Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

June 4, 2020

Pastor Jan


O Constant Companion, we offer gratitude today for your church universal and for our own congregation in particular. Although we are separated physically from members of our church family, still we are bound together through your Holy Spirit in love and commitment. We confess that we remain restless during our time apart, and we tire of all the hurdles we must cross before we may meet together again in the flesh. But St. Paul taught us that love is patient and love endures all things, so let us take heart, knowing our loneliness will come to an end; and then we shall look back and realize your love was only a heartbeat away, and you never left our side for one moment.

Great Sustainer, receive our prayer.    

O Steadfast Friend, how blessed we are that you have brought goodness out of our setbacks! During the pandemic, it seems creativity was our guide. You have shown us how to retell the story of salvation through liturgy, music, devotionals, sermons, class meetings, and Circle gatherings via technology. You have shown us how to safely carry out our mission work of clothing the needy, feeding the hungry in our community, and packing more Zimbabwe food buckets than we ever imagined! The lonely receive personal contact each day; youth and children’s events continue to inspire. You have knit us more closely as a family as we have prayed regularly together, bearing each other’s burdens and celebrating each other’s blessings. How fortunate we are to have your friendship.

Great Sustainer, receive our prayer.      

You already know, Dear One, that we fall by the wayside from time to time, giving in to self-pity, doubts, and self-indulgence. Forgive us, we pray, and hear also these private confessions we now whisper . . .

Create in us new hearts, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. And hear as well these concerns on the hearts of our members:

  • Gratitude: a mother’s medical test was normal
  • One offers thanks for the group of friends who continue to check on her
  • A member’s major surgery yesterday was successful, for continued healing
  • An ill member is thankful for the prayer shawl that was made for him
  • Prayers for a mother having hip replacement surgery today
  • Please pray for a couple dealing with depression and health issues
  • That our church would confront race and diversity in our community and work toward becoming allies for all our brothers and sisters in Christ
  • A dear friend who is fighting cancer, for his family who assist him
  • God’s grace to surround a sister & family – 40-yr-old son died on May 31
  • Protection for a daughter & a brother in DC – that rioting comes to an end
  • Wisdom & guidance for daughters making decisions about their mother’s care
  • Prayers for a member facing a divorce, that God may make a new path for her
  • Safety of police / National Guard who serve to protect lives & property
  • Healing of a young father who continues his battle against cancer

Thank you for hearing us whenever we turn to you in earnest. Lift us up, O Lord, and we will continue to praise your holy name.

Great Sustainer, receive our prayer.    

O Lord of All That Is, we offer our prayers and petitions this day, as Jesus asked us to share all things with our Heavenly Father. In your mercy and in your own way, attend to our concerns, for we offer them in the name of the Beloved One, 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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