Prayers for the Church Street Family

October 7, 2020

Rev. Dr. Jan Buxton Wade


O Master of Life, the ground beneath us seems to be shifting these days and we strive to regain our footing. Just when we think everything is under control, we feel ourselves slipping again, inch by inch. How unsettling it is when answers come so slowly. Still, we remember our Lord Jesus lived courageously in a time of great danger and uncertainty. He remained the calm amid the storms. Grant, O Holy One, that we might also reflect such inner calm that comes from our trust in you.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Indeed you do bless us with your Quiet Spirit in so many ways. This fall season brings indescribable beauty and you have blessed us with a string of perfect days, with sufficient food, with friends, families, and co-workers who support us.

And when our chattering and complaining minds slow down, we remember the apostle who told us that nothing can separate us from your love. So throughout this day, may we practice courage and faith by chanting with conviction the ancient words of the psalmist:

 The Lord our Refuge and Strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea. . . The Lord of Hosts is with us.  The God of Jacob is our refuge! (Ps 46:1,2, 11)

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Knowing that you are always working on our behalf, we lift up to your care these particular situations expressed by our church family:

  • Gratitude: hip replacement surgery today went smoothly
  • A new grandmother offers blessings for a new grandson
  • Thanksgiving for the life & witness of a faithful disciple
  • Prayers for wisdom & focus: 3 members taking the Bar Exam today
  • Member w/ cancer diagnosis, for faithful husband who stands by
  • Healing for an older father with Covid-19 & wife who are isolating
  • Prayers for a member’s proper diagnosis of medical condition
  • Member having a heart cath today, for diagnosis
  • Protection from virus for daughter working at the White House
  • Continued healing of one following gum surgery
  • Cherished son with PTSD related to combat, for grace & healing
  • God’s comfort for member grieving the death of her sister
  • Pray for protection: daughter still traveling to ORE to begin work
  • For God’s healing mercies to surround a troubled soul
  • Mother with psychological issues, for her children trying to help
  • Healing of our nation, broken by rancor, distrust, & violence 

Hear also now our private confessions and concerns . . . . . . and our praises for the joys you have brought about in our lives in recent times  . . . . . .  Thank you, Living Lord, for accepting us, for loving us as we are, and for remaining our Eternal Hope.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

We leave these, our earnest prayers, with you, Holy One, for we follow your Beloved Son who taught us to pray without ceasing:

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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