Afterthoughts

"The World Is Too Much With Us" by William Wordsworth

The world is too much with us; late and soon, 
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;— 
Little we see in Nature that is ours; 
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! 
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon; 
The winds that will be howling at all hours, 
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers; 
For this, for everything, we are out of tune; 
It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be 
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn; 
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea, 
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn; 
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea; 
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathèd horn.

Listen to the Service

Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room is in the round, more or less, and very simple. The big cross is covered in flowers and hanging on the wall of the stage. The Journey lamp on a small table is center stage.

  • “In a Big Country” by Big Country plays
  • A young Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell three times

Worshiping with Our Children

  • David H. leads our children in talking about awe

What’s awesome? A mountain? The whole ocean? The stars? Those things can be really exciting to think about – but being up on a mountain, or out in the ocean, or up in space, can also be pretty scary. A word for that feeling – that something is so big it’s kind of scary – is “awe.” Like, “awesome” – huge, big, powerful. The Bible says that’s what God is like sometimes – that God is so big, it can be overwhelming to think about, but it’s not bad; it’s good. It’s GREAT, because that big, powerful God is always, always good and loving. Let’s thank God for that.

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

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

Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • David H. talks about the amazing nature of nature
  • Ann L. reads from the Jewish book of prayer and songs, Psalms, number 19

I look at the stars. The heavens. The deep of space.
They all shout, “This is what God is like – this is what God makes.”
I look at the vast, broad sky – and it tells a story:
“This is what God’s hands can do. This is God’s work.”
Every morning the shouts and stories of nature continue.
Every night there is more to hear, listening to the earth, about God.

God pitched a tent, as big as the universe, and placed the sun under it,
A wedding-tent, ready to celebrate.
And the sun is like a groom – who, every morning,
arrives at his wedding, shining and joyful.
This brilliant sun which God has created is like a strong runner –
ready to meet his challengers, ready to run –
and his race is an arc over our heads, over the whole world.
Nothing can hide from his heat, radiating from his steps.

The things God says and does are perfect, reviving the world.
To feel awe towards The Eternal One is good –
It will give you strength and clarity forever.

  • Journeyer Darden Smith plays his original song, “Turning to You”

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

  • Susan McK. talks about awesomeness in the world and how that sense of awe provides her perspective
  • Susan says an offering prayer
  • Darden plays his original song “100 Ways” as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks
  • Renee invites us to gather in groups of 2 or 3 to discuss where we have seen God’s Self being given and behold it with awe

Go Out to Serve in Awe of God’s Grace

  • Rick invites us to say a single word to express today’s topic of grace and awe

Answers include: power, unexpected, ubiquitous, nature, beauty, new frequency, humbling, inspiring, connection, surprising

  • Rick leads us in a closing prayer
  • Rick dismisses us
  • “In a Big Country” plays again as folks clean up the room

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