Prayers for the Church Street Family

August 24, 2020

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade


O Beauty of Holiness, we are a tense people, eagerly answering the world’s cry for productivity. But you stop us in our tracks with the startling beauty you have sown around us. Lead us to touch the grass today, to treasure its sacred scent of greenness, to bless the dewdrop seeping into the hydrangea leaf, to praise the crimson geranium, to cherish the bowing leaves, chilled by the breeze. Your creation breathes a silent re-creation within us whenever we give it a chance. Make us new this day, make us holy.

Hear us Lord, for we trust in you.

God of All Kindness, because you gave us your only Son to share your love and to become our example, we know that you value us more deeply than we can comprehend. Therefore, we bow the knee of our hearts to ask anew for your deliverance of our nation. We are battling a fierce virus, bracing for elections, endeavoring to carry on our work, attempting to educate our children, and seeking ways to protect the older and most vulnerable among us. There are surely harsher challenges washing upon other shores, but we are grasping the frayed ends before us, wondering if our stamina will hold. Keep our hands and hearts steady, we pray, for we believe in your own time you will bind all things together for our good.

Hear us Lord, for we trust in you.

O One Who Travels With Us, we walk your road of mercy, knowing that you will lead us past fear to find hope, past loneliness to find companionship, past anger to find resolution, past suspicion to find trust. In that knowledge, we turn our thanksgivings over to your joy, our concerns over to your mercy, knowing you will keep our feet firm along the way:

  • Thankful that a vein procedure went smoothly
  • Family celebrates the birth of a new baby boy on Saturday
  • Gratitude: a husband is now home from the hospital
  • Prayers appreciated: granddaughter in ALA now healed of virus
  • A brother is thankful for a negative virus test
  • Grateful that ultrasound detected no new cancer
  • Cherished member celebrates her 100th birthday today
  • Prayers for two babies in NICU, grace & comfort for loving parents
  • Pray for the safety and success of all students & teachers as classes begin
  • Adult son whose addictions are breaking up his family, prayers that he will earnestly seek treatment
  • Prayers for a mother in hospice care who is failing, strength for her family
  • Peace & grace for three members awaiting cancer surgery
  • Healing of shoulder pain & patience for one recovering at home
  • Prayers for resilience for loved ones isolated in residences, for caregivers
  • Continued prayers: a very ill father at home & a father in hospice care
  • Wisdom for all to wear masks & attend to safety measures to avoid the spread of Covid-19, especially in schools, colleges & other public places
  • Easing of nausea & pain for one continuing new cancer treatment
  • Healing for three who are battling depression and anxiety

Loving God, thank you for the way you give us hope and courage beyond ourselves.

Hear us Lord, for we trust in you.

Gather up our prayers for our own church today, and for the church universal. And though we are separated, we remain one single body, united in spirit and in purpose, offering the words Jesus taught his first disciples:

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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