Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

July 21, 2020

Pastor Jan


O Sacred Source of Light. we come this day with grateful hearts, for even in the aloneness of social distancing you have touched us with your grace. Some of us have learned quieter rhythms for our days, some have reconnected with old friends, some households are learning about togetherness. We have found new avenues to worship, study, and pray together, to carry on most of our most important ministries. And there remain the stalwart souls who still reach out with healing hands to protect and serve us in our community. How blessed we are!

Lord of the Ages, hear our prayer.

In spite of your goodness, we must name our regrets. We ask your forgiveness for those among us with light skin who benefit from racist systems, even though we may not realize it; for those of us who think racism is someone else’s problem and not a problem for all of us; for our slowness in standing up for what is right. O God Who Continues to Hope, may we clutch tightly to your plan for creating a way of life where justice reigns, where freedom for all is the norm, where each of your beloved children receives the same opportunities to thrive.

Lord of the Ages, hear our prayer.

Our arms feel heavy with the burdens we carry. Life itself seems to test us and our challenges can cut to the core. Most particularly in this pandemic, we weep with those whose families have been scarred by illness and loss of life in our faith community and around the world. We pray for recovery for all who have lost financial stability, and generally these are the poorest among us. We pray for those whose families have been broken, for those who feel they must participate in violence to be heard, and for those who are on the brink of losing their faith. Fill us again with your new hope and vision; and as you are walking with us on that journey toward new life, teach us how to become part of your solution to the unrest that abounds.

Lord of the Ages, hear our prayer.

Hear also, Listening One, these thanksgivings and these petitions we lay before you this day, for they come from the depths of our hearts:

  • Gratitude for prayers: kidney removal surgery was successful
  • A wife is rejoicing: a biopsy revealed no cancer
  • Wounded pet is improving, please continue prayers for recovery
  • Broken family has received a ray of hope
  • Prayers appreciated: mother & daughter are virus-free, home from hospital
  • Grateful that a sister continues to heal following a stroke
  • Family mourning the death of a young father, for comfort & grace
  • Beloved daughter undergoing extensive cancer surgery tomorrow
  • Son with virus symptoms; protection for his wife & 2 small children
  • Isolated member prays her days may become less challenging
  • Prayers for educators, parents & students as school decisions are made
  • Insight for researchers, that a virus breakthrough comes soon
  • Member beginning a new chemotherapy regimen, for healing
  • Member having hip replacement Wednesday, for no complications
  • Cherished wife undergoing further testing
  • Prayers for husband undergoing carpal tunnel surgery on Wednesday
  • Tiny premature baby in NICU, guarded condition & anxious parents

Thank you for always turning in our direction, as we do know you are working on many levels on our behalf. Still, when we face daunting situations, it is often tempting to feel that all is lost. Then a voice inside us reminds us that no pain we bear is greater than that borne by your wounded Son when he walked this earth. So give us grace to live into that promise we made to trust in Jesus always, as we offer now his timeless prayer:

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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