Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

July 3, 2020

Pastor Jan


Tower of Strength, as we are on the cusp of our national holiday, we reflect upon those things that make a nation strong. Is it military might, a robust economy, vast territories stretching from shore to shore? Can we boast growing wealth, colossal skyscrapers, granite wonders pointed toward heaven? Scripture says we dare not make our boast in our might or in our riches. As the Holy One spoke clearly through his prophet:  “. . . Let the one who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth . . . “ May we heed these words and ever remember we do not praise our own accomplishments, for all we have attained has come through our God’s largesse.

In Christ alone we place our trust!

O Love Ever Merciful, even today as we celebrate the benefits of our life in this free nation, our sins seem too heavy to carry, and many of them we cannot undo. And by publicly naming our collective sins of greed, arrogance, indifference, we cannot sweep our private failings under the rug. Both have marred your name and thwarted our witness as disciples. These personal misdeeds we now name in the silence of our own hearts . . .   Set us free from the past we cannot change, but open to us that future where we might still take on the image of Jesus.  The apostle claims that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation; the old life is gone and a new life has begun. We believe and claim this good news!

In Christ alone we place our trust!

We acknowledge, O Lord, those who have sacrificed greatly and who continue to sacrifice that we may live in freedom in this country. We must not take their efforts for granted, for our freedom has come at a high price. May we use our liberty according to your will, that we might become a beacon of hope, not for just a few, but for all who walk our continent. Give hope also, we pray, to these believers in our Church Street family who call out this day:

  • Gratitude: a husband’s covid19 test was negative- prayers appreciated
  • Member grateful for 3 days away from her stressful hospital position
  • Thankful for America – a land of flaws, but also a country of hope and freedom
  • Grateful that a wrong has been forgiven
  • Brother in St. Thomas hospital with infection, for diagnosis and healing
  • Continued prayers and diagnosis, beloved wife recovering from injuries
  • Dear friend who has just entered hospice care and her loving family
  • For a good-paying position for a young single mother in Atlanta
  • Healing prayers for nephew (physician) with Covid, and safety for his family
  • A peaceful death for an aunt (96) & for a cherished father-in-law
  • Continued healing mercies for two members facing long recoveries at home
  • For God’s guidance and healing within a broken family and ill father
  • Prayers for a brother awaiting heart surgery, for comfort and peace
  • Healing mercies for a granddaughter with a rare intestinal condition
  • Solace for niece mourning the death of her aunt (brain bleed)
  • Protection from virus for a daughter & a son in Florida, working with the public

In Christ alone we place our trust!

We offer this day to you and to your Beloved Son, for the government rests upon his shoulders and thus we have named him Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace:

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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