Weekly Prayers for the Church Street Family
Week of September 6, 2023
Rev. Catherine Nance
This prayer was adapted from a prayer written by Christine Longhurst whose worship blog is called re:WORSHIP. Christine teaches at Canadian Mennonite University.
O God, just as You rescued the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt, setting them free to worship and serve You,
so You have also rescued us, setting us free from slavery to sin and selfishness, and inviting us into relationship with You and one another. We praise You for the love and mercy You have shown toward us.
We pray that the words we speak in worship and the rituals we observe are acted out in our daily living. May we trust you whether we find ourselves in familiar surroundings or heading on an uncertain journey. May we always be certain of your faithfulness towards us.
We pray for those who do not have what they need in order to survive; those without enough food and water, medical care, shelter, or security. Open our hearts to see the needs in our world, and to respond with Your love.
We pray for those who are living with serious illness or injury,
who face each day with uncertainty or pain,
who find themselves wondering what the future holds.
Open our hearts to see the needs of those around us,
and to respond with Your love.
We also pray for Your church, the Body of Christ on earth.
We pray that we would be a living example of Your love in our world, treating one another with compassion and respect, settling differences with love and integrity, bound together by our common allegiance to You.
Open our hearts and lives to your ongoing presence among us,
so that we would grow in faithfulness and love.
May our living always bring honor to Jesus Christ our Savior – it is in his name we pray and offer the prayer he taught us…
We pray for …
- A mother who is very ill
- Daughter recovering surgery
- A woman waiting on results of CT scan
- A husband having biopsy
- A father who started a new job this week; prayers he will be on a good path.
- A member waiting on apartment in assisted living
We continue to pray for ….
- One who is receiving radiation and chemotherapy for brain cancer
- One taking chemotherapy for breast cancer
- A mother looking for work in a new city
- Those who grieve but also celebrate the love they shared
- A family member who is in recovery program; prayers for healing from addiction
We offer thanksgiving for …
- One who received a job!
- The chance to get away for a while after so many treatments.
- Newborns who are continuing to do well.
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.