Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

July 7, 2020

Pastor Jan


Life-Giving God, how privileged we are that you have given us life and breath, for just to walk upon your good earth is holy. You call each of us daily to gather under your tent of gratitude. May we assemble there this day with all the saints of the ages who sing of your goodness, for in that glad house we learn the power of a thankful heart.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We confess that sometimes we allow voices around us to swallow us up. Sometimes the noise within our own heads overpowers us. Sometimes the brokenness of the world paralyzes us. But sometimes is not all the time, for there are interludes when your mercy descends as a whisper and holds us as a mother’s soft embrace. Hold us close, Dearest Friend, until our souls are once again in harmony with yours. And hold especially these ones in your grasp today, your people of Church Street, who long for your touch:

  • Grateful for prayers: brother with infection is now home from hospital
  • Thankful for prayers: daughter arrived safely in Boston and starting new job
  • Gratitude: member is steadily recovering after intensive testing
  • Family thankful for a mountain vacation
  • Good health for young couple; may their unborn baby grow to full term
  • 23-yr-old friend with Covid – isolating for 21 days – no family nearby
  • Protection from virus of all loved ones working in high-risk positions
  • Loved ones infected with Covid; safety for their family members
  • Healing for a brother on high doses of antibiotics, no diagnosis yet
  • Healing prayers & grace for a friend undergoing chemotherapy
  • That peace descends upon our violent & fragmented nation
  • Prayers for wife recovering from injuries & strength for her husband
  • Please pray for a mother with Covid-19 & that her son’s test is negative
  • A peaceful death for an aunt (96) and for a cherished father-in-law
  • Healing & courage for 2 members recovering from longterm illnesses
  • Healing within a broken family
  • Prayers for a brother having important kidney tests tomorrow

Bear with us, O God, when we offer you so many laments and grievances. But the truth is we fear deeply what we cannot control. Isaiah’s people also lived in a time of confusion and apprehension; their days were also turbulent and their future unforeseeable. Yet you promised them that the desert surrounding them would burst with new life and would blossom abundantly, that singing would again be heard in the land, that weak hands and feeble knees would once again be made strong. To fearful hearts the prophet proclaimed: “Be strong and do not fear! Here is your God . . .  He will come and save you!” Write those words upon our hearts, O Divine One, lest we forget who holds our present and our future.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Gather up these scattered pieces of prayer, O Lord, and place them close by; and each time you glance their way, your heart will be moved to remember us:

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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