Afterthoughts

Listen to the Service

Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room is in the round. Today is about reflecting, going within, opening. The new banners — comfort, sight, healing, hope, freedom — are hanging on the stage. The cross is on its side in front of them. The ceiling is hung with blue-white fairy lights, reminiscent of stars. Today it’s about Knowing in our reflecting.

  • “Wild Mountain Thyme” by April Stace plays
  • A young Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell three times

Worshiping with Our Children

  • Rick leads our children in talking about knowing

How do you know something is true? What if you just know something? I think it helps if we hear something from someone we know and trust, like a teacher or a parent or a good friend. The Bible says that God asks us to trust God and to follow Jesus and to know that God is with us. Let’s ask God to help us trust God.

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

  • Elaine reads from 20th-century Irish priest and poet John O’Donohue:

When you enter the world, you come to live on the threshold between the visible and the invisible.
Because the invisible cannot be seen or glimpsed with the human eye, it belongs largely to the unknown.
And you belong fully neither to the visible nor to the invisible.
This is precisely what kindles and rekindles all your longing and your hunger.

  • Renee leads us in singing "A Shield about Me" from the text of Psalm 3:3
  • Rick leads a brief discussion about knowing when God is communicating

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

  • Woodie and Michelle read a Jesus story from the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke

Jesus took Simon Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, just the four of them. Jesus wanted to pray.

And suddenly, as the three students watched, Jesus began to change form — his face shone like the sun, and his clothing became as white as light. Then, as they kept looking, Moses and Elijah appeared, and they were speaking with Jesus, about what Jesus was going to accomplish in Jerusalem before he would leave.

Simon Peter, not knowing how to react, said to Jesus, “It’s good that we’re here, Master. I’ll put up three prayer altars if you want — one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.”

But while he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them; and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him!”

When the three students heard this, they were so frightened that they fell face down on the ground. But Jesus came to them, and touched them. “Get up!” he said, “Don’t be afraid.” And they opened their eyes, and looked up, and saw only Jesus by himself.

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Rick talks
  • Sarah leads us in the next stage of Sabrina’s meditation on God’s instruction to “be still and know”

Be still and know that there are a thousand other things you should be doing right now —
littering the floor
crowding the sink
skulking around your inbox
teetering on the tip of your tongue
— but they are not you.

They can wait.

A world from which you are absent rushes on, sparking and grinding under life’s soldering blaze. Defiant to the end, you find yourself in these moments: as a breath turns into two, then a thought, then an intention. Quietly leaning in to one of many moments that will merge into memories of a single lifetime.

Know that there is more —
to this life
to your value
to invest in
to make room for
— waiting in the stillness.

In the heartbeat between resolution and ovation, is a quarter rest of blessed clarity – understanding perching on the summit of experience.

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and Yadah that I am God: 
Epiphanies permeating the subconscious strain of propriety 
Imperatives impressing intimacy in the midst of uncertainty 
Yadah your essence; being; knowledge
Energy resonating from the core of our being 
(Or yours, as I flail; or hers, as we shatter)
Yadah demolishing my learning, my unforgivable, my unrelatable
Infusing my experience with the essence of Your being
Be still. 
Yadah. 
You are. I am. We become. 
Be still and know. 
Be still and Yadah --
I am God.

Go Out to Be Still and Know God

  • Renee dismisses us
  • “Wild Mountain Thyme” plays again as folks clean up the room

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