Weekly Prayers for the Church Street Family

Week of June 20, 2021

Written by Rev. Jan Buxton Wade

God of Tender Heart, we seem to be plagued by the same pitfalls that we confessed to you only days ago! We wonder why our best intentions crumble so quickly. But even as we lament our failures, we affirm our belief in your power to change us. We praise you that you do not give up on us! Send your creating power to mend our ragged relationships; send your redeeming love to save us from our repetitive misdeeds; and send your sustaining spirit to give us courage and strength to be made anew in your image. And as you bring about those changes in our own hearts and lives, perhaps our hurting world might somehow also be changed.

Merciful Master of Our Lives, as we approach you this week, we come as people harboring varied emotions. While some are teeming with joy and excitement, there are others of us whose lives are flooded with sorrow, weariness, confusion, and estrangement. We come in all our differences because we know you are the omnipotent expression of love and because we know you care.  We celebrate the fact that that joy has found many of our brothers and sisters, and ask for new pathways to open for those who are imprisoned by fear.

We remember that when you uttered “Peace, be still!” the raging tempest obeyed, and all was calm. In your own quiet and peaceful way, touch each person in our Church Street family this week, wherever they find themselves, we pray.  Calm our restless souls as we offer these particular prayers living in the hearts of your children:


  • Family celebrating a new pregnancy
  • Joys of our successful Vacation Bible School
  • Gratitude for the nurture of loving fathers
  • Radiation treatments are being tolerated well
  • Success of Juneteenth Picnic with our neighbors
  • Happy couple celebrate their first wedding anniversary
  • Thankful for responsive & caring police and social agencies
  • Member healing well following retina surgery
  • Brother in detox program is improving, grateful for prayers
  • Thanksgiving for successful cataract surgery
  • One recovering well from knee replacement


  • Grace for member with a lingering illness
  • Our homeless neighbors who need hope, healing, and purpose
  • Members mourning the sudden death of their brother; safety as they travel for his services this week
  • Healing for a cherished wife who is hospitalized
  • Focus and wisdom for a son preparing for medical exams
  • For God to work in the soul of a son with addiction
  • Healing for wife recovering from colon surgery
  • A sister whose health is in decline, strength for her family members
  • Beloved husband with Parkinson’s
  • Healing mercies for children whose mother died suddenly last week
  • Friend having extensive ENT procedures
  • Reparation of a broken relationship
  • Healing for professional singer’s voice impairment
  • God’s healing hand upon a husband with liver disease
  • Strengthening of a new marriage
  • Sustaining husband and wife recovering from surgeries
  • Cherished husband in memory care
  • Ending of drought in the Western U.S.

O Love Ever Near, we feel your closeness in times of joy, but we are apt to forget you are always beside us in every instance — ready to listen, ready to support and ready to restore. Help us to dedicate a portion of this day, and every day, to commune with you, our Greatest Treasure. We would be wholly yours. And we would be made holy, as was your Son Jesus, who taught us to pray in this way:

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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