Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

May 25, 2020: Memorial Day

Pastor Jan


O One Who Calls Us Anew, help us to remember that our lives are ephemeral, and the number of our days does not really matter. What does matter is the quality of how we live each one of them. For this reason, you offer us a new beginning every morning – a clean slate on which to record the ways you have blessed us and how, in turn, we have endeavored to be a blessing to others.

Hear us, O Lord, for your mercy is great.    

Author of Peace, today we recall the freedoms of the nation in which we live. How easy it is to take them for granted, to accept them as our special birthright. Forgive us, we pray, when we forget the uniformed and civilian brothers and sisters who were caught up in battles not of their own making, and how their own lives were scarred forever by the travesties of war. Thousands upon thousands lost their lives, along with their vanished dreams of earthly happiness. Forgive us when we forget our existence today is made possible only by your grace and by those who bore the bitter struggles of yesterday. Help us in our own time to create a world where peace is the norm, not the exception, and that it is ever laced with justice and love.

Hear us, O Lord, for your mercy is great.

All-Knowing One, we are aware that there are many throughout our own world whose days are filled with strife and piercing fear. We cannot know the depth of their pain, but you know. Watch over each one, we pray, and fashion for the suffering ones a place of comfort. And also accept these individual prayers which come from the hearts of our Church Street family:

  • Gratitude from a member who recovers from a successful heart procedure
  • Praises: a husband & wife, attacked with a machete, are both stable and face a long recovery, but send deep gratitude for prayers for them
  • Member is grateful for those praying for her Friday — surgery went well
  • A father has been released from the hospital – thank you for prayers
  • A son’s surgery was successful – parents are relieved and grateful
  • Healing for a father grieving his broken marriage – for renewal & hope
  • A Christian couple who cannot find an accepting church in their county
  • Solace for one who suffers periods of panic & anxiety
  • Healing mercies for a mother bearing great pain
  • Prayers for our bishop & cabinet as they make church reopening decisions
  • Hold together a family supporting a beloved mother with deep health issues
  • Continued improvement in a mother’s struggle with leukemia

We feel your movement in our days and we pray you would hold our gaze steady. May we never lose sight of you, though you are walking just a few steps ahead.

Hear us, O Lord, for your mercy is great.

We commend ourselves into your loving care this day, offering the prayer that reflects our dependence upon and our trust in Christ, our Forever Friend:

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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