BINDING SOUL AND SOURCE
Prayers for the Church Street Family
February 11, 2021
Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade
As the sun disappears behind the heavy clouds, our prayers of thanksgiving rise to you, Loving God. Looking heavenward, our hearts teem with abundant gratitude for even the smallest things which, in our haste, we may have taken for granted: the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, sufficient food in the pantry, the meal lovingly prepared, the word of honest appreciation directed our way, camaraderie of co-workers, the pet who adores our companionship, friends who know our flaws but love us still, the face of a smiling child, a shimmering earth washed by cleansing showers. Your ever-flowing grace revives our trust in you.
O Faithful One, some far-off wind seems to call us home to you at eventide. Even in our extended virus struggles, we have found that you are breathing in us and for us.
And in your wisdom and mercy you have brought about the medications that are addressing the deadly virus that has stalked the earth these many months. Always a step ahead, you are planning even better days for your people. Grant that the lessons we have learned this past year will stir us to work within your plan, ever in the pattern of Jesus.
Forgive us through your mercy for whatever wrongs we have done this day, particularly these that still sting in our memories . . . . . . . . Strengthen our souls and our will through the night hours, we pray, that tomorrow we will be more intentional in our service to you. O Wounded One, heal us. O Enlightened One, transfigure us. O Refining One, sweep through us — for Christ’s sake.
We place our current gratitudes and struggles into your outstretched hand, particularly . . . . . . . . . . . and also these offered by our brothers and sisters at Church Street:
- Thanksgiving: A beautiful new baby
- Couple eagerly await a new birth
- Ten thankful for church assistance in obtaining virus vaccinations
- Grateful for a more favorable oncology report than expected
- Member burying her cherished father tomorrow
- Couple grappling with sad news
- God’s help for one in need of solid job
- Courage for one facing cancer regimen
- For medications to improve a friend’s depression
- Frail friend with pneumonia
- Prayers for friend, weak and confused
- Healing for two in cancer treatment
- Beloved mother recovering at home
- Continued prayers for healing of heart ailment
- Close friend given six months to live
- Healing grandson with lymphoma
- For a friendship to blossom
- All who mourn recent deaths of loved ones
- Family struggling with son’s addition and PTSD
O Watch in the Night, as your eye is on even the sparrow, we know you will keep us and all whom we love in your gaze through the dark hours. Accept all these, our earnest pleas, for we lay them at your throne of grace in the name of your Risen Son, whose resurrection song still plays in our hearts:
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.