Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

August 13, 2020

Pastor Jan


O Quiet Friend, we often feel that we fail at prayer, for our words are never adequate, our phrasing clumsy, and our descriptors fall short of what we want to say. Still, you meet us where we are, and it seems you carve out ample time to spend with us, simply listening as the non-judging presence you are. You are that treasure hidden away in the field. Blessed was the day we discovered you!

Lord of Grace, hear our prayer.

O God of Many Dialects and Customs, you are aware of the divisions that separate us from other followers. Could it be that we hold merely one corner of your truth fabric through which we know your grace? Perchance each faith tradition grasps a different remnant that leads to you. If all these diverse pieces were collected, you would arrange them into a beautiful pattern, then sew them together with the sinews of your mercy. Ah, we can just imagine your fashioning this single holy coverlet, stretching far and wide.  Once gathered beneath it, the seams of your love would hold all peoples together, and all our differences would melt away. Could you begin this work today, Lord, or are you waiting for us to make the first stitch?

Lord of Grace, hear our prayer.

We freely offer our gratitude, for you ever surprise us with that second chance, that assurance that all is not lost. And, as always, Lord, we lift up those within our own church family who are in sorrow, pain, sickness, or other adversity. On this day, may each feel your light of reassurance. Steel us all with courage, we pray, to carry our burdens and to share the loads of our friends who falter.

  • Thankful for prayers: stepfather out of ICU & now at home with family
  • Appreciation for prayers: a mediation is over & many issues resolved
  • Gratitude: nephew’s cancer is stage 1 – treatable with chemo
  • Cancer survivor grateful that she is well enough to gather with family
  • Green Magnet School sends gratitude for church women making masks for the children & educators
  • Healing for granddaughter in Alabama university – has Covid-19
  • Isolated father in hospice care, comfort for his anxious daughter
  • Prayers that a breast biopsy on Friday will be benign
  • Recovery: Cousin (18) at Vanderbilt with 3rd degree burns
  • Healing prayers for member suffering debilitating effects of diabetes
  • Strength & guidance for husband as he cares for his ill wife at home
  • Healing prayers for young wife recovering from major surgery
  • Family & friends grieving firefighter co-worker who died Monday of the virus
  • Protection of health teams assisting in TX hospitals hard-hit by virus
  • A daughter in NY with virus; a son & daughter-in-law also positive
  • Son having hand surgery today to remove a poisonous fish barb
  • Rest, recovery & patience for young husband with back injury
  • Healing of a friend with diabetes, asthma & virus
  • Grieving friends & family – wife died Tuesday of cancer
  • Comfort & healing – father extremely ill, for family standing by

Lord of Grace, hear our prayer.

Although we are not worthy, you have made us members of your own family. And as such, we offer all our petitions and prayers in the name of our Friend and Brother Jesus, 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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