Weekly Prayers for the Church Street Family

Week of October 13, 2021

Submitted by Rev. Palmer Cantler*

God of Sun and Moon, Star and Sky, your wonder is beyond our imagining. We thank you for the gift of this world we share, and for the common bonds that we share as your children.

Bless us God, as we seek to find a way toward the peace you invite us to share. Guide us God as we walk that delicate line between being faithful to our own relationship with you, and yet remain understanding of those whose path is vastly different from our own. Remind us often that being faithful does not require that we close ourselves off from the faith of others.  Open our hearts, minds and spirits to people of every faith and culture. May the Mystery of your ways be the bridge that draws all of your people together in prayer for peace in our time.

We pray for those who are in special need of your grace and healing today. For those who live in fear of violence; for refugees everywhere; for political prisoners and for those who imprison them; God, we ask for peace.   For those who are grieving, or hungry, or in despair; for the lonely, and all who are ill or suffering, for any who struggle with addiction, and for all who live with chronic illness.

We lift up to your holy light these prayers of both praise and need, knowing that you hear every prayer uttered with faith and trust:

  • Gratitude: A son has entered a rehab program
  • Praises for high score on advanced statistics exam
  • Family of three generations grateful for vacation
  • Thanksgiving for a financial gift — help for expenses
  • Member thankful knee is healing quickly following surgery
  • Gratitude that a son is doing well in a rehab setting
  • Thankful that medication is addressing anxiety
  • Pray for family grieving tragic death of daughter (24) in auto accident
  • Healing prayers for son addicted to meth
  • Treatment for unvaccinated brother in Texas
  • Comfort for couple grieving death of 6-month-old daughter
  • Mother in treatment for thyroid cancer; father with leukemia
  • Prayers for courage: One having cancer consult on Friday
  • Pray for beloved husband with ALS, declining & discouraged wife
  • Couple ask for prayers, tensions related to young son
  • Church family mourning death of husband/father on Tuesday
  • Safety for two families traveling in Europe for 2 weeks
  • Continued prayer for recovery: daughter with Covid
  • Healing for best friend: Aggressive cancer treatment
  • Recovery for cousin on ventilator
  • Discouraged member recovering from foot injury
  • God’s watch care for dear friend beginning chemo today; also facing bone marrow transplant on 10/19
  • Member asks for prayers to receive a work reassignment
  • Family grieving death of grandmother
  • All church friends who are bearing deep grief

God, we trust in your power to be present with the suffering. We trust in your Spirit’s power to bring comfort, faith and strength where it is needed. We pray, bring your radical, scandalous peace into our midst, and touch us all with your love, for we ask it in the name of the One who calls us ever forward, Jesus Christ our Lord, praying together:

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.

*Source: Life in Liturgy (lifeinliturgy.wordpress.com)

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