Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

June 1, 2020

Pastor Jan


What is it within us, Lord, that causes us to perpetuate the sins of the past? What is it in our make-up that pushes us to categorize and divide our human family? Is it some residue of Cain’s jealousy of and viciousness against his brother that is embedded in us? As the prophet Nathan pierced the veil covering King David’s crime, pierce our own complacency, we pray, that we who remain silent at the sight of injustice will know we are also guilty in your eyes. Forgive our blundering selfishness.

O Lord, hear us, help us, heal us.    

Another prophet once said that “Riot is the language of the unheard.” Unstop our ears and our hearts, we pray, that we might detect the cries of the oppressed; for only in listening will we behold your road to redemption. The new questions will be hard and the answers equally disturbing, for much is required of us. Will I reach out to dialogue with those whose skin color is different from my own? Will I help lay open the inequities that exist in our community? Will I take the risk to personally work alongside those who are oppressed? Through your mercy, may we answer rightly.

O Lord, hear us, help us, heal us.

As beings of your creation, you behold each of us as your very own child. We appear as wondrous trees standing alone; but underneath, we are as gnarled roots, knotted tightly within the soil of your sacred love. Only with roots entwined, held together by your living grace, will we grow straight and tall, thriving as community. And by that same grace, we pray you would receive these praises and these pleas for assistance from our Church Street family:

  • A happy couple celebrate their recent engagement
  • Head wound surgery went smoothly; pray for clear path report
  • Gratitude for the long life of a faithful member & for her Christian example
  • Thankful for prayers: a co-worker who suffered a stroke has been released from rehab and has returned home to his family
  • Family celebrate their son who suffered a tragic accident is now home from the hospital & will recover—please continue praying
  • Healing of our nation’s racial divisions and unjust practices
  • Safety of policemen & women who serve to protect our communities
  • Three anxiously awaiting medical test results, that news will be promising
  • Lift up parents grieving the death of their 24-yr-old son; solace for his siblings
  • Two members who are struggling with depression

O Lord, hear us, help us, heal us.

This day, may all our prayers be acceptable and rise to heaven, joining all those petitions from around the globe in the name of our Savior, who taught us to pray:

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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