Prayers for the Church Street Family

March 23, 2021

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

Ah the blessed half-light is slipping in! We praise you, Eternal One, for another day full of your glories! Even if we only spied a small portion your splendor, it was sufficient to fill our hearts with wonder and astonishment. The days are lengthening, and in their progression, might you also be calling us to lengthen our stride as we make our way to Jerusalem?

Jesus, Man of Sorrows, we confess that we have wounded your heart by our own failings:

Too often we have turned a deaf ear to those who cry out to us.

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.


We hunger for personal recognition and spar with our testy egos.

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.

We have held back more of our financial resources and have not shared as you commanded.

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.


We have recited the mantra of peace but have eschewed responsibility of actively working for equality and justice.

Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.


As you are opening the buds in springtime, open our eyes to the truth of our lives.  And open our hearts to receive your forgiveness and mercy.  We would be honest with ourselves and, for your love’s sake, we would be honest with you.

Receive now, we pray, these prayers that come from the souls of your people at Church Street. We bring them in the conviction that love and renewal are woven together in that great healer himself, Jesus the Christ:

  • Couple offers thanks for a new home
  • Member family thankful for new granddaughter
  • Couple celebrating birth of healthy baby boy yesterday
  • Member thankful for her final dose of chemo
  • Families celebrate open visitation at assisted living facilities
  • Gratitude for our extraordinary music program
  • Three offer gratitude for church’s help in obtaining vaccine
  • Thankful for prayers: Husband healed from double knee replacement
  • Comfort: Friend placed in hospice care yesterday
  • Prayers for member: emergency eye surgery Wednesday
  • Family surrounding mother in hospice care
  • Comfort for grieving family at Middlebrook UMC
  • Family mourning death of cherished mother
  • Correct treatment for one with lymphoma
  • Diagnosis of a 6-year-old’s seizures
  • Healing for dear friend, relief from depression
  • Comfort for one recovering from knee malady
  • Prayers for those grappling with addiction

As the earth now rests from its labors, spread your tranquility over us, and all whom we cherish. Thread your grace through our souls this night, Holy Lord, that it may color all we think, say, and do tomorrow. In Christ’s name we make our prayer:

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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