Weekly Prayers for the Church Street Family

Week of June 21, 2023

Rev. Catherine Nance

On this night of Summer Solstice, I am inspired by the hymn writer, Kathleen Thomerson, and offer her words here ….

I want to walk as a child of the light. I want to follow Jesus.

God set the starts to give light to the world. The star of my life is Jesus!

I want to see the brightness of God. I want to look at Jesus.

Clear Sun of Righteousness, shine on my path, and show me the way to the Father.

In him there is no darkness at all!

The night and the day are both a like.

The Lamb is the light of the city of God.

Shine in my heart, Lord Jesus!

[UMH #206, K. Thomerson, 1966]

O God of Light, with your voice you called forth a way for us to see out of the darkness. Your voice gives us a path and direction.

We thank you for the gift of creation which gives us a sense of rhythm, a way to keep time; we are thankful for both day and night. There is something healing, though, about the sun, Creator God! Thank you for the way you have ordered the planets. Thank you for scientists and astronomers who study the skies and help us to understand that we are not the center of the universe! Thank you for the creation of this planet that offers us life!

O God, for those who are experiencing darkness of any kind, reveal your light!

Darkness of despair, bring the light of hope!

Darkness of disease, shine your healing light!

Darkness of shame; bring redemption and release!

Darkness of sin, shine mercy!

Darkness of regret, shine new beginnings

Darkness of death, give us the assurance of eternal life.

We thank you for the extra bit of daylight today, O God!

May your light shine in us and through us!

May our living always reflect the Light of your Love!

We offer prayers of intercession for ….

  • A couple going through IVF; prayers for good health!
  • A friend in hospital who has cancer in liver and pancreas
  • A church member and wife whose dearest friends are having to deal with grief and sadness
  • A friend having wisdom teeth removed
  • A friend who is home from hospital; still dealing with Parkinson’s disease
  • A member in the hospital being moved to rehab floor; prayers for strength and healing
  • A mother grieving the sudden death of her son
  • A mother praying for her son in his addiction battle; prayers for daughter-in-law and his children
  • A wife who is in declining health; prayers for all who are living with dementia and their caregivers
  • A member who is struggling with depression
  • A friend who is in hospital with irregular heartbeat
  • A daughter who needs a job (and needs to realize God is in her life)
  • A member in ICU diagnosed with a brain mass; prayers for healing
  • A member in ICU dealing with seizures and respiratory concerns; prayers for healing and for parents who care for her
  • A member whose mother died last week after battling dementia
  • A friend who has lost his job after a long hospitalization; prayer for relief
  • A sister whose cancer has spread to kidney
  • A friend going through conversations with medical team about cancer treatment
  • A friend just diagnosed with cancer; other health concerns make chemotherapy difficult
  • A fifteen-year old niece awaiting gallbladder surgery among other complications;
  • A newcomer to Knoxville who recently lost her job
  • A church member flying to Africa to visit family
  • A friend in the hospital

We offer prayers of thanksgiving for ….

  • The good work of Stephen Ministers

We continue to pray for …

  • God’s wisdom in our lives
  • Those who are dealing with grief; may God’s presence be a comfort and certainty to them
  • Grandchildren who have been through serious health issues; thankful for good doctors and healing!
  • Successful surgery and a loving family!

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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