Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

May 17, 2020

Pastor Jan


Who are you, O Lord, and who are we? This ageless question often makes its home in our thoughts. Search as we may, the full answer always eludes us. You are the one who desires to be sought, but you are always ahead of us, just out of reach. Perhaps it is enough to know you as the gravity which holds all creation together. And by your mystifying design, we are each caught up in your luminous web of grace. Hold us here forever, we pray, hold us here forever.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Impenetrable One, we can feel your love for us in so many ways, but how can we return the depth of your caring, your forgiveness, your hope, your restoration? Scripture teaches us to love you with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. We have long endeavored to be true to this teaching, but we wonder if we will reach this level of love in our lifetimes? Perhaps you think it sufficient that we are trying. May this be so. But if we miss the mark in this earthly realm, please grant that we might attain it when we reside in your everlasting kingdom.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

God of the Open Heart, you are open to listening to us, whether we are in want or prosperity. As this is yet another of your astonishing gifts, we know you will receive, with your characteristic care, these situations offered by members of our church family:

  • Gratitude: Son & daughter-in-law are just out of quarantine, reunited with family
  • Family celebrating the birth of a healthy baby girl born on May 12
  • Thanksgiving for a nephew’s engagement announced yesterday
  • Member is thankful for the beauty of her wedding Saturday
  • Family grateful for prayers for an at-risk son — born whole & healthy Friday
  • Please pray for dear friend, alone in PA, suffering from Covid-19, for his healing, easing of his fear and loneliness
  • Prayers for beloved father in hospice are in Cookeville; courage for his family
  • Continued safety for all healthcare workers & first responders
  • A family in need of healing & reconciliation
  • Faithful member grieving her father’s death; for peace to surround family
  • Family in stress, strength to deal with multiple needs of adult children
  • A friend who lost her job this week; lift up all unemployed & underemployed

Through the presence of the Holy Spirit, grant that we may grow in our awe and love of you. And although you are veiled from our eyes, we know we are firmly held in your web of grace. We place all these prayers and petitions this day at the door of your heart. In your own time and in your own way, continue to work in us and through us:

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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