Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

March 21, 2020

Pastor Jan


O Master of Time, we confess that we spend our days anxiously fretting about what tomorrow will bring; yet in truth, anxiety is the invader of the future. We cannot know what the future holds, but the Great Shepherd takes every step with us. In these present hours we are given, let us pause to breathe and ponder the gifts all around us: the neighbor who calls to check on us; the church member who lets us know he is praying for our safety; the lady wearing protective gloves who brings nourishing food to our car window; the researchers working overtime to provide a vaccine; the pharmacist who calmly answers our questions; the friends who express their love. In the quiet of the present, may we breathe in holy peace and breathe out gratitude.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

During this restless week, we have truly received personal blessings. These we acknowledge now in these moments . . .

And we also confess those thoughts and deeds that have wounded ourselves and others . . .

Forgive us, we pray, and free us for joyful obedience.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

We now lift up this day to your mercy these situations most recently expressed by our church family:

  • Protection for all who must travel today
  • Thanksgiving for a sister whose cancer tests were negative
  • A diabetic sister & her husband with cancer; for wisdom & healing
  • Bereaved family members who bid farewell to a cherished son today & for his fiancée; for Pastor Palmer as she leads the memorial service
  • For results of a recent COVID-19 test to be negative
  • Safety for all healthcare & sanitation workers & their concerned families

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Lord, you are our Shepherd; some day we know that you will lead us once again to green pastures, and we shall also rest beside the cool waters.

Until then, hear these ancient words which continue to seal our faith in you:

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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