Daily Prayers of the Church Street family

May 8, 2020

Pastor Jan


O Fortress of Hope, throughout these unanticipated weeks of fear and unease, we have bid farewell to so many things: to normalcy in the home and workplace, the regularity of salary, freedom of movement, the human touch, and the penetrating loss of life. We barely absorb a loved one’s death before another cherished soul is also taken from us. We daily wonder why we ourselves are still standing. The answer lies only in your mysterious Beyond. Attend, we pray, to these open wounds created by our almost unbearable losses. Grant us peace and healing, until the time we too will pass through the veil. Once there, your purposes will mingle you’re your holy wisdom and will be made plain.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

O Great Silence, in spite of our losses, your love threads itself through our days. Forgive us, we pray, when we linger too long in the valley of distress, for you are already creating a better and brighter way. You work within the prayers of others to lift us up in our melancholy moments. There are cards received that remind us we have not been forgotten after all. Empathic friends offer a listening ear, when we know they have more important things to do. And we catch sight of giant bird wings sweeping down to touch the grass, then soaring upward to the portals of heaven.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

You call us to be Easter people, so this day may we live as those who trust in resurrection, despite the challenges we face. And in your goodness, receive all the prayers which come from our hearts, and also these particular ones offered by our brothers and sisters at Church Street:

  • Deep appreciation for financial gifts, now sufficient to help repair a roof fora needy family
  • Gratitude for prayers: a family is thankful their jobs have been restored
  • Praises to God for a gravely ill father who is now released from hospital
  • One is thankful to have received a government check for his employees
  • A Christian man suffering with ongoing mental malady, for his healing
  • Disappointed couples who must alter wedding plans due to the pandemic
  • Continued prayers for public and private businesses opening to the public, that all might observe protective measures & remain safe
  • A beloved sister, the sole caregiver for her adult son who suffers with diabetes; for her physical and emotional strength
  • Pray for courage, strength and God’s presence to be at work in the life of a daughter, primary caregiver for her elderly parent
  • Mother struggling with a divorce; seeks a fresh start with her estranged children
  • Healing for a friend with Crohn’s disease; for promising news from recent tests
  • Lift up a member who is depressed and emotionally drained, for healing
  • A mother asks for easing of family tensions, especially with her adult children
  • Healing mercies for a friend with brain cancer, very weak from chemotherapy
  • Pray for one awaiting test results, that underlying cause of dizziness is correctly diagnosed and treated

In whatever form your grace comes to us, may it be sufficient.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.    

No matter how our days unfold, whether with strife or with peace, may we continue to work for the kingdom; for you have told us, Faithful One, that we do not labor in vain:

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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