Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

June 29, 2020

Pastor Jan

The prophet dreamed of a time when lions and oxen would feed together, when leopards and lambs would play in the same field, when wolves would sleep with the cattle. We hold that same vision, Lord. We also long for the violence to evaporate as the dew, for injustice to be blown away as dust, for anger to melt as the frost. Some say such dreams are fantasies, for distrust and division have always been with us. Yet we hold onto that holy hope, as we trust in the God of Miracles, the One who created the good earth, blessed it with wildlife, who called forth humankind to be at work re-creating in his name, and who even brought life out of death.

Praise be to you, O Lord.

Source of Renewal, we enter your presence, as you invited us to do so. You hollowed out that cavern within us that yearns for communion with the holy. Much is taking place beyond our veil of knowing, for your Spirit works in ways and in places of which we have never heard. Fill that empty space you created inside us, we pray, for it is just large enough for that presence for which we thirst. We shall rest now in silence and let you touch whatever it is that needs attention . . . For your radical love that accepts us, for your amazing grace that replenishes us, and for your covenant blessing which binds us to you, we are grateful and humbled.

Praise be to you, O Lord.

Accompany those who travel with heavy sorrows this day, O Lord, as they stumble through the dark expanse of pain. As Jesus also knew the sharp edges of loss, we know he will walk with them. And when they fall, may they realize they do not fall alone. There are others who cry out to you, as well, so attend to these Church Street members who bring their own praises and concerns this day, knowing their pain is your pain, their joys are your joys:

  • Gratitude for our two incoming pastors arriving on Wednesday
  • Member is thankful her business has been healthy during pandemic
  • A family is thankful for a time to vacation together this week
  • Gratitude: ongoing work of Stephen Ministers & Parish Health Team
  • Patience & healing for one facing long recovery from leg surgery
  • Guidance, healing, and hope within a family dealing with major challenges
  • Healing mercies for a granddaughter diagnosed with rare intestinal condition
  • Strength for a young wife battling an autoimmune illnesses
  • Safety & smooth transition for daughter and family moving to NC
  • Blessings upon young daughter moving to Boston Tuesday to take a new job
  • Courage & guidance for a young woman endeavoring to make a fresh start
  • Solace for a cousin mourning the death of his wife
  • Adult son now working in Florida, that he does not succumb to the virus
  • A husband anticipating a lay-off from his job, for his worried family

Thank you, Blessed One, for always leaving your door ajar, just in case we cry out.

Praise be to you, O Lord.

In spite of our unworthiness, Generous Friend, you treasure us and have even made us members of your very own family. We thank you for allowing us to be among those who call you Father and who pray with us these words taught by your Son:

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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