Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

May 7, 2020

Pastor Jan


Someone once said that our God is older than eternity, yet younger than our next breath. He remains unknowable, but he knows us each by name. Such a nature is beyond our comprehension, even though we have been drawn to this Holy Mystery from our earliest days. How astonishing to know that, through the life of Jesus, the nature of God is to love the unlovable, to touch the untouchable, to forgive the unforgivable, and to bestow worth upon the unworthy. We cannot grasp such benevolence, but only bow in awe.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

We sometimes shudder, O Summoning One, when we consider your claim on our lives. We have answered your urging and we have promised to be true to our calling; but deep down we know our good intentions will always fall short. We long for a fuller faith but it seems an impossible dream. The apostle, however, reminds us that we always live in the shadow of your grace, and that through Christ, all things are indeed possible.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Accept our praise this day, O Lord, for all the ways in which you have blessed us . . .

And also show pardon for the ways we have erred in recent days . . .

Remove all that holds us back from becoming the disciples you desire, we pray. And may your tender care be felt in each of these situations lifted up by your family at Church Street:

  • Thanksgiving that financial gifts for Zimbabwe supply buckets are being received
  • Celebrating a sister’s pregnancy – her first child
  • Gratitude for prayers: a gravely ill father is recovering & returned home yesterday
  • Thankful for prayers: a mother has been released from hospital & is now home
  • Grateful that a cousin in KY is now free from Covid-19 & is out of isolation
  • Thankful for church friends & pastors who offered support during my mother’s long illness and death
  • Healing prayers & relief of stress for one struggling emotionally & mentally
  • Strength & healing for a member undergoing treatment for cancer, fluid on lungs
  • Healing for a dear friend whose Crohn’s disease has flared up; for promising news from tests she undergoes today
  • A brother-in-law hospitalized with Covid-19, for his ill wife who waits at home
  • Pray for one having tests today for recurring dizziness – for correct diagnosis
  • Prayers for our hospitals, that financial recovery is possible & safety is maintained
  • Protection of all those returning to work, for caution in dealing with the public
  • Loved ones isolated at home, in hospital, assisted living, for easing of loneliness
  • Two families under great stress, for healing & understanding

Stay with us always, O Lord, especially when the dark hours come, for even the smallest glimmer of your light gives us strength to hold on.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

Our souls are intertwined with yours, O God, for you created us, called us to your purpose, forgave us, and counted us as worthy disciples, ever ready to offer the prayer which Jesus taught us:

Our father who are 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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