Afterthoughts

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Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

Pentecost is fire day, and this is also dream day. There are four small tables around the room with the dream cards sorted onto them. The room has bright colors, especially reds. The dream tree has bright ribbons and flowers on it. The cross is on the school play bed again, this time with flowers on it, too.

  • “All I Have to Do Is Dream” by The Everly Brothers plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell

Worshiping with Our Children

  • A Journeyer leads our children in talking about dreams

Do you ever have dreams? What kind of dreams? The Bible says that there were a group of Jesus’ followers and after he went up to heaven, they were waiting and hoping for what God would show them – and all of a sudden they heard a loud noise, like a tornado! And they began talking about dreams and hopes God was putting in their hearts. God wants us to share what’s in our hearts and to be brave and hope for the very best things. Let’s thank God for that.

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

  • Rick’s invitation to Journey Dreaming video plays
  • Dina, Jess, and Nancy read from a poem called “Dangerous Prayers” by Regina Sara Ryan, a former nun, and now contemplative, author, and teacher

Deliver us, O God, O Truth, O Love, from quiet prayer
from polite and politically correct language,
from appropriate gesture and form
and whatever else we think we must put forth to invoke
or to praise You.

Let us instead pray dangerously –
wantonly, lustily, passionately.
Let us demand with every ounce of our strength,
let us storm the gates of heaven, let us shake up ourselves
and our plaster saints from the sleep of years.`  

Let us pray dangerously.
Let us not hold back a little portion,
dealing out our lives – our precious minutes and our
energies – like some efficient accountant.
Let us rather pray dangerously – unsafe, profligate, wasteful!

Let us not pray in holy half-measures nor walk
the middle path
for too long,
but pray madly, foolishly.
Let us be too ecstatic,
let us be too overwhelmed with sorrow and remorse,
let us be undone, and dismembered … and gladly.

Left to our own devices, ah what structures of deceit
we have created;
what battlements erected, what labyrinths woven,
what traps set for ourselves, and then
fallen into. Enough.

Let us pray dangerously – hot prayer, wet prayer, fierce prayer,
fiery prayer, improper prayer,
exuberant payer, drunken and completely unrealistic prayer.

Let us say Yes, again and again and again,
and Yes some more.
Let us pray dangerously, 

the most dangerous prayer is Yes.

  • Renee leads us in singing

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

  • Amy K. and Laura Q. read from the history of the early Christians called The Acts of the Apostles, chapters 1 and 2

After Jesus’ suffering and he presented himself alive to his followers during forty days, he said, “You will receive power when the Spirit of God has come to you, and you will be witnesses for me in all the earth.” A cloud took him up out of their sight. They returned to Jerusalem and to the upstairs room where they had been staying.

Ten days later was the Jewish Festival of Seven-Weeks or “Pentecost,” celebrating God’s gift of the Law to Moses on Mount Sinai. Jesus’ people had all gathered in the upstairs room. And suddenly, from the skies, there was a loud sound, like a violent wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Flames like tongues appeared, and one rested on each of their heads. They became filled with God’s Spirit and began to speak in other languages, which God’s Spirit was enabling them to do.

There were Jewish people from every nation in Jerusalem for the Festival, and as they heard so many languages being spoken at once, they came by the hundreds – and heard Jesus’ followers speaking in many languages about the powerful works of God.

  • Rick says an offering prayer
  • The Journey Dream Cards video plays as the ushers pass the baskets

 

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks
  • Leslie leads us in a prayer exercise with the dream cards

We all gather in groups around the four tables in the room. At each table in turn, one person reads out the prayer for the sort of dreams at that table. Then the rest of the group reads individual dream cards out loud and all at the same time, while Leslie lights the flying wish paper to launch our dreams to God.

  • Rick talks some more

Go Out to Serve with Dreams and Fire

  • Leslie leads us in a refrain from “Dangerous Prayers” as a closing prayer

Let us pray dangerously – hot prayer, wet prayer, fierce prayer,
fiery prayer, improper prayer,
exuberant payer, drunken and completely unrealistic prayer.

Let us say Yes, again and again and again,
and Yes some more.
Let us pray dangerously,

the most dangerous prayer is Yes.

  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “Great Balls of Fire” by Jerry Lee Lewis plays as folks clean up the room

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