Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

April 13, 2020

Pastor Jan


O Love Ever Blooming, these April showers cannot dim the marvelous story of Holy Week. The love you planted in the garden took root at Calvary, ripened as the stone was rolled away, and blossomed with sweetest perfume in the hearts of your followers everywhere. May we who live today continue to tell that story by the way our spirits grow in reflection of your love and grace.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O God of the Empty Tomb, as your days were troubled, you know that our past days have been difficult. We have been unable to visit our loved ones, hug our parents or grandparents, play with our grandchildren, gather for worship, work, celebrations. Some of us have lost our jobs, and our nerves have become frayed. But there are lessons to be learned from this time apart; may we search for them with hungry hearts. And let us not grow weary, for we know that better times are ahead, as spoken by the Lord through the prophet: Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

O Patient Listener, we confess there are many instances in which we have not lived up to your dreams for us, so hear us as we make our private confessions . . .

We feel your stream of mercy washing us clean and we know you accept us as we are, just as you accepted the thief upon the cross.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Hear also, we pray, these sincere offerings from your people in our own congregation:

  • Gratitude for the deep faith of a Christian friend, a prisoner in GA
  • Gratitude for meaningful and beautiful Easter worship
  • Thankful for Easter family gatherings made possible via ZOOM
  • A brother has a heart procedure today – for all to go well
  • A sister in Florida who is ill, for the hospital to clear her for treatment
  • A sister suffering from delusions, relief for her agony and depression
  • A cousin in a Kentucky nursing home; he and 41 others tested positive for COVID-19
  • Safety for all who unselfishly work on the front lines to provide food, medical care, daily services to protect and sustain our communities
  • Loved ones locked in nursing facilities, gratitude for their caregivers
  • Neighbors whose roof was destroyed by a falling tree, no electricity and no funds for repair; for help to arrive
  • Closing of ASP home repair services, the poor who must wait for help

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Even when our doubts begin to surface, they are always subdued by the underlying knowledge that we are rooted securely to the Living Vine, who supports, strengthens, and sustains us. It is in his name we 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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