Weekly Prayers for the Church Street Family

Week of January 24, 2024

Written by Rev. Tim Best

Gracious God,

We praise you for your patience and presence in all things. As snow and ice melt, we give you thanks and praise for the ways that you have been at work in our community and in our church. We praise you for the ways your Spirit has been at work to teach us patience. Patience with those that we live with, patience with our neighbors, and patience with our expectations for how the world should work. May you continue to teach us in and through all things and draw us closer to your loving grace.

For many of us these “snow days” have been an inconvenience, a disruption to our normal routines and our expected plans. Help us to feel comfortable in naming and sharing our frustrations and disappoints before you, but make us ever mindful of the needs and suffering of others. We pray for those that will continue to experience the consequences of our frigid temperatures and snowfall for days to come. We pray for those who have homes that have been damaged, those that lost working hours, those that suffered in the cold, all others who will continue to deal with difficulties due to the weather.

We pray for those who are dealing with illness and disease. Be present with those who face surgeries or long recoveries. We know that in Christ all things shall be made whole, all people shall be made complete, and sickness will be no more. As we wait for the fullness of that future, make us, your church, agents of your love and healing. May we care for those who are lonely, support those who are sick, and may we offer care to the dying.

We pray for our leaders and for the peace of the world. We recognize, and proclaim to all the world, that all authority and power rests in Christ. Guide all those who would seek to wield authority over others that they would be humble in their own gifts, and abundant in their magnanimity towards others. As disciples of the Prince of Peace we pray for the victims of war, for all veterans, and for those that we name as enemies. Make us active instruments of your peace and grace in our own communities and throughout the world.

As the sun sets on our community once again, may your rest fall upon the hearts of your people. Relieve us of our anxieties and frustrations and be renewed through our rest in you. Whether wearied or rejoicing, blanket us with the knowledge of your love and presence. Help us to patiently wait for tomorrow, neither grasping too quickly for the good, nor dreading as so authoritative and final the bad. It is out of trust in you that we offer the concerns and the joys of our Church Street community:

We pray for ….

  • For those who are serving in the military; particularly those engaged in the Red Sea. Praying for safety and that resources can be delivered to those in need.
  • Those who are homeless or who have inadequate housing
  • For a child who is learning to maneuver with a cast and a wheelchair while his leg heals
  • For children heading back to school who have been out of the routine for a while
  • For a loved one who was just diagnosed with cancer
  • Those who have had surgery and are in rehab
  • A couple who is beginning a new journey of IVF
  • City and county officials and workers who have worked above and beyond during the record snow, ice, and below freezing temps
  • Our neighbors at Maplehurst and for all UT students starting back
  • A 7-month old nephew who is having tests run
  • A neighbor who had a heart attack and is in ICU; prayers for his wife. May they both feel God’s peace through this.
  • A member who has had a stroke; prayers for strength as they move to rehab
  • An aunt grieving the death of her niece

We continue to pray for ….

  • A member’s son who is having intestinal/abdominal issues; hoping to get diagnosis and treatment soon
  • Those who are looking for meaningful employment
  • Young adults studying abroad
  • Caregivers
  • Those with chronic illness as they deal with the day-to-day ups and downs

We offer prayers of thanksgiving for ….

  • The birth of a healthy baby boy!
  • Family and friends who are there to help when needed
  • Good neighbors
  • Doctors and nurses who serve in neonatal ICU
  • Clear scans

In patience trust of your love we pray, as we pray together the prayer that Christ our Lord has taught 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.