Last Night at BSM

September 14, 2015

Last night, Rev. Andy Greenhow brought us a word from James 3:1-12, titled: A Blessing and a Curse.

This section of the letter of James tells us to be careful of the way we speak to one another. The words we use in conflict do not necessarily mean we are cursing someone. We are able to be in conflict while still loving someone. Being polite does not necessarily mean we are blessing someone. Sometimes when we are polite we can actually be cursing someone. Throughout our year together we are challenged to remember: 1. We can have conflict without cursing; 2. Politeness is not the same as blessing; and 3. We must be governed by love for one another in how we speak. You can listen here.

John Francis and the Amen Corner led us in: Oh How I Love Jesus, Jesus Loves Me, and Children Go Where I Send You.

Our community also offered the following prayers:

Dear God, please bless me with open-mindedness and conviction. Amen-*****


 Please pray for: **** my darling daughter who is finding herself, working hard and still in need of a job with salary and benefits in her profession. The ***** family who lost their mother and matriarch.


Please pray for ****** neck—she’s been experiencing muscle spasms. I am grateful to God for peace and stillness today, which I know comes from Him.


I hurt my neck. Pray for me to be able to get through my work week! Thanks guys.


I thank God for ***** and the love we share. Thank you so much God.


I need employment. A community.


I offer prayer for this church and its worshipers. I am grateful for everyone’s support in a quite difficult time.


Feeling anxious about my place in seminary, calling, etc.—pray.


I had a minor procedure and all went well. I’ve started my first seminary class on the OT seeing Christ and his redemptive work. Please keep my pastor ****** and his wife in prayer.


A prayer for my wonderful and alcoholic cousin.


So much thanks for the year I had in Thailand, prayers for me as I transition into whatever this next chapter in my life holds, and prayer for the continued experience of grace in the community I left behind.


I pray for the rest of the month, for the safety of the city and especially for everyone who still has to work while the Pope is here. I pray for direction and strength, and for love, and for trust in my friends.


Pray for grandmother that she might find peace and freedom from anxiety in her final days.


Lord, help me to live and love well. Show me how I might seek you and in seeking you find myself. Please be with me this coming year and help me to maintain a holistic, healthy balance in all I do. Love you Abba God.


God, thank for slowly lifting my son out of his dire distress. What a scary time that was. Help me to face the realities of finance and time and getting things done—according to your will. Thank you for all of your blessings.


Dear God, hold ****** in a place of peace and healing. Help her to discern her path moving forward and give her strength for healing and adjusting to new challenges. Amen.


I feel really excited about what’s to come in this place. Thanks be to God for what’s going on here. *****, ****, ******, *******, *******, ****, ******, ******, *****.


Dear God, I love and praise you. Thank you for bringing me into your light. Please bless everyone in transition. Please heal all the hurts between ***** and his family. Bless the words of their mouths and the meditations of their hearts so that they may commune in love together. Thank you for your love. With all my heart, ******.


Wisdom and guidance in fatherhood to my adult son.

God, Love, lift **** out of his “trough of sorrows.” Healing for ******. Healing and hope for Aunt *****. ***** family—her grandfather’s passing.


Prayers for the Pope and safety of everyone in the city of Philadelphia.


Please pray for my aunt who has been having health problems. She is going for an MRI on Monday. Thank you.


Lord, please be with me as I prepare for my move to New Zealand. Fill me with your peace and continue to guide me. Also, if it be your will, please bless me with the educator position at the Carter Observatory.


God, help me to be a good steward—of my money, time, and energy. Please provide ***** with comfort, ease, peace, and love.


I got to (breathe in) let (breathe out) go (breathe in) let (breathe out) God. Just need help remembering…


Please be with ***** in his journey. Keep him safe and give him strength. Please be with ****** and give her strength.

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