Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

April 16, 2020

Pastor Jan


O One Who Rises Each Dawn, rise within us today. Free us from the shroud of failures, from the power of doubt and fear. Outside our windows you have planted astonishing signs of hope – reminders that we are wounded, but whole, broken but made alive and vibrant through your love. This is the day that you have made. May we discover ways to be glad in it.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Steady Guide, you sent us your Son as our Master Teacher. But he did not require his earliest followers to reach great heights of learning before they entered his service. His expectation was that they take the talents they already possessed and put them to work for the kingdom. Just so, you call each of us to minister to our hurting world. In this time of isolation, only steps away someone is lonely, broken, ill, hurting. What gesture of hope might we extend? Help us remember that whatever offering we hold out to another, you will increase and make it perfect.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Sometimes we feel as if the winds have carried us to an uncharted territory, indistinct on any map, and we long for you to call us home where we recognize the familiar. You know the burdens carried by each of your children, O Caring One, but receive these most recent prayers—earnest thanksgivings and pleas which come from your servants at Church Street:

  • Gratitude that I am still able to work online & support my family
  • Gratitude: all who bravely work in public spaces to serve our community
  • Thanksgiving: family friends in Louisiana now recovered from COVID-19
  • Our neighbors in Chattanooga who suffer greatly from the effects of the recent tornados; solace for the bereaved, strength for rebuilding
  • For monetary gifts to Beacon of Hope and Second Harvest, as their food supplies for the indigent are dangerously low
  • A 92-yr-old member in another state whose health is failing
  • Traveling mercies for a dear faithful member who is moving to Nashville in a few days to be closer to her family
  • For grace to permeate every grieving soul under stress this day
  • Wisdom for a businessman as he seeks to restore his company
  • Our high school seniors whose plans have been necessarily shifted and delayed, for easing of their worries
  • Safety for those who work in jails and courts, and for detainees

May each of us remember that the distance between ourselves and your undying love has vanished, for you have made your home in our hearts.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

As we bring these petitions to you and offer them in the name of our Savior, give us strength to focus, not on what we have lost, but on the goodness you have brought us since the moment of our births:

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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