Afterthoughts

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Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room is in the round. A central table holds the Journey lamp plus lots and lots of candles of different kinds and many Journey rocks. The big Garden Grow flower panel for the spring fundraiser is on the table by the front doors. Colors for this series are bright but not gaudy – but it’s about showing up and power and God’s Spirit being real and alive.

  • “Give Me Love” by George Harrison plays
  • A Journeyer steps up to light the lamp and another rings the bell

Worshiping with Our Children

  • DeAnn leads our children in talking about God’s peace

Do you ever get scared? Me too. Everybody gets scared – everybody in the whole world, especially grownups; they worry about things – including you because they love you. The Bible says that after Jesus was killed and then raised from being dead, he met with his friends because they were scared, and he told them, “I want you to feel peace – so breathe in God’s Spirit.” Sometimes it’s good to take a breath – let’s take one now and think about God and God’s love and God’s peace coming into us and helping us. 

Gathering Our Spirit with God's Spirit

  • Announcements – how Journey is God’s Hands in the world
  • Alan S. and Susan McK. give the Strength Ministry presentation about what Journey does as God’s Hands in the world
  • We take up Garden Grow offering, including shapes to put on big board
  • Rick welcomes us, talks about series
  • Say hello to someone near you
  • Take a breath...

Exploring God’s Spirit and Our Spirit

  • Ace reads from the early Christian scripture called the Gospel According to John, chapter 20

On the evening of that first day of the week, the disciples were together. They had locked the doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders and the Roman authorities.

Jesus came in – appeared – and stood in the room with them. He said, “May peace be with you!” Then he showed them his hands and his side. And Jesus’ followers were very happy when they saw their Master.

And Jesus said, “May peace be with you! The Father has sent me. So now I am sending you.” And then he breathed on them. He said, “Breathe in the Spirit of God. And, remember, if you release anything someone does or chooses, it is released; if you hold onto anything someone does or chooses, it is not set free.”

  • Renee leads us in singing “Your Peace”

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Leslie leads a group discussion on sources of power

Some of the things that we feel give us power: society, acceptable behavior, affirmations from others, money, knowledge, confidence, leverage, knowing how to hurt others to protect yourself

  • Video clip of Green Lantern figuring out how to use his battery plays

 

  • Rick talks

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

  • Julie P. says an offering prayer
  • Renee leads us in singing “More Love, More Power” as the ushers pass the baskets

Go Out to Serve with the Power of Compassion

  • Nick S. reads again from the Gospel According to John, chapter 20

Jesus came in – appeared – and stood in the room with them. He said, “May peace be with you!” Then he showed them his hands and his side. And Jesus’ followers were very happy when they saw their Master.

And Jesus said, “May peace be with you! The Father has sent me. So now I am sending you.” And then he breathed on them. He said, “Breathe in the Spirit of God.”

  • Leslie talks
  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “Give Me Love” plays again as folks clean up the room

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