BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

June 26, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

“For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies.
For the love which from our birth over and around us lies …”

Yes, Loving Creator, we are pilgrims upon this good earth, and it has sustained and blessed us richly. You have made our planet an artist’s palette of hues and tints: grassy plots moist with dew, dancing sunlight on pink calla lilies, green shimmering leaves, sturdy branches of shade, filmy clouds adrift in an azure sky. All praise to you, O Lord, for each of these! As we move through the hours ahead, may we not forget to seek you in the smallest corners of the day. And if we go in search of more gifts along the way, remind us of all that we have already.

Fount of mercy mercy, hear our prayer.


“For the gift of human love, brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth and friends above, all who breathe thoughts kind and mild…”

O Lord of Justice, we remember those who walk for peace and equity, for those who refuse to return violence for violence, those who speak reason to the unreasonable. We pray for those who labor to lift the burdens of all who suffer.  Particularly we remember those close to us who dedicate themselves to the work of peace . . . And we remember, as well, these friends and families of Church Street who carry both gratitude and burdens within their own souls:

  • Praises: a brother’s surgery on Thursday greatly relieved his suffering
  • One appreciates prayers — she is regaining strength following an accident
  • Friend is grateful for family members caring for her following cancer surgery
  • Couple thankful for a restful week of vacation
  • Prayers for a husband’s 2nd consultation today regarding his kidney lesion
  • Strength for a young wife battling a chronic illness
  • Courage & guidance for a young woman endeavoring to make a fresh start
  • Dear friend with stage 4 cancer, courage for herself & for her family
  • Lifting spirits of lonely members & loved ones remaining in isolation
  • Adult son now working in FLA, that he does not succumb to the virus
  • All who are depressed, confused, & overwhelmed during this pandemic
  • A beloved father near death & a cherished member hospitalized for tests
  • Those working to secure able caretakers for Sterchi Lodge ministry

Fount of mercy mercy, hear our prayer.


“For thyself, best Gift Divine, to the world so freely given
For that great, great love of thine, peace on earth and joy in heaven. . . “

Summer clarity sometimes turns our thoughts to our early years and to those who shaped our walk of faith. We remember parents who were imperfect, yet who tried to point us in the right direction. We recall those who shared Jesus with us and who told us we were chosen, special even. We remember those who encouraged us when we were tentative, who named our gifts and talents. No one is truly self-made;  we are clay in the hands of those who cherished us. How marvelous are your ways, O God, for you are still molding us to suit your purposes! And when we travel to your holy realm, you shall finish the work of forming us into perfect vessels, fit for your kingdom.

Fount of mercy mercy, hear our prayer.


“Lord of All, to you we raise, this our hymn of grateful praise!”

As you greeted us in love at dawn, we trust you to bring us to the close of this day in that same love:

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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