Prayers for the Church Street Family

March 18, 2021

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

We gaze upward, O God, as did all the ancient ones, pondering your movement and mystery. The heavens have preached a silent sermon of benevolence all day and the night winds are whispering grace. There is glory in the intricate weaving of the undulating clouds and power in the galaxies beyond our imagination. No words can capture your essence, Mighty Creator; we can only stare in astonishment and kneel in awe.

Accept our praise this evening, Mysterious One, for all the ways in which you have blessed us in these hours just passed:  . . . . . . . . . .  We must confess we have put ourselves first again, so we come seeking pardon for the ways we have erred and fallen short of our best intentions: . . . . . . . . . . Even after all this time, Blessed Redeemer, we still have trouble identifying our own stumbling blocks.  In your mercy, remove all those inner barriers that hold us back from becoming the disciples you desire for your kingdom. And though we may have blithely passed them by today, we pray tomorrow will bring us other chances to become Jesus for those disillusioned ones you send our way.

Beloved Parent, we wonder how you attend to so many children calling your name. Maybe it’s not for us to know, but whenever we cry out, we feel you recognize our individual voices. Accept the gratitude from your children at Church Street who have been touched by your readiness to draw close. Soothe the brows of the hurting ones this night with your hand of healing, we pray, and bend low as we again share the secret longings of our own hearts:

  • Gratitude: 7th grandson expected next week
  • Five express thanks for church’s help in securing vaccine
  • Prayers appreciated: One’s depression is easing
  • Thanksgiving for a grandson’s visit
  • Celebration of two recently ordained clergy
  • Thankful for final chemo treatment yesterday
  • Family grateful infant’s heart in normal function
  • Comfort for hospitalized member
  • Prayers for safe birth of grandchild
  • Husband with MS, relief for breathing issues
  • Comfort an peace for member awaiting treatment plan
  • Proper diagnosis of a 6-year-old’s seizures
  • Rest and recovery for two following oral surgery
  • Member healing from heart surgery
  • Adult son in need of rehab for addiction
  • Comfort for beloved mother in hospice care
  • Reduced side effects for three having chemo this week

In returning and rest, Lord, may we know the security of our salvation. Hold us this night, and all whom we love, in your peaceful womb of grace, where we hear only the reassuring heartbeat of your Loving Son, who taught us to pray:

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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