BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

July 28, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

O Being Ever-Present, a pristine morning comes and you arrive on whipped cream clouds, suffusing saint and sinner alike with your grandeur. You make no distinction among your people, and we are thankful; for truth be told, we are each saint and sinner, beloved by the One who cherishes us because we are who we are. And in your love, you know we are trying to get it right! Glory to you, O Lord, glory to you!

O Love Unending, hear our prayer.

Often in the clarity of daylight, we see ourselves through a more lucid lens. And now we acknowledge that we have been so attuned to our own personal endeavors that we have neglected others who have needed our assistance. We remember the faces of those whom we hastily judged, often wrongly. And the memory of our exaggerated self-importance haunts us. Surely we have tried your patience with our prideful ways and we ask that you absolve us of all our missteps that are harmful to you, to others, and ourselves; especially remove from us the stains of these personal sins . . .  We know your mercy is limitless, O Lord, and that we are forgiven, but help us slow learners remember we are to be your reflections in this world.

O Love Unending, hear our prayer.

O Author of Goodness, our lives have been overturned by the lethal virus. Some say we are walking, as did your servant David, through the valley of the shadow of death. It does feel that way, but you are walking with us. Through the thousands in our own community, you appear in many guises: delivering mobile meals to the stranded at home, arriving for work at the hospital and healthcare facility, driving the ambulance, protecting our streets, unloading food and supplies from the delivery truck, conducting vaccine research in the science lab, calling the lonely, offering consolation to those who mourn, penning notes to the isolated. Jesus has not left us comfortless, but thanks be to you that the light of the Holy Spirit enables so many to will and to work amid the shadows.

O Love Unending, hear our prayer.

And as always, we unhesitatingly lift up these intercessions on behalf of our sisters and brothers, and also their celebrations. It is your generous hand that holds us fast:

  • Gratitude for a healthy pregnancy, expected arrival in September
  • Thankful that a mother with leukemia is responding to medication
  • Cancer survivor grateful she remained in good health during a vacation
  • A family rejoices that a reconciliation has occurred
  • Gratitude for our recent rainfall, so badly needed
  • Prayers for 2 dear friends at home, recovering from accidents
  • Prayers for young man seeking release from his anger & for his ability to see the good that is occurring in the world
  • God’s direction for a member who needs to find a new home
  • For God to help restore peace in our own country
  • Guidance for a couple considering selling their farm
  • For good news for cherished wife awaiting biopsy results
  • Continued strength for adult son, sole caregiver for his mother
  • Restoration for one with continued heart difficulties
  • Continued strength for a son helping his mother in hospice care
  • Prayer for negative virus test results for two at-risk mothers
  • Grace & courage for two undergoing new chemo treatments

It is our desire, O Lord, that all our undertakings this day be dedicated to your glory. May our thoughts, words, prayers, deeds, hopes, and dreams declare your name, whether in bold pronouncement or in silent gesture. And for those who question our incentive, we will merely point to Jesus the Christ, 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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