Afterthoughts

Listen to the Service

Today's Program

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

The threshold is now blooming with life. At the center of the room is the communion table, also blooming with life.

  • “One Step Closer” by U2 plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell
  • Rick makes announcements

Worshiping with Our Children

  • Whitney leads our children in talking about how it feels to be left out, and reminds them that God's love never leaves out anyone

Welcome and Breathe

  • Leslie welcomes, has us breathe
  • Caitlin D. makes art throughout service.

God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • Ace reads "The Lord’s Prayer" from The New Zealand Anglican Prayer Book

Eternal Spirit
Earth-maker, Pain-bearer, Life-giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be,
Father and Mother of us all, Loving God, in whom is heaven.
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For you reign in the glory and power that is love, now and forever. Amen.

  • Leslie introduces today's service and explains plate exercise
  • Caitlin D. gives dramatic reading of Mary, sister of Martha
  • Kate H. reads Luke 10:39-42
  • Kellye HP sings “I Miss You” by Shane and Shane
  • Julie C. gives dramatic reading of the Bleeding Woman
  • Catie J. reads Luke 8:46-48

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

  • Stacie B. leads an offertory prayer
  • Photo slideshow to “We Are” by Sweet Honey in the Rock plays as ushers pass the baskets and set them at the foot of the cross

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Sharon B. gives dramatic reading of Mary Magdalene
  • Vicki H. reads John 20:10-18
  • Other women and outsiders of the Bible speak: Ariel S., Sally B., Laura J., Debbie D., Lauren Y., Bob C., Julie P., Brian O., Erin C
  • Final speaker invites community to bring plates to table (Jeff, Tamicka and Steve S. take their plates to the table)
  • Margaret Z. reads anonymous poem “Table” and invites everyone to Communion

When people turn
from the table
where bread is broken
and candles glow;
be sure you have invited them
not to your house
but to their own,
and offered not your wisdom
but your love.

  • Michelle I. presents artwork

Go Out to Serve with Courage and Grace

  • Fran leads us in the shema from Deuteronomy 6:4-5 in both Hebrew and English

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

  • Fran dismisses
  • “One Step Closer” plays again as folks depart

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