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Last Night at BSM

June 15, 2015

Rev. Andy Greenhow, our Minister of Stewardship, Congregational Partnership & Belonging, brought a word from Mark 4:26-34. He provided some observations of “the greatest of shrubs,” and the birds who find home in that shrub likened to the kingdom of God.

We were led in worship by the Motley Order Choir. We sang some great songs of the faith: Wade in the Water, Lenny Kravitz’ Fly Away, two hymns, His Eye Is on the Sparrow‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus, Caedmon Call’s Ten Thousand Angels, and Marvin Gaye’s Mercy, Mercy Me. It was truly an inspirational time of singing and worship.

We heartily welcomed our first Youth Initiative participants from Second Presbyterian Church from Roanoke, VA, and Bradley Hills Presbyterian church from Bethesda, MD.

This weekend was Pride! Our LGBTQ Fellowship had a lot of fun things planned. Visit our Facebook event page for a recap of what happened!

For our offering our community offered these, our psalms of the street, to God:

I pray for God to continue to intervene and call me and my family. I pray that we all have the courage to answer God’s call.

 

God,

I pray for *****. For healing. For a better reality.

Amen

 

I pray for God’s gifts of truth, justice, love and oneness to shine in all hearts, including mine.

 

I pray that I never give up hope.

 

Dear god~

Thank you for breaking through and quieting the Noise and Chatter that keeps me from you. For the first time I’m seeing the path and the light – I will never walk it perfectly – hope you’re cool with that

Amen – *****

 

Loving God,

Thank you for ***** and *****. Help us to understand each other. Help me to pray for them and love them even though it hurts.

Thank you for ***** and *****. Thank you for reminding ***** how talented and desired he is this week through his job offer. Help me to pray.

 

Prayers for my parents’ peace and health.

 

Let us pray for our city of Philadelphia.

God bless you!

 

Prayers of thanksgiving for an amazing community that walks alongside us, listens to us, and supports us. Thank you!

 

Thank you for and please bless *****, *****, *****, *****, ***** and family, *****, *****, *****, and *****, *****, and *****.

 

Please pray for a safe and enjoyable trip to ***** to visit my brother and mom.

 

Please pray for:

*****. As she settles into the room she is renting for the summer. For her peace of mind and stamina for the journey as she resets her job search.

For my relationship with ***** that the feelings there may be defined and honored by both of us.

Bravery with my finances… I am scared they are so bad.

 

Good news

I received a welcome letter to attend ***** in the Fall or Winter.

I need much prayer and financial support.

I need order in my life.

I need to love myself and my neighbor as myself.

 

Please take care of *****.

Please be with ***** and *****.

Please be with *****.

Please be with those fathers on Fathers’ Day and anyone that lost a father.

 

Praise God for your welcoming words of grace for all. Thank you for reminding us each of our own belovedness.

 

Loving God,

Our BSM family is missing our brother, *****, today. May our love and prayers for him reach him, and may he feel our embrace. Keep him safe, may he feel all your love and tenderness, and bring him home to us.

Amen.

 

Thank you, BSM community – that is all.

(sometimes simple is best!)

 

For our trip to *****

And Amigos de Jesus

For BSM

For a kinder Philadelphia

For peace of mind

 

Every Sunday after worship, we also have community engagement groups. These groups are a great way to get to know people, maybe learn something about yourselves, one another, and/or God, and get to know a few more peoples’ names. Last Sunday Sammie led a group that discussed “Short Term 12” about a residential treatment facility for youth in transition. Caring For Others met and crafted Birthday cards, get well soon cards, and other cards of encouragement to be distributed to those in need.

Broad Street Ministry is a broad-minded faith community committed to extending radical hospitality and creating a spiritual home for all, especially those who feel like they don’t belong anywhere else. For more information click here.

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