Afterthoughts

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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. A central table holds the Journey lamp, bowls with paper and pens for a prayer exercise, and a really big sword.

  • “Good for Me (Radio Edit)” by Above & Beyond (featuring Zoe Johnston) 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

  • A Journeyer leads our children in talking about facing our fears

Have you ever had something that someone asked you to do that was hard, or scary, or you just didn’t want to do? Like what? Yes, sometimes we all face things that seem too hard to do. Or we just don't want to do them. Or we feel too weak or too alone – even these big grownups around you feel that. Jesus told his friends that no matter what they faced, he would be with them to help them. Jesus said we can do anything he could do. And he said if we are afraid, ask him for help and God’s Spirit will help us even more! Let’s pray.

Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • Ace reads from the early Christian scripture called the Gospel According to John, chapter 14; Jesus is speaking with his students at their last supper together:

“Trust me: I am in my Father, and my Father is in me. And if that’s too abstract to understand, trust what you see—the powerful things you and I have done.

“Anyone who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing, but will do even more powerful things, because I am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can trust this.

“From now on, whatever you ask for from me and the Father, I’ll do it. I mean it. Anything you need, if it’s part of what you and I and the Father have done, I give you the power to do, from now on.”

  • Leslie leads us in an exercise about resistance

We each take a folded piece of paper holding a message for us from God about using our power, e.g., “you have the power to resurrect what is dead” or “you have the power to heal illness.” We are invited to write down all the thoughts that come to us when we seriously consider acting on that message.

  • “Sent Here for a Reason” from Man of Steel plays quietly while we think and pray and write

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Laura Q. reads from contemporary American writer and activist Marianne Williamson in A Return to Love

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

  • Rick talks

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

  • Cory says an offering prayer
  • Renee tells us about initially refusing the song God led her to sing today, then tells the story of the song’s history
  • Renee sings a beautiful and frightening rendition of “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” as the ushers pass the baskets

I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back.

Things that I do, you will do more of. No turning back, no turning back.

Though none go with me, still I will follow. No turning back, no turning back.

The world behind me, the path before me -- no turning back, no turning back.

The Story Continues

  • Julie P. reads from contemporary American author Alice Walker

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.

  • Leslie talks
  • We share some of what came to us during the resistance exercise

Go Out to Do Great Things with Your Great Power

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

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