Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

April 21, 2020

Pastor Jan


Most Holy Sustainer, forgive us when we do not pause to thank you for the ways in which you continue to care for us. Forgive us when we gamble away the resources and talents you have provided. Teach us to live in a spirit of thanksgiving – not for one day each year, but every day. Help us to measure our blessings in love, peace, faith, and family.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Blessed God, in this season of restless waiting, we might easily lose sight of you. We focus on the latest news bulletin, podcast and commentary; then we begin pacing and wringing our hands. Some days we hardly notice you at all. But you still come to us one by one: healing, forgiving, comforting, restoring life, and offering hope to all who are poor in spirit. Come to us now, we pray, for we are worn down and weary of the journey.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Gatherer of the Beloved Community, we thank you for our church family. As baptized believers, we have promised to support and pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ. So receive into your heart these gratitudes and concerns that we offer this day:

  • Thanksgiving that a granddaughter has completed all her college graduation requirements
  • Gratitude for our church youth who continue to concentrate on volunteer activities even though they are homebound
  • Grateful for church friends who are reaching out to the poor and needy
  • Son in Florida who has been furloughed from his work
  • Prayers for an adult son to enter a drug rehab program; for his child and family bearing the burden of his poor choices
  • Prayers that a dear friend’s scans today show no sign of cancer cells
  • Peace for a friend with rectal cancer as she faces surgery next week
  • Healing prayers for an 8-yr-old cousin with lymphoma at St. Jude’s; for his family members who cannot visit until virus tests prove negative
  • An uncle in Illinois with pre-existing conditions suffers from COVID-19
  • Daughter in Pennsylvania, healthcare worker, who tested positive for COVID-19
  • A sister-in-law in Atlanta hospital after a fall, now on a ventilator
  • Peace for loved ones nearing death, peace for loved ones who wait
  • Strength for church families under great financial & emotional stress

In the hours to come, O Lord, pour out abundant grace upon our church members and all whom we love.  Remember our earnest petitions, for we humbly offer them in the name of the One who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life:

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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