Last Night at BSM
September 21, 2015
Last night, Rev. Andy Greenhow brought us a word from Mark 9:30-37, titled: On the Care of Children.
There has been a lot in the news recently about children. The children of the city have returned to school, and we have seen the heartbreaking image of the Syrian child refugee washed ashore, after his family tried to escape from violence in their own country. Our care of children should be viewed through the lens of the baptism of children. In the baptism of a child we meet the God who makes a choice for us before we can ever make a choice for God. The community is also given the charge to take responsibility for the care of the baptized child. We bare responsibility for the world we create around them. There is no expiration date on the vows made on the behalf of the child, or the vows of responsibility made by the community. We show our welcome of a child when they inherit a better world. You can listen here.
Tony and the Motley Order Choir lead us in: We are Family, Jesus Loves the Little Children, and I Ooh Child.
Our community also offered the following prayers:
My continued unemployment grows heavier and heavier each passing week (and month). I know many others are in similar or worse situations, but I am tired, frustrated and depressed. Please pray for me and my dear family. Please pray that both the conditions of my heart and mind as well as the circumstances of my employment would change/improve very soon.
******* is on death row in Oklahoma for a murder he did not commit. He is being charged with telling some else to commit the murder but the evidence is thin. He was schedule to die last week, but just 2 hours before he was to face death by lethal injection, his defense team secured a 2 week delay in order to review new evidence. Please pray for ****** and his defense team. Please pray for all involved in the death machine of capital punishment. Please pray for all on death row. Please pray for all in solitary confinement. Please pray for all incarcerated people. Please pray for an end to capital punishment in all 50 states and all countries.
For my friend ******. May he find more peace in his heart, food in his belly and money in his wallet. May he remember who he truly is, and feel heard, loved, valued and welcome. May he feel safe, and find home.
I am lost. I pray for direction.
God, I miss you. Thank you for the quiet moments of reconnecting. Give me the strength to be.
Today I’m baked in gratitude, the top is warm and crisp, the middle stretches, I’m a happy bun. May I take it far and feed many. AMEN.
God, please be with me and my family as we mourn the unexpected passing of my father. I’m shattered and in shock and am barely hanging on. Please continue to send help and give me your peace. And thank you for all that you have blessed me with.
I’m excited for this week but I’m also really anxious and tired.
Prayers for ******.
God, thank you for your presence in my life. Thank you for guiding me, protecting me, providing for me, and most importantly, loving me.
That justice is done, that money is shown, that love is known.
For my 2 sons and those who love and care for them. May they find their way and place in the world.
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