy One, when our faith becomes shaky. But the truth is, throughout this pandemic, we have watched many of our plans and dreams disappear into the depths. Still, we know in our bones that you are a God of the Resurrection and that there is a hidden newness in our loss. So let us not count our losses, but instead enumerate the ways in which you have brought healing from pain, trust from defeat, and life from death. We count on you, O God, to steady the boat and lead us to a safe harbor. Strengthen our faith so we never let despair have the last word.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Quiet the noise inside us in these moments, we pray, as you infuse each heart with your holy stillness . . .  And gently deal with each of these persons and situations mentioned by your children of Church Street:

  • Member rejoices that a door has opened in a fractured relationship
  • Family is celebrating a son’s recent engagement
  • Members thankful for a lake vacation with entire family
  • Our graduating high school seniors who are filled with faith, hope, and promise
  • Gratitude for the life of a friend and mentor who died peacefully at home
  • Continued prayers for husband recovering from kidney surgery
  • Member having hip replacement today, for no complications
  • Family mourning the death of a young father, for comfort and grace
  • Healing for a beloved daughter undergoing extensive cancer surgery today
  • Close friend facing 6 weeks of harsh chemo treatment
  • Son with virus symptoms; protection for his wife and 2 small children
  • Please pray for a family of 4, healing from Covid-19
  • Husband undergoing carpal tunnel surgery today; father in hospice care
  • Prayers for educators, parents and students as school decisions are made
  • Insight for researchers, that a virus breakthrough comes soon
  • Prayers that a member is selected for a chemo trial on Thursday
  • Prayers for calm and successful pacemaker procedure on Thursday
  • Premature baby in NICU, heart condition and anxious parents

Thank you, O Ruler of the Seas, for your readiness to accept us as we are. And even when we feel we are being swallowed by the waves, your hand of serenity does not fail. Oh, how true the maxim: “Our hearts are restless until we find our rest in you:”

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

July 21, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

O Sacred Source of Light. we come this day with grateful hearts, for even in the aloneness of social distancing you have touched us with your grace. Some of us have learned quieter rhythms for our days, some have reconnected with old friends, some households are learning about togetherness. We have found new avenues to worship, study, and pray together, to carry on most of our most important ministries. And there remain the stalwart souls who still reach out with healing hands to protect and serve us in our community. How blessed we are!

Lord of the Ages, hear our prayer.

In spite of your goodness, we must name our regrets. We ask your forgiveness for those among us with light skin who benefit from racist systems, even though we may not realize it; for those of us who think racism is someone else’s problem and not a problem for all of us; for our slowness in standing up for what is right. O God Who Continues to Hope, may we clutch tightly to your plan for creating a way of life where justice reigns, where freedom for all is the norm, where each of your beloved children receives the same opportunities to thrive.

Lord of the Ages, hear our prayer.

Our arms feel heavy with the burdens we carry. Life itself seems to test us and our challenges can cut to the core. Most particularly in this pandemic, we weep with those whose families have been scarred by illness and loss of life in our faith community and around the world. We pray for recovery for all who have lost financial stability, and generally these are the poorest among us. We pray for those whose families have been broken, for those who feel they must participate in violence to be heard, and for those who are on the brink of losing their faith. Fill us again with your new hope and vision; and as you are walking with us on that journey toward new life, teach us how to become part of your solution to the unrest that abounds.

Lord of the Ages, hear our prayer.

Hear also, Listening One, these thanksgivings and these petitions we lay before you this day, for they come from the depths of our hearts:

  • Gratitude for prayers: kidney removal surgery was successful
  • A wife is rejoicing: a biopsy revealed no cancer
  • Wounded pet is improving, please continue prayers for recovery
  • Broken family has received a ray of hope
  • Prayers appreciated: mother & daughter are virus-free, home from hospital
  • Grateful that a sister continues to heal following a stroke
  • Family mourning the death of a young father, for comfort & grace
  • Beloved daughter undergoing extensive cancer surgery tomorrow
  • Son with virus symptoms; protection for his wife & 2 small children
  • Isolated member prays her days may become less challenging
  • Prayers for educators, parents & students as school decisions are made
  • Insight for researchers, that a virus breakthrough comes soon
  • Member beginning a new chemotherapy regimen, for healing
  • Member having hip replacement Wednesday, for no complications
  • Cherished wife undergoing further testing
  • Prayers for husband undergoing carpal tunnel surgery on Wednesday
  • Tiny premature baby in NICU, guarded condition & anxious parents

