Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

August 10, 2020

Pastor Jan


God of Our Awakening, a new day comes through your grace, and with it comes your untouched opportunities. May the fresh wind of your Spirit awaken our sluggish hearts, that you might bring to life the joy you long ago rooted there. Direct us to the discovery of that new endeavor you want us to undertake, perhaps that youthful dream we let die, that spark of creativity we never acted upon, the relationship that needs to be revived. Though our endeavors may seem humble, help us remember that whatever you touch becomes sacred.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

God of Forgiveness, lighten our souls by removing the baggage of our sinful wanderings, we pray. We have grave worries for certain, but much of the time we concentrate on ourselves, forgetting those whose lives are far more fragile than our own. We pray for the residents of Beirut mourning the deaths of 160, injuries to 60,000 in the devastating blast; for the thousands in regions of Africa, India and Thailand whose homes and livelihoods are being destroyed in the raging flooding of their villages; hundreds of children kidnapped from their families in Myanmar, Afghanistan, Iraq and South Sudan to become child soldiers, human shields and slaves; for the hundreds of healthcare workers across the globe who have died in the service of others suffering from Covid-19. Save us from our indifference and complacency, Forgiving God, knowing, that, as you care for us, your own heart breaks when your vulnerable ones everywhere are in distress.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Christ our Healer, we see signs of your continuing search for the least and the lost everywhere; and gratitude wells up within us when we recall the distinct ways you are attending us. We are thankful for these current blessings made manifest in the lives of Church Streeters, and we also name our deepest needs, knowing that you are always working on our behalf:

  • Gratitude: a sister’s shoulder surgery on Friday was successful
  • Prayers appreciated: friend in TX with virus is improved & his caregiver sister remains virus-free
  • Thankful that a follow-up test at Vanderbilt Friday was all clear
  • Grateful: a sister’s leg surgery was successful, pray for recovery
  • Thanksgiving that knee surgery went smoothly on Friday
  • Please pray for guidance & peace for one facing cancer surgery
  • Prayers for young mother undergoing surgery today & her surgeon
  • That a legal proceeding will go smoothly & equitably today
  • Relief for two suffering from immense shoulder pain
  • Healing of a young mother’s emotional malady, parents who are anxious
  • Recovery for a stepfather in ICU
  • Courage & tolerance for member taking new cancer treatment
  • Healing for dear friend with diabetes, asthma, & virus
  • Recovery for a family of 3, all suffering with virus infection
  • Direction & calm for families & educators as school term begins
  • Sister & brother-in-law in frail situation, for wisdom, guidance & healing
  • Young mother continuing her struggle with Covid-19; son & husband well
  • Safety for a mother in nursing facility where virus has broken out

Help us to keep our gaze fixed upon you, O Lord, and guide our steps, as we trust  that you will not let us fall.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

This week, when we are tempted to dwell only on our own loneliness, help us reach out to others, being the community we long to have. Thank you for showing us new ways to be the church, the church alive and vibrant, witnessing to the risen Christ in times such as these.

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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