Afterthoughts

Listen to the Service

Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room is in the round and as dark as possible. The Garden Grow fundraiser panel is by the registration table, and other tall panels are around the room. The central table -- spot lit -- holds the Journey lamp.

  • “Good for Me (Radio Edit)” by Above & Beyond plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

  • Announcements – how Journey is God’s Hands in the world
  • We take up the Garden Grow fundraiser collection while Renee plays “Where Have All the Flowers Gone”
  • Rick welcomes us, talks about series
  • Say hello to someone near you
  • Take a breath...

Worshiping with Our Children

  • Susan McK. leads our children in talking about strong feelings

Have you ever been mad? Have you ever been scared? Have you ever been sad? Have you ever been happy? Those can all be really powerful feelings! The Bible says that God made us, our bodies, our minds, and our feelings. But sometimes people are afraid of their feelings. Do you have any ideas why that might be? I think sometimes people are scared that if they really want something or try hard, it won't come true, and so they try not to feel sad or mad or happy. But Jesus tells us to ask for God’s help and to believe. Let’s ask God to help us with that.

Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • Ace, taking his time, reads from 19th-century American novelist and poet J. G. Holland

Calmness is the cradle of power.

  • Leslie introduces an exercise in recognizing and facing our own power

Using some lines from the John O’Donohue poem called “A Blessing for One Who Holds Power” as a prompt, we are invited to write down whatever thoughts, emotions and feelings that come to us. This is a time for quiet and private reflection.

“May you have the wisdom to read time clearly
And know when the seed of change will flourish.”

  • Susan C. and Mike W. read from the 2nd chapter of the Christian scripture known as The Acts of The Apostles

The Jewish festival of Pentecost came, fifty days after Passover, when Jesus had been killed and was resurrected. Jesus’ followers were all gathered in one house. Suddenly a sound came from the heavens. It was like a powerful wind blowing. It filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw something that looked like tongues of fire. And the flames separated and settled on each of them.

Suddenly, all of them were filled with God’s Spirit. They began to speak in languages they had not known before. The Spirit gave them the ability to do this.

Jews from every country in the world were staying in Jerusalem for the festival. A crowd came together when they heard the sound. They were bewildered because they each heard the believers speaking in their own languages. They were amazed and bewildered. They asked one another, “What does this mean?”

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven. In a loud voice he spoke to the crowd. “My Jewish friends,” he said, “let me explain this to you. And everyone, Jew and Gentile alike, who lives in Jerusalem, listen carefully to what I say!”

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Leslie leads us in the next part of today’s exercise

After reading more lines from the blessing, we are invited to consider and write down the thoughts and emotions that come to us when we look at what we wrote in the first part of the exercise.

“In your heart, may there be a sanctuary
For the stillness where clarity is born.”

  • Rick leads a discussion of why we hide or repress our feelings, even happiness
  • Rick talks

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

  • Sarah A. says an offering prayer
  • Renee leads us in singing “Spirit of the Living God” as the ushers pass the baskets

Go with the Power of Integrating Thoughts, Feelings, and Actions

  • Leslie leads us in the final part of today’s exercise

After reading one more piece of the blessing, we are invited to think about these questions: What actions might arise from your thoughts and feelings in the second part of the exercise? what opportunities might be presenting themselves to you? Take some time to consider because it can take a while for things to bubble up inside us.

“May your power never become a shell
Wherein your heart would silently atrophy.”

  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “Good for Me” by Above & Beyond from Acoustic plays as folks clean up the room

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