BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

May 15, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

O Divine One, we pray to remember from whence we come. We have memories of our glorious church home, with its grand walls of stone and vaulted ceilings, the faith stories revealed in brilliant stained glass, and tower bells singing out the hours of our lives. We recall kneeling at the altar to receive the sacraments as choir and organ lifted our souls to celestial realms. Yes, we miss these wonders; yet all exist to remind us that there is something divine, not only in our structure; but also a spark of divinity has been placed in each of us. So in our weeks away from our church, we really carry our church within us – in our very hearts.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

God of Renewal, we pray for ears to hear and eyes to see that which is real. In a time of manufactured reality and an onslaught of distractions, we are in danger of wasting our days in hand-wringing, fruitless thinking, and misspent energy. Help us to absorb the incredible truth that we are called to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. This calling is difficult, it is true, particularly in this frightening interval. But through your Holy Spirit, we shall receive sufficient vision, strength, and power to discern those purposes that are real and to claim them as our own.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Accept, we pray, these our private confessions this day . . .  For these ways in which we have disappointed you and also ourselves, we seek forgiveness. Mend us, mold us, and move us to take that fresh path that you are revealing to us. And also receive, Listening Lord, these earnest petitions that come from your beloved children at Church Street:

  • Gratitude: a daughter’s Covid-19 test was negative
  • Thankful for a nephew’s high school graduation
  • A couple celebrate their recent wedding engagement
  • Grateful for prayers: member’s surgery went well and she hopes to go home today
  • Continued safety for all healthcare workers and first responders
  • An aging mother in hospice care; strength for family caring for her at home
  • Pray for a safe delivery of a baby today, for mother, family, physician
  • Please pray for strength and wisdom for an executive involved in a situation of great magnitude in her workplace today
  • Offer prayers for the unemployed and a dear friend who lost her job this week
  • Prayers for patience and strength for a father during his lengthy recovery
  • That an effective vaccine for Covid-19 is discovered and made available
  • Young married couple under stress with heavy work & school schedules
  • Loved ones who are lonely, isolated at home or nursing facilities
  • Healing of a friend who fell & broke her jaw & shoulder, for her recovery

For the way you bring grace out of hardship, healing out of sickness, hope out of despair, and life out of death, we are humbled but ever grateful.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Although we cannot fully grasp the work you are doing within us, we know that we are being shaped for your worthy purposes. Continue that work, O Creating God, and we shall continue to offer our praise and also this prayer taught us long ago by your Son, that Greatest Teacher:

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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