BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE

Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

May 16, 2020

Pastor Jan

 

“Though the fig tree does not blossom, and no fruit is on the vines, though the produce of the olive fails and the fields yield no food; though the flock is cut off from the fold and there is no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will exult in the God of my salvation.”

 

So spoke the ancient prophet, O Lord, and how strong is his testament of faith! Bury the power of Habakkuk’s words deep in the soil of our spirits, we pray, that despite the present time of drought, our soul vines will remain green and full of life potential. And when your time of renewal draws near, our stems will push away the parched earth and will rise steadily upward to sing green-grace praises to you,

O God of our salvation!

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Renewing One, we know that fear lurks in the shadows, waiting to capture us unaware; and we know that we will sometimes fall prey to the dark clouds overhead, thinking they will hover forever. But in your grace, you will sift all those negative thoughts the shadows bring and will replace them with life-giving hope.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Receive now, Loving Guide, these blessings and concerns which are placed in your open hands this day. We ever feel you working in our lives:

  • Gratitude: a loving wife was discharged from the hospital yesterday
  • Thankful that a dear friend will not have to have surgery after a fall
  • A blissful couple celebrate the wedding vows they will take this day
  • Grateful for prayers: executive under duress received promising news Friday
  • Prayers appreciated; an at-risk baby was born last night – healthy and happy
  • Pray for strength for a member as she delivers a eulogy for her sister today
  • Continued safety for all healthcare workers and first responders
  • All who are mourning loved ones – may peace and comfort lift them up
  • An aging mother in hospice; strength for loving family who care for her
  • Faithful member grieving her father’s death; for peace to surround family
  • A friend who lost her job this week; lift up all unemployed and underemployed
  • Young couple undergoing stress in their relationship
  • Loved ones who are lonely, isolated at home or nursing facilities

With all the distractions that turn our attention elsewhere, we pray we would receive wisdom and strength to remain focused on you, O Divine One, for you are the key to our intense longings and the answer to every prayer. And in your mercy, accept this all-encompassing prayer our Savior taught us:

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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