Afterthoughts

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Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room is in the round. A central table holds the Journey lamp and communion elements. Rick’s power panels are around the edges of the room.

  • “One of Us” by Joan Osborne plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell

Worshiping with Our Children

  • DeAnn leads our children in talking about VBS

What did we talk about at Vacation Bible School this week? Yes, we talked about caring for God’s creation. We do that by being obedient to God telling us to care for creation; we do that by being respectful of God, of each other, and of creation; we do that by working to bring about good things for God’s creation. That sounds like a lot of work. I’m glad God is always helping us! How about we sing about that? And for the kids that didn’t go to VBS, you help us sing too.

  • Rick, Sarah, and children lead us in singing several VBS songs: “Big House,” “Mercy Is Falling,” and “The Papaya Song”

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

  • Announcements – how Journey is God’s Hands in the world
  • Rick welcomes us, talks about series
  • Say hello to someone near you
  • Take a breath...

Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • Ace reads from 20th-century American pastor and civil rights organizer Martin Luther King, Jr

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’

  • “Strangers at my Door” video plays

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

  • Shannon Young from Urban Roots tells us about her organization, which Journey is supporting at our picnic this year
  • Renee says an offering prayer
  • Rick and Sarah lead us in singing “Love One Another” as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Brian K., John W., Renee, and Lanna, from four corners of the room, read from the early Christian scripture called the Gospel of Luke

On one occasion when Jesus was teaching, an expert in the Jewish law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit abundant life?”

“What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you read it?”

The legal expert answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will have abundant life.”

But the man wanted to make sure he was in the clear, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

So, Jesus told this story:

“A man was going down the mountain from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. 

A priest from the Temple in Jerusalem happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 

So too, a Levite, one of the keepers of the rituals of the Temple, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two days’ wages and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

And Jesus ended the story, asking the expert of the law, “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do as the neighbor did.”

  • Rick talks
  • Leslie introduces communion
  • We share in God’s power through the sacrament of Holy Communion
  • “Sent Here for a Reason” from Man of Steel plays quietly

Go Out to Serve with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength

  • Emma B. leads us in reading Journey’s Mission Statement found in the Jesus story called Matthew:

Jesus said, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ And the second commandment is the same: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All of the Law and the Prophets are built on this.”

  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “One of Us” plays again as folks clean up the room

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