Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

June 2, 2020

Pastor Jan


O Disturbing Dove, as you swept down upon those huddled ones who clung together in fear so long ago, we pray your Pentecost Spirit would burst upon us again today. Crash open those barricades that have barred us from reaching out to others. Break down those heavy doors of mistrust that have cut us off from the new things you are doing just beyond our driveways. Blow away the broad rooftops that have kept us from basking in your light of grace. We know your Spirit is ever on the move, so stir us up with your fresh wind of hope. Carry us on that life-giving breeze and plant us in the places where we may best be used to spread seeds of healing.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O God of Past, Present, and Future, as we look out upon the beauty of today, may we remember those who cannot see. As we listen to birdsong and the soothing rustle of leaves, may we remember those who cannot hear. As we meander across fields of lush green, may we remember those who cannot walk. As we savor the goodness of past blessings, may we remember those whose memory has vanished. Comfort those who bear such keen losses; yet give us wisdom to know we will join them soon enough. Meanwhile may we understand the tender blessings you have bestowed and bow in humility when we take them for granted.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Jesus told us he had come that we might have life in all its fullness. Yes, your goodness abounds and we praise you! Still you know there are times when we do feel empty inside, so watch over these friends in our church family who offer  gratitude for your mercy, we pray. And sustain those who have only emptiness to offer:

  • Grateful that a father was able to move from ICU to a regular hospital room
  • Gratitude that one was released from hospital today and is now at home
  • Thanksgiving: kidney test results were normal
  • A friend is healing on schedule following an accident, please continue prayers
  • Protection of a son in Georgia and a son-in-law in Clinton, both police officials endeavoring to keep the peace and protect property
  • That we white people will truly listen to our black brothers & sisters, that we might hear God’s call to change our hearts & our systems of oppression
  • Safety of policemen and women who serve to protect lives and property
  • Healing mercies for a woman having major surgery tomorrow
  • Prayers for one hospitalized to correct heart arrhythmia
  • Wisdom & confidence for one preparing for a very important exam
  • Three anxiously awaiting medical test results, that news will be promising
  • Family grieving the sudden death of their pet

Deep down, we believe that neither heartache, loneliness, fear, illness, nor even death will separate us from your love. Bring that buried belief to the surface, Loving Lord, that it might be our first thought each and every morning.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Empowering God, may we accept the strength and wisdom your Spirit brings, that we may do our part in offering your hope to others in our broken world. We ask all these things in the name of Jesus the Christ, 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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