Prayers for the Church Street Family

March 24, 2021

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade

Caring Comrade, as the steady moon stands watch and evening floats in upon our harried world, you bid us come home to you. You stand at the door in welcome, inviting us to pull up a chair and rest with you for a while. There are few others with whom we can share so freely, few who would understand the concerns that bear down upon us, and few who could grasp the dreams that live in our hearts. With gratitude, let us take that seat beside you and disclose those personal aspects that would interest only our Dearest Friend. . . . . . . . . . .  Of all the things for which we hunger, only the food of your presence truly satisfies.

Faithful Spirit, send your peace upon all who are plagued by illness or trauma this eve. Envelope those who are heartbroken, lonely, confused or despondent, and move as the night wind through their lives, leaving sparks of hope in your wake. As Jesus promised your ever-present comfort, surround these friends of Church Street who voice their own concerns; and also receive the acknowledgements from those whom you are already sustaining:

  • Prayers appreciated: Eye surgery went smoothly
  • Gratitude: Knee is healing well following surgery
  • One thankful for a longtime faithful friend
  • Couple celebrate vaccinations secured by church
  • Thanksgiving for our pre-school ministry
  • Thankful that one continues to improve following heart surgery
  • Comfort for two members in hospice care & their families
  • God’s work in reconciling a broken relationship
  • Prayers for alcoholic son who entered rehab today
  • Family mourning death of cherished mother
  • Healing for two who are suffer with lymphoma
  • Guidance and comfort for family of ill first-grader
  • Peace for one facing prostate surgery
  • Grace and peace for husband facing third hip replacement
  • Healing for dear friend, relief from depression
  • Prayers for healing of vision
  • Comfort for one recovering from knee malady

Heart of Forgiveness, we began this forty-day venture of challenge and introspection sincerely aiming to get it right this time. Some days it worked out that way, thanks to your patient guidance. But truthfully, we wasted precious moments nursing our pride and keeping score.  Write your pardon over our mistakes, we pray, and grant that we might walk honorably and faithfully these last miles to the Holy City to pay homage to our Savior.

Depending upon your forgiveness, O Lord, we take our rest tonight. May your angels of mercy guard us, and those whom we love, for you have assured us that you are only a heartbeat away. Receive all our prayers, as we offer them in the name of Christ, who taught us to pray in this way:

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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