Thank you for always turning in our direction, as we do know you are working on many levels on our behalf. Still, when we face daunting situations, it is often tempting to feel that all is lost. Then a voice inside us reminds us that no pain we bear is greater than that borne by your wounded Son when he walked this earth. So give us grace to live into that promise we made to trust in Jesus always, as we offer now his timeless prayer:

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

July 20, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

Generous are you, O God, for you overlook our scattered thoughts and those wanderings of our minds that keep us from centering on you. In these moments, may we be still in this morning’s light to simply breathe in your holy calm and breathe out our anxieties. May we breathe in your love and breath out that same love to our hurting world … Stir the air with the breath of heaven that all might feel the gentle breeze of your love at some instant of this day.

Sacred One, hear our prayer.

In the daylight we find hope, and in the late hours we find renewal as you keep watch over us. For you, O Holy One, never sleep and are always ready to wait with those whom sleep eludes. Comfort, we pray, those who cannot rest because of illness, pain, or fear; for those whose eyes will not close as they worry about finances, joblessness, straying family members; for those caregivers who cannot sleep, lest they miss the call of the loved one in need. Be with each of these, O Lord, for we know your presence can help lift all burdens. And also, hear these joys and sorrows that are brought by your children at Church Street:

  • Thanksgiving for a healthy baby daughter – born July 17
  • Gratitude for prayers – heart cath on Friday had good results
  • Surgical procedure on Friday went smoothly – prayers appreciated
  • Eye procedure went well, please continue prayers for full healing
  • 2 happy couples celebrated their marriages on Saturday
  • Strength for friend to endure 6 weeks of heavy chemo
  • Family of a young father who died on Saturday, courage & solace
  • Prayers for husband having a kidney removed today
  • Healing husband ICU on ventilator; his wife suffers kidney disease
  • Recovery for daughter w/ deep emotional scars, for troubled parents
  • A broken family, for forgiveness, understanding, & a way forward
  • Continued prayers for solid caretakers for Sterchi Lodge
  • That an effective vaccine for the virus may be found soon
  • Tiny premature baby in NICU, guarded condition & anxious parents
  • Dear mentor who is near death — grace & peace for all standing by
  • Healing for a young son & 2 close friends diagnosed with Covid-19
  • Healing for mother & daughter hospitalized with Covid-19
  • Prayers for 4 awaiting results of virus tests, for negative results

We place our trust in you, Faithful One, knowing you accept even the smallest prayer offered in humility.  We also acknowledge that all we are, all that we have, all that we know, and all we hope to be comes from your constant care.

Sacred One, hear our prayer.

Receive all our prayers offered on this day that you have given us, O Lord, and also hear again those precious words that were taught us long ago by your Favored 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

July 17, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

O Wind that Moves over Mighty Mountain and Flowing Stream, you remain a hidden mystery. But how is it then that we behold you in everything we see and touch, from the arc of the rainbow to the narrow green gorge of the walking trail, from the swoop of the starling to the creeping snail, from the finite seams of the boulder to the nectar-thirsty bumble bee, from the soft purring of the kitten to the torrential downpour? You litter the landscape with such glimmers of your glory. Keep your mighty winds blowing in our direction, Lord, and move among us to keep our drowsiness at bay; we dare not miss any of those precious gems you create for us through your divine imagination.

Dearest Lord, receive our prayer.

Forgiving God, help us relinquish our penchant for controlling every circumstance and our attempts to manage everyone around us. How foolish you must think us when you see us setting ourselves up as directors upon the stage of life. Give us instead the power of self-restraint and that non-judgmental presence. May your compassion make its home in our hearts; fill us with the understanding that others are generally doing the best they can. And remind us that, through your grace, you are transforming others, just as you are transforming us.

Dearest Lord, receive our prayer.

