Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

August 12, 2020

Pastor Jan


Loving Prompter, we confess we are absent-minded folk who rush past the multi-colored treasures you have hidden here and there among the varied corners of the day. Your tender beauty calls to us from the hush of the dawn to the quiet ebbing of the evening sun. But busy-ness, productivity, and acquisition call out in louder tones, and we focus upon them far too often. Help us take stock of what we have already received, knowing it is more than enough, and that everything comes from the Father who wants the best for his children. May we whistle a tune of gratitude as we tiptoe through this day-long garden of gifts.

Hope of the World, hear our prayer.

O Kind Deliverer, the great hymn names you as God of Grace and God of Glory, and asks you to rid us of our warring madness. Which designer declared violence to be in vogue? How did lawlessness become the newest fashion in this season’s collection? You can create peace and order of your own volition, Lord, but you want us to grow into your peace-loving likeness. Show us how to beat our swords into plowshares, how to spray hope not bullets, how to choose life over fear. Your Son proclaimed, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” May we be counted among them, Lord!

Hope of the World, hear our prayer.

O Voice of the Moment and of Forever, help us not slip past today as we plan for tomorrow. May we spend time considering how your grace has brought us to this hour. Erase the proud idea that we have reached this point on our own. The benefits we enjoy come from your hand and from the largesse of others. Receive our thanksgivings in the solitude of these moments, reminding us that not one was earned, but freely given  . . . . . . . Receive also these recognitions of your grace, and the petitions shared by your people at Church Street:

  • Thankful that friend in rehab facility is making steady progress
  • Gratitude: a nephew in KY well after month-long struggle with virus
  • Generosity of our members financially assisting our needy neighbors
  • Thanksgiving for a new pregnancy
  • Thankful for the life of a cherished father who died at age 97
  • Grateful for prayers: 2 in a family have recovered from the virus
  • Prayers for recovery: Cousin (18) at Vanderbilt with 3rd degree burns
  • Prayers for son-in-law to reduce his work as he recovers from surgery
  • Strength & guidance for husband as he cares for his ill wife at home
  • Healing prayers for young wife healing from major surgery
  • Prayers that a breast biopsy on Friday will be benign
  • Guidance for two children involved in custody disputes
  • A daughter in NY with virus; a son & daughter-in-law also positive
  • Prayer for healing: a stepfather in ICU
  • Son having hand surgery to remove an infected, poisonous barb
  • Rest, recovery & patience for young husband with back injury
  • Healing of a friend with diabetes, asthma & virus
  • Comfort & healing – father extremely ill, for family standing by
  • Prayers for friends divorcing & for the three children involved

By your open heart that welcomes us, by your attentiveness that comforts us, by healthcare workers who bring your healing to us, by friends who uphold us, and by your mercy that sustains us, we are blessed immeasurably.

Hope of the World, hear our prayer.

O Blessed Sanctuary, we cannot recall a time in our lives when there was an era such as this one, and some say your church will never be the same. That is likely so, but we take it to mean that you are doing that new thing of which the prophets spoke. While our building may be shuttered, you are opening the sanctuary doors of our hearts and inviting in those who previously have feared crossing our marble threshold, those who need fellowship, those who long to know heavenly and human compassion. We stand ready to become that expansive gateway that leads to your eternal kingdom. Lead on, O Lord, in the name of our Redeemer 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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