Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

May 14, 2020

Pastor Jan


When morning gilds the skies, my heart awaking cries:

May Jesus Christ be praised!

Luminous and Pure is your candle that lights our way to hope. Though our road is littered with broken promises, shattered dreams, painful regrets, and half-truths, you clear a promising path that leads to a new tomorrow. Lift your candle high, so we do not lose sight of the way to wholeness.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

The night becomes as day when from the heart we say:

May Jesus Christ be praised!

Sometimes we are blinded by your brightness, O Flame of Love. We fear turning in your direction as we are weighed down with guilt; we wear our wrongs as a badge of our unworthiness. How odd you must find it when you see us clutching old sins, when you yourself forgot them long ago. Lift your candle high, so our inward vision might become as clear as yours.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

The powers of darkness fear when this sweet chant they hear:

May Jesus Christ be praised!

Beam of Grace, we ask that you cast your light in the direction of those about whom we care most deeply. One by one these dear faces come to mind . . . Their anguish and unrest you know already. Still, hold your candle high this day, that each might catch a ray from your holy flame that would make their eyes shine with trust. That glimmer might be the one thing that helps them stay the course.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

And hear also these joys and petitions offered by members of our Church Street family:

  • Gratitude: a hospital has safely opened & many are returning to work
  • Prayers appreciated! A house closing was completed Wednesday
  • A job interview went smoothly – thankful for prayers
  • Thanksgiving: cancer survivor had her final radiation treatment yesterday
  • Please continue to pray for 2 in our community awaiting test results
  • Prayers for a grieving family who bury their mother today
  • A dear pastor friend, young mother, battling breast cancer
  • Continued prayers for strength for one on a long road to recovery
  • Young married couple under stress with heavy work and school schedules
  • Loved ones who are lonely, isolated at home or nursing facilities
  • Pray for a young daughter awaiting test results for Covid-19
  • Wisdom for opening of public spaces – adherence to protective guidelines

Be this our eternal song through all the ages long:

May Jesus Christ be praised!

Even in the dark, you can kindle a spark of assurance that can last a lifetime.  Small wonder you are called the Light of the World.  It is to you we cling, believing that our small candles might join with yours and ignite a flame of love so broad it would envelope our world.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

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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