O One Who Hears, we spill out our prayers to you so freely and wonder if you ever tire of hearing our “wants.” But the truth is, who would listen, if not for you? So as the apostle taught, we try to be constant in our conversation with you. Hear our prayers for ourselves, our private yearnings, and secret hopes . . . And receive these longings and gratitudes from the hearts of our brothers and sisters within our church family:

  • Gratitude: son’s broken leg has healed and he is back at work
  • An eye procedure went smoothly today, grateful for prayers
  • Prayers appreciated: 4 virus tests were negative
  • A mother with leukemia is responding to current treatment
  • The Spirit was present during a graveside service yesterday
  • Son with virus symptoms is steadily improving
  • Recovery for daughter with deep emotional scars, for troubled parents
  • Good outcome for a biopsy
  • Protection for all medical workers and first responders
  • Member having surgery today, for peace and a speedy recovery
  • Healing mercies: husband on ventilator, wife may need dialysis
  • Calm & patience for one having heart cath procedure today
  • Prayers for a good outcome in a couple’s mediation
  • Endurance for one with lung cancer, facing 6 weeks of harsh treatment
  • Prayers for healing of family dog, attacked by a neighbor’s canine
  • Continued prayers for solid caretakers for Sterchi Lodge
  • Healing for 2 close friends diagnosed with Covid-19
  • Mother and daughter currently at UT suffering from the virus
  • Prayers for 2 awaiting results of virus tests, for negative results

We pray for your healing grace, but should that not come, we know you will give us instead that sustaining grace that will enable us to bear all things through Christ Jesus our Lord, 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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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

July 16, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

Generous God, you offer this day to us, a day full of possibilities. Whatever we do with it is up to us. How will we use the gifts you delight in offering us? How will we respond to the challenges, the responsibilities, the interruptions that this day may present? How will we make those most of those moments of inspiration that unfold? Be with us, we pray, as we seek the sacred in our unwrapping of these waiting hours, for wherever we find ourselves, we also find you.

Hear us, Good Lord.

O Wounded One, in this interlude, we remember how your Son suffered emotional and physical abuse. Today we also carry in our hearts all those close to us who suffer in body, mind, and spirit . . . These we commend to your loving care, assured that no one is forgotten. We also ask that you would watch over all those who take our own safety to heart. Bless those who continue your holy work of healing in surgeries, hospitals, hospices, counseling rooms, and around kitchen tables; who serve in public places to retain order and protection. As Jesus laid hands on those who needed help, restoration, or blessing, place your strong hands upon all who express their sentiments to you this day:

  • Praises: 3 family members tested negative for virus
  • Happy a sister returned safely from a visit with family on West coast
  • Thankful for prayers: mother moved to hospice is now comfortable
  • Gratitude: symptoms for wife with brain mass have subsided
  • Recovery for daughter with deep emotional scars, for troubled parents
  • Pastors leading a graveside service today, friends & family who grieve
  • Calm & patience for one scheduled for heart cath procedure on Friday
  • Prayers for healing of family dog, attacked by a neighbor’s canine
  • Continued prayers for solid caretakers for Sterchi Lodge
  • Courage, healing of grief: a father whose wife has asked for a divorce
  • Healing prayers for member healing from a second leg surgery
  • Healing for a young son & 2 close friends diagnosed with Covid-19
  • Mother & daughter currently at UT suffering from the virus
  • Prayers for 4 awaiting results of virus tests, for negative results
  • Healing mercies for a member with recent eye damage
  • Courage & patience for member enduring long recovery; for his family

You work through all your disciples, so bless the hands that bring your healing touch, hearts that offer support, and heads that bow in prayer.

Hear us, Good Lord.

Merciful One, you have loved us, forgiven us, birthed us into new life, and you have set us free. May we reach out in Jesus’ name to offer others what you have given us, for it is in his name we 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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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

July 15, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

O Sacred One, you have drawn closer to us during this period of pandemic, or maybe it is the other way around. At any rate, we have keenly felt your presence throughout these dangerous days and what a comfort you have remained. We have learned that we are not invincible nor as controlled as we pretended to be. And we have realized to the core how immense is our need for one another. We are not separate beings, but our lives are forever intertwined. How blessed we have been by friends and acquaintances who remember us, who offer solace in our isolation, who pen notes of encouragement, who pray for us, who tell us that their own lives would be empty without our own. How brilliantly you have used misfortune to bring about hope.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Great Physician, we thank you for calling special ones and ordaining them to be about your healing work in the world. We pray your blessings upon the hands and hearts of all who labor in our hospitals and medical facilities, those persons who stand ready to answer the emergency call, often risking their own health as they make decisions to protect the lives of strangers. Grant that we might never again take them for granted.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

As you touch each of these healing servants, we pray you also would touch each of these individuals who lift up their souls to you this day:

