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Last Night at BSM

November 2, 2015

Last night at BSM Rev. Andy Greenhow brought us a word from Acts 4:23-31. This was the last sermon in our series about stewardship where we seek to respond generously to how God has been generous to us. Acts is a story about the early church. It’s about how the disciples of Jesus are figuring out how they are called to live after Jesus ascends to heaven. In their seeking an answer to this question they pray for boldness. They situation this prayer for boldness in the incarnation of Jesus. Their boldness allows them to add to the story God is writing in the world. We too are called to boldly participate in what God’s doing. How will we partner with what God is doing in 2016? You can listen here.

Tony and the Motley Order Choir led us in: Wade in the Water, How Great Thou Art, Stand by Me, and Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

Our community also offered the following prayers:

My close friend, *****, was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia and has been feeling depressed, because of his diagnosis. Perhaps some extra prayer can help him cope, mend, or even provide a healing. Thank you!

 

For healing and joy in my friend’s life. May ***** know she is loved and held in these difficult months.

 

A prayer for all who struggle with alcoholism, addictive personalities, broken homes and poverty. A prayer that will help heal the intense pain caused by these ailments. A prayer for the world here—where we have been given charge of its care; may we be enabled to do the same.

 

Teach me thy will. Pray for me.

 

I bless all of the enemies of my minds, bodies, souls, spirits, brains, bones, muscles, eyeballs now and forever more in Jesus name I ask…Amen. I ask Jesus to return all hexes causing me not to find true love back to all senders continuously now and forever more in Jesus Christ name I ask, Amen. I ask God to cure my sore throat abruptly in Jesus Christ name I ask. Amen.

 

I ask Jesus to get me a big bag of chips today in Jesus Christ name I ask. Amen.

 

I ask Jesus to return all curses, spells, enchantments, hexes, jinxes, black magic, hoodoo and voodoo spells and curses and all ancestral, generational and necromancy spells and curses on the minds, bodies, souls, spirits, brains, muscles, eyeballs, and bones on me and my soulmate and our children *****, *****, *****, ******, and ***** back to all senders 27 times fold on a constant and continuous minute by minute basis now and forever in Jesus name I ask, Amen.

 

I ask Jesus to give what belongs to me and my children *****, *****, *****, ****** and ***** what’s ours by divine right. The prayer of Jabez for us, for only us to keep now and forever more in Jesus Christ name I ask. Amen.

 

I pray for my roommates ******, *****, *****, ***** in Jesus name I ask Amen. I pray for those that said I said I would in Jesus name I ask Amen.

 

I’m grateful. I can breathe finally.

 

For ******, *****, and ***** as they heal. Keep them each healthy. For discernment for my husband.

 

Help me take care of me the way you would want me to. I’ll do my part too. Amen!

 

Pray for full recovery for my friend who has been very sick—in the ICU and on/off work—Pray for guidance for my future decisions.

 

Dear God please be with the BSM Church as we go into 2016. Please continue to guide our leadership and wrap your love around them and the congregants.

 

Let us pray for world leaders for wisdom to lead heart-instinctually. We should pray for homeless individuals in Philly. Prayers for peace in the world peace, and end hunger.

 

Please pray that I have the courage to face the hard things in my life—like money problems, fears of calling people, fears of applying for jobs—fears of talking to people—even my own family. Amen.

 

Vulnerability isn’t easy, but it’s where God is. I’m thankful for people who take risks to remind me of that, for people who risk being themselves, and I pray for those who struggle to be vulnerable.

 

Please be with ******* in her upcoming procedures and surgery. Please giver her family strength and courage to support her during this time.

 

Prayers for *****.

 

God, prayers for boldness, for steps towards “the next” chapter. Prayers to move in love and faith with my family, my work, my time, and my money. Please bestow peace and stability into *******, who is struggling with life transitions. Help us to be patient, open, kind, and loving as we navigate these changes. He is brave and strong, and I hope he knows that it is “okay” to be vulnerable. Protect his heart and spirit.

 

God, thank you for these people. This city. This church. This calling you have placed on my life. Please be with my family. Keep the safe and healthy. Thank you for ***** and *****.

 

For BSM. For my family—kids and honey. For Amigos de Jesus and their staff. For Philadelphia—those with a house and those without. For peace and kindness.

 

Dearest Father, thank you for your generous presence in my life. Thank you for emboldening me to talk about you with all your children. Please comfort and heal our saint ******* that chose to leave us—heal all those suffering with her loss. Please break ****** family’s heart open with love to let him and us in more deeply so that we’re woven tighter together. I love you and give you thank and praise, your kid, ******.

 

I’m so thankful for my family. I’m also grateful for learning how to take good care of myself so that I can be truly loving, respectful, and caring to them. Amen!

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