Rev. David Hallgren, guest preacher from Pennington Presbyterian Church, spoke in honor of the ordination service of Michele Ward, Pastoral Fellow at Broad Street Ministry. He preached on Matthew 28:1-10, the story of the women encountering Christ at the tomb after his resurrection. Rev. Hallgren encourages the community to come out of the chaos, and find the good news of the resurrection waiting for us. In so doing, while we engage in the rhythms of life, as the women did, God surprises and challenges us to live into the hope of the risen Christ.
Prayers of the gathered community:
Thank you “caring for others” for remembering my birthday last month
Please pray for our President **** for wisdom, patience, and concern for the poor, widow, homeless, immigrants, orphans, etc.
Start: seminary classes Feb. 7 through June
Future wedding no date set
Working towards becoming debt free
I pray for my brother ****. For his continued mental health recovery, for him to be kind to himself and for him to find a supportive community of friends.
Also for people to not lost hope and passion in this pursuit of true justice in our country and in the world.
Thankful for ****’s presence in this community. Thankful for God’s grace and provision. I pray BSM may find more ways to be engaged in advocacy together.
Pray for peace and generosity among the citizens of this country and our planet.
I ask to continue to be held by this world, as I continue to learn how I can most be of service to my fellow humans and to this world
My mother who battles many illnesses
My dad who is trying to be his best self.
My brother who experiences guilt.
My godmother who lost a dear friend
Prayers for birth of baby ****.
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Dear Father, Thank you for creating your loyal son **** for me. Please continue to bless our little family. All my love, your daughter
Be present with us. Guard, guide, and grow **** in her life and ministry. Please take away my sadness, loneliness, and uncertainty … this is a hard season. Guard my baby as this also seems to be a vulnerable and sensitive time for him. Surround him with love, support, kindness, and joy. Be with **** as he works to discern his path going forward.
Please watch over my mother as she goes into surgery this week. Grant my father and all others who love her peace. Thank you for all the blessings you have given me today and every day!
Thank you Lord
Thank you Jesus
What a beautiful ordination service for ****
May she be ne’r afraid.
Lord, I pray for faith, courage, serenity, and wisdom
Thank you for this day. Thank you for reminding us each and every day that you have prepared a place for us. Continue to bless and guide your people to bring about your kingdom. We are in deep need of your redeeming love and grace.
I pray this week for discernment- between truth and falsehood, between good and evil, between community and division. I pray for wisdom to listen for God’s word in unexpected places while guarding against those who seek to do me harm. I pray for strength to fight for justice and to show God’s love.
Thank you for the joy in this place, for the calling you placed upon my life, and the community here. Give us your wisdom, O God. I love you. Amen.
Pray for ****, for ****, for ****, all of whom have had health scares and are beautiful fathers
God, Please be with my husband as he decides what to do in his professional life. Please be with our family as we work out some deep challenges. Please help the USA. Protect us from the political chaos we are experiencing. Guide **** out of the White House. Amen.