  • Praise and gratitude for a new job
  • Family offers thanks that a pregnancy is going well and baby is thriving
  • Gratitude: daughter working in China is now safe at home in the U.S.
  • Member grateful for staff & pastors who minister to the church family
  • Prayers for an important employment interview today
  • Calm & patience for one scheduled for heart cath procedure on Friday
  • Prayers for the recovery of family dog, attacked by a neighbor’s canine
  • Continued prayers for 2 families in custody disputes & children involved
  • Healing for a young son & 2 close friends diagnosed with Covid-19
  • Mother & daughter currently at UT suffering from the virus
  • Prayers for 7 awaiting results of virus tests, for negative results
  • Prayers for a wife with a mass on brain, awaiting procedure
  • Healing mercies for a member with recent eye damage
  • Strength and courage for 2 members recovering from serious illness

O Restorer of Peace, despite your steady call for peace, we confess we have not always been harbingers of harmony ourselves. Too often we have allowed willful emotions to rule the day. And when the spirit of unrest has entered our hearts, we lash out in swift retaliation. How frequently our egos trip us up as we try to walk beside your Son. Plant your peace deep within the soil of our hearts and steady our steps that we may again be known as ones who indeed travel the same road as the Prince of Peace.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gather up all our prayers this day, O Lord, and we shall be grateful. Meanwhile, we shall be patient as you do your divine work in us and through 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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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

July 14, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

We know you, Universal Love, as one who traverses the galaxies and skips among the stars. You rule the orbit of the planets coursing the golden glow of the sun. How could one such as you be mindful of us mere humans? Yet as the psalmist declares, you have made us a little lower than the angels. We bow in obeisance at such a holy mystery.

O Divine One, hear our prayer.

O God Who Never Turns Away, as we ponder our majestic earth you created, we realize how small the spaces which we inhabit – our confined communities, the routine commutes that define our days. Of course, we hear of life in other regions and even see unfolding tragedies regularly experienced by others. Forgive us, Merciful Lord, for living such insular lives, for not taking the plight of others to heart, for forgetting our brothers and sisters around the globe who are chained by fear, poverty, oppression. Purge us of this neglect, we pray, and also of these other private sins we now lay before you . . . Through your grace you have marked us as your very own, so give us that power from beyond that will enable us to live as the Christians we profess to be.

O Divine One, hear our prayer.

God Over All, as you have blessed us, so bountifully, we lift up your other children whose names we do not know, who live upon shores unfrequented by us. But they are your people and their wounds are our wounds: the people of Hong King who are denied free speech due to the recent passage of the Chinese Security Law; thousands of female health workers in Africa who risk their own lives to travel to remote villages to teach families how to protect themselves against Covid-19; the 40,000 persons in Somalia, Kenya & Ethiopia who are displaced because of drought, famine, and violence.

To these, we add our own prayers of thanksgiving and our pleas for help:

  • Grateful for prayers: nephew now virus-free & now reunited with family
  • Prayers appreciated: 23-yr old with covid is steadily improving
  • Thank you for prayers: elderly aunt on hospice died peacefully on Sunday
  • Thankful member is obtaining help in caregiving for very ill wife
  • Healing for a young son diagnosed with Covid-19
  • Prayers that virus tests for 4 recently exposed are negative
  • Prayers for a wife with a mass on brain, awaiting procedure
  • Healing mercies & calm for a member with recent eye damage
  • Strength & courage for member recovering from serious illness
  • Courage & confidence for member having job interview tomorrow
  • Loved ones isolated at home & assisted living facilities
  • Family members who were exposed to Covid-19 & are being tested
  • Healing of friend’s father who is beginning a new cancer treatment
  • Healing prayers for a frightened nephew (nurse in KY) with Covid-19 & protection for other family members who await test results
  • 2 close friends newly diagnosed with virus, for relief of symptoms

O Divine One, hear our prayer.

We turn over our prayers this day to your abiding presence in the redeeming name of Jesus, 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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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

July 13, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

O Weaver of Goodness, on even murky days, you lace bright strands of blue and yellow within the hours to show us all is not lost. You embroider translucence here and there in the most shadowed moments to tell us we are loved. You choose greens and golds to remind us that you are nurturing our resilience. Your needlework is unsurpassed! May we hold this day tenderly, realizing your exquisite artistry is ever at work, weaving assurance, hope, and joy into our lives.

God of Love, hear our prayer.

