Weekly Prayers for the Church Street Family

Week of May 4, 2022

Rev. Jan Buxton Wade

From the grain of the field and from the fruit of the vine you continue to feed us, O Sustainer.  Having received the bread of life and the cup of grace in our community this past Sunday, you addressed our brokenness and have given us strength to go out in your world and feed others who do not know of your mercy.  Without your divine energy regularly implanted within us, we could not venture to reach out to those who are difficult to love, to speak a word of kindness to those who question our motives and may even hold us in contempt.  And though we often fumble, we believe you know of our deep desire to do for others what you have done for us.  Continue to feed us your mysteries, we pray, that the outpouring of your love through Christ will be made manifest in our lives.

Enduring One, hear our prayer.

As each day of this week unfolds, we ask that your mercy would accompany us, for you know how swiftly we can make that wrong turn called discouragement. There are those detours that haunt us daily: our worries about family members and friends, the news of bloodshed and atrocities across the world, reports of famine and needless deaths of the innocents, the deep divide within our nation’s leadership, the growing number of drug addictions, and the multitudes suffering natural disasters.  We often feel our efforts are so paltry in the face of these complex situations; but save us from despair, we pray, for your love can permeate every circumstance and every heart.  Place your hands upon our hearts as we move through each tomorrow we are given, that we will always trust in your promise to watch over our going out and our coming in from this time forth and forevermore.

Enduring One, hear our prayer.

And we confess that most tenacious temptation – our desire to please ourselves.   Still that voice within us — that voice that mimics the noise of the marketplace, whispering that we need more and more of the world’s goods. You have filled us to overflowing and have blessed us in ways we do not merit. So let us be content with what we have and give praise to the Giver of all good gifts!

Enduring One, hear our prayer.

And because you are the Author of our Faith, whose only Son endured all things for our sake, we are bold to turn to you with our joys and with our burdens.  

  • Thankful an ill brother-in-law is home from rehab
  • Member is grateful for her new solid employment position
  • Family celebrates the baptism of their young daughter
  • Gratitude for good report following evaluation at Vanderbilt
  • A brother’s surgery went well on Monday at Vanderbilt
  • Thanksgiving for presentation by our Youth & Children’s Choirs
  • Member thankful for recent eye treatment
  • Family celebrates the birth of healthy baby boy
  • Family grateful for an opportunity to live abroad next year
  • Family grateful for prayers: home purchase is final
  • Thanksgiving for the Christian witness of two members who will be buried this week
  • Couple celebrating their wedding anniversary this week
  • Thanksgiving an arm infection has almost completely healed
  • Prayers for an end to the horror & violence in Ukraine
  • Three member families who are grieving deaths this week
  • Courage for 4 church members with Parkinson’s 
  • Lift up our high school seniors & their families this season
  • Prayers that a pathology report is clear
  • Prayers for couple seeking financial security
  • Please pray for 5 persons on the heart of a member
  • Singer with a voice malady, healing of illness & depression 
  • Prayers for a young son whose father died of an overdose  
  • Continued prayers: friend injured in accident, remains in ICU
  • Healing for two women with untreatable eye disease 
  • Correct diagnosis for mother with heart condition
  • Cancer patient exposed to Covid, pray that she is not infected
  • Young man seeking work in college athletics
  • Ease of pain for son awaiting shoulder surgery 
  • An uncle & grandmother in hospice care & their families
  • An ill mother-in-law & concerned family, for recovery 
  • A grandson with a difficult home life
  • Prayers for all taking part in a wedding on Saturday 

We thank you, Enduring One, for knitting us together as the body of Christ and for accepting our prayers that are offered in the name of your Son. May your Spirit continue its sustaining flow within us and through us until we reach those gates above, where we shall joyfully serve together with Jesus himself.

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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