Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

April 8, 2020

Pastor Jan


O Astonishing One, you come to us in surprising ways. We ask for success, but you teach us acceptance. We ask to be loved, but you ask us to love others. We long for the easy road, but you offer detours and challenges. Somehow you know what is best for our growth in faith. So we reach out our hands today and place them in yours, knowing that your faithfulness never falters and that, in spite of unexpected byways, you are traveling with us.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

We recall the loud Hosannas we offered just a few days ago — so the world might hear of Jesus’ glad arrival. Yet we remember his ride to Jerusalem ended in unimaginable suffering. In the days ahead, we pray for courage, lest we desert, as did those first disciples. For resolve to stay the course, we trust in God as our strength and the Holy Spirit as our comfort.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

O Suffering Servant, at this half-way point on your own path of anguish, we turn to you with our own concerns. You know our situation is bleak, and too many are in pain throughout the world. We pray for our brothers and sisters everywhere, particularly those who unselfishly serve the ill, grow our food, deliver needed supplies, stock our shelves, and those working for a cure for this deadly disease. Hear also these petitions from members of our own church family:

  • Gratitude to a family making cloth face masks for others
  • Gratitude: a friend’s COVID-19 test was negative
  • Thank you for praying – a friend with a GI infection is much improved
  • Gratitude for friends who helped us greatly during our bereavement
  • Prayers for a dear sister who had to move her husband in hospice care in a local facility; she is not allowed to visit him
  • A healthcare worker is overworked & stressed; the long hours & lack of rest are depleting her energy; prayers for time apart and renewal
  • A worried husband whose work projects have been cut
  • Courage, strength, and healing for a family member, cancer diagnosis, facing surgery in these uncertain circumstances
  • Brother in VA, ill with cancer and may have been exposed to COVID-19

Even as we offer these situations on our hearts, help us to know, Caring God, that you are already cutting a trail through our thickest fears.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Holy One, may your own grace and tenderness be made known through each of us, as we rededicate ourselves to reaching out to help the hurting ones in our community, for this is the way of your Son:

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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