Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

July 2, 2020

Pastor Jan


This is one of those days, Lord, when in spite of summer warmth, there is a chill in the air and even in our hearts. Why these seasons of the spirit come we do not know, but when they do, we prefer sitting in emptiness rather than turning to the warmth of your words and your caring ways. Rekindle the embers of our hearts, O Flame of Goodness, that in the hours ahead, we may remember our commitment doesn’t depend upon how we happen to feel at any given moment. You will use whatever cold offerings we bring to create a spark of home somewhere. Ignite that hope in us again too, we pray.

God of Goodness, hear our prayer.

We know you bear the pain of your people, but there are so many burdens to be borne.  Anger and violence have permeated our streets and neighborhoods. Lawlessness increases where peace once reigned. Halls of governments are filled with rancor and distrust. We are held hostage by a virulent disease for which no cure has been discovered, and so many of your people fade away behind barriers of protection, forgetting who they are. We believe you have answers to our dilemma, O God, but we pray you would not tarry too long, for we seem to be sinking under the weight of our pain.

God of Goodness, hear our prayer.

O Master of Surprise, through the ages you have brought restoration when all seemed hopeless. You have always presented yourself in unexpected ways to your confused and hurting people. Give us patience and courage, we pray, to endure our present trials, knowing you have not forgotten us. And also remember these praises and pleas that are offered by members of your Church Street family:

  • Gratitude: wife is thankful for unexpected financial assistance
  • Thankful a member has been released from hospital & is now home
  • Family so very grateful a brother is no longer on a ventilator
  • A niece received a government check to help sustain her business
  • Thankful for all members and families on the front lines of medical care and public safety
  • Prayers that a member’s Covid-19 test is negative
  • Healing prayers for nephew (physician) with Covid and safety for his family
  • Member who suffered a terrible fall 9 days ago, for restoration & comfort
  • Prayer for peaceful death for an aunt (96) suffering with cancer
  • Patience and healing for one facing long recovery from leg surgery
  • Guidance and hope to restore an ill father & to uphold a grieving son
  • Prayers for a brother who may undergo a pacemaker procedure this week
  • Healing mercies for a granddaughter diagnosed w/ rare intestinal condition
  • Hospital worker needs relief from great stress due to the pandemic
  • Continued prayers for safety: a daughter & a son working in Florida
  • Healing mercies for a member now in a rehab unit

In your tender compassion, watch over our family of faith, that we may become more and more aware of your surprising grace.

God of Goodness, hear our prayer.

O Fount of Wisdom, you spoke your words through the prophets and through Jesus himself, telling us we were indeed our brothers’ keeper – to speak in love and kindness to the stranger, to comfort the fallen, to feed the poor, to offer hope to the bereft. How wise you are in your teaching, for you knew that when we serve the other, our own worries subside. Astonishing is the manner in which you are transforming us!

God of Goodness, hear our prayer.

Wrap up these petitions, Faithful One, and carry them in your basket of peace; and we will rest easy, knowing peace will come in good time, and that all shall be well:

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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