Prayers for the Church Street Family

February 3, 2021

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

O Calm Beyond the Sunset, you have designed this shimmering day and extended it to us freely through your grace. And now the evening wind picks up and breathtaking shadows lengthen across the fields; this is another of your invitations as we stand on the edge of your pool of darkness. “Come, enter the restorative flow,” you say, “the temperature is refreshing and all your daytime distractions are hidden away.”

We do long to lay down our troubles on the banks of healing shade and step inside. Give us such courage. While others may follow the world’s path and continue their work through the darkest hours, grant that we might linger awhile with the Holy One who beckons, giving rest to the weary and fulness to the depleted. . . . . . . . . . .

Sea of Mercy, look down this eve on those living in the land of broken dreams, your beloved who desperately yearn for solace: the hungry, the refugee, the prisoner, the lonely, those far from home and those whose homes have been turned upside down by illness, the loss of a loved one, by personal conflict. Break into their lives with waves of your healing assurance, reminding them they are not forgotten. Grant that they, and each of us who pray this night, may hear the rippling calm of your voice which gives us courage to wait in times of sorrow.

Already, we feel you working on our behalf and extend our deepest gratitude.  And also lay before you these deepest concerns on the hearts of your Church Street community:

  • Ill member thankful to be released from hospital
  • Cancer survivor thankful for prayers, all going well
  • Praises for wife whose radiation treatments are complete
  • Member thankful for meds that are helping her pain
  • Two express gratitude for Bible Study offerings on Zoom
  • Gratitude: Young couple with Covid greatly improved
  • Fourteen express thanks for virus vaccinations
  • Healing prayers for cousin suffering from stroke
  • Comfort for family: Husband killed in auto accident last week
  • Healing for one whose cancer has spread
  • For chemo funds to be approved
  • Mother in treatment for pancreatic cancer
  • One enduring chemo treatments
  • Courage for alcoholic son to enter rehab
  • Proper diagnosis and treatment of painful leg condition
  • Pain relief for cancer victim
  • Healing: Husband recovering from heart surgery

We are neither righteous nor devout, nor even worthy; still you have drawn close to us and wrapped us in your amazing love. You hear our cries and you touch us with your mercy, especially in these ways: . . . . . . . . . . As we close our eyes and enter that chamber of rest tonight, fill our hearts with thanksgiving to the One who offers us life eternal:

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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