Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

April 18, 2020

Pastor Jan


How long, O Lord, how long? The cry of the ancient psalmist has become our cry as well. You ever call us to move forward, but the future seems dim and our steps are tentative. We need your hand to hold as we travel this shaded road, for in your light we see light. Move with us to steady us. Together we will lift our heads high, knowing that you will bring us through this valley to that place where we are a far more grateful, kind, and trusting people.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O One Who Bids Us Follow, sometimes in the quiet hours, we feel anew your gentle nudge to make a difference. We long to do so, but there are so many needs and causes made known to us, and new ones every day, that we become overwhelmed. Forgive us, Lord, and let us remember that Jesus did not touch or heal everyone, and yet he made an astounding difference. So give us strength to continue to pattern our lives after his, doing what we can. And all who see us reaching out in love will know we serve a Lord whose love knows no end.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

And now, on bended knee, as your church family, we ask that you hear these situations that dwell in our minds and hearts:

  • Gratitude for prayers, a physician son in NC and family remain virus free
  • Gratitude: friends are receiving unemployment checks
  • Easing of loneliness for loved ones homebound and in assisted living
  • Prayers for a church family under great stress
  • Son who has lost his job
  • A nurse who is symptomatic of COVID-19, for healing
  • Prayers for a friend, that April 27 cancer scans will be negative
  • Strength for a daughter as she cares for her very ill mother
  • Easing of pain for a cancer victim who suffers daily
  • Kindergarteners who do not understand why they must miss school
  • One who works hundreds of miles away from friends and family
  • Family of the 4-year-old Chattanooga boy who died of injuries sustained in tornado, for financial help for medical bills and rebuilding
  • Prayers for a safe way for at least some jobs to be restored

Bend low to also accept the private gratitudes we offer  this day . . ..

and hear as well our private confessions . . .

Your grace is everlasting and your faithfulness is forever.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

Grant that all our prayers uttered today may stretch up to heaven, for your safekeeping, for one day we shall all live there with our Savior, 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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