Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

August 11, 2020

Pastor Jan


Loving One, when we behold this day that you have made, there are simply no words that capture what you entrust to us in the sheer bliss of morning. Especially in the wee hours, your holiness hovers closely above your good earth. But as the hours turn, our messiness soon will stir things up again. The traffic will boom, computers will whir, cellphones wlll ring, and televisions will blare. Amid all that shuffling about, help us remember this gift of a few soundless and sacred moments, offered to us without price. May we tuck this memory into the secret pocket of our souls, and keep it safe until we learn all it has to teach.

God of Grace and God of Glory, hear our prayer.

O Conveyor of Hope, we confess that we find ourselves staggering today under the weight of the worldwide pandemic. This strain that we acknowledge has the faces of friends, family, and acquaintances whom we hold in our prayers: those who are confined in close quarters in apartments; the weakened elderly existing in cubicles in nursing facilities, especially those who are confused when only masked ones answer their calls; the homeless whose emotional needs render them more vulnerable to the disease; those whose mourning continues, having buried their loved ones without a proper memorial; those who grieve dissolution of relationships caused by financial hardship; those who remain faithful to their call to healing, even jeopardizing their own health; and those who persevere in their search for an effective preventive for this mystifying plague. Yes, the burden is massive, but remind us, Good Lord, that you bear the pain of the world, and that we are not alone. You meet us in this darkness, sending angels to strengthen us in our time of trial. “The end will come,” they whisper, “so do not fear.”

God of Grace and God of Glory, hear our prayer.

O Guiding Hand, in scores of ways you present yourself to us, though sometimes we must take a backward glance to see how far we’ve come, by your grace. Your constant care means everything to us, and we acknowledge our total dependence upon you. Thank you for the privilege of lifting our gratitude and of turning over our cares to your keeping:

  • A sister’s stress test met with good results – offering gratitude
  • Thanksgiving: for a member’s new job with an increase in salary
  • Prayers appreciated: oncologist meeting brought great hope Monday
  • Grateful for prayers: young mother’s surgery was successful Monday
  • Member praises God for bringing her a new vision during isolation
  • Prayers for recovery: Cousin (18) at Vanderbilt with 3rd degree burns
  • Guidance for parents, children & educators as school terms begin
  • Prayers for son-in-law to reduce his work as he recovers from surgery
  • Relief for two members who deal with constant back pain
  • Healing for a stepfather in ICU; a fragile sister & brother-in-law
  • Courage & tolerance for member taking new cancer treatment
  • Son having hand surgery to remove an infected, poisonous barb
  • Dear friend with cancer, caring for husband with dementia & cancer
  • Healing of a friend with diabetes, asthma & virus
  • Recovery for a family of 3 ill with virus
  • Continued healing for beloved friend recovering from cancer
  • Prayers for member involved in a divorce & for 2 broken families

We praise for your readiness to receive our every prayer. And we praise you for sending those saints among us who are living out your call to love without reserve, buoying our spirits with their witness. Show us also how to take our narrow patterns of living outside our normal path, that others might see your likeness in us. We trust the road ahead to you, for your spirit is our peace and your love is our path.

God of Grace and Glory, hear our prayer.

We bow this day, O Lord, as children of the resurrection, proclaiming with all your people around the world who sing your unending hymn: Christ has died, Christ has risen, Christ will come again.

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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