Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

June 3, 2020

Pastor Jan


May we enter this day lifting up praise to you, O Lord, for you entrust us to bless and keep your good earth, to proclaim your holy name, to offer forgiveness as swiftly as the bird in flight, to show mercy when retribution is expected, and to love as sincerely as did your Son. With your help, may it be so.

Loving Lord, hear our prayer.    

The apostle reminds us that we already have a sincere faith within us, but he advises us to rekindle this gift from God. For, through grace, we are not given a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power, love, and self-discipline. With gifts such as these, are we not supplied sufficiently to address the upheaval of our era? There are grievous inequities among our people; there are unfair practices that widen the gap between the haves and the have-nots. A Voice calls us to awaken, to partner together, that all may live an abundant life and in peace and parity with their neighbors. Grant that we might rouse from our sleep and answer the call to work for oneness.

Loving Lord, hear our prayer.    

Wondrous Healer, we pray you would bind up the gaping wounds of our nation so freshly inflicted. The innocent have been slain, and those seeking to help have been injured and traumatized. Violence is not your way, O Lord, so surely you weep when warring scenes unfold. Embed your wisdom within the hearts of our local, state, and national leaders, we pray, that healing resolutions may be fashioned and implemented for the good of all.

Loving Lord, hear our prayer.    

Our souls also weep for those who continue to suffer: elderly friends shuttered away and out of touch, those who mourn loved ones who have died, ill family members who can have no visitors, the confused, the imprisoned. May your Spirit be at work among them, that they may know they are not forgotten. And accept also these praises and petitions close to the hearts of your people at Church Street:

  • Gratitude: good news from a biopsy report – thank you for praying
  • A member’s heart arrhythmia is under control, and he is home from hospital
  • Relative in TX sends deep gratitude to those creating our online worship
  • Thankful that a family’s move is complete and they are settling in new home
  • A mother is grateful that her son and daughter-in-law are now safe in Knoxville
  • A happy couple celebrates their 24th wedding anniversary
  • Protection for a daughter and a brother in DC & a grandson in Brooklyn
  • Wisdom and guidance for daughters making decisions about their mother’s care
  • Protection of two family members, police officials working to keep the peace
  • That we white people will truly listen to our black brothers and sisters, that we might hear God’s call to change our hearts & our systems of oppression
  • Safety of police and National Guard who serve to protect lives and property
  • Healing mercies for a woman having major surgery today
  • Courage for a member in a rehab unit: ill, lonely, & depressed
  • A dear friend awaiting medical test results, that news will be promising

Thank you, Compassionate Friend, for hearing us and for working on our behalf.

Loving Lord, hear our prayer.    

We give praise to the Holy One who created us, to Christ who cherishes us, and the Spirit who dwells in our hearts now and evermore:

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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