Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

June 18, 2020

Pastor Jan


God of Knowing, you have plans for us, plans for a future filled with hope. Our path is often uncertain, for we see only through the eyes of this earthly realm. Yet through your eyes of eternal love, you envision a clear road and a place where prosperity and peace can abide together. Show us how to become part of your overarching vision; and even in our doubt and uncertainty, lead us to that place of clarity.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

O God Ever at Work, sometimes we think we in the church must do all your work alone. Your people come to us needing comfort and solace, but we place them on committees with spaces to fill. We crowd our calendars with meetings, making certain we are well-organized and efficient. We keep a frenzied pace, making sure the church functions as a well-oiled machine. Forgive us for our feelings of self-importance and believing we must save the whole world ourselves. You have many flocks laboring in your name, O Holy One, so slow us down. Grant that we might simply rest, breathe in your grace and breath out your love. For you alone are in the saving business.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Quiet Friend, we have been told many times that idleness is the work of the devil. How odd Jesus would have found this teaching. This One weaned on the scriptures would have remembered his Father’s command through the psalmist: Be still and know that I am God. Only when we quiet the soul and push aside the noisy inner clutter do we make room for the Holy.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

And now, from the depths of our hearts, we lift up these pleas and these praises that are offered today by our church family:

  • A family is thankful that they will have a week of well-earned vacation
  • Faithful member celebrated a joyful 91st birthday
  • Gratitude for the ministry of Rev. Chuck Starks
  • Member offers thanks for the clergy team for support of the church family
  • Healing & protection for a son in Austin having heart surgery today, calming his own anxiety and his mother’s
  • Peace, clarity, patience, understanding & healing for all feeling overwhelmed & uncertain in this extraordinary time
  • Courage for a friend & his wife – his brain cancer is beyond treatment
  • Husband having medical tests today, that treatment may be possible
  • Healing mercies for dear friend with cancer diagnosis
  • Prayers for a dear brother with a serious heart condition & for his family
  • Calming anxiety as one completes her work assignment in a PA lab
  • Continued healing & patience for an ill member recovering at home
  • Grace & guidance for a cancer victim facing surgery soon

We have received mercy and you have noted all our cares in your book of remembrance. Thank you for working on our behalf.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

In your grace, may we go into this day lifting up praise to you, O Lord, for you entrust us to bless your good earth, to proclaim your name, and to offer our petitions in the name of Jesus 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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