Afterthoughts

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Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room is in the round. All the series panels so far are up again, arranged around the sides of the room, making a kind of circular wall; they become a gallery / prayer walk later. Central table has Journey lamp plus many, many tea lights and long matches.

  • “Cruel Sparks” by Hammock plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell

Worshiping with Our Children

  • Susan McK. leads our children in talking about being God’s hands

Look at your hands. What can hands do? Does God have hands? Do you think God can walk in here and help us move the chairs after worship? What about helping people who are hungry, or telling people that they are beautiful and good? God doesn’t do those things directly. So we have to do those things for God. Let’s ask God to help us be strong and trust God to be God’s hands.

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

  • Woodie reads from Edward Everett Hale, a 19th-century American author, minister, and historian

I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
And by the grace of God, I will.

  • Meredith introduces Austin Interfaith speaker, Koreena Malone, who tells us about her work and her journey

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

  • Sedora reads from contemporary author and civic organizer Shane Claiborne in his book The Irresistible Revolution

I had gone to Calcutta on a search for Christianity, hoping to find an old nun who believed that Jesus meant what he said. And I had found Christianity, but it didn’t belong to just Mother Teresa. Eventually, we did meet Mother Teresa. In Calcutta, she was not “Mother Teresa the Saint,” she was just “Mother,” running around on the streets, hanging out with kids, caring for the sick, going to Mass each morning. Mother.

Mother Teresa always said, “Calcuttas are everywhere if we only have eyes to see. Find your Calcutta.” I was ready to come home. I knew that my Calcutta was the United States.

  • Terry Z. says an offering prayer
  • Margaret Z. sings Maia Sharp’s “Regular Jane” as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Ace reads from the early Christian leader Paul writing to the Christians in the Greek city of Corinth

The life God is creating – and that we are living – is not made of ideas or words. It is made of power.

  • Rick talks
  • Leslie talks
  • Leslie introduces a prayer walk exercise

We are invited to recall our “never underestimate” words from our worship service on June 22, or create a new ones, and write them on index cards. Next we explore the prayer walk on the perimeter of the room, seeing the images and stories of poverty in the world. During this time, we are encouraged to think and pray about how our own gifts and power can address this issue, writing notes on the cards as ideas come. Upon finishing the prayer walk, we light the tea candles and say a prayer, keeping our cards as reminders that “what you bring can change the world.”

Go Out to Change the World with Thoughtful Commitment

  • Nick S. reads from 20th c. American anthropologist and author Margaret Mead

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.

  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “Blankets of Night” by Hammock plays as folks clean up the room

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