Weekly Prayers for the Church Street Family

Week of July 20, 2022

Rev. Jan Buxton Wade

Good and gracious God, Lord of the universe, Lord of all that is, Lord of our hearts, our souls burst forth with gratitude for your astounding love and care. Your name is written throughout your glorious creation – upon each star and planet, upon the sun and moon, upon our blessed earth, and upon space which expands into infinity. Where we fit into your divine plan remains in part such a profound mystery, yet we know enough to bow in humility for the gift of life itself, for the fact that you have included us in your majestic ordering, and for your wondrous goodness that is written out for each of us in the ordinariness of our days.

Loving Lord, hear our prayer.

Good and gracious God, we cannot detect the intricacy of the ways in which you are working in our individual lives, but the influence of your Spirit bears witness to your enlivening power all around us. When we find the misery of the world overwhelming, we see those who never lose heart. When our own voices are too weak to speak out against injustice, we hear resounding echoes of those who will not rest until equality is manifest. When we become weary of those who are marring and polluting the earth, there are your ceaseless followers bringing about the sweet waters of change. Tune our hearts also, we pray, to the spirit song that intones holy hope and restoration; then we, too, will become part of that resilient company bringing about your kingdom on earth.

Loving Lord, hear our prayer.

Good and gracious God, Lord of family and community, deflate our insensitivity in taking your gifts of relationship for granted; for truly our reliance upon our brothers and sisters is part of your sacred plan. Into our anxiety, plant your peace; where there are divisions, sow unity; where there is indifference, may concern blossom; and where anger rules, let understanding flourish. All things are

possible through your grace, so bestow that grace upon your people, we pray, until all hearts beat with your incomparable love.

Loving Lord, hear our prayer.

And remembering our bond with each one connected with our Church Street family, we offer their specific prayers on their behalf:

  • Prayers appreciated – family felt steady support during bereavement
  • Thankful widowed friend is returning to worship
  • Grateful for prayers: medical mission in support of women & children in Namibia was successful & many were blessed
  • Thankful for a father’s 84th birthday
  • Gratitude: a sister’s hip surgery with no complications
  • Celebration by one whose hand ailment has been cured
  • Thanksgiving for an exceptional family vacation
  • Family grateful: father’s cancer surgery went smoothly
  • Gratitude for prayers: frail friend survived July 13 surgery
  • Thanksgiving for Holston Conference & its outpouring of aid for disaster relief both in our nation & throughout the world
  • Prayers for wife having heart surgery this week at Mayo Clinic
  • Solace for family mourning the recent death of a nephew
  • Pray for miraculous healing of infant (10 months) -brain cancer
  • Continued prayers for a very ill brother & guidance for family
  • Prayers for a grandson (10) making a profession of faith July 24
  • A very ill cousin; beloved sister beginning radiation soon
  • Courage for member with dementia at home & her family
  • Lift up a daughter having eye surgery today – that all may go well
  • Leaders of all nations, that they might work for the good of the people
  • Prayers for ending the killing & evil destruction within Ukraine
  • Healing of anxiety of a divorced friend
  • Spiritual intervention needed: a mother & children in dilemma
  • Courage & guidance for dear friend with breast cancer
  • One seeks guidance in conversing with an atheistic friend
  • Healing for an invalid son suffering with Covid
  • One in deep depression, for insurance to pay for his medications
  • Peace for one who feels as if God is not answering his prayers
  • Safety & protection for one traveling great distances this week
  • A family in grief – have been shunned by their rural church

Good and gracious God, even as we are scattered, bind us together into one human family. Help us to be the body of Christ, loving and serving the world. And as you have created us all, we lift our voices in prayer, as Jesus 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.