BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

June 22, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

O God of Compassion, open wide the doors of our hearts that we might receive the wounded souls who pass quietly by. We see them so near our threshold, but we rarely invite them in to see how they are feeling, what pains they might be carrying. Perhaps we fear that if we look straight into their eyes, we will recognize our own fear of being as wounded and vulnerable as they. It is not easy to follow your open-door policy, Lord, but give us courage to unlatch the deadbolt and see what meaningful encounters might come to pass.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We are at it again, O Patient One. Morning arrives and we reach for that dreaded list of duties. It’s a pattern we fell into so long ago that we hardly remember a day when our notepad was blank. So many projects clamor for our attention that we become unfocused. At least, help us to attend to one task at a time, attempting to live in the present moment. This moment is all we are promised, but we readily destroy it by dwelling on the past and the future. You were with us in our yesterdays, you breathe within us in the present, and you will remain with us in whatever tomorrows we may have; so give us grace to embrace what we have right here, right now.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O Reviver of Souls, we bow before you today, bringing our praises for your willingness to enter our lives as our Companion and Keeper. For the riches you bring us each day our hearts fill with gratitude. If we have overlooked any favor you bestowed, receive them now as we reflect upon your benevolence . . .  And receive also, Good Lord, these celebrations and concerns that fill the hearts of your people at Church Street:

  • A couple celebrates their recent purchase of their first home
  • Young man is thankful he has completed his first college year with honors
  • Gratitude: a professional who has received an honor for her leadership
  • Thankful for fathers & father figures, for their love and support
  • A happy couple celebrate their marriage
  • Wisdom and strength for husband in caring for his wife with memory loss
  • Guidance for pastors throughout our conference: those who are moving & all those who are anxious about reopening their churches for worship
  • Guidance for our new pastors and families: Catherine Nance & Tim Best
  • Continued healing mercies for one recovering from cancer surgery
  • Healing mercies for dear friend in pain & her sister, victim of a stroke
  • Calming of a wife’s anxiety about her husband’s health
  • Courage for father-in-law in hospice care at home in Florida & his family
  • For a job opening for a husband, depressed by lack of work
  • Beloved brother facing critical heart tests tomorrow, courage for his family
  • Grace & courage for one facing another surgery & another round of chemo
  • Easing of worry for undergoing medical tests tomorrow
  • Courage for one in lengthy recovery & his family offering support

The old hymn states so simply, “What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer.” Grant that we might never treat that favor lightly, O Listening Ear, for we know your concern for us is what keeps us from falling.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In the infinite and redeeming power of Christ we make our prayer this day:

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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