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Last Night at BSM

March 29, 2016
Last night, Rev. Andy Greenhow brought us an Easter message from Luke 24:1-12 entitled, “Enough Time.” Andy shared his love for the Broadway musical, “Hamilton.” The central question of the musical is how did Alexander Hamilton go from no notable family to go on and do what he did? It’s revealed throughout the play in little ways. Alexander Hamilton is doing what he did because he’s running out of time because he dies much younger than the other Founding Fathers. Eliza Hamilton continued on Alexander’s legacy after his death. She had more time to continue to what Alexander Hamilton was doing.
 It’s tempting to look at Easter Sunday and to make a comparison between our Risen Lord and Alexander Hamilton. How does a boy of no notable origin go on to be the Savior of humankind. It’s tempting to look at the women after the death of the men in both stories and see how they carried on the story. But the women in Luke were not telling idle tales, they were proclaiming the bodily resurrection of Jesus. The bodily resurrection is the linchpin of the Christian faith because without it there is no hope for our body of sin. Without it there’s no resurrection for Syria or Brussels, for New Orleans or for the Philadelphia public schools. Without the bodily resurrection we might wonder “why Jesus did you waste so much time? Why didn’t you feed more hungry, proclaim more release to the captives. Why didn’t you live your life like you were running out of time?” In three days Jesus did more than we could do in our lifetimes. The resurrection says that what we try and do to stop God’s will, will be overcome. The power of sin, evil and chaos have lost. We need to tell them the story that because of Easter the world will never be the same. You can listen here.
Tony and the Motley Order Choir led us in: Amazing Grace, Jesus Christ is Risen Today, Celebration/Stayin’ Alvin, Ain’t No Grave, and the Rising.
Our community also offered the following prayers:

 

Would you plunged me into your process of continual self-reflection and transformation? Because it’s me Oh Lord standing in the need of prayer. Continued prayer for ****, her sister, my parents, *****, *****, and *****.

 

Plz pray for my daughters cat Ghost. He is sick. Plz pray for ****** and me that we end up together if that is God’s will.

 

Very good program. Thank you!

 

Pray for all victims of terror attacks, of all religions, in all countries.

 

Dear Father,

Please.

Help.

Thanks!

All my heart’s love and gratitude for our life together!

Love, *****

 

Please be with ***** and help him through his recovery

Strength courage love for ***** and *****.

 

May I remember that I am/have enough. May I also always remember to strive to ever be open to others.

 

Thanks, God.

 

Dear Lord,

Help me to pause and revel in the glory of your creations. There is time enough and nothing can hold me down. Thanks be to God!!!

Amen.

 

Le us pray for the poor in Spirit. For compassion, love and togetherness.

 

I’m remembering.

I believe it.

I think I feel it.

 

THE TOMB IS

EMPTY

AND

STILL

LIKE

AIR

WE

RISE

 

Lord, help my unbelief. I feel stuck in Good Friday, when I feel the weight of the world rather than the joy of your victory. Lord, that I would believe in the power of your resurrection and that nothing can hold me down.

 

Good and Gracious God—

Easter—new life—new hope—love without end. Please bring safety and new life to ****** and her baby. Remain close to ******* as he discerns which moves to make, help him find peace, and to let in love and joy. Help me to find where I belong, to do the work I was made to do…Make the dark clouds disperse. Bring clarity, bring love, bring healing. Resurrect us.

 

Dear God,

I pray today that love will prevail. Strengthen us to carry the love of God we all have within to our neighbors and bring peace to the world.

Amen.

 

Please pray that I would have patience as I wait on future plans and that I will make wise use of the present—participating fully in what God has planned for me. Thanks.

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