"Up To The Mountain (MLK Song)" by Patty Griffin

I went up to the mountain
Because you asked me to
Up over the clouds
To where the sky was blue
I could see all around me
I could see all around me

Sometimes I feel like
I've never been nothing but tired
And I'll be walking
Till the day I expire
Sometimes I lay down
No more can I do
But then I go on again
Because you ask me to

Some days I look down
Afraid I will fall
And though the sun shines
I see nothing at all
Then I hear your sweet voice, oh
Oh, come and then go, come and then go
Telling me softly
You love me so

The peaceful valley
Just over the mountain
The peaceful valley
Few come to know
I may never get there
Ever in this lifetime
But sooner or later
It's there I will go
Sooner or later
It's there I will go

Listen to the Service

Today's Program

Creating Space for God’s Spirit

The room is in the round, but with a twist. Each week in this series, we’ll be exploring a different major historical Jewish feast. This week is the introduction, in which we all sit together at tables – many tables, many chairs. There will be food and drink during the service, in a kind of Communion. On stage is another table with the Journey lamp, rocks and candles. The space reflects a sense of warmth and connection.

  • “Food, Glorious Food” from Oliver 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 food

Who likes to eat? I do, too, and a meal is a great way to get together with people. The Bible tells so many stories about meals – and there are special meals when people have gathered to celebrate that God is good and that we are all family. Maybe you did something like that at Christmas dinner? Or Thanksgiving? Maybe you can look for ways to sit and eat and share and talk about good things with other people this week – and remember that God is with you as you eat together.

  • Ryan and Nick S. share about children’s teaching

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

  • Randy and Kim read about feasts

From the Jewish prophet Isaiah, chapter 25:

On the mountain where our city is built,
the Lord of Armies will prepare, for all people,
a lavish feast with the very best food,
a banquet, with aged wines,
with the most delicious foods and the finest wines.
On this mountain the Lord will remove
the veil of grief that has blanketed everyone
and the mask covering all people.
The Lord will swallow up death forever.
The Almighty Lord will wipe away tears from every face.

From the Jewish prayer book, Psalms, number 23:

Even when I walk through a valley of deep darkness,
I will not be afraid
because you, The Lord, are with me.
Your guiding stick and your shepherd’s crook
give me reassurance of my safety.
You have laid out a feast in front of me,
In the face of my enemies.
You clean my head with pure, scented oil;
and my cup of your wine overflows.

  • Leslie leads the Journey Youth in passing out platters of bread and pitchers of juice to the tables and we are all invited to share in it as a kind of Holy Communion, just not all at the same time
  • Renee sings “Up to the Mountain” by Patty Griffin, a song inspired by MLK's final speech

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

  • Terry says an offering prayer
  • Renee leads us in singing "Dwell” as the ushers pass the baskets

Telling The Story and Our Story

  • Nathalie reads from the Jesus story called Matthew, chapter 22

Jesus told them a story. “The Life where God is King is like this: a king who threw a lavish wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to call those who had been invited to the wedding, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look! I’ve prepared this feast for you. My oxen and fattened calves have been slaughtered. Everything is ready. Come to the wedding!”’ But the invited guests would not come, so the king said … ‘Go into the roads leading out of town and invite as many people as you can find to the wedding.’ The servants went out into the streets and brought in everyone they found, evil and good alike, and the wedding hall was packed with guests.”

  • Rick talks
  • Readers from each table read a prayer about “The Meal Where God Is Present"

We bless you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who is always present and at work
And who calls us together to thank you, to learn, and to serve.

We bless you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who creates the fruit of the vine
For celebration and sharing.

We bless you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who made light in the day, and darkness at night,
And stars and the heavens.

We bless you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who created the fruit of the trees and the plants of the ground

We bless you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who made all of creation, worlds and galaxies

We bless you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who has been with us, and walked beside us,
Enabling us to be here, in this moment, today.

We bless you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who gives us rhythms and seasons and night and day
Work, and rest, and re-creation.

We bless you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who causes bread to come from the earth to nourish us and all people.

Go Out to Serve with Warmth and Connection

  • Leslie talks
  • Leslie dismisses us
  • “Food, Glorious Food” plays again as folks clean up the room