BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

June 25, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

O God on the Move, you continue to call your servants to prepare for the journey. Just as the Israelites traveled from pillar to post, Jesus’ disciples were also itinerants, strangers stepping into unfriendly conclaves. Bless richly, O Lord, those who give up their home places to serve you far and wide. May we not forget them in their journeys, as they join with persons of different backgrounds, languages, and customs in living out your gospel truth. We are not all called to rove, but we are called to remember these traveling ones in our prayers and in our financial giving. Our reward is to know that we are somehow supporting the feet of your messengers who walk distant byways to proclaim the love of Christ.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Most days, O Source of Grace, we spend our hours in the smaller world of our homes, our neighborhoods, our familiar shops and workplaces. We stick to the traditional route. Help us, though, to become more aware of the larger world where frightful situations exist. Jesus said we would always have the poor with us – the poor in spirit, the poor in understanding, the poor in health, the poor in hope. How will we see them, however, if we remain within the gates we’ve erected? We may not be able to help all those who are hurting, but through your grace, we might become at least a small part of your healing.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Fountain of Mercy, we recall how Jesus showed mercy to the outcast, the unclean, the undeserving, even to the blatantly evil ones. All these years we have struggled to do the same, but we still shy away from handing out mercy so freely. Perhaps you shake your head and throw up your hands, O God, when we are so frugal with our grace. And perhaps you are saying to us even now: “Little Ones, do you not know you may be entertaining angels unaware?” Oh yes, we forgot about that.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We lean on you this day, O Tower of Truth, to manage what lies in the hours to come. Whether blessing or burden, may we receive what appears, knowing your Son spoke truth when he said he would be with us even to the end of the age. And especially be with these who open their hearts to you:

  • Grateful for prayers – a wife’s knee surgery went smoothly – now home
  • One celebrates her retirement effective June 23
  • Gratitude: very ill friend was able to move to Knox to recover from illness
  • Thankful for prayers: a mother’s medical tests revealed no malignancy
  • Prayers appreciated: niece arrived home safely from Kosovo last night
  • Strength for a young wife battling a chronic disease
  • Peace and courage for a brother having surgery today & for his family
  • Four women recovering from cancer
  • Daughter asks for strength to help her mother move to TX
  • All who are depressed, lonely, & overwhelmed during this pandemic
  • A father-in-law near death in FLA, strength for his family
  • Healing mercies for a young father with advanced cancer
  • Prayers for correct diagnosis of a brother’s medical situation
  • Those working to secure able caretakers of Sterchi Lodge to help carry out the ministries of the church
  • A son & daughter-in-law moving cross country, for traveling mercies

Receive our prayers we offer this day, O Lord, as we have been touched by your presence. We are confident that the utterances of our souls are bound up with all those who pray today as 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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