Listen to the Service

Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room has light in it – there’s not a central light; we are all light. at the end we’ll need to circle up – this is an intentionally interactive week, with us looking at each other – so chairs are very messy and serpentine. The big cross is in the center. Lots of green for St. Patrick’s Day.

  • “Anything” by Sixpence None the Richer plays on iPod loud enough to help us settle down
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and Joshua rings the bell

Worshiping with Our Children

  • Susan McK leads our children in talking about making a joyful noise.

Whatever music or words or hopes or fears are inside you, God wants you to share them – because God can take whatever is in each of us and turn it into something beautiful. We have these noisemakers here – I’m going to say 1, 2, 3 and then our closing prayer will be that everyone makes noise – yelling, clapping, hitting drums, making a joyful noise! Ready? 1 – 2 – 3 – and they do it for 15 seconds or whatever, and then say, “Amen!”

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

  • Elu reads from Susan Griffin, contemporary author, ecologist and activist

I know I am made from this earth, as my mother's hands were made from this earth, as her dreams came from this earth and all that I know, I know in this earth ... and I long to tell you, you who are earth too, and listen as we speak to each other of what we know: the light is in us.

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

  • Sedora reads from the collection of Jesus’ teachings called “The Sermon on the Mount,” in the Gospel of Matthew

Jesus said to his followers, “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? It will be as if you’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. Let’s be willing to go public, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Parent in heaven.”

  • Sedora says an offering prayer
  • Catherine sings “Ups and Downs” by Kendall Payne as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks
  • Susan C. leads rhythm exercise with group

Go Out to Serve with Noise and Light

  • Leslie leads us in a responsive closing prayer adapted from an Anglican litany prayed in Canterbury Cathedral, April 1986 called “For the Darkness”

Leader: For the darkness of waiting
Of not knowing what is to come
Of staying ready and quiet and attentive,
We praise you, O God.

Journeyers: For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you.

For the darkness of staying silent
For the terror of having nothing to say
And for the greater terror
Of needing to say nothing,
We praise you, o God.

For the darkness and the light
Are both alike to you

For the darkness of choosing
when you give us the moment
to speak, and act, and change,
and we cannot know what we have set in motion
but we still have to take the risk,
we praise you, O God.

For the darkness and the light
are both alike to you.

  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “Anything” plays again as folks clean up the room