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Last Night at BSM

April 20, 2015

4.19.15Last night in worship Rev. Andy Greenhow preached a sermon titled Can I Get A Witness? about the ways in which we see the reality that God has conquered the powers of empire, capitol, and oppression in the world through the resurrection of Jesus, but how, for the Disciples, when it first happened, they had to figure out what was going on.  Did they just get punked by Jesus?  Or was something way more life changing going on?  Andy spoke of our movement from being victims, to becoming survivors, witnesses to God’s healing in the world and our own lives.

We sang some amazing music, including a haunting a cappella version of the gospel song “Witness.”

After worship we gathered for groups, and Sammie and Adam led a class on Embodied Theology. They discussed what Scripture, science, and history have to say about our bodies and how we approach and understand our bodies today.  We also made cards for members of our community who are sick, or having birthdays, baby’s, moving away, getting married, or mourning the death of a loved one.

The following prayers were offered to God as our Psalms of the Street

I ask for prayer for all the people working hard towards an upcoming graduation and preparing to enter the workforce. I also would like prayer for my friend ***** and her husband as he just lost his job.

 

Prayers for myself would be lovely. I’m coming up on the end of the semester! And would appreciate prayers and support for finishing strong and well!

 

Everyone, everywhere to love a little harder

Pressing issues that the Lord knows.

 

Please pray for my *****that she may do and be her best in her new job as barista/bartender even tho’ it isn’t her “dream job.” Bless her and protect her and keep her safe God.

For ***** as he seeks to sort out the details of his life…again. For our friendship.

For my boss, *****, for her health, for her family, for her dad’s peace and comfort (he is dying). She is Jewish but presents as agnostic.

May I walk in your light.

 

I’m struggling with a life lesson being brought to me in many guises. Today I grappled with it in my thoughts. And the sermon echoed my question. I hope to remember that as a symbol that I am not alone, that the struggle is not in vain. Next time though, I hope to write the connection down before I forget it.

 

Help me lift this depression.

 

Dear Lord,

Thank you for you love and mercy and grace and guidance. Please lift up all the victims and transition them into survivors. Help me know how to be a grace-filled and welcoming witness. I love you. *****.

 

God,

Be with my mom and dad, now that their divorce is final. Soothe them, open them to new possibilities, and the lives you dream for them.

 

I’m a survivor of abuse, depression, loss, poverty, discrimination.

I’m a witness for love, joy, change, growth, strength

Without exaggeration, God’s love changed my life. I could not have come this far without it and I pray to represent the same love to others.

 

Thank you Broad Street for helping me become a witness.

 

Thank you for this community You allow me to call home! I’m overwhelmed but don’t need to be. Help me to be mindful, and show me my place. Amen.

 

Prayers for my nephew *****.

 

For Spring!

For BSM

For ***’s safe travels and re-entry

For Happiness

For gratitude

For a kinder Philadelphia

 

Pray for ***** 16 yrs missing since Friday evening—Thank you

 

My life has been pretty linear. But as I consider making a big left turn, it’s a bit scary. I ask for prayer that as I figure it out, that God would walk close to me and that I would witness to God’s grace. Help me trust that grace.

 

I pray for my son * as he goes through the highs and lows of high school and teenage life. Please be with him on his journey. I also pray for my mother and father.

 

I pray

for

capacity

so

that

I can live

my vocation

as a

witness

I love to listen

to your voice.

Speak

Here I am!

 

Please be with my brother and family during this difficult time. Please let ***** have the courage and strength to say what’s in her heart.

 

KEEP IT TOGETHER

 

I want to feel WHOLE.

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