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Last Night at BSM

March 7, 2016

Last night, Rev. Andy Greenhow brought us a word from Leviticus 25:1-12, entitled, “A Time to Lay Fallow.” This was the fourth Sunday in our Lenten series exploring agrarian rhythms and the life of faith. In this passage from Leviticus the people of God are told that they are to celebrate a year of Sabbath for the earth. This allows the earth to heal and for nutrients to return to the soil. But it was also a time for healing society, where debts would be forgiven and liberty would be proclaimed. It gives the earth and our lives a rest from overproduction and overconsumption. Let us take a break from a life of overproduction and overconsumption. Listen here.

John Francis and the Amen Corner led us in: I’ll Fly Away; I Shall Be Released; Let’s Be Still; and Mercy, Mercy Me.

Our community also offered the following prayers:

Dear Lord, I need rest from busyness, over producing and pressuring other to over produce. Help me to observe mere balance and be more at peace and more loving.

 

Please pray for all those for whom nobody prays. For the people on the fringes of our society and for those who are out of hope or who believe/live as if they are God. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only son…” I find it very difficult to love the world that much. And very humbling.

 

Prayers for my mother who is depressed, lonely and paralyzed by fear, and prayers for me that I know how to be there for her in her pain.

 

Prayers for my family friend (who is named ******) who is battling chemo treatment.

 

I pray for all my enemies, ***** and ****** all the ladies at the well where I am living in Jesus name I ask Amen. I pray for ***** to rest her soul in Jesus name I ask for Amen. I ask for Primo’s or pizza for dinner tonight in Jesus Name I ask Amen.

 

I ask for forgiveness now and forever in Jesus Name I ask Amen. I claim what belongs to my kids, ******, *****, ******, ***** and *******. and me what’s ours by divine right for us to have only now and forever in Jesus Name I ask Amen.

 

Please pray for my recovery from substance abuse to be ongoing despite any hardship or triggering events. Thank you.

 

Dear Lord, grant me strength to take a rest and let the rejuvenation allow me to better serve you and your people. Thank you so much for all the blessings you have bestowed on me. Amen.

 

Yesterday I worked for 14 hours straight and this sermon today is a little ironic and, I guess, well timed. I get so angry when Leviticus makes sense, though, because we live in a world where one side cherry picks verses from it to hurt people and another side does the same thing to make it look ridiculous, and no one gets to take a break! So I guess this week I pray for something to change in the world, so no one discriminates or mocks people and no one has to work fourteen hours in a day. Amen.

 

For family; for ***** for ******; for my mother. I am so grateful today took communion for the first time and cried with peace.

 

Dear God; I am grateful for the gift of skating in my life and the support of friends and family. A give you praise for the joy of 3 personal best performances this weekend. Amen.

 

For *******’s wellness; body, mind, and spirit. For Mom’s strength and courage. I feel steady. Thanks, God.

 

I pray to hear God’s voice within…and for the strength to pay attention to it. I pray for deep peace for ******. I pray for health for my sisters.

 

Please bring peace and reason to all the places in the world torn by conflicts and wars.

 

Dear God, be with us all this week. And when it’s all done, precious Lord give us rest. Amen.

 

For Amigos de Jesus; For BSM and Philadelphia; For Mom, My Sister and Brother; For My kids and Lovely! For ***** joining me at BSM for the 1st time.

 

Prayers for the many atheist’s I met this week.

 

I need to release my anxiety about how awful this worship service was.

 

Dear Lord, I ask you to heal all victims of sexual abuse—especially my dad. Heal all the victims of those that kept guilt, the abusers and everyone they love and are loved by. I pray you will give your Son ***** and I the tools we need to build our life together in and through your love, I am grateful for all the trials and blessings you’ve given to me. Help me be the woman you created me to be. I love you.

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