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Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room is in the round, with the chairs in concentric circles around a central table holding the oil lamp and Journey rocks.

  • “Give Me Love” by George Harrison plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell 

Worshiping with Our Children

  • Rick leads our children in talking about God’s power helping us

Sometimes things are heavy to pick up; have you ever tried to pick up something that was really, really heavy? A cookie’s not heavy, and a feather’s not heavy; what else isn't really heavy? But what if you needed help lifting or moving – or learning, or trying out – something big and heavy? The Bible says God is with us and is always always helping us. I wonder if someone could help us move this big thing onto the table? That’s what it’s like when God helps us! Let’s thank God for that.

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

  • Announcements – how Journey is God’s Hands in the world
  • We take up the spring fundraiser “How Does Our Garden Grow?” offering, including shapes to put on big board, while a video about giving and how we choose to use our power plays

  • Rick welcomes us, talks about series
  • Say hello to someone near you
  • Take a breath...

Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • Power slideshow plays
  • Leslie leads a group discussion of where we see power, while a helper writes ideas on board
    • money
    • politics
    • influence
    • weapons
    • gender
    • church
    • opinions
    • property
    • control
    • credentials
    • judgeent
    • popularity
    • appearance
    • race
    • age
    • orientation
    • intelligence
    • knowledge
    • words
  • After a few seconds of silence, “Sunday at the Ryman” plays
  • John C. and Steve S. read from the early Christian scripture called the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 1

So when the students had gathered in the capital city, they asked the risen Jesus, “Master, is it time now when you will bring the Kingdom of God to Israel?”

Jesus answered, “It isn't up to you to know when the Father has decided what to do. but here is what is up to you: you will receive power because the Spirit of God is going to come into you. And you will go and tell about this here in Jerusalem, and in the region of Judea, and into the region of Samaria, and into the whole world.”

When Jesus had said this, as they were watching he was lifted up into the sky, and a cloud took him out of their sight. They were gazing up into heaven, still, and suddenly two beings in white robes stood with them.

“Men from galilee,” they said, “why are you standing here looking up at the sky?”

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks
  • Leslie leads another discussion in which we rewrite the definitions of what power looks like; it is pointed out that the things on the first power list can be forces for good when used with the things on the second list
    • love, love, love
    • compassion
    • forgiveness
    • joy
    • hospitality
    • community
    • generosity
    • sacrifice
    • empathy
    • patience
    • listening
    • stepping into the unknown
    • aceptance
    • grace
    • love of self
    • true humility
    • understanding
    • mastery of self
    • wisdom
    • truth

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

  • Mack says an offering prayer
  • Dave Madden leads us in singing “Down to the River to Pray” as the ushers pass the baskets

Go Out to Serve with Your Dunamis

  • Sedora reads from the Gospel According to John, chapter 20

Jesus came in – appeared – and stood in the room with them. He said, “May peace be with you!” Then he showed them his hands and his side. And Jesus’ followers were very happy when they saw their Master.

And Jesus said, “May peace be with you! The Father has sent me. So now I am sending you.” And then he breathed on them. He said, “Breathe in the Spirit of God.”

  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “Give Me Love” plays again as folks clean up the room for Pizza Lunch