Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

June 11, 2020

Pastor Jan


O One Who Gives Us Life and Who Calls Us By Name, we are grateful that we may pray to you both in our triumphs and in our trials, in our success and in our sinfulness, in our confidence and in our confusion. And when the words in our hearts break apart and turn to dust, we need only reach for the Psalms that speak our emotions of praise, lament, doubt, and confession. The apostle taught us to pray without ceasing. Give us resolve, we pray, to do just that.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

We confess that we have grown lazy, Gentle Listener, and often neglect our time of spiritual communion with you. But in truth, to whom can we turn, but to you? Few others have the patience to receive our droning complaints and the ugliness of our souls laid bare. And only in the confines of your presence dare we reveal our temptations, cowardice and shame. You make space for us in your day, so let us make space for you. Preserve us, O God, for in you we take refuge.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Forgive us, Reassuring One, when we begin to think there is no hope for our fractured world, which seems to be crumbling down around us. You are not yet finished with this planet that you created out of love. You are still at work transforming lives and calling us out of darkness. With you there is always hope.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

We witness your healing in the ways you are already bringing newness to our lives within our church community, and for that we are thankful. Now receive, we pray, these offers of praise and calls for healing that we lift up today:

  • A family is very thankful for an upcoming vacation
  • One celebrates extra work – funds will tide her over financially
  • Gratitude: Betty Asha’s work in feeding South Sudanese refugees in Uganda
  • Thankful that the riots, burning and looting seem to be decreasing
  • Grateful that fresh light has been shed on brutality & maltreatment of persons of color
  • Thank you for prayers: a mother has moved to assisted living and is adjusting
  • Prayers for a member just returned to ICU for correct diagnosis and healing
  • A family friend at Vanderbilt with brain cancer, that she is strong enough to have a procedure today
  • A mother with memory problems; patience for daughter who cares for her
  • Strength and courage for one having extensive breathing tests in Colorado, for correct diagnosis and treatment, prayers for her husband who stands by
  • A brother in pain, for proper diagnosis of his malady
  • Healing for one with seasonal depression and diabetes
  • Healing of a mother’s grief – her dear friend in hospice care
  • Courage for a relative in ICU in Florida who is sinking

How blessed we are to have you as our companion, for you never give up on us.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

We offer our prayers and petitions in earnest to you, O Eternal One, whose glorious nature of mercy, justice and love was perfectly revealed to us in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, 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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