Afterthoughts

by David Gentiles

Sunday July 15 was Journey Imperfect Faith Community's 5th anniversary. We began as a handful of broken beautiful people on July 11, 2004.

What we've seen again in this past worship unit, as many times before, that we Journeyers are just a bunch of people just like the first followers of Jesus. Bumbling. Beautiful. Faithful. Brave. Scared. Figuring it out as they went. Hopeful. Strong. Flawed. Fully human. And guided by the Spirit of Jesus as they take a step at a time.

And so are you, whoever you are, follower of Jesus. Keep taking one step at a time.

Listen to the Service

Today's Program

Gathering Our Spirit to God's Spirit

The Living Room is setup with the cross in the center of the room. It’s picnic Sunday, so bright colors and lots of light, and as many chairs as we can fit in the space.

  • “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell
  • Leslie make announcements
  • David welcomes, has us breathe…

Worshiping with Our Children

  • David calls the kids forward and introduces Sara Hickman
  • Sara Hickman leads our children

From Our Spirit to God's Spirit

  • Sara Hickman sings two songs
  • David recaps series and asks the community for reflections on those first days of the early church
  • A Journeyer reads Acts 2:1-4 (The Message)
  • Another Journeyer reads Acts 4:32-35 (The Message)
  • A third Journeyer reads Acts 6:1-6 (The Message)

Giving -- To Help God Do God's Work in This World

  • A fourth Journeyer reads Acts 9:17-19 (Contemporary English Version) and leads an offertory prayer
  • Sara Hickman sings as the ushers pass the baskets and then bring them to the basket on the table

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks

Go Out to Serve with Mercy and Grace

  • Sara Hickman sings a song
  • Heart Team gives picnic instructions
  • David leads the community in reading Acts 2:46-47 (New Living Translation)

They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those whose lives were being transformed.

  • David dismisses
  • “We Are Family” plays again

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