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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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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

May 26, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

“Hail the Day that sees him rise!” Let the trumpets sound! Our Risen Lord deserves our songs of praise! So sing we during this interval when we celebrate our Ascended Savior. O God, we offer praise for your Beloved Son who now rules with you in Paradise. We pray his song might become a drumbeat keeping time in our thoughts, a wind of change sweeping through our spirits, a loving tune that would make its home in our souls. Refine us, that we might become worthy instruments of your intent.

Hear us, Good Lord.    

Ever-Loving One, we indeed have sorrows: our movements are restricted, our older loved ones are isolated and lonely, our work has changed or disappeared altogether, and we are unable to worship with friends. It is difficult to set aside these setbacks, but we pray you would wipe away all our thoughts colored with negativity this day. The wise man has told us that if in all our ways we acknowledge you, then you will direct our path. You have directed us thus far, O Holy One, so why should we question your presence when the road becomes furrowed?

Hear us, Good Lord.

In so many ways you have blessed us, O Cherished One, so listen as we acknowledge the gifts you have laid at our feet in recent days: . . .

How marvelous is your name in all the earth! Also receive, we pray, these personal thanksgivings and concerns that are on the hearts of our church family:

  • A thankful family celebrates the birth of a new baby
  • One is grateful for prayers: safe travel during bereavement and family visits
  • Thanksgiving for help received in solving a legal matter
  • One is grateful for a personal gift beyond compare
  • Continued prayers for a son recovering from surgery
  • Healing for a dear friend with cancer and a mother with leukemia
  • Strength for a widow and her daughters who help her move to a new home
  • Full recovery for a sister who suffered a stroke over the weekend
  • Strength, guidance, and grace for one who is caregiver for an ill friend
  • Protection from illness of a son and daughter-in-law in NC
  • Safety for a daughter moving across the country today

We know you will touch us with your tender mercy and will remain at our side. For that assurance, and for the ways you heal us, we are humbled.

Hear us, Good Lord.

With the turmoil across the globe and the uncertainty of our health and economy, we worry about the date and time of your return, O Christ. But you told us that such matters are not our concern. So help us to lay aside our questions and timetables, and place our lives in your hands, knowing the ascension was full of promise. We WILL see Jesus again, and on that day, our uncertainty will turn into joy. Until then, let us faithfully watch and wait, all the while offering the words our Savior taught us:

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

 

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Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

May 4, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

As our Welcoming Christ opens his arms to us from our altar, we know your arms also remain outstretched to us, Faithful One – ready to receive us, to embrace us, and to offer your unfailing love and care, each of which is beyond our understanding. Your graces are not earned, but are provided, as it gives you sheer joy to offer them. No return gifts are expected – only hearts beating our thanks.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Author of Time and Healer of the Earth, we look to you this day and all days, for each brings its own hurts, blessings, and challenges. Help us to savor the earth robed in splendor and the hope hovering over us. Each surrounds us this season and tell us how blessed is your creation.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

In a culture which treasures activity and production, you offer a simpler path: the road that encourages us to simply BE. May we heed your call to slow down and rest, to welcome your peace that comes as softly as rose petals falling to earth. Soothe the worries of all who are in pain, we pray, those who have suffered loss, those who are confused. And especially cover with your mercy our church family, and these brothers and sisters who seek your guidance, peace and renewal:

  • Grateful that an uncle’s long sickness and pain are over; he died peacefully Saturday
  • Praises: a father in ICU is miraculously recovering following 3 surgeries
  • Gratitude: courageous mother has made a firm intervention on behalf of her teenage children
  • A mother hospitalized with renal issues improves daily, please continue prayers
  • Thankful for forbearance of our graduating high school & college seniors
  • A college professor is recovering from a mild stroke & making treatment plans
  • Healing prayers for a family with 3 adult children suffering emotional maladies; strength and wisdom for the parents
  • Healing for a young relative who has received a diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer
  • Prayers for a son to enter a drug rehab program, for his parents who worry
  • All who return to work, for wisdom and for safety precautions to be observed
  • Touch the hearts of grieving friends who will bury their loved ones this week
  • Healing for wife and children who buried their husband and father April 30
  • Lonely residents of assisted living homes, solace in their isolation and confusion
  • A grieving husband trying to endure his pain during this time of isolation

Take all our prayers and gratitudes and mold them to fit the shape of your boundless mercy, we pray. And help us, O Welcoming One, to rise with confidence, searching for the face of Jesus in each one whom we encounter; for it is in his holy name we offer this prayer:

Our father who are 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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