O Love that Encircles us, we have accepted your call to discipleship and we honor your invitation to pray. Help us to follow that quiet pattern of prayer set for us by Jesus himself. The Spirit will help us in our weakness, for we rarely know how to express what is going on in our hearts. We keep returning to the same old sins, even though we had every intention of doing better. We are deeply troubled by the pain in our nation and in our world. We feel impotent in helping loved ones who bear such great burdens. Listen now, Good Lord, as we once again turn our struggles over to you  . . . And attend also to these friends in our Church Street family who call out to you this day:

  • Grateful for prayers: young son’s heart surgery on Friday was successful
  • Happy couple celebrate the blessing of their 36th wedding anniversary
  • Thankful for all on the front lines alleviating pain of virus patients
  • Gratitude for a mother’s wonderful example, died Saturday, age 100
  • One offers thanks for a rare visit with an old friend
  • Healing for a young man diagnosed with Covid-19
  • Prayers that virus tests for those recently exposed are negative
  • Prayers for a wife with a mass on brain, facing more tests today
  • Healing mercies & calm for a member with recent eye damage
  • Upholding daughter whose mother was placed on hospice on Friday
  • Pastors leading a graveside service today, that the family will be comforted
  • Healing: Close friend with leukemia that is not responsive to treatment
  • Healing prayers for a frightened nephew (nurse in KY) with Covid-19 & protection for other family members who await test results
  • Four families mourning the recent deaths of loved ones
  • Physician nephew in 11th day of isolation; his wife & 3 sons all well

God of Love, hear our prayer.

We are aware, O Wise One, that you are not impressed by fancy words or well-turned phrases. Perchance you even shiver when we offer another flowery stanza of praise. Still you bear with us, knowing that we do try to please you. And in truth, our words are of little consequence, for it is our earnest attention you desire. Humble our hearts, we pray, that we might always come to you as we are, without flourish or pretense, as we offer that perfect prayer that Jesus taught:

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

July 10, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

“Lord whose love through humble service bore the weight of human need,
Who upon the cross forsaken offered mercy’s perfect deed.”

We are truly humbled by your great love, O Lord! Its depth is beyond our imagining. What might love such as yours cost us, we ask, if we also cry out for things to change, for justice, for better lives for those who wither away in want and poverty? Give us courage, in spite of our fear, to take the risk of stepping out of our safe zone and speaking up for truth and equity.

“Still your children wander homeless, still the hungry cry for bread,
Still the captive long for freedom, still in grief we mourn our dead.”

We pray for all whose souls yearn for something better: for a place to call home, for the table filled with fresh food; for the imprisoned, especially those innocent ones whose lives are devoid of mercy; for those mourning dreams long dead and the good health that has eluded them; for loved ones whose days ended before a proper goodbye could be uttered. Give us hope enough to lift up the forlorn, time enough to sit with those who grieve, grace enough to share our bread.

“Called by worship to your service, forth in your dear name we go
To the child, the youth, the aged, love in living deed to show.”

Forgive us, Lord, when we neglect even the smallest gesture that might mean the world to another. Remind us to stop and make time for little ones, as did Jesus, who called the children blessed. Help us encourage our youth who struggle on so many fronts in our complex society, yet who accomplish so much, and who also long for a word of gratitude, of encouragement. We also seek your blessing upon each of these we now name, that your hand would be at work in their lives:

  • Celebration: daughter returns from China after a long work assignment
  • Thankful that a wife’s hysterectomy went smoothly today
  • Gratitude: hospital, health workers & first responders taking great risks to serve others
  • Grateful for prayers: a grandfather died peacefully last night
  • Easing of pain for member following extensive oral surgery
  • Successful heart surgery today for a young son (Blount Co Family Promise) at Vanderbilt; courage & safety for his family who travel with him
  • Prayers for a wife with a 2 cm mass on brain, awaiting more tests
  • Two members seeking relief from depression
  • Healing: Close friend with leukemia that is not responsive to treatment
  • Healing prayers for a frightened nephew (nurse in KY) with Covid-19 & protection for other family members who are currently being tested
  • Four families mourning the recent deaths of loved ones
  • Physician nephew in 9th day of isolation; his wife & 3 sons all well
  • Two families in custody proceedings, grace to uphold children involved

“Hope and health, good will and comfort, counsel, aid, and peace we give,
That your servants, Lord, in freedom, may your mercy know and live.”

Dearest Friend, fix our eyes upon the present moment, not upon the final outcome of our service. Piece by piece you will ultimately gather all our efforts and fold them into your own restoration. For now, we need only remember that when we love your created world with all its intricacies and mysteries, we are loving you. And when we are serving others, we are serving you.

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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